Senegal Summer Program 2022

June 13 – July 18,  2022

Application Deadline: March 1, 2022

The summer program to Senegal, West Africa is designed for students who want to build their conversational French language skills, learn more about Francophone West Africa, and experiment with field research. Dakar, Senegal provides the perfect opportunity to explore themes in African and Francophone studies because of its geographical space and unique history. Geographically, Dakar naturally opens itself to the wider world, as reflected in its history, its role in the former French empire, its religious landscape, and its current relationships with other countries. Senegal, very proud of its place as an intellectual center, is the epicenter of many artistic and cultural movements. Dakar is a stable, cosmpolitan, and culturally rich capital city.

Students receive 6 credits for two of three courses in Dakar: three units for AFAS 369, Senegal: History, Politics and Culture and three units for either French Conversational Fluency OR Beginning Intensive Wolof. In addition to the courses, there are pre-arranged excursions outside of Dakar to Goreé Island, Saint Louis, Keur Moussa, Touba, Tivaoune, and Thies.


Students live in the Fenetre Mermoz district of Dakar. Room and board will include meals and laundry service; students will also have access to internet facilities at the English Language Institute. In Saint Louis, Senegal, students will stay on the island of historical island of Saint Louisand attend lectures at Université Gaston Berger as well as participate in service activities.

Program Price:

$4200 + Airfare. Price includes tuition, room and board, books and other course materials and class trips outside of Dakar. Note: Budget roughly $2000 for summer air travel .

Senegal News:

Senegal beats Egypt to win its first Africa Cup of Nations trophy

Senegal defeated Egypt in the Africa Cup of Nations championship match on Sunday, winning the continental championship for the first time on penalty kicks at Olembe Stadium in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Neither Senegal nor Egypt – which had previously won the Africa Cup of Nations seven times, the most in the tournament’s history – were able to breakthrough in the first 90 minutes, with Senegal looking in control for most of the game before Egypt gained strength late in the second half. (read more)

African-American artist Kehinde Wiley is laying down roots in Senegal

The first time Kehinde Wiley visited Dakar, Senegal, he was a 19-year-old art student on his way to Nigeria in search of his father. A little more than two decades later, the New York-based artist, who recently became the first African-American artist to paint an official presidential portrait of former US President Barack Obama, will soon open an artist residency program in the city. (read more)

World’s Largest Museum Dedicated To Black Civilizations Opens In Senegal

The exhibition halls include Africa Now, showcasing contemporary African art and The Caravan and the Caravel, which tells the story of the trade in human beings – across the Atlantic and through the Sahara – that gave rise to new communities of Africans in the Americas. (read more)

Senegal no longer needs visas

Senegal has scrapped visa requirements for foreign visitors and will slash taxes on air fares as it seeks to revive a tourism sector crippled by high costs and a regional Ebola outbreak. (read more)