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Semester Abroad in Senegal

Horseback Ride in the Countryside Beautiful Djnaba Trip to Tubab Dialo At Avalon's House for a Family Celebration A Traditional Dance Party Our first Senegalese Meal A vegetable stand Pirogue trip through the mangrove forest


Baobab Center

  • Dakar is the capital city of Senegal, and has a population of 3 million people
  • Dakar is a center of trade and culture for Francophone West Africa.
  • Classes are taken at the African Consultants International (ACI) in the Baobab Center.
  • ACI is an American-based NGO established in 1984 that works to promote cross-cultural understanding, social justice, and the health and well-being of Africa's people through communication and training.
  • Dakar is located right on the Atlantic Ocean with many beautiful beaches within walking distance.
  • Music is often in the air as the rich culture is expressed by local musicians on the streets.
  • This program serves to strengthen the cultural learning component of students' study abroad experience by lending more structure and reflective analysis to the out-of-class experiences, such as orientation activities, exploration of Dakar, family home stays, rural visits, cultural study, intercultural communication and community involvement.

Université Gaston Berger


Language Prerequisites

  • A minimum of 2 years of college-level French (elementary anad intermediate) is required.
  • All participants are required to take or audit the appropriate level of French in the semester directly preceding their study abroad in Senegal.

Selection Criterium

  • Available for Francophone African Studies Minors.
  • A minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA is required. 
  • Preference is given to students with a 3.0 GPA in French language.
  • It is highly recommended that students take TCCA 230 (Intercultural Communication: Global Perspectives) before participating in the program.


  • Fall: mid-September - mid-December
  • Spring: January - April


Students will take the following courses at the Baobab Center:

  • French Language Instruction
  • Wolof Language
  • Special Topics in Contemporary Senegalese Society
  • Senegalese Tradidional Music and Dance.


  • Homestay in Dakar, all conveniently located within walking distance of the Baobab Center.

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