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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

Senegal is home to a variety of cultures strikingly different from the ones with which most American are familiar. Located on the western most tip of Africa is Dakar, the capital city of Senegal. Rich in historical and cultural significance, Dakar is also a center of trade and culture for Francophone West Africa. There are nearly three million inhabitants in this city where the African Consultants International (ACI)/Baobab Center is located. 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.

Language Prerequisites

A minimum of two 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 (Fall Only). A minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA is required.  Preference is given to students with a 3.0 GPA in French language.

To apply, candidates must be in good academic and social standing, having completed at least one semester at Linfield. Students cannot participate in both a semester abroad and January Term travel course in the same academic year without special permission from the office of International Programs.  It is highly recommended that students take TCCA 230 (Intercultural Communication: Global Perspectives) before participating in the program.


The semester program in Dakar, Senegal is offered in the fall only. It runs from approximately mid-September through mid-December.


Students will take French Language Instruction, Wolof Language, Special Topics in Contemporary Senegalese Society, Senegalese Tradidional Music and Dance.


Students will be housed with homestay families during their stay in Dakar, all conveniently located within walking distance of the Baobab Center.

Other Information

Read tidbits about Senegalese culture and study abroad experiances, as well as interviews with past participants and Senegalese individuals

Download PDF of Program Brochure

Download PDF of Orientation Packet

Email a Linfield student who participated in this program.