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Semester Abroad in Senegal

Students in Senegal
Beautiful Djnaba

Francophone African Studies Minor (Fall Only)

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. Students will be housed with homestay families, all conveniently located within walking distance of the Baobab Center. 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.

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

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

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: A minimum of two years of college-level French (elementary anad intermediate) is required. 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.

Housing: Students will be housed with a homestay family during their stay in Dakar.

Francophone African Studies Majors (Year)

The Francophone African Studies majors start their study in Dakar, Senegal with the minors and are involved in a eight-week intensive language training program at the Baobab Center. In early November, the students travel north to Saint-Louis, Senegal, which was a French colony from 1659 to 1960.  It features a unique blend of cultures and is home to several different ethnic groups. Located in Saint-Louis is the country's second largest university, Université Gaston Berger, where students will attend classes alongside Senegalese students.  Each student will be housed with a Senegalese roommate, insuring that each student is immersed in the culture.

Dates: The program begins in early September with an intensive French language class in Dakar; move to Saint-Louis approx. Nov. 5  for the remainder of the academic year.  Consult the French Department for the program end-date.

Curriculum: Students will select courses from curriculum at Université Gaston Berger.

Selection Criterium: Same as the criterium listed above for minors.

Housing: Homestay while in Dakar; in Saint-Louis, students will be living in residence halls with a Senegalese roommate.

Article in the Newberg Graphic Student Travels to Dakar, Senegal 


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