- Africa, Middle East & North Africa
- Student Year
- Courses Offered By
- College of Arts and Letters, College of Engineering, College of Science, Keough School of Global Affairs, Mendoza College of Business
Senegal is one of the region’s most developed, democratic, and friendly nations, making seaside Dakar a prime spot to explore Senegalese culture and language. Dakar is the political and economic capital of Senegal and one of West Africa’s most important and vibrant cities. Just outside of Dakar, you’ll find majestic cliff walks, beaches, and historic treasures. Learn French and Wolof through the study of subjects such as African studies, international relations, and development studies.
The Dakar program offers the unique opportunity to pursue internships, research, or volunteer with human rights organizations such as Rencontre Africaine pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme or the Global Research and Advocacy Group. From children’s rights to the role of religion in the democratic process, you can study and contribute important fieldwork to the topic you care most about.
In addition to activities in and around Dakar, you’ll have the exciting opportunity to spend a week with Peace Corps volunteers or local hosts in a rural village to experience and document the contrasts and links between rural and urban life. Other excursions include visiting Saint Louis, the former capital of French West Africa, spending a day in Toubab Dialaw, a fishing village and artist’s colony, and seeing more of the region with a weekend trip to the mangroves of the Sine-Saloum.