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  • Locations: Dakar, Senegal
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
AboutAcademicsDatesCostScholarships / GrantsHousingApplicationsOrientationsInformation / Links

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About the Location

The West African nation of Senegal is one of the most developed and democratic countries in the region. It shares borders with The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, and Mauritania, and has a population of more than 14 million. Senegal is a multi-ethnic society. While French is the official language, Wolof is a predominant language and several other languages are spoken. The capital of Dakar is on the Atlantic coast and is the westernmost city on the African continent.


Academics

Students take a core course, Contemporary Senegalese Society and Culture, as well as required courses in French and Wolof. Students take two additional courses in French and English in disciplines such as African studies, development studies, anthropology, and sociology. Students can also participate in a service-learning internship.

The CIEE Dakar Study Center is located in a new building in the Amitié III residential neighborhood. Amitié III itself is a vibrant, convenient location, and students are not far from great restaurants, shops, cultural centers, and the largest public university in the country. CIEE shares the building with L'Insitut Supérieur de Droit de Dakar (ISDD), a branch campus of the Université de Perpignan Via Domitia located in France. ISDD, whose student body is overwhelmingly Senegalese, offers Bachelors and Masters degrees in Political Science and Law. CIEE students will share a library, computer lab, café, student lounge, and other facilities with ISDD students but should understand that they will study exclusively with other CIEE students.


General Program Dates

Fall program – late August to mid-December

Spring semester – mid-January to mid-May


Cost

Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.

For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets:


Scholarships/Travel Grants

Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC. For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.

CIEE offers scholarships to students studying abroad on CIEE programs. Information is available on the CIEE website.

Students who are interested in studying Wolof may be eligible to apply for the Boren Scholarship. For more information on the Boren Scholarship, click here or contact the Boren Scholarship Advisor at Elon.


Housing

Students live in a Senegalese home in a furnished room. While French is the official language of the country, Wolof is most commonly spoken in the homes of CIEE host families. Host families tend to view U.S. students as "adopted children" and expect them to eat meals and spend time with their family and friends. It is important to keep in mind that the Senegalese live simply, and such amenities as washing machines and microwaves are not commonly available. Meals tend to be considerably less varied than in the U.S.--rice and fish are considered staple foods in Senegal. A bi-weekly meal stipend is given to students so they may supplement and vary their diet. Some students will be able to walk from their homestay to the CIEE Study Center, while others will use local public transportation. A transportation stipend is given to students living in the neighborhoods that are not within walking distance of campus.

Week-long visits to rural areas in Senegal are an essential component of the program in Dakar. Mid-semester, students travel in groups or individually, depending on their preference, and stay with either Peace Corps volunteers or local NGO staff working in the field. These visits provide students the opportunity to better understand the contrasts and connections between rural and urban realities.


Applications

Students must complete online the Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline. See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information. Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.

Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by CIEE.


Orientations

A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad. These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety. Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program. Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.

Click here for the semester and summer programs pre-departure orientation schedule.


Additional Links and Information

Interested in the program? Join the Global Education Center Facebook page to chat with alumni, connect with prospective students, and get updates.

Study Abroad Student Ambassadors (SASAs) are GEC student representatives who have participated in one or more study abroad programs, and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current SASAs via email, or contact past study abroad participants who have attended your program. They are looking forward to hearing from you!

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Testimonial:
Testimonial:
Studying abroad challenges you to step out of your comfort zone and into a world that you don't know. It brings with it struggles but is full of rewards. You learn to see from a different perspective, assimilate to cultures unknown, and walk away changed. If you are questioning studying abroad stop, and just do it. If you don't know where to go, pick a place you won't normally pick. Go somewhere that you know you will be challenged, and don't be afraid to be uncomfortable.
     — Stephanie Carroll, Spring 2013
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/18/2018
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Rolling Admission 01/19/2019 05/17/2019
Fall 2019 02/14/2019
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Rolling Admission 08/17/2019 12/14/2019
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

Early Action Period: October 9 to 11:59 p.m., November 15. Students that would like an early answer on their application status and scholarship support may apply Early Action. Students that apply Early Action will be notified of their status by December 4 and GEC Access Scholarship support by January.

Rolling Period: December 4 to 11:59 p.m., February 14. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by February 14 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of GEC Access Scholarship support by April.

All applications for this program, whether submitted Early Action or Rolling, are non-binding until the deposit credit deadline, April 9. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

Academic Year 2019-2020 02/14/2019
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Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

Early Action Period: October 9 to 11:59 p.m., November 15. Students that would like an early answer on their application status and scholarship support may apply Early Action. Students that apply Early Action will be notified of their status by December 4 and GEC Access Scholarship support by January.

Rolling Period: December 4 to 11:59 p.m., February 14. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by February 14 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of GEC Access Scholarship support by April.

All applications for this program, whether submitted Early Action or Rolling, are non-binding until the deposit credit deadline, April 9. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

Spring 2020 09/12/2019
**
Rolling Admission 01/18/2020 05/15/2020
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

Early Action Period: April 2 to 11:59 p.m., May 2. Students that would like an early answer on their application status and scholarship support may apply Early Action. Students that apply Early Action will be notified of their status by May 21 and GEC Access Scholarship support by early summer.

Rolling Period: May 21 to 11:59 p.m., September 12. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by September 12 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of GEC Access Scholarship support by October.

All applications for this program, whether submitted Early Action or Rolling, are non-binding until the deposit credit deadline, November 7. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.


** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.