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  • Locations: Dakar, Senegal
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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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.


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.

The CIEE Study Center in Dakar offers students the opportunity to live and study in a French-speaking West African country and to immerse themselves in two of Senegal's official languages: French and Wolof. Through a broad range of coursework in English and/or French, students engage in topics concerning Africa in general, and Senegal specifically. By doing so, participants gain a greater understanding of the issues and challenges facing Senegal today and learn firsthand about this multilingual society.  Students take one elective course from disciplines including Education, History, International Studies, Political Science, Public Health Studies, and Religious Studies. In addition to this course, students are encouraged to enroll in a 1-credit course in Survival Wolof. Classes generally meet for three hours each day, Monday-Friday.  Classroom instruction is supplemented by culutral activities and excursions, as well as by opportunities to engage in volunteer work in the community. Courses taught in French require the completion of FRE 122 or equivalent.

General Program Dates

Session II – late June to mid-July 


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 summer budget sheet.

Scholarships/Travel Grants

GEC Access Scholarships are designed to help provide access for all undergraduate students to participate in an Elon-approved Global Engagement (study abroad or Study USA) program. The application for a GEC Access Scholarship is a questionnaire embedded in the outgoing program application--there is no external application.  Please see the GEC Access Scholarship brochure for information on eligibility, conditions, and notification. 

For additional information on scholarships or other funding for global engagement, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page.

Students can apply for summer financial aid through Elon University in person in the Office of Financial Planning in the spring semester.  Summer financial aid applications are due May 1.  

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 global engagement 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 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. Students will be able to walk from their homestay to the CIEE Study Center.


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.


A successful semester and summer 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.

View the pre-departure orientation schedule for summer programs.

Additional Links and Information

Connect with the GEC, global engagement alumni, and prospective students on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And keep in touch with us using #ElonGlobal! 

Contact Global Ambassadors to learn more from global engagement alumni. Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives that have participated in one or more study abroad or Study USA programs and have been trained to help you prepare for your own global engagement. They are looking forward to hearing from you!

Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/14/2019
Rolling Admission 06/17/2019 07/15/2019
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.

** 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.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.