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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 cultural activities and excursions, as well as by opportunities to engage in volunteer work in the community. Courses taught in French require completion of FRE 122 or equivalent. 

General Program Dates

Sessions I, II, & III – late May to mid-August 


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

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

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

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.


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

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Global Ambassadors 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 Global Ambassadors 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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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/15/2018
Rolling Admission 05/21/2018 08/12/2018

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