Study the French language while you explore Senegal, a fascinating country seen as a bridge between Africa and the West.
|Term||Summer Session, Winter Break|
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||Learning Abroad Center|
|Student Type||UofM Students, Non UofM Students|
|Student Year||Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors|
|Language||Minimum 3 semesters college-level French|
Senegal has long been seen as a crossroads where black African, Islamic, and European civilizations have met, clashed, and blended. Today it is still seen as a bridge between Africa and the West. Yet it is also a place where Senegalese people remain deeply attached to traditional values and cultures. This program is based in Dakar, Senegal's cosmopolitan capital. Heated by the African sun while surrounded on 3 sides by cool Atlantic waters, Dakar has a climate often described as "eternal spring."
This 3-week program provides students with the opportunity to study French in a West African francophone context. The Intensive French in Senegal program can be combined with the MSID Senegal semester or academic year program for an extended experience abroad.
August Pre-Session: Due to COVID 19, homestays may not be possible, and in that case you would be housed in shared student apartments. Apartments are fully furnished, include cooking facilities. Apartments are located within walking distance of the program center at WARC. Weeknight dinners will be provided by the program (Monday - Friday). You will be responsible for providing breakfast, lunches and weekend dinners throughout the program.
Homestay placements may become available closer to the start of the program.
Homestays are an integral component of the learning experience and are often a highlight for participants. Your family provides not only housing and most meals but is also a connection to Senegalese culture. Nearly all families have hosted program participants before and have been chosen for their genuine interest in sharing Senegalese life with a program participants.
Homestay families provide breakfast and dinner daily; you will be responsible for providing your own lunches. Host families can typically accommodate a variety of dietary needs, but students with severe food allergies and/or restrictions should discuss their situation with the program team prior to applying.
Excursions to locations of cultural interest in and around Dakar are included in the program.
Dr. Sène chaired the Department of English, Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, for 10 years. He received his PhD in literature from the École Normale Supérieure de St. Cloud and the Université Paris III-Sorbonne. He has taught and done research on francophone and anglophone literature at several North American and European institutions. Among his special interests is the portrayal of African social, cultural, and development issues through literature. Dr. Sène is currently director of the West African Research Association, the institution housing MSID in Senegal. He has been involved with MSID-Senegal since 1995.
Mr. Faye is the Program Coordinator. He assists with the internship and research placements and other aspects of MSID administration and has an academic background in development studies.
Learning Abroad Center programs are:
|Program Type||Study Abroad Center|
|Program Level||Various levels|
Classes are taught by local faculty and specifically designed for students learning French. Students enroll in one of the following courses, based on their linguistic ability and previous coursework.
This course covers linguistic skill development equivalent to 4th semester French.
This course covers linguistic skill development equivalent to 5th semester French
This course covers linguistic skill development equivalent to 6th semester French
This course engages advanced language students in discussions on current events. The prerequisite is completion of 6th semester French.
Focus on advanced practical skills while emphasizing reading and writing through the analysis of works by critical Senegalese authors. The prerequisite is completion of 7th semester French.
One language course is taught over a 3-week period and awards 4 undergraduate credits. All classes are held at the University of Minnesota’s partner organization the West African Research Center, a local study center. Language courses are taught by experienced instructors who are native speakers. Small class sizes allow students many opportunities to practice their language skills and receive feedback from the instructor. Students will be in class with other program participants. Homestay experiences enhance skills learned in the classroom.
You may also participate in this program as an optional language pre-session for the MSID Senegal program.
|Program Term||App Open Date||Deadline*|
|Summer 2021||Dec 1||May 1|
|Depart from the US||Jul 31|
|Arrival in Dakar||Aug 1|
|Last day of program||Aug 25|
|Depart from Dakar||Aug 26 - 27|
|Winter Break 2021-22||May 1||October 15|
|Depart from US||Dec 26|
|Arrival in Dakar||Dec 27|
|Last day of program||Jan 14|
|Depart from Dakar||Jan 15 - 16|
Information about a group flight scheduled through Village Travel will be sent out after the application deadline. While students are not required to book through Village Travel they are expected to arrive on the coordinated flight arriving into Dakar. If you would like to request a deviation from the coordinated flight, you must get prior approval from the Learning Abroad Center. Early arrivals are not allowed.
See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.
Students also participating in the MSID semester program will receive their program information at the MSID orientation.rremo
Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||Summer|
|Program Name||Intensive French in Senegal|
|Track Name||Intensive French in Senegal|
Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.
Once you submit your application, Learning Abroad Center staff will create a University of Minnesota student internet account for you. You will use this account to access the Education Abroad Application System, and other University of Minnesota services. You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.
Our staff will contact you within 2–3 business days with your internet account information, and additional application instructions.
All students, both UofM and Non-UofM should use this apply button if applying for a program Fall 2021 or beyond (academic year, winter break etc.). You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.
After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:
If you do not meet the GPA requirement for this program you will be required to submit two additional application items—the Low GPA Essay and Special Circumstances Recommendation. Both items will be added to your checklist after you start your application, and you will be notified when they have been added.
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.
After your application checklist is complete, your application is reviewed by our program team. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email. If accepted, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application system and submit a Cancel Request.
For further information or questions about this program, send an email toAshley Metz or call at 612.626.6380.
Haley Madderom studied in Senegal in Spring 2015 and recently traveled back there in 2016. She is a senior studying Journalism and Anthropology with a French minor. While abroad she interned with a radio station in Toubacouta and studied in Dakar. Her favorite thing about living in Senegal were her host families and the fantastic friends that she made while practicing her French abroad. She also loved it's relaxed sense of time and many peoples' love for dance and music as a vital form of expression.