APA Dakar: Summer Study Abroad in French-Arts, Economics and More

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Spend an immersive six weeks in the hub of Francophone West Africa: Dakar, Senegal. A vibrant crossroads of art, business, education, and humanitarian organizations, Senegal is one of the most economically and politically stable countries in Africa.

Choose two classes from: Advanced French Language, Oral & Written African Literature, Senegal Today, Economics and Development, and Contemporary Western African Art. All courses are taught in French. Orientation, academic, and language support included.

Weekly volunteer opportunities, four cultural events, two day trips, one weekend excursion, and an African dance and drums workshop are included in APA's signature culture package. In addition, each student will be placed with a host family with full room and board.

Consider extending your time in Dakar two more weeks and continue with intensive language studies in Wolof or use this time to participate in an internship or pursue an independent study.

  • Choose courses based on your interests
  • Extend your summer abroad two more weeks for an independent study, internship, or Wolof language studies
  • Rich cultural package with a variety of experiences
  • Carefully matched homestays with all meals and weekly laundry included
  • Three-day orientation to prepare for the summer ahead

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Yes, I recommend this program

Dakar: Experiencing Francophone West Africa in Senegal

As an African Studies and French Language student, one of my biggest complaints was the lack of French-language study abroad programs outside of the Western world, until I found APA Senegal. The program's course content gives students an in-depth experience in a rich culture and the opportunity to make connections to locals (many of which I keep in contact with and miss very much). Living with a host family was a very effective way to improve skills in speaking French, and I felt much more comfortable with the language after completing the program. Academics are very rigorous but students will learn a LOT of new information in their classes, not only in French language but about local culture, economics, and analytical skills. I highly recommend this program and definitely do not regret choosing APA or Senegal.

What would you improve about this program?
As one of the students who participated in the first year of the program, we were very involved in giving constructive criticism to the APA staff as well as the professors. One of my biggest concerns was that the neighborhood was a 20 minute walk away from the university, which I was assured would not be the case in the future. I also requested that following programs incorporate a bit more Wolof (the main local language).

About Academic Programs Abroad (APA)

APA is a boutique program provider in Paris, France with a passion to provide a first-rate study abroad experience that unites academic excellence with the beauty and richness of French culture. For 30 years, students from over 80 US colleges and...
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