Semester in Senegal Program
This is a program that emphasizes the strengthening of skills in the French language through immersion in the Francophone culture of Senegal, in West Africa. Senegal was first under the control of the Portuguese and the Dutch and then became a French colony in the 17th century. The program is located at the Suffolk University-Dakar campus and is operated by the Council for International Educational Exchange. Dakar is a city of great beauty and cultural depth with a population of about 2.5 million.
Students must have skills in the French language to be able to study at the Intermediate or Advanced level. Other courses are available in French, including Development Economics, History of Islam, and Crisis Management and International Law in Africa. Beginning courses in the local Wollof language may be taken.
Weeklong visit to rural area
Participation in African art, dance, and music
Visits to museums, a fishing village, and an artists’ colony
Opportunities for community service and internships
The student will fill out two applications:
• George Fox off-campus application form (obtained from the Center for Study Abroad; or downloaded here).
• Council for International Education Exchange application (to be completed online here).
*The CIEE application should only be completed after being informed from the Director of Study Abroad that you are accepted for an off-campus study semester.
Students must be full-time undergraduates with junior or senior status, holding a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to apply.
Because students remain enrolled at George Fox Univesity while participating at CIEE, academic credit is awarded by George Fox. Students will typically take between 15-16 credit hours. Students will be required to attend two pre-departure meetings, complete an online course evaluation, and attend a re-entry meeting upon their return. Students must see the transfer credit specialist in the Registrars office BEFORE they begin their semester off-campus.
Students live in a Senegalese home and strengthen their French skills by interacting with the family. They may also learn some Wollof from the family, the predominant local language. Home assignments are made on the basis of a questionnaire in advance and a consultation after arriving.
The student pays George Fox's standard tuition, room and board, and student fees (an additional fee is required to attend some programs). Participants continue to receive financial aid, including scholarships, since they are officially George Fox students. Round trip airfare is additional.