Semester in Senegal Program

Program Overview
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.


Course content
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.

Program features
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

Program Fees
Students pay their regular George Fox tuition and room and aboard and continue to receive all of their financial aid.  Due to the high cost of some programs an additional fee may be charged.  The student is responsible for round trip airfare.  There also may be an additional charge for a visa. The fee does include emergency travel insurance.

The student will fill out two applications:
• George Fox off-campus application

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.

Council for International Education Exchange application


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.

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