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African & Development Studies, Dakar

Study Abroad Program Overview

​Designed for those with interest in African studies, international relations, development or global studies, French language and/or Francophone studies, Senegal introduces students to French-speaking West Af​rica through coursework, homestays, internship and community service opportunities.
The vibrant political and economic center of Dakar offers a multilingual urban African community in action. Rural excursions and an extended stay outside Dakar deepen student appreciation and understanding of this largely agricultural country. 
Tracks within the program include development studies (for those with advanced French) and French language and culture (any level). These tracks provide unique perspectives on issues related to gender, religion, politics, healthcare, the economy, and environment in Senegal today.

This program can fulfill multiple requirements for the UCEAP Peace Corps Prep program​.​​

Visit the CIEE blog for program highlights!

Students attend classes with international students.

Language of Instruction

English; French

Language Study

 and Wolof​ language study is required.


Fall :  
mid-August to mid-December 








Students with extreme peanut allergies are discouraged from participation in this program. Peanuts and peanut oil are used in cooking many local dishes. It is not possible to avoid exposure in the required homestay.  ​


Housing is provided in homestays with a Senegalese family to provide a rich immersion experience, with placement made on the basis of a preliminary student questionnaire. The program includes a weeklong rural homestays outside of Dakar.
More information on housing...

Extracurricular Activities

The program includes day trips and longer excursions that include observation of non-governmental service projects, with visits to the historic Gorée Island and Toubab Dialaw, a fishing village and artist’s colony.​​

On-site Support

UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of study abroad offices at every UC campus and partnerships with host universities throughout the world. CIEE resident staff abroad help students integrate into the culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues. 

The CIEE Study Center office is located in a building shared with another educational institution, where all language instruction and CIEE area studies courses take place.

Course Opportunities

This program provides two tracks and consists of both required and elective courses offered by CIEE.

  • The language and culture track provides coursework in Senegalese society and culture, French language study, communication, education, history, and environmental studies.
    Opportunities for service learning in the community supplement classroom instruction.
  • The development studies track provides coursework in advanced French, Wolof language and a development studies practicum. In addition to these required courses, all students choose two elective courses from political science, development studies, public health and other areas. With the exception of the Wolof language course, all courses are taught in French. An internship or service learning opportunity is also available.
Electives taught in English may include:
African Society through Contemporary Literature
Gender and Development in Senegal and Sub-Saharan Africa 
    Elective courses taught in French may include:
      Development Economics
      History of Islam
      Crisis Management and International Law in Africa
      Public Health and Development in Senegal and Africa

      Topics in West African History: Colonization & Decolonization

    Use the following resources to learn more:
    ​UCEAP is affiliated with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Program to provide courses offered by CIEE and taught by local faculty.


    You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad; 22.5 to 27 quarter/15 to 18 semester UC units required; usually 5 or 6 courses.

    Research and Independent Study

    Independent research, service-learning and volunteer opportunities are arranged by local staff.

    Council on International Educational Exchange, Dakar

    Coucil on International Educational Exchange, Dakar 
    This program is affiliated with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). All CIEE courses are taught by Senegalese faculty, many of whom hold faculty appointments at Université Cheikh Anta Diop and/or are active local experts in their professional field.
    The CIEE Center provides classrooms, computer labs, a student lounge, and cafe.  Language peers and home stay experiences augment classroom instruction.

    Test Drive Your Future

    Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.


    Please note-Current internship offerings may vary; you may do your own research to find additional internship opportunities.

    Setting Up Your Internship

    • Apply during the application process with CIEE. Internships are secured once you are on-site. 

    Student Experiences

    "I improved my capabilities in communicating effectively cross-culturally which is important in the international field; I interacted with the staff and volunteers exclusively in French and Wolof and learned to approach sensitive topics in regards to cultural customs with sensibility."
    --​Annick Adams, UC Santa Barbara, Fall 2014
    “In terms of practical experience, I am most excited for the work I am doing in a community clinic. I am helping the Dispensaire Saint Laurent with the following:
    • statistics (on Excel and Access)
    • financial presentations (PowerPoint)
    • creating a website
    • suggestions for efficiency”               --Katarina Makmuri, UC Berkeley, Fall 2012

    Additional Information

    A credit-bearing internship course is available (3 semester/4.5 quarter units) and consists of a minimum of 60 hours of practical experience combined with a 30-hour seminar with guest speakers. Students maintain a journal, write a final research report, and give a formal presentation. Your internship is determined by your academic interests and skills.
    Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
    Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

    Estimated EAP Costs *

    OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
    * Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.

    1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.

    2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.

    All fees are subject to change without notice.

    These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
    Here’s what is included in the estimate:
    • Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
    • Round-trip transportation from California
    • UC fees
    • Tuition  
    • On-site orientation
    • Room and board
    • Program excursions
    • Books and other incidental expenses
    • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
    While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​


    UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.​

    ​Pell Grant recipients may be eligible for a Gilman Scholarship! The Gilman program gives additional funding for students who will study in Senegal. Application information can be found on the Gilman International Scholarship website
    Study abroad scholarships through the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
    CIEE offers scholarships for students attending CIEE-affiliated UCEAP programs, based on academic merit and/or need-based scholarships. Find out more.


    Class Level:

    Sophomore, Junior, Senior

    Language Prerequisites:

    - The University-level language requirement is: minimum 0 quarters / 0 semesters.
    * for the language and culture track. The development studies track requires a minimum of 2 years (6 quarters / 4 semesters).


    2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.

    All applicants must also have:

    • Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
    • Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
    • A willingness to abide by program regulations.
    • Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

    Application Information and Deadlines

    Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

    Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

    For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

    These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by CIEE.

    Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: