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  • Locations: Dakar, Senegal
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Winter-Spring
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  • Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission 08/22/2020 05/14/2021
Fall 2020 03/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission 08/22/2020 12/18/2020
Winter-Spring 2021 10/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission 01/16/2021 05/14/2021

** Application materials may be reviewed prior to the program's application deadline. (Please note: if all of your boxes are checked-off, your application is complete.) In most cases, for applicants applying to programs led by PSU faculty, interviews and final selection will take place after the program deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Fulfills University Studies Requirement: Yes, Reporting Live Supplemental Course
Program Description:

Program Overview

CIEE Dakar

The Republic of Senegal, which achieved independence in 1960 after more than a century of French colonial rule, is one of the most democratic and developed countries in West Africa. Senegal has a population of nearly ten million, with two million living in Dakar. Dakar is the political and economic capital of Senegal and one of West Africa's most important and vibrant cities. Although French is the country’s official language and Wolof the predominant language, other languages are spoken by the country’s multiethnic population which is more than 90% Muslim.

Program Focus

Students take five courses each semester: three required and two elective courses. The three required courses constitute the CIEE core curriculum: Contemporary Senegalese Society and Culture, French language, and Wolof language. A French placement test is completed upon arrival and test results will determine students’ placement in French language courses and their eligibility to enroll in French content courses.


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Program Dates

Current CIEE Calendar

Fall Semester with CIEE = Fall Quarter at PSU
Spring Semester with CIEE = Winter & Spring Quarters at PSU

Areas of Study

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This program is a good fit for the following majors:

  • African Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Black Studies
  • Community Development
  • Community Health
  • Culture
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Foreign Languages
  • French
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Music
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Women's Studies


Fall:  Students enroll in 23 - 27 quarter credits
Winter/Spring:  Students enroll in 24 - 27 quarter credits
Academic Year:  Students enroll in 45 - 54 quarter credits

Capstone Option

Reporting Live Capstone available during Fall & Spring Quarters

Language of Instruction 

English, French, Wolof

Host Country Language 

French, Wolof


Homestay, Apartment

Class Standing Eligibility

  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate

Minimum GPA Requirements

Undergraduate: 2.5

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.

Program Requirements

1 year college level French

Program Fee

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PSU Fees

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Application Fee:
All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will
be assessed to the students' account.