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Minnesota: MSID Senegal
Dakar, Senegal
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
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Program Sponsor: UM Learning Abroad Center 
Program Dates &
Deadlines:
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Restrictions: CU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
 Lang. of Instruction:
French
 Program Type:
Direct Enrollment, Internship
 Minimum GPA:
2.5 Housing: Homestay
Fields of Instruction: Independent Study, International Relations, Swedish Language
 Class Rank:
grad student, junior, senior
Study Abroad Advisor : Dr. Kristen Grace
Program Description:

MSID Senegal

This unique program allows you to explore the real world of international development in Senegal, a French-speaking country seen as a bridge between Africa and the West.

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Academics
  • Learn about international development.
  • Gain hands-on experience by participating in a community internship.
  • Take Wolof language classes.

This program appeals to students who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of Senegal's culture through field experience.

  • Program type:
    MSID Senegal is an experiential program. Learn about Senegal through classes, field trips, internships, and research.
  • Level:
    3000-4000 level courses.
  • Term:
    Fall semester plus optional pre-session, spring semester, academic year plus optional pre-session.
  • Prerequisites:
  • Courseload:
    16 credits for fall or spring semester; 32 for the academic year. Add 4 credits for optional pre-session for fall and academic year.
Faculty

Dr. Ousmane Sène of the Department of English, Université of Cheikh Anta Diop, directs the program. Waly Faye is the program coordinator, and Senegalese faculty provide all instruction.

How to Apply

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About This Program

Senegal has long been seen as a crossroads where black African, Islamic, and European civilizations have met, clashed, and blended. Today it is still seen as a bridge between Africa and the West; yet it is also a place where Senegalese people remain deeply attached to traditional values and cultures. This program is based in Dakar, Senegal's cosmopolitan capital, with internship sites scattered throughout the country. Heated by the African sun while surrounded on three sides by cool Atlantic waters, Dakar has a climate often described as "eternal spring."

Homestays are an integral component of the MSID learning experience. All students live and share most meals with at least one family, and many with two different families--one during the classroom phase and a second in a different part of the country during the remainder of the program. Students with internships in the main city typically choose to remain with the same family throughout.

Language Pre-Session: An optional August intensive French language course is offered for fall semester and academic year students. One language course is taught over a 4-week period and awards 4 undergraduate credits. The Senegal program offers 5th semester French language instruction. The syllabus focuses on language skill development and daily oral practice. Housing is with host families, and local excursions are included.

Semester Program: The semester program consists of four courses. All classes are with program participants and are taught by local faculty. Through the coursework and the internship, you have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on the complex and diverse nature of development as realized in their MSID country. All courses are taught in French (except the Global Identity course). French majors and minors who need to have their internship conducted in French (not Wolof), should be certain to clarify this on the Internship and Academic Information Form that is completed as part of the acceptance process. In addition to the courses listed below, an advanced French language class is offered weekly as part of the Country Analysis course to enable you to strenghten grammar and communication skills.
About Learning Abroad Center

The Learning Abroad Center in the Office of International Programs is the University of Minnesota's comprehensive resource for study, service-learning, work, intern, volunteer, and travel experiences worldwide.

The Learning Abroad Center is a leader in providing innovative international learning experiences that expand and redefine the world for a diverse population of students, colleagues, and staff. The Learning Abroad Center staff and University of Minnesota faculty and staff participate in numerous leadership opportunities and serve on the advisory boards of organizations who provide and/or support education abroad programs. Through collaboration and individual attention, the Learning Abroad Center continues to promote empowerment, development, understanding, and responsibility in the global community.

A variety of program options--300 programs in over 70 countries--have been developed to address the diverse needs of students. Programs vary in length, level, academic focus, teaching format, language requirements, cost, and degree of independence demanded of the participant.


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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Approx. Start Approx. End
Spring 2015 09/15/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Programs may fill long before their final deadline. * Recommendation--For SPRING: APPLY in MAY to study abroad the following spring. For FALL/YEAR: APPLY in DECEMBER. Later applications are always welcome, but colleges may need time to process your approval.