Thrive in Dakar

French-language business, STEM and social science studies in Senegal's coastal capital.

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Application

Dakar Awaits! Your time to discover an exceptional experience in Senegal is now. A team is ready to assist you from interest to departure and everything in between. Have questions about the application process? Schedule a zoom, send an email or find us on campus, we are here to help you.

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Spring 2023 & Fall 2023 Application Process

APA has been confident in welcoming semester long students to Dakar since Fall 2021 and summer students since 2018. APA works with all students and institutions to ensure the smoothest application process possible.

  • Complete the application form on the Apply webpage.
  • After, you will be prompted to log in to the portal to complete the remaining components you can:
    • Schedule a conversation via Zoom or phone to talk about your goals.
    • Request contact information for an alum to hear about their experiences.
    • Peruse our social media accounts for photos and videos of students partaking in the program.

Apply

Complete the application form on the Apply webpage. After, you will be prompted to log in to the portal to complete the remaining components:

  • Personal Statement
  • Official transcript*
  • University Approval
  • 2 recommendation letters (1 from a French professor and 1 from your academic advisor or professor in your major’s department)

Once we’ve received your application, you’ll be contacted for a Zoom interview.

*If you are mailing this item, send it to the US office: Box #17218, 24 Camp Avenue, Stamford, CT 06907.

Application Deadlines

  • Spring Semester 2023 Early Bird Admissions: September 15, 2022 (apply and submit your deposit by this date to receive a $200 reduction in program fees)
  • Spring Semester 2023: we must receive all of your documents by October 15, 2022
  • Fall Semester 2023 and Academic Year 2023-24 Early Bird Admissions: February 15, 2023 (apply and submit your deposit by this date to receive a $300 reduction in program fees)
  • Fall Semester 2023 and Academic Year 2023-24: we must receive all of your documents by March 15, 2022 

Applications received after the deadline will be considered according to space and availability.

Any Questions?

Lindsay Turlan leads our US operations and is the go-to person for all aspects of the application process, including billing, pre-departure preparation, and university liaising. If you have any questions, get in contact with the APA office!

Eligibility

The ideal APA student is bright and motivated, internationally-minded who seeks a cross-cultural experience and has a desire to experience Senegalese life.

We know that several factors play into a student’s ability to learn a second language (or third, or fourth!). The number of semesters of college-level French should be seen as a guideline rather than a requirement. We invite you to contact us at usa@apaparis.com and we will be happy to assist you if you are unsure of your language level.

Dakar Program

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Sophomore, Junior, or Senior university standing or higher
  • B1 French language level and up, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) [approximately 3 – 4 semesters of French or equivalent]
    • Do you find yourself in between language levels? The Intermediate French class in the Paris: August Short-Term program has been intentionally crafted to prepare students for a semester program with APA. Bundle these programs for maximum language proficiency!
    • Students with no French, or who do not meet the B1 language level may be accepted: there is the possibility to take courses in English (management or economics track), and/or to take an intermediate French course.
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