Thrive in Dakar

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

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Adapting to a new style of teaching, in a foreign language, in a new city and culture is quite the accomplishment! APA’s signature methodology provides the tools to thrive: a range of dedicated academic and language support is built in so students can leave Dakar feeling confident and successful both in language acquisition and their classes.

Astou Sagna, Director

Managing the academic details for students, Astou handles university enrollment, class registration, coordinating academic and language support, and liaises with faculty. In short, she guides students throughout their semester or year in Dakar. Drop by Astou’s office to chat about Francophone African literature or female characters in arts and media – it is her field of research for her doctorate program in the African Studies at the Department of Modern Letters at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar!

Elise housing manager visiting a host family

Elisa Sambou, Program Assistant

An alum of ISM Dakar, Elisa received her Bachelor degree in International Management and Masters in Project Management. Friendly and upbeat, Elisa organizes the cultural program, oversees homestays, and handles the day-to-day for students in Dakar. She can also be found in the International Relations Department at ISM, where she has been an assistant since 2019. In her free time, Elisa unleashes her entrepreneurial creativity, helping many young people start their projects.

Customized Language Support

All students take an online language evaluation administered during the pre-departure period for APA to prepare for the semester’s specialized support.

  • Weekly individual language support: Each week throughout the semester, students meet with the French language instructor for one hour to polish their oral and written skills and proofread assignments before submission.
  • August intensive language: Students that participate in the fall semester and need a language boost before classes begin can take a three-week intensive language course via our Paris: August Short-Term program. An excellent way to shake off the linguistic rust!

Academic Support

  • Faculty Assistance: Outside of class, ISM faculty are available and eager to assist students
  • Peer-to-Peer study groups
  • Tutoring: One-on-one tutoring sessions can be arranged

Pre-Departure Support

On-Site Support

  • 24/7 emergency support
  • Airport pickup upon arrival
  • Extracurricular guidance: housing and logistical support such as assistance with purchasing a Senegalese cell phone, finding a doctor or counselor, opening a bank account
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