Discover Dakar: Spend an immersive six or eight weeks in the hub of West Africa–a vibrant crossroads of art, business, education, and humanitarian organizations. Follow courses taught by local professors on the campus of the Institut Supérieur de Management, share daily life with a Senegalese host family, and take part in a variety of cultural activities.
May 31 - July 18, 2023 (6.5 weeks) (To be confirmed)
May 31 -July 30, 2023 (with 2-week extension) (To be confirmed)
Six Weeks: $6,300
Two-Week Extension: $2,500-2,900
Language of Instruction
Starting Level: B1 and up
Get to Know Dakar
Dakar Quick Facts
Capital city of Senegal
Official language: French
Currency: CFA Franc
Average temperature: 80F
Dakar is the capital city of Senegal and westernmost city in mainland Africa. A former French colony, this Francophone influence can still be found in the language, architecture, and cuisine.
Family, music, and storytelling are large parts of this welcoming culture. Senegal is known across Africa for mbalax, a blend of Western-style jazz, rock, and soul with traditonal sabar drums. Hospitality, or teranga in the local Wolof dialect, is so important to the Senegalese that the national soccer team is known as the Lions of Teranga.
The first three days in Dakar are comprised of an orientation with APA in order to get to know your new city. This will cover:
Preparation & Guidance: exploring cultural differences including gender and sexuality
Historical overview of Senegal
Health & safety seminar
Walking tours of Dakar
Finding your way: practice using taxis and public transportation
Initiation in Wolof: learn key phrases and the practical use of this local language used in daily life
Academics are very rigorous but students will learn a LOT of new information in their classes, not only in French language but about local culture, economics, and analytical skills. I highly recommend this program and definitely do not regret choosing APA or Senegal.