Summer in Senegal

Spend six weeks in Dakar, the heart of Francophone West Africa

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Adapting to a new style of teaching in a foreign language can be challenging. A range of dedicated academic and language support is built in so you can leave Dakar feeling confident and successful both in French and your courses.

Astou Sagna, Director

My name is Astou Sagna and I am a doctoral student in French-speaking African Studies at the Department of Modern Letters at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar. My field of research concerns the journey of the female character in connection with the arts and the media in the French-speaking African novel. In 2020, I was a teaching, linguistic and technical assistant for APA. Today, I am the new director of the program in Dakar.

Elisa Sambou, Program Assistant

My name is Elisa Sambou and I have been the Assistant of the International Relations Department at ISM Group since the end of 2019. I hold a Bachelor degree in International Management and a Masters in project management from ISM Dakar. I am very cheerful and love sharing and communicating with others. I am also into entrepreneurship and I help many young people start their projects.

Customized Language Support

  • Students meet each week with a French professor for one hour targeting specific areas of improvement in both oral and written French expression and separately with a teaching assistant for 30 minutes. This time is also spent learning how to write using academic French and proofreading class assignments.
  • Weekly conversational Wolof classes provide a foundation for this native language often heard around town.

Academic Support

  • Methodology sessions integrated into each course
  • Course-specific tutoring hours
  • Proofreading sessions

Pre-Departure Support

  • Passport application assistance
  • Visa application assistance (if necessary)
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Finance and scholarship support
  • Departure preparations: vaccinations, cell phones, insurance, prescription medication, and more

On-Site Support

  • Airport pickup on June 2
  • 24/7 on-site support: Emergency and health matters, housing support, and more
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