Framing the Francophone Phenomenon in Paris, France; Rabat, Morocco; and Dakar, Senegal

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Capitalize on the opportunity to study provocative topics from the perspective of three unique cultural and linguistic frames of reference. APA Multi-Country: France, Morocco, Senegal provides a tightly woven curriculum expertly designed to create global citizens capable of detailed analysis, research and an understanding of three different and important French-speaking worlds.

Students take a total of 4 courses throughout the program with 4 weeks of classes in each of the 3 cities.

Students all take one common course: "Introduction to France, Morocco and Senegal: Three Worlds, One Language". This course presents the historical, geographical, socio-economic and cultural context of each country. This course is concentrated in the 1st week to provide students with the foundation to better appreciate and take full advantage of their 3 other courses. Please note that a minimum of 4 students are required for a course to be opened.

Each course provides an exclusive opportunity to understand historical, economic and cultural topics through multi-disciplinary approaches. Leading professors in their fields have carefully designed and teach a semester-long program divided into three equal parts that investigate complex themes pertinent to these three locations.

Understanding the difficulty of fully grasping intricate universal themes in one location, APA Multi-Country: France, Morocco, Senegal offers a selection of comparative courses. Each professor leads their students through an interdisciplinary course across the three sites by sharing their knowledge in the local context. Assessment is conducted at each site and evaluated by the cohort of professors.

An identical methodology is applied for each course in each city, emphasizing exchange and participation. An academic excursion or a guest speaker is planned in each city for each course.

After participating in this unique semester program, students will be able to:
1) Undertake active research and reflection in Paris, Rabat and Dakar crucial for honing skills needed for most future careers in the global workplace.
2) Synthesize, evaluate and interpret the theoretical framework for vital topics (immigration, identity, development, religion, gender, art and culture.)
3) Acquire the ability to express themselves in the French language with greater understanding of its use as a primary and secondary language.

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Fall Semester 2024

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Take Your Pick

Students enroll in four courses for four credits each. All courses are conducted in French.

Take one common course with your cohort:

Introduction to France, Morocco and Senegal: Three Worlds, One Language

An interdisciplinary exploration of the major historical, social, political, and economic forces that shaped contemporary France, Morocco, and Senegal. This course is concentrated to the first week in each city.

Choose your remaining three courses from the following:

Emigration from Africa to Europe: Between the Strong Southern Migratory Aspiration and the Protectionism of Northern “El Dorado”

Examine African international migrations from a country of departure (Senegal), a transit country (Morocco), and a major migratory destination (France).

Islam, Politics and Identity: France, the Maghreb & West Africa

Investigate the complex relationship between Islam and politics in the contemporary period from an ideological rather than theological point of view. As one of the world’s major religions and global political influencers, what Islam means to populations in various locations and the place it holds in defining identity and politics differs significantly.

French Colonialism and Decolonization: France, Morocco, Senegal

Trace the history of the French colonial project from its rise in the 19th century to its demise in the 20th century. This course explores the expansion, management, and disintegration of the empire, as well as the culture and legacies of the empire in France, Morocco, and Senegal.

Development Economics: Findings and Perspectives

Understand the economic theories and qualitative and quantitative approaches to development to identify the challenges of, and propose models for, sustainable and inclusive development and economic growth.

Passages through Francophone Cities

Study the City through Francophone literature. The urban space plays an essential role; it is both the engine and the object of a thematic route which allows us to discover the literary city juxtaposed with the urban, physical space.

Gender, Feminism in Transnational Contexts

Feminism and gender have been shaped by and within colonialism, postcolonialsm, nationalism, and transnationalism. Examine the historical development of feminism and its relationship between gender and race in France and two of its former colonies, Morocco and Senegal.

Syllabus coming soon!

At the end of the semester, APA will send the following to the student’s home institution:

  • Transcript (includes credit hours, French grades, and American equivalents)
  • Professor’s evaluation (includes detailed report of the grades earned)
  • Course descriptions and bibliographies
  • Student’s academic schedule

Linguistic support for intermediate speakers

Accelerate language learning and cross-cultural engagement with the Paris: August Short-Term program. This program is a great fit for students who need extra language support prior to the upcoming semester or, who want to immerse themselves in the French culture for a little bit longer. Receive a discount for the short-term program when enrolling in the Multi-Country: France, Morocco, Senegal fall semester.

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Spend a year with APA

Combine your Multi-Country studies with a semester in Paris or Dakar.

An academic year abroad allows students to continue their linguistic progress, immerse in the local cultures and develop a greater cross-cultural understanding.

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