Dakar Summer Program

Discover Dakar: Spend an immersive six weeks in the hub of West Africa--a vibrant crossroads of art, business, education, and humanitarian organizations.

For students who have studied French at least three semesters in college, 2.75 GPA, and sophomore standing.

Dates: May 16-July 1, 2018 (6 weeks)


Get to know Dakar and prepare for your stay


Enroll in 2 classes and receive dedicated academic and language support

APA | Dakar Summer Program


Day trips, weekend excursions, and more


Live with a Senegalese host family

Program Fees

What's included in the program



APA | Dakar Summer Program | Aerial View

Dakar Quick Facts

Capital city of Senegal
Official language: French
Population: 1,030,594
Currency: CFA Franc
Average temperature: 80F

Dakar is the westernmost city in mainland Africa. A prominent city of the former French colonial empire for nearly three centuries, this francophone influence can be found in most aspects of life such as language, architecture, cuisine, and education.

Dakar is now home to several national and regional banks, NGOS, and manufacturing centers. According to the World Bank, Senegal is one of the most stable and democratic countries of Africa.

APA | Dakar Summer Program


The first three days in Dakar are comprised of an orientation with APA at ACI’s Baobab Center in order to get to know your new city. This will cover:

  • Preparation & Guidance: exploring cultural differences and preparing for homestays
  • Health & safety overview
  • Walking tour of Dakar
  • Seminar on Senegal: history, geography, government, and economy
  • Initiation in Wolof: learn key phrases and the practical use of this local language used in daily life

Logistical support

  • Airport pickup upon arrival
  • Pre-departure support
  • On-site support for in and outside of the classroom
  • Liability insurance
  • Optional: Group flight from New York City


Choose 2 courses from the following:

Dakar Summer Program
  • Contemporary Francophone Literature: with guest speakers.
  • Senegal Today: a political science class encompassing politics, religion, education, society, women, economic development, media, and arts. Guest speakers and on-site visits directly related to topics will be organized.
  • Economics and Development: identify and analyze the important actors and growing sectors driving the West African region’s economic hub.
  • Contemporary African Arts: based on the biennial event Dak’Art 2018: The red hour (expression borrowed from Aimé Césaire in his play “And The Dogs Keep Silent”) addressing emancipation, freedom, and responsibility.
Each course receives four credit hours. At the end of the program, APA sends to each student’s home institution a:
  • Transcript: Includes credit hours, Senegalese grades and their American equivalents
  • Professor’s evaluation including a detailed report of the grades earned in each course
  • Course descriptions and bibliographies
  • Student’s academic schedule

Partner Institutions

APA has partnered with top tier universities and institutions in Dakar to provide our courses:
  • Institut Supérieur de Management (ISM)
    • Host institution, AACSB member
  • Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD)
    • Premier university in Senegal
  • Institut Français of Dakar
    • Promotion of francophone culture and language in Senegal
Register for two courses at premier Senegalese institutions


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.

Academic Support

  • Methodology workshops
  • Course-specific tutoring sessions
  • Proofreading sessions

Customized language support

  • Students will meet each week with a French professor for 30 minutes and separately for one hour with a teaching assistant targeting specific areas of improvement in both oral and written expression.


APA | Dakar Summer Program | Explore
Dakar has a vibrant culture and with the biennial contemporary art celebration Dak’Art in 2018, a suite of essential experiences have been planned:
  • Receive four tickets to the performing arts: concert, dance, theater, film
  • Introduction to African dance and drums
  • Weekly volunteer opportunities
In addition, APA takes students on exclusive trips to visit some of the major historical and cultural sites of Senegal.

Day trips

  • Gorée Island
  • Lac Rose

Weekend excursion

  • Sine Saloum Islands (experiential ecological learning and enrichment alongside local families of the region)

APA | Dakar Summer Program | Housing


An exceptional experience, living in a Senegalese homestay provides a greater understanding of cross-cultural learning and immersion. After spending the first two nights with APA at a hotel, students will be introduced to their host family.

Carefully matched, each student is paired with a host family. All homestays are vetted by ACI Baobab Center to provide the best fit. Students are provided with a private bedroom with linens, access to common areas including the kitchen, daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and weekly laundry.

Program Fees

APA | Dakar Summer Program | Program Fees

The Dakar: Summer Program includes the following:


  • Tuition fees for two courses
  • Academic and customized language support


  • Airport pick-up
  • 3-day orientation with two hotel nights and meals included


  • 4 tickets to the performing arts
  • 2 day trips
  • 1 weekend excursion
  • African dance and drums workshop
  • Weekly volunteer opportunities


  • Homestay room, board, and laundry


  • Pre-departure support
  • Liability insurance
  • On-site logistical support

Program Fees: $5,600

Out-of-Pocket Expenses

  • Flight to and from Dakar
  • Passport
  • Vaccinations
  • Medical insurance
  • Local transportation
  • Meals outside of board
  • Personal expenses and purchases such as souvenirs and entertainment

Payment Schedule

  • $500 deposit upon acceptance
  • Remaining balance paid in full by April 1


Facebook    Twitter    Instagram    Blog



42 Saint George Ave
Stamford, CT 06905

Tel: +1 (203) 883-8200
Fax: +1 (203) 883-8201
Email: usa@apaparis.com


8, villa d’Alésia
75014 Paris, France

Tel: +33 1 45 41 40 74
Email: paris@apaparis.com


IIE Passport    APUAF

NAFSA    Forum on Education Aboard