Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Dakar, Senegal
- Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
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- Program Sponsor: UM Learning Abroad Center
- Restrictions: Rice applicants only
Study international development in Senegal, a fascinating French-speaking country seen as a bridge between Africa and the West. You’ll also contribute through an internship or research project with a nonprofit organization while you are there. Explore the complexities created by issues such as environment, globalization, public health, and social justice.
This program appeals to students who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of Senegal's culture through field experience.
Dr. Ousmane Sène of the Department of English, Université of Cheikh Anta Diop, directs the program. Waly Faye is the program coordinator, and Senegalese faculty provide all instruction.
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Senegal has long been seen as a crossroads where black African, Islamic, and European civilizations have met, clashed, and blended. Today it is still seen as a bridge between Africa and the West; yet it is also a place where Senegalese people remain deeply attached to traditional values and cultures. This program is based in Dakar, Senegal's cosmopolitan capital, with internship sites scattered throughout the country. Heated by the African sun while surrounded on three sides by cool Atlantic waters, Dakar has a climate often described as "eternal spring."
Homestays are an integral component of the MSID learning experience. All students live and share most meals with at least one family, and many with two different families--one during the classroom phase and one during the internship/research phase. Students with internships in the main city typically choose to remain with the same family throughout.
Language Pre-Session: An optional intensive French language course is taught over a four-week period and awards 4 undergraduate credits. The Senegal program offers fifth-semester French language instruction. The syllabus focuses on language skill development and daily oral practice. Housing is with host families, and local excursions are included.
Internship and Research: The internship and research experience is the cornerstone of the MSID program and may be where you will learn the most. Your placement will be with an agency engaged in grassroots work related your selected track and will immerse you in the social realities of the poorer strata of the population.
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