Program Details

The originality of the DIAS Summer Program springs from its structure and organization. It is taught by its founding members, most of whom are professors at institutions of higher education in the U.S. and are also alumni of Cheikh Anta Diop University i
Location:
Dakar, Senegal
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
MayMester Intersession, Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
The Dakar Institute of African Studies – Institut d’Etudes Africaines de Dakar (DIAS-IEAD) is an center of learning and research that focuses on African Studies, Francophone Studies, African Languages, and Education. The Dakar Institute provides a summer program and research opportunities in Senegal for undergraduate, graduate students, and scholars interested in developing their knowledge of Africa. Courses are taught by a diverse group of American and Senegalese professors with teaching and research experience in the U.S. and in Senegal. These courses fulfill requirements for specific majors and minors in different fields of Humanities and Education as well as General Education requirements at the students’ home institutions.

The originality of the DIAS Summer Program springs from its structure and organization. It is taught by its founding members, most of whom are professors at institutions of higher education in the U.S. and are also alumni of Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar. This unique situation allows us to teach high quality summer courses, which are up to American standards of university teaching, research, and innovation, in a country where we are comfortable both academically and culturally. One of the highlights of the DIAS Summer Programs is the mutual participation of local students and those coming from abroad. This is intended to create a community between students from Senegal and those from the U.S. and Europe, which will enable peers from abroad and from Senegal to learn the particularities of their respective cultures and to develop inter-cultural dialogue and understanding.

Summer: 6 semester credit hours
Setting Description:
Bound by the Atlantic Ocean, Mauritania, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea-Bissau, Senegal is a peaceful West African country with a mixture of many cultures and languages. Dakar, the capital city, is an international cultural hub, home to major academic institutions, the heart of diverse artistic and musical innovations and the center of creative political expressions. Senegal offers many cultural and tourist attractions. It has a rich cultural heritage represented by historical sites such as Gorée Island and St. Louis, traditional villages like Yoff, ecological landmarks like Popenguine and Toubab Dialao, and religious centers like Ndem village and Touba. Home to Youssou Ndour and Koumba Gawlo, the country has a prolific history of musical and artistic expression. In addition to diverse genres of music, from mbalax to rap, the Senegalese art-scape includes painting, sculpture, and dance. Senegal offers colorful markets, exquisite couture, and beautiful beaches side-by-side modern shopping
Cost:
The tuition includes airport meet and greet, instructional fees, room and board, orientation, around the clock support, field trips, and hotel and meals during our field trips, for the entire program period. Tuition: $3600

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