Program Offering


The Summer Program has five tracks: African Studies (taught in English), Francophone Studies (taught in French), African language, Education, and Service learning. All courses are designed to have a traditional and an experiential component, which may include workshops with traditional healers, artists, religious and community leaders, politicians, and/or scholars. A combination of lectures and direct learning experiences will help students gain a holistic understanding of African issues and their diverse manifestations in the Senegalese context, from the pre-colonial to the present times. These classes are cross-listed with courses from other disciplines, such as Women and Gender Studies, Literature, History, International Relations, Health and Life Sciences, Philosophy, and Religion. They may also be of interest to majors in Economics and International Development.

  • The Dakar Institute will offer two sessions, one during May/June and one in June/July.
  • Both sessions are five weeks long.
  • Each of the sessions can be taken through African Studies, Francophone Studies, African language, or Education tracks (when offered).
  • Students can earn up to 6 credit hours per session.
  • Field trips and cultural visits are included in each track.

For more information on classes see SUMMER PROGRAM.

Field Trips

Field trips are integrated as an experiential component of The Dakar Institute Summer Program. Visits may include sites such as Gorée Island, arguably one of the most important slave forts in Francophone Africa, Saint Louis, home of the first capital of Senegal, Université Gaston Berger and Université Cheikh Anta Diop, the most important centers of higher education in Senegal, Touba, a religious city in central Senegal, and Centre Malango, a traditional Serer healing community in Fatick. These field trips are designed to provide students with hands-on experience and to enhance their understanding of various cultural, historical, and socio-political issues pertaining to contemporary Africa.


The Dakar Institute offers exciting opportunities in hands-on learning through our internship program. We offer work and service related experience to our students through traditional internships, service learning, as well as community service programs. The institute will place students based on their interests in diverse fields, such as health, music, education, politics and environment. To augment the internship experience, the student will take a language course in either French or Wolof throughout the duration of the internship.