Through CIEE, Whitman students may study a wide variety of subjects in the French-speaking West African nation of Senegal. Students on this program will take French language and Wolof language courses as well as three additional courses taught either in English or French. At the CIEE Center in Dakar, the coursework will focus on Africa in general, but specifically on Senegal. Students studying in Senegal will have the opportunity to supplement their studies with a for-credit internship.

“I learned something new about Senegalese culture, which I could observe or apply ‘on the ground’ in my day-to-day life in Dakar almost every day...It was really interesting to see the concrete implications of what I was learning in class around me every day, and it was really helpful to be able to contextualize some of my more confusing experiences and observations within an academic setting. Sometimes academics can feel a little bit removed and inapplicable to every-day life, so it was really interesting and encouraging to see how my studies applied to the world around me.” - Leda Z. '16

Faculty Adviser:

Professor Jacqueline Woodfork (History Department)

Fields of Study:

French and Wolof languages, economics, gender studies, anthropology, history, development studies, environmental studies, and education


Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement); ability to live in a culture very different from one's own and to adjust to the living conditions of the developing world.

Language Prerequisite:

French language recommended but not required


15-18 credits per semester - Required Courses:
French Language (3 credits)
Wolof Language (3 credits)
Three Electives Courses (3 credits each)

Credit Conversion:

1 CIEE credit = 1 Whitman credit


Internships and community service projects are available for credit in lieu of one course


Homestay with a Senegalese family


Meals are provided by the host family and students are given a weekly meal stipend to supplement and add variety to their diet.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


August - December; January - May


CIEE General Scholarship and Grant Information

Program Link:

CIEE: Dakar Language and Culture