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Senegal Program

Memorial statue of the liberation of slavery, Il de Goree, Senegal.

The Senegal Program is offered on a rotating basis, and was last offered Summer Semester, 2017.  Please contact the Department of World Languages and Cultures at 707-826-3226 or wlc@humboldt.edu for information about the next scheduled offering of the Senegal Program.

Program Overview

French and Francophone Studies presents a 10-week interdisciplinary 12-unit summer study abroad program in Dakar, Senegal.  It is a unique educational opportunity rarely afforded students of American universities to study in Africa for a semester with HSU faculty.  The program also serves as an African heritage experience and as a career exploration opportunity in Africa. 

The program welcomes students with no previous French language studies, as well as French-speakers, and community members as well, through Extended Education. 

Students will study both Wolof and French, complete a nine-unit Upper Division GE package, and explore NGOs and internship opportunities, according to their linguistic background.

With its GE package, the Summer Semester in Senegal reduces time to the degree, focuses on the two HSU themes of social justice and the environment on a global scale, and provides insight into African studies.


Dakar is the capital and largest city of Senegal. It is located on the Cap-Vert Peninsula on the Atlantic coast and is the westernmost city in the Old World and on the African mainland. Its position, on the western edge of Africa, is an advantageous departure point for trans-Atlantic and European trade; this fact aided its growth into a major regional port.