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  • Locations: Dakar, Senegal
  • Program Terms: Fall, Fall Back-Up, Split Year Spring, SpltYr Spring BackUp, Spring, Spring Back-Up
  • Restrictions: GU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Budget
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Language Prerequisite: Yes
Language(s): French, Wolof Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Area Studies
Non-GU Students May Apply: No Housing Options: Homestay
Level of Support: Medium (Moderate onsite support) Application Deadlines: February, October
Fields of Study: African Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Government/Political Science, History, Public Health OGE Advisor: Jason Sanderson
Engagement Opportunities: Field Work, Intern: Credit
Program Description:

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Development Studies (CIEE)

Dakar, Senegal



  • Good academic and disciplinary standing
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Language Prerequisites: Cultural Gateway of French-Speaking World (FREN250)
  • Language Evaluation: Two-part evaluation for French required of all applicants prior to application deadline (typically takes place two weeks before the application deadline)
In addition to your myGUABROAD application materials, you must complete the CIEE application by the OGE deadline.

*If you do not meet these eligibility requirements, please meet with the OGE Regional Advisor for this program early in the process to discuss your options.

About the Program

The CIEE Study Center in Dakar is operated in conjunction with local institutions. CIEE students have access to the library, computer labs, and other facilities shared by all the institutions on site, but they will study exclusively with other CIEE students.


Senegal signed an independence accord with France in April 1960. In September of that same year, Léopold Sédar Senghor, a poet of international renown, was elected as the first president of Senegal. Although French is the national language, the predominance of Wolof as the spoken language is evident. Nearly 95% of Senegal's population is Muslim. Dakar is the political and economic capital of the country and serves as the hub of humanitarian aid for the region.

Academic Calendar

  • Full year: mid-August to mid-May
  • Fall: mid-August to mid-December
  • Spring: mid-January to mid-May

Fields of Study

Language of instruction is French.

Fields of study include: African Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Government/Political Science, History, Public Health


You are required to enroll in a full courseload and complete all exams and assignments associated with the course regardless of the credit you wish to receive on the program. Withdrawal from a course or failure to take/complete a final will be regarded as an unauthorized reduction in courseload and a violation of the academic policy.

A full courseload for this program is: a minimum of 15 credits, including: The minimum passing grade for this program is: C for CIEE coursework

You are expected to take all courses and complete all coursework in French. You will not receive credit for courses taught in English, or in which the readings are primarily in English, nor may you use such coursework to meet the requirement for a full courseload.  

You are required to live in program housing.

You will live with a  Senegalese family in close proximity to the CIEE Study Center. **Students with allergies should know that Sengalese cuisine is peanut-based. This may not be an appropriate choice for those students who have strong reactions to peanuts or their derivatives.**

Program Budget

CIEE Dakar Program Budget


We advise students to research and pursue a wide range of funding opportunities. To find scholarships applicable to your program, browse the scholarships section of OGE’s website.

We are committed to making study abroad accessible to all interested and eligible students. We hope that students with accessibility needs will pursue study abroad opportunities and use the available support services on campus for assistance and advice when necessary.

With over 200 approved-programs, we are confident that you will find a program that fits your interests and goals. Programs offer varying degrees of academic and lifestyle support. Please make an appointment with your OGE advisor to discuss how to best support any special needs you might have on programs that may interest you.

To learn more about the resources for students on campus and also for advice on how to request accommodations overseas, please visit the Georgetown Academic Resource Center’s website. Additional support can be found on the Mobility International website.

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Open Application Deadlines & Dates
Open Application Deadlines & Dates
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 10/12/2019 TBA TBA