DAKAR: CIEE – CIEE Study Center

Dakar, Senegal

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  • Fall Semester - Late August - Late December
  • Spring Semester - Mid January - Mid May
  • Summer 1 Semester - exact dates TBD for 2012

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 15
  • Spring Semester - October 1
  • Summer 1 Semester - February 1


Study Abroad Coordinator: Emily Ferraro (e.ferraro@neu.edu)

If you are interested or majoring in French/Francophone studies, African studies, international relations, or development studies and are seeking an opportunity to live and study in a French-speaking West African country considered by many to be one of the most developed and democratic nations in that region, then this program is right for you. The program is geared toward students interested in continuing French language study and learning Wolof, while taking other courses in English and having a cultural immersion experience.

Hear from some students on this program! : CIEE Dakar 2015 Student Video


  • Fall/ Spring Semester: Students participating in this program are required to take five courses. Students will be charged Northeastern undergraduate tuition for 16 credits.  Should a student decide to transfer back a fifth course, he or she will then be charged an overload fee as defined on the Northeastern University Registrar’s website.  Please note: See Cost section for additional Study Abroad fees.
  • Fall/Spring Semester: Students take five courses each semester: three required and two elective courses. The three required courses constitute the CIEE core curriculum:
  1. Contemporary Senegalese Society and Culture (in French or English, depending on the results of a French language placement test completed upon arrival in Dakar),
  2. French language
  3. Wolof language
  4. Two elective courses
  • Summer Semester: Students take 2 courses for 8 NU credits.

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Host University

The CIEE Study Center in Dakar is operated in conjunction with Suffolk University-Dakar Campus. The CIEE Study Center office is located at Suffolk University-Dakar campus and language instruction and CIEE area studies courses take place there. CIEE students have access to the library, computer labs, and other facilities at Suffolk University-Dakar Campus but should understand that they will study exclusively with other CIEE students.

Eligibility Requirements

  •  at least 2 semesters of college level French required
  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 2.75
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility

Application Procedure

    • Completed online OISP application
    • Completed online CIEE application
    • Personal statement
    • Passport photos will be uploaded by students as electronic files in to our online application.
    • Official transcript
    • Home School Nomination forms will be completed online (Completed by your OISP advisors).
    • One evaluation. If a program has a language prerequisite, the evaluation must be a language evaluation. The CIEE online application will prompt students and will send an email to their evaluator to as
    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
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Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $22,660

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($22,310), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Please note that this program requires students to take five courses. Should students choose to transfer back the fifth course, the student will be liable for an additional 4 credit overload fee ($5,577.50). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

Summer 1 2015: $10,909

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 8 NU credits ($10,634) and International Security and Emergency Support ($275). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.


Housing and meals are included in the program fee paid directly to CIEE by the student. All students live in a Senegalese home in a furnished room. Living with a Senegalese family enables students to have daily contact with the French and/or Wolof languages, and learn about family and social life in Senegal, which are crucial aspects of the culture. While French is the official language of the country, Wolof is most commonly spoken in the homes of CIEE host families, and CIEE students will realize the challenges of living in a multi-ethnic and multi-lingual society, as they learn to function in both languages.


The Republic of Senegal, which achieved independence in 1960 after more than a century of French colonial rule, is one of the most democratic and developed countries in West Africa. Senegal has a population of nearly twelve million, with two and a half million living in Dakar, the political and economic capital and one of West Africa's most important and vibrant cities. Although French is the country's official language and Wolof the predominant language, other languages are spoken by the country's multiethnic population which is more than 90% Muslim.