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  • Locations: Dakar, Senegal; Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Goree Island, Senegal; St. Louis, Senegal; Touba, Senegal
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, French Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Housing Option: Homestay, Hotel/Hostel Areas of Study: African American and African Studies, Anthropology, Arts and Sciences, Communication, Comparative Studies, French, History, Humanities, International Studies, Linguistics, Political Science, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student, 5-Graduate Student Program Type: Faculty-Led
Summer Session: 4W1 Four Week Session 1 Academic Credit: African American and African Studies, French, International Studies
Education Abroad Coordinator: Louise Yahiaoui
Program Description:
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Program Francophone Africa tab 1

Th is inter-departmental May session program in Senegal will be based in Dakar, the capital city of Senegal. The focus of this French taught program will be the study of private and public life in Senegal through literature and the arts, history, philosophy and popular cultures. Particular attention will also be paid to the relation between tradition and modernity in Francophone Africa. For those students with no prior French language experience this program also offers an International Studies/ African and African American studies credit track.

By participating on this program students will gain a better understanding of the continuities and discontinuities of African cultures, their differences and similarities with Western cultures and their future prospects. To further enhance this learning there will be field trips to Goree Island, Saint-Louis and Touba. Each student will also leave the program with an understanding of  the Senegalese native language Wolof.

Together with improving language skills this program also enables students to think critically about issues relating to national identity and neocolonialism. Participants will partner with local students in classroom and social settings, for regular guided discussions surrounding the topics the program explores.


The program will be based in Dakar at the West African Research Center which promotes academic and cultural exchanges between American and West African researchers, students and artists. It offers a comfortable setting conducive to both serious study and friendly contact and communication with other students and Senegalese staff. Located in a suburb of Dakar with access to small shops and neighborhood restaurants, the WARC facilities include classrooms, conference room, office space, Wi-Fi access and a central courtyard.


Students will be housed in safe, secure homestays close to the WARC buildings. Accommodation during excursions will be in guesthouses.

Resident Directors

Cheikh Thiam
French and Italian

Education Abroad Coordinator

Louise Yahiaoui
If you would like to schedule an appointment please click here



Courses and Credit Francophone Africa tab 2

Admitted participants are required to register for three hours in appropriate courses in  French, AAAS or International Studies credit. French majors who have already taken two courses or more above 2101 and 3101 will receive credits for 3202 or 5205, while those who completed 2101, but have not taken two or more credits above the 2101 and 3101 level will receive credits for 3202 or 3402. Non French majors will earn credits for AAAS 3451, AAAS 4551 or AAAS 5485.02 or for French 1801 (Masterpieces of the French-Speaking Word) or 1802 (Cultures of the French-Speaking World).



Application Requirement Francophone Africa tab 3

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline



Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to



Program Costs Francophone Africa tab 4

Students will be responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $3717 program fee. The program fee includes international airfare, accommodation, visa, some meals, all in country transportation, all site entrances/field trips and international health insurance. It does not cover all meals, passport costs (if applicable) immunizations and spending money.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to  OIA's Cancellation Policy.

Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

If a students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.

Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed.  After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.



Information Sessions Francophone Africa tab 5

Thursday September 28, 2017 11a-12p in 100 Enarson Classroom Building
Tuesday November 14, 2017 2-3p in 100 Enarson Classroom Building


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Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.


None at this time.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 01/15/2018
01/18/2018 05/05/2018 06/04/2018
Summer 2019 01/03/2019 01/15/2019 TBA TBA

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