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Republic of Senegal

Senegal: Dakar 
School for International Training: Senegal Arts & Culture

The School for International Training Senegal program is based in the capital city of Dakar, where students examine topics such as the role of Islam in Senegalese life, contemporary development and poverty, and the history of the slave trade. Arts workshops focusing on areas such as batik making, ceramics, and sand painting, or musical training ranging from Senegalese dance to traditional instruments, add a hands-on component. Homestays, a rural visit, and educational excursions to Sine-Saloum Delta, Gorée Island, Saint-Louis, and Petite Côte complement field and classroom instruction.

Experience firsthand the enormous contribution to African arts and culture made by Senegal, a nation that has inspired three centuries of poets, novelists, and artists. Led to independence by internationally acclaimed poet and philosopher Leopold Senghor, this West African nation has long emphasized the role of art and culture in society.

Program Dates
Fall Semester (September to December) or Spring Semester (January to May).

Fields of Study: French & Wolof language study, anthropology, international development, independent field study

Eligibility: 2.5 CGPA; Completion of two semesters of French at Tulane including FREN 203 with a grade of B or better during the year before departure; prior study of Wolof and completion of coursework with West African content strongly recommended.

Academic Program
This cohort program consists of: Intensive French (3 credit hours); Intensive Wolof (2 credit hours); Arts & Culture Seminar (6 credit hours); Field Study Seminar (2 credit hours), and an Independent Study Project (ISP) (4 credit hours). The program begins with a week of orientation conducted by the program director in Dakar. Following orientation, students are placed in one of four elementary, intermediate or advanced French groups, and either elementary or intermediate Wolof based on a placement exam.

Afterwards students begin the thematic and methodology seminars. To afford direct knowledge of Senegalese rural life, students visit a rural setting. Village conditions are basic, frequently with no electricity or running water, and provide an invaluable opportunity to learn from rural Senegalese.

The final four weeks are spent conducting the ISP, which allows students to pursue a wide range of topics. The ISP is supervised and evaluated by SIT faculty. Students must submit a copy of their ISP to the CIS no later than four weeks following the completion of the semester in Senegal. Transcripts will not be processed until the ISP is received.

There is no Pass/Fail (S/U) option for this program. Tulane will award up to 500-level credit for coursework completed on this program. 

Living Arrangements
Students live in a variety of accommodations, including hostels and homestays; there also is some camping while on excursions.

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