Courses and Credits
Students take 10 weeks of language courses in French and Wolof at the Baobab Center. Additionally, each week, lectures are given by highly qualified faculty, mostly from the Université Cheikh Anta Diop, covering a variety of topics, including West African literature, West African history, and Islam in Senegal, as well as Senegalese art and music. With the exception of a few lectures by American academics and the Wolof language courses, all of the course instruction, lectures, and discussions are in French.
Unlike life on the Lawrence campus in Appleton, the weekly class schedule in Dakar is different just about every week. Generally, students should expect to be occupied with classes or activities between 9 am - 7 pm each weekday. There is a break in classes or activities from 1 pm - 3 pm each day during which most students walk home to eat lunch with their host family. Weekly courses and activities may include French Language, Senegalese Literature and History, Wolof, Senegalese Music and Dance, a lecture in Senegalese Political History, a lecture in Islam in Senegal, and a trip to an organization within the Dakar region.