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Dakar Program Overview


The special attraction of the Wells College Program in Dakar, Senegal is its focus on interaction with the local population, not as folklore but in everyday life circumstances.

Wells College offers its students, visiting students from other American colleges and universities a unique opportunity to study in Dakar, Senegal, one of the most vibrant cities in western Africa; where modern amenities mix well with the cultural tradition of the Wolof, Peul and Sérère peoples.

It is designed not only for students who want to major in African studies, but for all students wishing to develop their interest in political science, literature, history or the arts while experiencing a very different culture.

It is also a program which allows students of African American studies to discover the roots of our African heritage.

Finally, as a developing nation, Senegal offers a wonderful opportunity to examine the influence of European and American culture on traditional societies. It also gives the students a chance to look at their own culture from a very different point of view.

You can Apply to the Wells College Study Abroad Program in Dakar here. Bon Voyage and Dem Leen ak Jamm!

You can contact Dr. André Siamundele, Wells College Dakar Study Program Director, at or call 315-364-3308 for more information.

“The homestay experience was great and was crucial to the semester. It really helped me to understand customs, traditions, and daily life in Dakar. It was a great place to study to broaden my world-view, improve my language skills, and get to know the culture on a deeper level. I’m proud of my improvements in French and the start I have in Wolof. I’m also happy with the friends I made and of learning to adapt to Senegalese culture and how that has changed many of my views and attitudes.” —J.S., Villanova University

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“The Wells program is one of close integration into Senegalese society, the centrepiece of which is a long homestay. I have learned about myself and the world while studying here, and feel that I have gotten to know Dakar pretty well. The course load is interesting and valuable, but allows an appropriate amount of time of out-of-the classroom explorations.” —S.A., Brown University