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  • Locations: Dakar, Senegal
  • Program Terms: Fall, Fall/Winter
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  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Drexel in Senegal: MSID International Development

Senegal Dakar Street Scene

Program Overview

Minnesota Studies in International Development Senegal program (“MSID Senegal”) puts students in direct contact with the social and economic realities of actual communities and of people working within them to address complex problems. Through classes, field trips, internships and research, MSID Senegal strives to establish a continual dialogue linking experience with theory and critical analysis. The MSID Senegal curriculum explores the theoretical and practical implications of international development and intercultural issues. Learn about international development while gaining hands-on experience through a community internship or by engaging in a research project. Students will also learn the Wolof language and gaining a deeper understanding of Senegal's culture through field experience.

Pre-departure: A packet of required pre-departure readings on such topics as development, globalization, experiential learning, cross-cultural communication and adaptation and Senegal is included with your orientation materials to help you arrive on site with some common background. Pre-departure readings and assignments create a common knowledge base from which the courses and internships build.

Orientation: There is a mandatory online orientation for all students. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email after acceptance into the program. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

Faculty & Staff: Dr. Ousmane Sène of the Department of English, Université of Cheikh Anta Diop, directs the program. Waly Faye and Ousmane Aly Pame assists with program coordination, and Senegalese faculty provide all instruction.

Excursions & Social Activities: Although excursions change from year to year, students can expect to visit a variety of sites that may include local markets and other areas around Dakar.


  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Prior study of French language
  • Sophomore status or higher


Students take 4 courses while also participating in an internship or research project. All classes are taught in French by local Senegalese faculty. Students have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on the complex and diverse nature of development as realized in Senegal.

Pre-requisite: Students must complete FREN 310 to participate in this program. Students who completed FREN 203 prior to fall term 2016 are waived from FREN 310.

Course Availability?
MSID Fall Classes (late Aug - mid Dec) Drexel Pre-approved Course Equivalent
Beginning Wolof - MSID 3001 LANG 180: Beginning Wolof, 5 cr
Country Analysis - MSID 4002 GST 360: Country Analysis: Senegal, 5 cr
International Development: Cultural Perspectives on Theory & Practice - MSIC 4001 PSCI 472: International Development: Theory & Practice, 5 cr
Community Engagement in Global South- MSID 4003 AFAS 298: Community Internship in Global South, 5 cr
MSID Winter Classes (Jan - mid May) Drexel Pre-approved Course Equivalent
Topics: Case Studies in International Development: MSID 4004 PSCI 472: Topics: Case Studies in International Development, 5 cr
International Development Internship: MSID 4005  GST399: International Development Internship, 5 cr
Applied Field Methods: MSID 4006 SOC 250: Applied Field Methods, 4 cr
MSID Directed Research: MSID 4007 GST390: Independent Research, 5 cr

Students receive Drexel credits and Drexel grades for courses taken on the MSID Senegal program. All grades will be factored into students’ Drexel GPAs.

Internships and Research Projects: Drexel students will engage in an academic internship or research project during the MSID Senegal program, which is not intended to replace a co-op experience.  The internship or research project coupled with the living experience In Senegal will help students better understand the complexity of social change and development in the global context. Internship and research opportunities are typically located in Wolof-speaking areas, although French-speaking internships or research projects in Dakar are possible. Fall students complete a six-week internship or research project, and fall/winter students complete in total a 15-week internship and research project.

MSID Senegal internships and research projects have the following common elements:
•    Are related to development
•    Are grassroots—immersing you directly in the social realities of the poorer strata of the population
•    Demand meaningful, challenging work while serving agency goals
•    Are guided by objectives agreed to by the supervisor, academic coordinator and you
•    Involve a minimum of 25 hours per week of work
•    Participants earn 4 credits or 3 graduate credits

Typical placement or research categories include:
•    Public health
•    Women's groups
•    Small business development
•    Environmental protection
•    Education
•    Sustainable agriculture
•    Social services
•    Community organizing
Past Internship Placements and research topics?

Program Calendar

Please note, the MSID program runs on a semester calendar.

Fall Semester Dates and Itinerary
Program Start Date Late August*
Program End Date Mid December
*Students must arrange to leave their summer term co-op early or take summer term finals early for departure)

Fall/Winter Semester Dates and Itinerary
Program Start Date Late August*
Program End Date Early May
*Students must begin their spring/summer co-op late after conclusion of the MSID Senegal program. Students may want to consider arranging to stay on for spring/summer co-op in Senegal.


Homestays are an integral component of the learning experience. Students live and share most meals with a family in order to gain deeper cultural insight into life in Senegal.


Senegal now requires all students to obtain a visa prior to entry.  Students should refer to the Senegalese Embassy website for New York for further instructions.

Cost and Financial Aid

Estimated Program Costs

Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.

Tuition & Financial Aid

This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.

Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).

Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.

For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.

More Information

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 02/01/2018
03/01/2018 TBA TBA
Fall/Winter 2018-2019 02/01/2018
03/01/2018 TBA TBA

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This program is currently not accepting applications.