SIT Study Abroad: Senegal: Global Security and Religious Pluralism

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Discover the enormous contribution to African arts and cultures made by Senegal, a country that has inspired centuries of poetry, music, literature, dance, and visual arts.The program examines the complex social, economic, and political issues Sen... read more

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I learned that growth happens during difficult times. - Northwestern University View Entire Review
I broadened my horizons and opened my mind so much. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
This is a hard question, because I know I learned a lot that I am still processing, and figuring out how it will transfer to my life at Middlebury. Feeling uncomfortable, becoming more independent, making cross-cultural connections and experiencing something COMPLETELY new whether it be good or bad, is invaluable. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I felt it was very rewarding and I hope to continue traveling abroad. - Tulane University View Entire Review
My experience was amazing. I feel like I understand the world so much better because I now understand that even when people seem totally different on the outside, their food, habits, relationships, social interactions, when it comes down to it they're still exactly the same. - Tulane University View Entire Review
I cannot stress enough the sheer fabulousness of my study abroad experience. I expected to explore an exotic country; I ended up establishing a real life accompanied by a family, social group, language, school, schedule that I felt I had inhabited for at least 10 years. I plan to return to Senegal after I graduate for at least a... - Rice University View Entire Review
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I gained holistic personal improvement. I feel better, happier, more content, and I know what I want. - Tufts University View Entire Review
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Yes! Learned to be independent. Academically, learned most about race and religion. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Senegal: National Identity & the Arts
Absolutely, can't even describe how much you will learn about yourself, your home college/university, and the US. Not to mention what you will learn about Senegal and the amazing people who live there. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It is hard to write what I gained/learned from my experience abroad as I feel for awhile I will be figuring that out slowly. I learned a whole new language and culture. I learned people's stories. I gained experience in indepenent research and how to be resourceful and build relationships/contacts. I learned how to be aggresive ... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Yep. Totally shaped my perspective on the world, the influence of America in general, what I want to do with my life, all of those things... so cliche but so true in the end. - Barnard College View Entire Review
YES. OUI. WAAW WAAW. I look at life in such a different light now. Its really put my life in perspective. It makes me realize how ignorant I was and how other people are. I wish everyone could have this experience, but not everyone is made for this type of experience. It made me realize what else is out there in the world that I... - Wartburg College View Entire Review
It was perhaps the best thing I've done during my entire time at college. It gave me a new perspective on a number of things, and encouraged me to explore different ways of learning, a diverse variety of materials, and completely new ideas, all while surrounding me with a supportive community and interesting students. I had a fa... - Barnard College View Entire Review

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Discover the enormous contribution to African arts and cultures made by Senegal, a country that has inspired centuries of poetry, music, literature, dance, and visual arts.

The program examines the complex social, economic, and political issues Senegal faces and takes a critical approach to Senegalese artistic and cultural forms — from traditional aesthetic expressions to modern notions of cosmopolitanism/afropolitanism and urban identities realized in new artistic formats such as hip-hop, street art, and graffiti. You will not only learn a variety of West African art forms and what they represent but also to create and perform them.

Major topics of study include:

- Traditional West African music, rhythms, and storytelling
- Challenges posed to women’s rights
- The role of Islam in Senegalese life
- Contemporary development
- Education

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • French
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • French
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • African Studies
  • Visual and Performing Arts
Minimum GPA:
2.5
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