Academic Components

The AFLI-French academic program in Senegal will combine intensive small-group language instruction and bi-weekly local excursions to complement classroom activities. The program is classroom intensive, with 20 academic hours per week of classroom language instruction in French. In addition, students will devote four hours weekly to individual work with a language partner. Language classes will meet five days a week. All language instructors are qualified, well-trained teachers of French. 

Courses offered 

AFST 303/573: Advanced Conversation: French

AFST 305/575: Advanced Grammar: French

This course aims to build advanced linguistic competency in French, through listening, speaking, reading and writing, using the communicative method. Through exposure to authentic materials, students will be tasked to communicate in diverse contexts and topics pertaining to Senegalese culture and society. The focus is to enable students broaden their knowledge of the French language and their communicative skills and expression in both formal and informal settings.

AFST 010: Elementary Wolof - No credit but course will be recognized on the transcript

This course focuses on building students foundational ability to communicate in Wolof, through listening, speaking, reading and writing through exposure to authentic materials and subjects pertaining to Senegalese culture and society. The course aims at enabling students to function effectively in Senegal where Wolof is the most widely spoken local language in the country.

AFST 335/535: Senegal through Politics, International Relations, and Artistic Expression

Senegal is a country at the confluence of four cultures: indigenous culture, colonial heritage, Islamic-Arab culture inherited from Islam, and globalization. These four cultures interact through politics, art, international relations, and diplomacy. This course aims to introduce students to the rich but complex intellectual, political, and artistic view of Senegal through books, scientific articles and the media. It stimulates students' critical thinking as they discover and reflect on Senegal.

AFST 337/537: Senegalese Oral & Written Literature

This course will explore the complex relationship between literature and the fundamental values of Senegalese society. The latter constructs its identity based on three elements: its imaginary, which reflects its culture and traditions; the impact of colonization, whose consequences are tangible and painful; and globalization, which promotes exchange, sharing and dialogue.


Students receive academic credit from Bryn Mawr College for their participation in the language courses administered by American Councils upon completion of the program. At the end of the fall students will receive the following credits:

NB: Bryn Mawr College uses the unit system where one (1) undergraduate academic unit is equivalent to four (4) undergraduate semester credit hours and one (1) graduate academic unit is equivalent to five (5) graduate semester credit hours.

As each college and university has its own regulations regarding credit transfer, the participant should contact his or her home school to determine how much of this credit may be transferred upon completion of the program. We strongly recommend that this be done before the student leaves the United States. There is often a delay be­tween the end of the program and the issue of official transcripts by Bryn Mawr Col­lege. If you are a graduating senior, this delay can cause problems if arrangements have not been made in advance.

Program Course Number Couse Title Course Topic Units Total Semester Units
AFST 303 AdvancedConversation  French 1 4
AFST 305 AdvancedGrammar  French 1
AFST 010 Elementary Wolof n/a 0
AFST 335 Senegal Polit, Intl Rel,Art Exp n/a 1
AFST 337 Senegalese Oral & Written Lit n/a 1
AFST 573 AdvancedConversation  French 1 3
AFST 575 AdvancedGrammar  French 1
AFST 010 Elementary Wolof Wolof 0
AFST 535 Senegal Polit, Intl Rel,Art Exp n/a 0.5
AFST 537 Senegalese Oral & Written Lit n/a 0.5