Quick Program Facts

Location: Dakar, Senegal

Host Institution: The West African Research Center (WARC)

Duration: One Semester

Program Dates

Program Dates: August 15- November 27, 2020 


Program Structure

The AFLI-French program is an intensive language and cultural immersion program which includes both a domestic and overseas component. The domestic program takes place at the University of Florida where students are engaged in a summer intensive French program.  During this eight-week program, students will be prepared for the overseas program in terms of linguistic skills and program expectations. The domestic component of the program also allows students to meet and interact with their AFLI-French cohort.

The overseas portion of the program is based in Dakar, the capital of Senegal. As such, the environment in Dakar serves as an opportune chance for students to develop strong French language skills and a deep understanding of daily life and culture in Senegal. All formal instruction will take place at our host institution, the West African Research Center. As a student on this program, you will:

  • Attend classes 5 days per week for a total of 20 hours of French language instruction
  • Practice your French  with local language partners 4 hours per week
  • Live with a Senegalese host-family in the Dakar area for the duration of the program
  • Participate on regular trips and extracurricular activities organized to expand your understanding of the diverse cultures, history, politics, and daily life in Senegal
  • Take a language pledge as a formal commitment to speak, listen, read and write in French for the duration of the program

Is this Program Right for You? To thrive in this program, you should:

  • Have a sincere interest in studying and learning French at an intensive level
  • Have the determination, discipline and self-initiative necessary to develop and engage language skills and cultural competency outside the classroom
  • Be able to work and communicate effectively and respectfully with a diverse group of peers regardless of age, academic discipline, or background
  • Be able to stay focused and motivated for several hours of classroom language instruction
  • Be prepared to come with an open-minded and flexible attitude in order to cope with the ambiguity and lack of clarity typical of life in Senegal
  • Be prepared to make adjustments to the high degree of independence and autonomy you might be used to back in the US
  • Be able to cope with the significant demands placed on students’ time and energy with limited opportunities for breaks or personal days in the program schedule
  • Be prepared to meet the expectations of this government-funded program by adhering to all American Councils program policies, submitting reports and surveys in a timely manner and maintaining accountability for whereabouts as a matter of safety and security

What to Know

  • The AFLI-French program is a group program where you will be studying with a cohort of fellow Americans. Building and maintaining a positive group dynamic in which students support each other’s language and cultural learning significantly enhances students’ overall experience in Senegal.
  • Independent travel throughout the program is permitted and encouraged. However, students should be aware that because of the demanding schedule, time to travel is limited to weekends.