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Off-Campus Study

MSID Senegal

 

Learning from experience is the core of Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID). The program puts you 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 strives to establish a continual dialogue linking experience with theory and critical analysis. Learn more about the MSID mission and educational philosophy.

Senegal has long been seen as a crossroads where African, Islamic, and European civilizations have met, clashed, and blended. Today, it is still seen as a bridge between Africa and the West. But it is also a place where Senegalese people remain deeply attached to traditional values and cultures. This program is based in Dakar, Senegal’s cosmopolitan capital. Heated by the African sun while surrounded on 3 sides by cool Atlantic waters, Dakar has a climate often described as “eternal spring.”

 

Program Type

Approved Third Party Provider

Locations

Dakar and other locations

Languages of Instruction

English/French

Program Dates

Fall 2018: Early August to mid to December

Spring 2019: mid-January to Early May

All dates are tentative and may change.  MSID will alert all accepted students of final dates.

Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have second-semester sophomore status or higher before participation. (Transfer students may participate after the first semester on campus) 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam period
  • Minimum of 4 semesters of college-level French or equivalent
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5

Academics

The MSID curriculum explores the theoretical and practical implications of international development and intercultural issues. Field experience is an integral part of all courses. All of the curriculum except the language course can be taken for graduate level credit.

MSID students enroll in four required courses, in addition to an internship or research project:

  • International Development: Critical Perspectives on Theory and Practice
    Choose a track to focus your studies and prepare you for your internship or research project. See track descriptions for more information.
    • Arts and Cultural Studies
    • Education and Literacy
    • Entrepreneurship and Alternative Economies
    • Public Health
    • Social Service
    • Sustainability and the Environment
  • Senegal Country Analysis
  • Wolof Language or French Language (for students needing a French-speaking internship placement)
  • Community Engagement in the Global South 

 

Experiential Opportunities

The internship and research experience is the cornerstone of the MSID program and may be where you will learn the most. Your placement will be with an agency engaged in grassroots work related your selected track and will immerse you in the social realities of the poorer strata of the population. During the classroom phase, the on-site staff will review your interests and attempt to place you with an agency whose goals match your objectives. Most requests within a general field can be accommodated, but adjustments may be made based on availability. Details about the internship and research process are in the program’s On-Site Guide.

The internship or research objectives will be agreed to by MSID, the agency supervisor, and you and will involve at least 25 hours per week of work. Twelve contact hours are incorporated into the classroom phase and provide specific training on research methodology to prepare students for their research or internship project.

See a description of past internship and research placements for this MSID country.

 

Check this link for a list of internship opportunities.

Student Life

Although excursions change from year to year, you can expect to visit a variety of sites that may include local markets, development organizations, and areas of interest around Dakar.

Housing and Meals

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

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee.  The program fee for the MSID Senegal program includes orientation, on-site director, homestay, most meals, several excursions, and insurance.  

Here is an estimated budget for your Fall 20178/Spring 2019 program:

Budget Item

Amount

Lake Forest College Tuition

$22,412

Program fee (estimated)

 $3,000

Program Deposit (credit)

($250)

Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College

 $25,412

Program Deposit (non-refundable)

 $250

Additional Meals

$200

Estimated Airfare

$1,750 

Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, books, supplies, personal expenses, additional travel etc.)

$3,225 

Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses

 $5,425

Total

$30,837 

Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of March 2017.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate.

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php