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Senegal Faculty-Led Immersion Academics


To apply, you must be a currently enrolled, degree-seeking, undergraduate UW-Eau Claire student. You need to be in good academic, conduct and financial standing. You also need to have a cumulative GPA of 2.3. You must maintain enrollment and continue to meet the academic standing and GPA requirements the semester prior to departure. You may apply as a first year student. Students from all academic disciplines are welcome to apply. 

Course Information

Students have the option of participating in this program as a non-credit experience or a 1-credit Social Work 491 course during Winterim term. All students will be expected to participate in 4 pre-program preparation meetings during fall 2017, one per month from September through December. 

Liberal Education/General Education Requirements

For students in catalog years 2016-17 and later, this program fulfills the Responsibility Outcome 2 (R2): Global Perspectives requirement upon completion of all course assignments. 

For students in catalog years through 2015-16, if taken for credit, this program fulfills 1 credit of the Foreign Culture requirement upon successful program completion (students earning a B.A., B.F.A. or B.M degree in the College of Arts & Sciences cannot use study abroad to fulfill their foreign language/foreign culture requirement. See the university catalog for details).

Academic Calendar

The program dates are January 4 – 20, 2018. There is a group flight for this program. 

The first 10 program days are at the Tostan Training Center, where students will engage in a training entitled “Human Rights Approach to Community-led Development.” The training involves participatory activities, discussions, an end-of-day reflective activity, and lecture directly influenced by the historical, religious, societal, and political context of Senegal. This will include interaction with staff and volunteers (many of whom are Senegalese). The training also involves two visits to villages that have worked in partnership in Tostan, to learn how community- led development principles are used to impact change at a local, and eventually global, level. On day 12, the group will travel to Ile de Goree and specifically the Maison des Esclaves. On day 13, the group will visit multiple sites in Dakar including museums and markets.