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Boren African Language Initiative: French in Senegal

Dakar, Senegal
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Program Overview
The Boren Regional Flagship Initiative is open to students with an intermediate level of French and who have an interest in learning about Sub-Saharan African countries, their languages and cultures. Specializing in intensive French, students also study Wolof, Senegal’s indigenous language. Boren is an exciting linguistic and professional development opportunity, since upon completing the program, students use their language skills in Federal agencies for a year. 

Once colonized by the French, Senegal is an economic and political hub in Francophone Africa and West Africa. Its capital Dakar is a center for international business and trade, and provides a starting point in studying and learning from the Senegalese people about their country’s transition from colonization to liberation and economic development. Senegal provides students with a unique perspective on connecting to the African continent, and what its rich cultural and linguistic diversity can teach Americans.


Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:

Browse UMD course evaluations in the Study Abroad Course Database:


There may be other course offerings on this program that are not currently listed in the Study Abroad Course Database (SACD).  If you are interested in taking a course not listed in the SACD, please submit a transfer credit evaluation request.


Costs for Other Approved Programs are outlined on the Costs of Study Abroad page.

To apply to this program, you must complete two main steps:

  1. Submit a UMD approval application - start by clicking “apply now” at the top of this page. This application allows UMD Education Abroad to approve your study abroad program selection so you may earn credit in a program outside of UMD.
    This application will require you to meet with your EA advisor, who will communicate important details related to participating in this program. If you do not complete this application by the stated deadline, you may not receive credit for your study abroad program and will lose your student status for the time you are not studying at UMD.
  2. Apply directly to the program provider. After receiving UMD approval, you should submit the program application directly to the program sponsor by their deadline. Your program sponsor will determine your official acceptance to a program. You must adhere to the provider's timeline, eligibility standards, and application requirements.

After being accepted to your program, your EA advisor will guide you through the course pre-approval process where you will determine which credits you will fulfill abroad.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Year (Fall-Spring) 2021 06/01/2021 04/28/2021
Fall 2021 06/01/2021 04/28/2021