The fall semester deadline is April 1. The spring semester deadline is October 15.


The program begins in Dakar, Senegal where students take a 3-week intensive Wolof language course at the Baobab Center.

After that the program moves to the University of The Gambia (UTG) in Serrakunda. UTG was founded in 1999 as the only institution of higher education in the country, Since then, the university continues to work toward its vision to attain the goals of poverty alleviation and national development. Courses are offered across a wide range of subjects.

The Gambia is the smallest country in Africa only 5,300 square miles or the size of Rhode Island. This West African nation offers 50 miles of Atlantic coastline (to its West) and neighbors Senegal on its remaining borders. The national borders outline a narrow strip on either side of the River Gambia, a body of water that has played a vital part in the nation’s history and is locally known as “The River.” Although The Gambia is the smallest country on mainland Africa, its culture is the product of very diverse influences carried there by The River and the ocean. Without natural barriers, The Gambia
has become home to 1.7 million people from most of the ethnic groups that are present throughout Western Africa.

There are about 6,000 students at UTG.

Class sizes vary.

More information coming soon!

More information coming soon!


During the pre-semester program in Dakar, Senegal students live in homestays with Senegalese families.

More information on the housing options in The Gambia will be announced soon.


There are no internships for this program, but students have the opportunity to work with local organizations in credit-bearing service learning course.

US citizens do not need to apply for a visa to enter Senegal. Non-US citizens may need to apply for a visa through the Embassy of the Republic of Senegal in Washington, DC or the Consulate General of Senegal in New York. You can find more information about visa-exempt countries and requirements online at http://www.ambasenegal-us.org/rubriques.php?rubpage=10.

US citizens need to obtain a visa prior to entering The Gambia. More information about visas will be provided after you are accepted into the program.


More information coming soon!