Mount Holyoke College Renews Study-Abroad Program in Senegal

From 1992 to 2004, students at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, were able to study abroad in Dakar, Senegal. Interest declined in the program and it was discontinued. Blacks make up about 5 percent of the total enrollments at this women’s college.

But now there is a renewed interest in studying in Africa. Beginning in the spring 2010 semester, students at Mount Holyoke can study abroad at the University of Dakar. All courses at the university are taught in French but Mount Holyoke students will also take a course in Wolof, the most widely spoken African language in Senegal. Students who participate in the program will spend at least part of their time living with a Senegalese family.