Wolof Language (Beginning & Intermediate) Online | Abroad

Develop your Wolof language skills through online and classroom learning, as well as cultural immersion and experiential learning activities in the capital city Dakar and its surrounding regions.

At a Glance


3 (+3)


None, but online component or equivalent to enroll in the J-Term

Language of Study


Language Levels

Beginning, Intermediate

Courses taught in



Jul 13 ‎– Jul 31

Online Term

Jul 13 ‎– Jul 31

In-Country J-Term (optional)

Dec 28 ‎– Jan 15

Program Base

Online, Dakar, Senegal

Critical Global Issue of Study

Identity & Human Resilience

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This course offers three weeks of online study and three weeks abroad. The online course is open to all applicants. The in-person J-term is open to college undergraduates who have completed the online term or who provide proof of completion (or the equivalent) of at least one semester of language study.

Wolof in Senegal holds the status of a lingua franca for the great majority of the population and is key to understanding Senegalese culture and realities. In fact, it is spoken by more than 70 percent of Senegalese citizens of diverse ethnic backgrounds.

This program will be delivered through a three-credit online course and a three-credit immersion course in Dakar, Senegal. Although they may be taken separately, the courses are designed to complement each other to give students an in-depth knowledge of the Wolof language and understanding of the culture and values of which it is the vehicle.

During the in-country portion of the course, you will spend several days in the rural area of Popenguine to practice Wolof with the local population. You will be introduced to the intercultural and religious pluralism of this region as well as the women-led fight for the preservation of the environment. Popenguine has been particularly known for the peaceful coexistence among Muslim, Christian, and traditional religions, and restoration of the nature preserve that now attracts migratory birds back to their natural habitat.

In both Dakar and Popenguine, you will live with a host family to advance your Wolof skills in and outside the classroom.


  • Develop and practice your Wolof skills in a vibrant and welcoming Wolof-speaking environment both through online and in-country courses.
  • Engage with Wolof through popular forms of art, such as music, poetry, scandalous soap operas, and more.
  • Experience daily life with homestay families in Dakar and Popenguine. (J-Term)
  • Visit people and places to enhance your Wolof language learning experience and gain strong insights into Senegalese culture. (J-Term)


In order for a student's language pledge to be effective, students are recommended to complete SIT's summer online component first, or have the equivalent of one semester of language study when starting the J-term program.

Program Terms

Online Term Details

During this three-week online course, you will be placed in a small online class based on a written and oral proficiency evaluation. The course will feature 45 hours of online teaching including program orientation, icebreaker activities, language instruction, and discussion on diverse topics pertaining to Wolof culture. This course aims to build or strengthen your Wolof speaking, listening, and writing skills. Depending on your level of Wolof proficiency, you may have outside readings and assignments and built-in feedback sessions, which will be structured around the exploration of texts and materials in Wolof.

In Country (J-Term) Details

During this three-week course, you will complete the next level of Wolof in a small class with placements based on a written and oral proficiency evaluation. An in-country stay will offer you an unparalleled opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture and improve your Wolof proficiency and fluency. Hone your speaking, listening, and writing skills through classroom activities, field excursions, a homestay family experience, and lectures related to Wolof culture, with built-in feedback sessions included. Engage in the language through various forms of art, discussions about religion and ecology.

Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.



The following syllabi are representative of this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term.

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Program Components

  • 45 hours online with video lectures, audio recordings, and practice lessons.
  • 45 hours of immersive language learning focusing on Wolof culture through talks, activities, and trips.

Wolof (Online)

Wolof (In Country)

Faculty & Staff

Senegal: Wolof Language (Beginning & Intermediate) Online | Abroad

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    The total cost for the online program is $960, while the optional in-country term is $4,480, including tuition, room & board, health insurance, and more. Financial aid may apply. Contact your study abroad office or SIT Admissions for more information.