Mamfatou Baldeh, CC'18

Boats in Senegal

SIT Senegal: Global Security & Religious Pluralism

Language of Instruction: English, French, wolof
Multiple locations,
Term: Spring, Fall

Learn about colonialism, global security and religion while studying in Senegal.

The next application deadline is Oct 1, 2021
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Explore how Senegalese society has cultivated peaceful coexistence in religiously plural settings through the SIT Senegal: Global Security & Religious Pluralism program. Senegal provides a model of religious coexistence in which radicalization is unusual and Sufi Islam has an unusually close relationship to the government.


In addition to either taking intensive Wolof or French throughout your time abroad, you also explore the following topics: Senegalese society, global security, research methods and ethics. You also have the opportunity to complete an independent study project (ISP).

Program Features

Various excursions throughout Senegal and beyond are available as well as host family experiences.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.

Fact Sheet

Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Columbia Undergraduates, Junior, Senior, Study Abroad
Language of Instruction:
Multiple locations,
Africa South of the Sahara
Spring, Fall

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 1, 2021
Application Deadline: 
Friday, October 1, 2021