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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Class Status Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Language of Interest: English
Housing Options: Host Family, Hotel/Hostel Program Sponsor: SIT
Academic Focus: Africana Studies, Anthropology, Creative Writing, Education, English Literature, Geography, Government, History, Humanities, International Affairs, Psychology, Sociology Program Features: Independent Study Project, Internship, Pathway - Digital & Virtual Storytelling, Pathway - Global Impacts
Program Description:

SIT Study Abroad Senegal: Hip-hop, African Diaspora and Decolonial Futures

NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs. Visit the SIT website for more details.

Understand how young Africans use hip-hop to question traditional representations of Africa, imagine Africa's future, and raise consciousness about globalization and (in)equality.


Hip-Hop artists in West Africa are taking on Eurocentric understandings of the world and redefining Africa from a decolonial perspective. In Senegal and Ghana, two hubs of this cultural revolution, you’ll engage with hip hop artists, activists, and influencers to learn how they critique traditional understandings of Africa and African-descended peoples, imagine African futures, and raise consciousness about globalization and (in)equality. You will get the chance to study, engage, and perform with major hip-hop artists such as King Mo, Ndongo D, Xeinnix, and Salla Ngary.


  • Explore hip-hop as a philosophical, political, and economic force in Africa.
  • Attend workshops led by major hip-hop artist like King Mo Ndongo D and Xeinnix.
  • Learn how contemporary African youth shape, and are shaped by, globalization.
  • Spend two weeks in Ghana experiencing hip life, a unique version of hip-hop.
  • Study with Senegalese students.
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.


  • Hip-hop as African philosophy
  • Decolonial approaches to education and literacy
  • Urban cultures and sustainable development
  • The pervasive nature of coloniality in black communities globally
  • Complexity of Africa-descended cultures and their pluriversality
  • What shapes diasporic identities and communities outside of Africa



Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following: 
  • All educational costs, including educational excursions 
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration 
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions 
  • Health and accident insurance 
  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs.  
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.



Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 10/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2022 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.