Opportunities to Study Wolof

The Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI)

The Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI) is an Inter-University program offering an intensive course in a variety of African languages which has included Wolof most years. Participating universities include: Berkeley; Boston; UCLA; Illinois; Indiana; Wisconsin; Stanford; and Yale. Do a web search on SCALI to find out information for the current year. In 2010 it was held at Michigan State University. Funding may be available from Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) or Foreign Language Enhancement Program (FLEP).

Databases of courses

The Center for Advanced research on language acquisition at the University of Minnesota maintain a database of Course Offerings for Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs).

To find courses on the Wolof language in France do a google search on "cours de wolof" en France. There are many private tutors or small schools.

The University of Michigan also have a number of searchable databases searched by language including a language resource people database, a language materials database and a language schools database.

The African Language Teachers Association (ALTA) may be able to provide contacts to tutors of Wolof.

Universities and Institutions which teach Wolof

University Department Course details Other comments, reports Address
Boston University African Studies Center
Linguistics Department
African Language Program Linguistics course
African Studies Course
Language studies
1st year Wolof course syllabus (.pdf)
Video examples of student work

An indepth study of Wolof is used to teach the Linguistic Field Methods in their linguistics course. 121 Bay State Road
BOSTON MA 02215 U.S.A.
Central State University Center for African Studies     1400 Brush Row Road
Wilberforce Ohio 45384 U.S.A.
Tel.(937) 376-6348
or 800-388-2781
Centre de Linguistique Appliquée Neuchâtel, Switzerland     According to Michigan University database they teach Wolof. (Possibly should be referencing CLAD in Dakar) Espace Louis-Agassiz 1
CH-2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Tel: ++41(0)32 720 83 16
FAX: ++41(0)32 721 37 60
Bibliothèque publique d'information Centre Pompidou in Paris     Offers resources for self study of Wolof using audio-visual materials Bpi-Info
75197 Paris cedex 04 France
FAX: +33 (0) 1 44 78 45 10
Columbia University Institute of African Studies Wolof They offer elementary and intermediate Wolof. 1103 International Affairs Building
420 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10027 U.S.A.
Tel:(212) 854-4633
FAX:(212) 854-4639
Howard University Dept of Modern Languages & Literatures
African Studies
Howard University African Studies Department
    2400 Sixth Street
NW Washington, DC 20059 U.S.A.
Tel:(202) 806-6100 (Uni)
(202) 806-6758 (Dept) admission@howard.edu
Indiana University African Languages Program Wolof courses

Wolof is offered from first to third year levels and extends to 4th year depending on enrollment. It is also offered during summer. Courses in Wolof can fulfill the foreign language requirement, the African Language Minor, and can count towards the African Studies Certificate. Wolof students are eligible for the Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS).
Its Language & Computer Laboratory has audio materials in Wolof available for listening or purchase
LangMedia: French and Wolof in Senegal

African Studies Program
Woodburn Hall 221
Bloomington, IN 47405 U.S.A.
Tel:(812) 855-6825
FAX:(812) 855-6734
Institut National de Langues et Civilisations Orientales in Paris Département Afrique Select Wolof from the drop down list They offer Diplômes d’établissement, Licence, and Master degrees 2 rue de Lille
75007 PARIS France
Tel: 01 49 26 42 00
Kalamazoo College in Michigan African Studies   No specific information on Wolof on their website. According to Michigan University database they teach Wolof. Have an overseas study program 1200 Academy St
Kalamazoo Michigan 49006-3295 U.S.A.
Langues et Civilisations à Tradition Orale (CNRS) in Ivry France       Centre André-Georges Haudricourt
7 rue Guy Môquet, Bât. 23
94801 Villejuif cedex France
Tel: (33)
FAX: (33)
Malboro College (Southern Vermont)     Wolof is one of the languages that have been studied or are currently being studied through courses, tutorials, guided self-instruction and study abroad. Marlboro College
Marlboro, VT 05344 U.S.A.
Tel:(802) 257-4333
Michigan State University African Studies Center African Language Study Page Wolof is offered based on student demand. First year course with independent study by special arrangement after that. They also have an overseas study program to Senegal. Ann Arbor, MI 48109 U.S.A.
Tel:(734) 764-1817
Morgan State University (Baltimore MD) College of Liberal Arts, Department of World Languages & International Studies African language courses Offer elementary and intermediate Wolof as far as second year 1700 East Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore MD 21251 U.S.A.
Tel:(443) 885-3333
Old Dominion University College of Arts and Letters     Old Dominion University
Hampton Boulevard
Norfolk, VA 23529 U.S.A.
Royal Tropical Institute In Amsterdam, Holland       P.O.Box 95001, 1090 HA Amsterdam Netherlands
Visiting address: Linnaeusstraat 35F, Amsterdam
Tel: +31 20 568 8478 / 8682
FAX: +31 20 5688 464
Stanford University Special Language Program
Center for African Studies
  Offer Wolof to an intermediate level (second year) Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305 U.S.A.
Tel:(650) 723-2300
The State University of New York College at Potsdam (SUNY Potsdam) Africana Studies Program     Africana Studies Program
State University of New York at Potsdam
44 Pierrepont Avenue
Potsdam, NY 13676-2294 U.S.A.
Tel:(315) 267-2563
FAX:(315) 267-2743
University of California (UCLA) African Languages Wolof course Offer Wolof to advanced levels (third year and beyond) annually 405 Hilgard Avenue
Box 951361
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1361 U.S.A.
Tel:(310) 825-4321
University of California at Berkeley Center for African Studies Elementary Wolof course Teach through a tutorial system. University of California, Berkeley
Center for African Studies
Berkeley, CA 94720-2314 U.S.A.
University of Chicago     No specific information on their website. According to the Minnesota database they teach a one year course in Wolof annually 5801 South Ellis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637 U.S.A.
Tel:(773) 702-1234
University of Hamburg Asia Africa Institute     Rothenbaumchaussee 67/69
D-20148 Hamburg Germany
Tel: +49-40-42838-4874
FAX: +49-40-42838-5675
University of Helinski Department of World Cultures African studies page   Institute for Asian and African Studies
P.O.Box 59 (Unioninkatu 38 B)
00014 University of Helsinki FINLAND
Fax: +358-9-191 22094
University of Illinois, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) Center of African Studies Department Center for African Studies courses
Wolof courses
They teach elementary to advanced level Wolof through the Linguistics and African Studies departments. Center for African Studies
210 International Studies Building
910 South Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61820 U.S.A.
Tel:(217) 333-6335
FAX:(217) 244-2429

Linguistics Dept


Department of Linguistics
4088 Foreign Language Building
707 South Mathews Avenue, MC-168
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL 61801 U.S.A.
Tel:(217) 333-3563
FAX:(217) 333-3466
University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Science   Offer Wolof annually up to advanced levels (third year and beyond). They also have a course in Wolof culture and an overseas study program
Kansas African Studies Center
CLAS Undergraduate Services
1450 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence , KS 66045-7535
Tel:(785) 864-3500

Department of African & African-American Studies

Wolof courses

Department of African & African-American Studies
104 Lippincott Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045-2107 U.S.A.
Tel:(785) 864-3054
University Of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics University Wolof page
Wolof courses
They offer elementary and intermediate Wolof annually to third year and beyond Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics
Rm 146 aciv B-wing
1000 hilltop circle
Baltimore, MD 21250 U.S.A.
Tel:(410) 455-2109
FAX:(410) 455-1025
Wolof Program Email (Omar Ka) ka@umbc.edu
University Of Minnesota, Twin Cities Dept of Afro-American & African Studies
CLA Language Center
  They offer a one year course in Wolof annually. They also have an overseas study program Language Center
51 Folwell Hall
9 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455 U.S.A.
University of Pennsylvania African Studies Center

Wolof Courses
Wolof Vocabulary and Pronunciation Guide

Offer Wolof from elementary to advanced through a tutorial system. They also have an overseas study program African Studies Center
647 Williams Hall
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305 U.S.A.
Tel:(215) 898-6971
FAX:(215) 573-8130
University of Winconsin-Madison African Studies Program
Department of African Languages and Literature
  Their African Studies Outreach centre has a number of resources including movies. They have a study abroad program African Studies Program
205 Ingraham Hall
1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706 U.S.A.
Tel:(608) 262-2380
FAX:(608) 265-5851

Institutions offering overseas programs in Senegal

StudyAbroad.com - Senegal portal   A site dedicated to providing information on overseas study programs.
The National Consortium for Study in Africa (NCSA) lists overseas study opportunities in Senegal. If this link is broken you can chose a number of alternative paths to find possibilities in Senegal from the NCSA main page.

University Program details City in Senegal Other comments
Beloit College overseas study program Dakar  
Earlham College (Richmond Indiana) overseas study program Dakar  
Georgetown University overseas study program Dakar  
Hobart and William Smith Colleges overseas study program Dakar  
Kalamazoo College in Michigan overseas study program Dakar  
Lawrence university overseas study program Dakar  
Lewis & Clark College overseas study program
Dakar Orientation program for Senegal
Michigan State University overseas study program Dakar  
Mount Holyoke College overseas study program Dakar  
North Western University overseas study program Dakar  
Suffolk University (Boston Massachusetts) overseas study program
Suffolk University Campus, Dakar
University of Colorado overseas study program Dakar  
University of Kansas overseas study program St Louis  
University of Minnesota overseas study program Dakar  
University of Pennsylvania overseas study program Dakar  
University of Winconsin-Madison summer graduate program
St Louis Program
Dakar; St Louis  
Wells college in New York State overseas study program Dakar