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St. Mary's in The Gambia
Kanifing, Gambia (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing: Happy Camp Compound
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St. Mary's in the Gambia


St. Mary's in The Gambia, West Africa combines integrated coursework with the University of The Gambia, with study of the Wolof language and Gambian society, and opportunities for service-learning and individualized research projects.

Life in the Gambia


Academics in The Gambia

You have a variety of course options in The Gambia. Each semester, participants choose from a selection of both St. Mary's and University of The Gambia (UTG) course offerings.

To read about the types of experiences students have in The Gambia, contact Professor Bill Roberts for a copy of the PEACE Program newsletter. 

Hand-selected African and St. Mary's faculty teach St. Mary's four-credit courses in The Gambia. You will enroll in the classes at St. Mary's, earn St. Mary's grades, and the courses will appear on your transcript the same way that they would if you took them in Kent Hall. University of The Gambia students will join these courses. Offerings vary a bit each term, but a sampling of courses would be:

  1. African Leaders of the Modern Era: The Struggle for Independence and Democracy (ILCT 106) with SMCM professor Femi Ojo-Ade
  2. Wolof Language and Culture (IDIS or ILC) with instructor Baboucarr Jallow
  3. History of Africa (HIST 361) with UTG professor Nicodemus Awasom
  4. Environmental Management in The Gambia (CHEM upper-division elective) with UTG professor Oladele Oyelakin
  5. Human Rights in Africa (POSC upper-division elective) with UTG professor Aboubakar Senghore

Additional courses are available through direct enrollment in the University of The Gambia's term offerings. The university offers courses within these faculties:

  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Economics and Management
  • Science and Agriculture
  • Medicine and Allied Health Sciences

Courses are available in development studies, French, English, economics, history, sociology, natural sciences and agriculture, and Islamic studies. UTG also offers courses in sub-programs such as political science and gender studies. Exact courses offerings are posted just prior to the beginning of each semester. SMCM students will enroll in courses alongside Gambian peers and earn UTG credit for these UTG courses. Each UTG course will be considered for transfer credit and evaluated for its SMCM equivalency. Since these three-credit courses are UTG courses, your course grade will appear on your transcript, but it will not be mathematically calculated into your SMCM GPA.

Service-Learning Internship and Directed Research

The purpose of your project is to enable you to work with Gambians in areas of mutual interest. You will be challenged to improve your language and intercultural interaction skills in a Gambian workplace under the supervision of PEACE partners who you will meet during orientation. During your first month, concentrate on trying to understand the structure and function (people, positions, and roles) of your workplaces. Can you contribute to meeting the mission of the organization?

Students are required to write a weekly reflective essay each week and give a copy to Yamai Secka-Jack, the on-site supervisor, an on-site SMCM faculty member, and an electronic copy by e-mail to Professor Bill Roberts. In the essay, be sure to write about each workplace for the first month.


Goree Island Think about the research skills you have and the research skills you want to improve upon or learn during this first month. By the end of the first month, you should submit to Yamai Secka-Jack, an on-site SMCM faculty member, and Bill Roberts a list of at least three research topics and questions that you think are worthwhile and feasible to investigate over the remaining period you will be in Gambia. From these questions, a directed research project will be formulated for the student to undertake. The project will culminate in a paper that includes the student's primary research and other experiences in Gambia.


Service-learning internship/directed research project professor of record: Bill Roberts.

Service-learning internship/directed research project coordinators: Yamai Secka-Jack and Pierre Gomez, as well as an on-site SMCM faculty member when applicable.

Identification of service-learning sites will take place after students provide a self-description (introduction) that addresses their interests for service-learning in Gambia.

Examples of Service-Learning Sites:

  • Women's Bureau, Office of the Vice President, Banjul
  • Yaharr Jallow's nursery school, Child Protection Alliance
  • National Museum of The Gambia, Banjul
  • Children's Ward, Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital Banjul

Volunteer work at Gambian Schools

SMCM students will also assist with instruction for one or two days at a Nursery, Lower Basic (primary) or Upper Basic (middle) School in the Kanifing area.


Student Activities

As part of your semester program, students will participate in two field trips. The first is a multi-day trip up-country to such sites as Abuko Nature Reserve, Tumani Tenda, Albreda/Juffureh, Kunta Kente Island, Farafenni, Kerr Batch and Wassu, Janjangbureh, and Njau where you will experience village life. The second will be to Dakar, Senegal to visit Goree Island.

Aging Gambia


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