Summer: Rutgers- Public Health, Environment, and Development in Senegal

Saint Louis, Senegal

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Summer 2025
Mar 01, 2025
Class Standing
Good Academic Standing


Program Advisor

The Program

The course focuses on a neglected tropical disease, schistosomiasis, to explore the causes of rising cases and the social, cultural, ecological, and economic challenges to reducing the disease burden in Northern Senegal.

Program Locations

Students in Senegal


Saint Louis

This two-week course explores challenges of addressing public health problems in acutely poor regions, such as rural Senegal, where people have limited access to health clinics, medical information, and effective treatments. Focusing on the case study of schistosomiasis, an acute, chronic disease with global reach, students will learn the socio-cultural context of schistosomiasis infection and the challenges of easing the disease burden in North Senegal. Our home base is in the historic city center of Saint Louis, known for its fishing economy and French colonial architecture. The course will especially interest majors in the health fields, anthropology, environmental studies, French, and African Studies


We will examine the political and ecological transformations around the Senegal River that have led to a rise in the disease and discover scientists’ efforts to find solutions. We will examine the local healthcare infrastructure around Saint Louis, including state clinics and traditional healers. Students will employ methods of medical anthropology to inquire into people’s explanatory models of schistosomiasis and gender- and age-based risk factors, and we will study the scientists, observing their methods of data collection and analysis. We will learn about the environmental, colonial, and medical history of the region from Senegalese faculty and explore the historical island-city of Saint Louis. The program includes cultural and Wolof language training, field trips, participation with scientists in biomass removal from the river, home visits in villages, and collaboration with students from Gaston Berger University on a sustainability project. 

Watch  a video created by the students who traveled to Senegal in 2021.

Housing and Meals

While in Saint Louis, we will be staying at the historic Maison de Rose Hotel overlooking the Senegal River. Students will share double rooms (two students per room). Morning cultural and language training sessions will take place on the rooftop over breakfast. Breakfast and lunch are included. Students will provide for their own dinners. The old city where the hotel is located has a variety of Senegalese and European-style restaurants, art galleries, murals, a post office, horse-drawn carriage tours, the French cultural center, and residences.  It is a short walk from there to the Barbary Spit, the site of a bustling fishing community and marketplace.

Vaccines:  You must show proof of an updated COVID-19 vaccination by phone app or your official government-issued card (bringing your vaccination card is recommended in case of poor WiFi in the airport). Yellow Fever vaccination and malaria prophylaxis are also required for this program and can be acquired at a Travel Clinic in New Jersey.

Visit the Embassy of Senegal website for the most current visa information. Evidence of yellow-fever vaccination is required for entry into Senegal for travelers arriving from yellow-fever endemic countries.

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Before Scholarship undergrad cost $3,180 $3,280
Before Scholarship grad cost $3,240 $3,340
Scholarship Funded undergrad cost $680 $780
Scholarship Funded grad cost $740 $840
Program Cost includes:
  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Some meals
  • Excursions
  • Administrative Fees
  • Emergency Medical Access Abroad
  • (All 2023 students will be billed the amount with Scholarship thanks to the MadRose Foundation)

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare Subsidized by MadRose Foundation
Meals $175
Yellow Fever Vaccine Required $200
Malaria prophylaxis $40
Personal Expenses $100
Total $515.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as meals and personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.


Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Thanks to a generous gift from the Mad Rose Foundation, Rutgers students will benefit from additional scholarships. This donation is dedicated to enhance undergraduate and graduate education in African Studies at Rutgers University through travel support for short-term study in Africa programs, substantially reducing costs for students to participate in study abroad and visit Africa.

Students do not need to submit a separate scholarship application. Funds will be used to reduce program fee or distributed to Rutgers students by Rutgers Global- Study Abroad. In some cases, students will also benefit from flight assistance. 

Faculty Leaders

genese sodikoff

Genese Sodikoff is a medical and environmental anthropologist interested in zoonotic disease. She has been at Rutgers-Newark since 2005 and has been conducting ethnographic and historical research in Madagascar since 1994. Her current project in Madagascar focuses on the social effects of bubonic plague outbreaks.