KEDGE Business School - Dakar campus

KEDGE Business School in Dakar welcomes students since 2008. The campus is ideally located within the dynamic district of Sacré Cœur III. Dakar runs two higher education programmes, the KEDGE Bachelor course and a Master in Management, along with executive education programmes.


Cutting-edge facilities

In 2008, KEDGE took a new step in its international development by relocating some courses to Dakar in Senegal. It became the only French Grande Ecole de management to relocate to sub-Saharan Africa. This project is the culmination of a long-standing collaboration between the management school of Bordeaux and the one in Dakar.  The opening of a campus in Dakar marks a strong conviction by KEDGE that the capital city as much as Senegal have very strong development potential.

Situated in the Sacré Cœur III area, 15 minutes from Dakar's city centre, the site benefits from a dynamic environment in a thriving and very student-oriented district. The building is a new construction built in 2008, designed to accommodate the activity of a higher education establishment in accordance with international standards. With its 1300 students (graduates and undergraduates), 41 management programmes, 29 nationalities and 215 professors, the school benefits from:

  • 3 sites
  • Twenty lecture rooms with video projectors
  • A documentation centre
  • Administrative areas
  • A cafeteria on the top floor

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Study Business Management in Senegal: programmes available in Dakar

  • The KEDGE Bachelor deployed at BEM Dakar is the only Bac+3 Management diploma and endorsed by the French Ministry of Higher Education. Professional training par excellence, it prepares operational managers in tune with the reality of companies. The KEDGE Bachelor totals 180 credits spread over 6 semesters. Semesters 1, 2 and 5 take place at BEM Dakar. Semester 3 can be done in Dakar, Bordeaux or Marseille. Semester 4 is either an English-speaking academic semester that takes place at KEDGE, or an English-speaking internship or an academic semester at one of KEDGE's partner universities. The training ends with a 20-week internship in semester 6.
  • Masters of Science
  • Master in Management Sciences option Marketing & Business Development
  • Master in Management Sciences option Corporate Finance

Life in Dakar as an international student

Dakar, the capital of Senegal, stands as a vibrant seaport city and economic hub on the western African coast. Known for its bustling markets and vibrant music scene, Dakar offers a rich cultural experience. The city serves as the epicenter of Senegal's industries, including peanut-oil production, fish canning, and petroleum refining. Visitors are drawn to Senegal's beautiful beaches, tranquil islands, and warm hospitality, reflecting the country's unique identity. Additionally, Dakar's colonial charm and diverse culinary scene make it a compelling destination for exploration. With its rich history and captivating rhythms, Senegal's capital promises an unforgettable experience for travelers.

Life in Dakar as an international student is dynamic, offering diverse cultural experiences and recreational activities. Students can explore the city's markets, enjoy traditional African cuisine, and discover local theatres for cultural events. Outdoor adventures like camping provide opportunities for socialising and learning about Senegalese customs. Dakar's nightlife scene, along with cinemas, offers relaxation and socialising, while joining social or sporting clubs enables students to integrate into the community. Despite being developed, Dakar can be pricey to live in, with high rents in certain areas, but student accommodations offer a practical solution.

How to get there?

Main airport: Blaise Diagne International Airport is 60 km away from downtown Dakar. Newly built, it replaces Léopold Sedar Senghor International Airport.
Connected to other destinations on the African continent (mainly Air Senegal) but also daily flights from/to Europe, Asia, Middle-East… (main airlines: Air France, Delta, Emirates, Turkish Airline).

How to get to the city centre from the airport?

- By  shuttles and buses: the Dakar Dem Dikk bus line 8 takes travelers from the airport to downtown Dakar with various stops including Yoff, Patte d'Oie, Grand Yoff or Cheikh Anta Diop University. Depending on the trip, the cost varies from 150 to 175FCFA (0.23 to 0.27€)

- By taxi: the travel time is around an hour and the fare is around $25USD. They are recognisable by their yellow colour.They di not have a taximeter and any ride must be negotiated with the driver before entering the vehicle.

- By VIP service: those services are available on request.

Dakar Railway Station is located in the city centre, next to the harbour.

The main Senegalese railway connects Dakar and Koulikoro (Mali), going through a few Malian major cities (Bamako, Kayes…) as well as Senegalese ones (Tambacounda, Touba, Thiès…).

Another railway links Saint-Louis, in the North of the country, to Dakar.

As of December 2021, a regional express train now travels between Diamniadio and Dakar train stations in less than 45 minutes – going through a dozen other stations on the way, and an extension to connect the railway to the Blaise Diagne International Airport is in project.

Roads / buses: Senegalese road system is rather extensive. Dakar is the endpoint of three international highways of the Trans-African network: the Cairo-Dakar highway, the Dakar-Ndjamena highway (crosses the Sahel) and the Dakar-Lagos highway.

Senegal also has seven national roads linking Dakar to the main cities and the neighbouring countries. It is thus relatively easy to access Dakar by car, and several bus lines connect the city with other major African cities.

Within the country, mini-buses called cars rapides ensure transportation between cities. However, traffic in Dakar is very heavy and often considered a little hectic, so one should take that into account when considering coming and/or moving around by car.C

How to reach the campus :

- BEM Dakar is 20 minutes away from the Dakar Railway Station by car
- Buses towards Bem extension lines: 121, 219, 31, 49

Dakar harbours the 3rd largest port of West Africa (Dakar Autonomous Port). 

First, some cargo ships offer passenger services from Europe to Dakar.

Several cruise ship companies also dock in Dakar, usually leaving from Spain or West African Ports.

Lastly, there is a regular ferry service between Ziguinchor, in the South of Senegal, and Dakar.