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CIC-SPA: Nairobi, Kenya, Studies in International Development
Nairobi, Kenya (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
Program Dates &
Deadlines:
View program dates and deadlines
Historical Course List: View Historical Course List
Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Spring
Fact Sheet:
Housing:
Homestay
Minimum GPA:
2.5
Class Standing:
3 - Junior
Courses Offered:
Art, Cultural Studies, Economics, Education, Environmental Studies, Internship, Public Health, Social Sciences/Sociology, Sustainable Development, Swahili
Type of Program:
Study Center
Language of Instruction:
English
Language Requirement:
0 - none
Education Abroad Adviser:
Whitney Longnecker
Internship Available:
Yes
Non-Penn State Students:
No
Global Programs Scholarships:
Africa and Latin America Grant-in-Aid, Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid, Whole World Scholarship
Grad/Undergrad:
Undergraduate
Program Description:
Kenya - The Great Right Valley

Program Overview     


This program is offered through a consortium called Committee on Institutional Cooperation Shared Programs Abroad (CIC SPA) consisting of Big Ten Universities plus the University of Chicago. The Kenya, Studies in International Development program is administered by the University of Minnesota, but is open to all undergraduate students from CIC SPA institutions, including Penn State students.

This program offers courses in international development. The semester program consists of four (4) courses focusing on language, international development and an in-depth country study. All classes are with program participants and are taught by local faculty. Through the coursework and the internship, you have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on the complex and diverse nature of international development. More information about the courses tuaght on this program is available on the University of Minnesota website

This program places a strong emphasis on international development.  Options for study are:

  1. Fall: classes & internship
  2. Spring: classes & internship
  3. Academic Year: classes, internship & research project

Countries with a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning

In order to comply with Penn State's International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries with active U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings are required to submit a petition for a waiver to the Standing Advisory Committee on International Student Travel. This petition will be included in the online application process for this program. For more information regarding the travel warning, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.

To view a list of other programs available in this region, visit our Education Abroad Regional Program Brochures.


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Education Abroad Credits


Student with giraffeYou will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.

Students are required to register for four courses and 16 credits, with an optional four-credit language pre-session, bringing students to a maximum credit enrollment of 20 credits. The optional four-credit language pre-session comes at an additional cost.

To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the CIC SPA Kenya Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.

Pre-requisites


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.

  • 2.5 minimum grade-point average
  • Junior class standing or higher at time of study
  • Students must submit a travel petition to study in Kenya.  Information on how to complete the petition is included in the Penn State Education Abroad online application. 

Housing and Meals


You will live in a homestay, where some meals will be provided; other meals may be purchased at local cafes or restaurants.


Program Costs


For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Fall budget sheet and Spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully. Since students can enroll in varying amounts of credits on this program, the summer tuition rates vary according to the number of credits taken.

Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships


Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
 
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.
 

For More Information


For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
 

How to Apply


If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  1 academic recommendation
  •  Signature Documents
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
 

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/15/2014
09/30/2014 01/19/2015 05/02/2015
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing. Students participating in optional pre-session language course should contact the Penn State education abroad adviser for program dates and details.
Fall 2015 03/01/2015
03/17/2015 08/31/2015 12/11/2015
Academic Year 2015-2016 03/01/2015
03/17/2015 TBA TBA
Spring 2016 09/15/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

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

Indicates that deadline has passed