Please note: 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 Student International 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 at http://travel.state.gov/.
This program is offered through a consortium called 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 five 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. Students are required to register for a minimum of 16 credits, and can enroll in a maximum of 20 credits per semester.
This program places a strong emphasis on international development. The semester work is broken down as follows:
Fall: classes & internship
Spring: classes & internship
Academic Year: classes, internship & research project
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships, such as the Whole World Scholarship. Eligibility is based on program location, 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 see Finances.
Education Abroad Credits
You 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 of a Pass/Fail basis.
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.
Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.
Housing and Meals
You will live in a homestay, where most meals are provided; other meals may be purchased at local cafes or restaurants.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. 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.
Please note that tuition rates above 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. Please see Funding Study Abroad.
For More Information
For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with 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're not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Kate Fox, 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.