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  • Locations: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: UM Learning Abroad Center 
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
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Language of Instruction: English, Swahili Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Housing Option: Homestay Areas of Study: African American and African Studies, Anthropology, Comparative Studies, International Studies, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Sociology
Rank/Class Status: 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student, 5-Graduate Student Program Type: Third Party Provider
Academic Credit: Credit Evaluation Required Program Features: Internship, Research
Education Abroad Coordinator: Rebecca McMunn
Program Description:

 

MSID Kenya

This unique program allows you to explore the real world of international development in Kenya, a country of immense geographic and cultural diversity.

Academics

  • Learn about international development.
  • Gain hands-on experience by participating in a community internship.
  • Take Swahili language classes.
  • Program type:
    MSID Kenya is an experiential program. Learn about Kenya through classes, field trips, internships, and research.
  • Level:
    3000-4000 level courses.
  • Term:
    Fall semester plus optional pre-session, spring semester, academic year plus optional pre-session.
  • Prerequisites:
    2.5 GPA; juniors and above; experience in your MSID country, relevant course work, or volunteer experience preferred but not required.
  • Courseload:
    16 credits for fall or spring semester; 32 for the academic year. Add 5 credits for optional pre-session for fall and academic year.

Faculty

Dr. Mohamud Jama, an economist at the University of Nairobi, directs the program. Khalif Maalim assists with the program coordination, and Kenyan faculty provide the instruction.

How to Apply

You must complete an Ohio State and MSID application by the deadline. Click the button below to visit this program's web page for more information about the application process for this program.

About This Program

Kenya's geographic and cultural diversity make it a microcosm of the African continent. It includes hot coastal plains, vast plateaus, Africa's largest lake and highest mountain, and hundreds of miles of the great Rift Valley. Home to more than 45 tribes, significant European and South Asian minorities, and a population of 28 million speaking dozens of languages, Kenya shares with its neighbors the challenges of forging a multi-ethnic, post-colonial nation. Most Kenyans are farmers or herders, yet the capital of Nairobi is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in East Africa and the base for many international and Kenyan organizations promoting development and social change.

Three photos from previous trips

Homestays are an integral component of the MSID learning experience. All students live and share most meals with at least one family, and many with two different families--one during the classroom phase and a second in a different part of the country during the remainder of the program. Students with internships in the main city typically choose to remain with the same family throughout.

Language Pre-Session: An optional August intensive language course is offered for fall semester and academic year students. One language course is taught over a 4-week period and awards 5 undergraduate credits. The Kenya program offers beginning or intermediate Swahili. The syllabus focuses on language skill development and daily oral practice. Students live with host families, and local excursions are included.

Semester Program: The semester program consists of four courses. 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 development as realized in your MSID country.

About Learning Abroad Center

The Learning Abroad Center in the Office of International Programs is the University of Minnesota's comprehensive resource for study, service-learning, work, intern, volunteer, and travel experiences worldwide.

The Learning Abroad Center is a leader in providing innovative international learning experiences that expand and redefine the world for a diverse population of students, colleagues, and staff. The Learning Abroad Center staff and University of Minnesota faculty and staff participate in numerous leadership opportunities and serve on the advisory boards of organizations who provide and/or support education abroad programs. Through collaboration and individual attention, the Learning Abroad Center continues to promote empowerment, development, understanding, and responsibility in the global community.

A variety of program options--300 programs in over 70 countries--have been developed to address the diverse needs of students. Programs vary in length, level, academic focus, teaching format, language requirements, cost, and degree of independence demanded of the participant.




Education Abroad Coordinator

Rebecca McMunn
Would you like to schedule an appointment? Click here to request one.
McMunn.8@osu.edu 

Courses and Credits 

Courses completed at MSID will transfer to Ohio State as graded credit. Specific Ohio State course equivalencies and credits will be determined by the appropriate Ohio State academic departments.

Admitted participants are required to register themselves in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, ARTSSCI 5797. Specific registration instructions will be provided in the letter of acceptance. 

Students are strongly encouraged to review the credit transfer process in full beforehand.

Eligibility

Applicants are required to submit applications to both OIA (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page)  and the University of Minnesota by the Ohio State application deadline. In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must meet the University of Minnesota's eligibility requirements and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Passports

Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.

Program Costs

Students will pay the MSID program fee* and HTH International insurance fee. A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on university-approved third party provider or direct enroll programming is in effect until June 30, 2019. The program fee includes in-country instruction, accommodations, most meals and field trips.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification from OSU, they will be held responsible for a $200 cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.

*OSU students participating on an OSU-approved University of Minnesota semester or academic year program will benefit from the CIC discount of $1000; summer program participates receive a $500 discount. 

Scholarships

Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

 

Notices

This program includes travel to a risk designated country, Kenya, and all participants at the time of acceptance must submit a petition provided by the Office of International Affairs acknowledging they have read the travel warning and recognize the risk involved. All programs administered through the Office of International Affairs that include travel to countries with a risk designation have received prior approval by the International Travel Policy Committee
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel advisories/country specific safety information) 
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel (pre-travel health guidance) 

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/01/2017
**
Rolling Admission 08/27/2017 04/22/2018
NOTE: Program dates include travel to and from the US
Spring 2017 04/01/2017
04/01/2017 TBA TBA
Spring 2018 10/01/2017
**
Rolling Admission 01/13/2018 05/05/2018
NOTE: Program dates include travel to and from the US
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants 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