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Kenya: United States International University
Nairobi, Kenya (Outgoing Program)
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United States International University


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Program Information

The University at Albany partners with KEI (Knowledge Exchange Institute) to offer a study abroad option at the United States International University (USIU). The option allows students to immerse themselves in the eastern African culture by living in this vibrant city of Nairobi, Kenya's political capital, and the principal economic, diplomatic and cultural center in East Africa.  Students can choose from a variety of courses taught in English at the University. Internship and community service opportunities are also available.



Juniors, seniors and exceptional sophomores in all majors with at least 2.5 GPA are welcome to apply.  All students must be in good academic standing. Students with a lower GPA should consult with the adviser about whether or not to apply.


Classes are held at the United States International University (USIU).  UAlbany students are integrated with African students in all classes.

The program curriculum offers a wide selection of courses in the following fields:
    - African Culture & Societies  
    - Business, Law & Diplomacy  
    - Environment & Ecology  
    - Journalism, Communications & Media  
    - Psychology, Sociology & Behavior  
    - Tourism & Hospitality Management 

All the courses are taught in English. Optional internships (business, media, humanitarian, research, etc.) and community service opportunities are available. Internships (for credit) and community service (not for credit) are organized at various companies, NGOs and humanitarian organizations.

The academic calendar at USIU is divided into trimesters, with Fall, Spring and Summer terms. Each trimester is approximately 3 1/2 months. Students can enroll in up to 15 credits per trimester. Academic year (Fall and Spring trimesters) students can enroll in a total of 30 credits. Most courses are 3 credits. Internships are 3 credits.  

Please CLICK HERE for more information on the course offerings.

General Education Information for UAlbany students: credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these General Education credits.  You may file a request to have additional courses approved

Support Services


UAlbany hosts a general orientation session on campus for the study abroad students and their families during the semester prior to participation in the program. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend.

UAlbany Study Abroad and Exchanges staff is available throughout the year to assist study abroad students and their parents. KEI's on site staff will also host a program orientation once students arrive in Nairobi and are available to provide on site support throughout the program.


Students live in the university residence halls, known as hostels. These halls are typical dormitory-style, with double rooms along a hall and a common bathroom.

Each room has two beds, two desks, chairs and wardrobes. Four rooms share a common bathroom. Lounge rooms, TV rooms and study rooms on each floor offer the opportunity to meet USIU students. Resident Assistants (RAs) live in the hostels to facilitate safety and exchange among students.


Please download the most recent Estimate of Costs here: Kenya USIU 2015-16 including SU.pdf
Click here for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid


For more information on the option, please visit the following websites:

Knowledge Exchange Institute

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 10/17/2016
Rolling Admission 01/03/2017 04/14/2017
Summer 2017 03/08/2017 ** Rolling Admission 05/02/2017 08/06/2017
Academic Year 2017-2018 04/17/2017 ** Rolling Admission 08/28/2017 04/17/2018
Fall 2017 04/17/2017 ** Rolling Admission 08/29/2017 12/10/2017

** 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.

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