Studying in Kenya means going beyond what you see depicted in the media and instead experiencing what it truly means to live, work, and breathe the African continent. Kenya, with dynamic capital city Nairobi, is one of the most up and coming nations, lead largely by its growing tech scene. Whether you have plans to study, intern, or work in Kenya, your experience will be complemented by the backdrop of the African wilderness.

No matter if Kenya's vibrant cities or gleaming fields draw you, its diverse cultures and people, bountiful precious wildlife, and increasingly reputable universities will certainly talk you into staying for awhile (and that's before we even mention the possibility of seeing the sunrise from Kilimanjaro!?). Take advantage of this unique opportunity; study abroad in Kenya!

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*If only* studying abroad was as easy as booking a plane ticket, getting your visa, and plopping down into the middle of the country. Conversely, study abroad takes a good deal of planning. Check out our top tips for picking a program that best suits your needs, goals, and budget while studying abroad in Kenya.

Language

Though it's likely that your program and courses will be taught in English, consider also studying some of the local languages while in Kenya. Have your pick of the lot -- the country recognizes 69 different languages -- with Swahili and English being the national standard. Being able to converse, even just briefly, with Kenyans will help you to develop a stronger relationship with the culture.

Housing

Different study abroad programs will afford you different options when it comes to selecting your housing for the duration of your experience overseas. Some will organize all of your housing in a local hotel, others will organize a homestay for you with a family, etc. Sometimes the cost of accommodation is not included in the overall program fees - so be sure to look closely over cost projections! Stay informed about your options and choose a program where you will be residing somewhere you find comfortable.

Immersion and Cultural Activities

Another option to consider when selecting your study abroad program provider is the number of activities that are included in the overall cost. Further, consider what types of activities are included - are they simple day trips to the museum you can organize yourself? Consider opting out of activities. If it is a more involved activity, such as a weekend hiking in the African bush, then maybe forking out the extra $$ up front will be worth it in the end.

Ideally, find a program that gives you flexibility in your choices!

Check out these great scholarships to offset your costs when studying abroad in Kenya next semester.

Contributed by Megan Lee

Study Abroad Programs in Kenya

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EDU Africa
Customized Faculty-led Programs in Southern & East Africa
Multiple Countries
9.78 •9 reviews

EDU Africa develops and facilitates academic faculty-led and service...

SIT Study Abroad
SIT Kenya: Global Health and Human Rights
Kenya
9 •1 review

Study the intersections of health, human rights, and cities at...

Turkana Basin Institute Origins Field School
Turkana Basin Institute Origins Field School
Kenya
10 •7 reviews

The Turkana Basin Institute is proud to offer unique full-semester and...

EDU Africa
Ecology and Conservation Summer Studies in Kenya
Kenya
8.5 •2 reviews

Spanning across three diverse locations, our Ecology & Conservation...

KEI Abroad
KEI Abroad in Nairobi, Kenya
Kenya
9 •1 review

Come to Nairobi, Kenya for an amazing study abroad experience! Made...

SIT Study Abroad
SIT Study Abroad Kenya: Public Health in the Tropics Internship
Kenya

Complete an internship at the Centers for Disease Control or the Kenya...

The School for Field Studies (SFS)
SFS Kenya: Wildlife, Water, and Climate Resilience (Semester)
Kenya

While studying the many Discover the many approaches to conservation...

The School for Field Studies (SFS)
SFS Kenya: Primates of the African Savanna (Summer II)
Kenya

Primates are some of the most intelligent species on the planet and a...

Cross Continental
Language Immersion Program in Africa
Multiple Countries

This program is perfect for those who are interested in foreign...

AnatoliaEd Centre
AnatoliaEd Centre Swahili Language Course
Kenya

This Swahili Course focuses on the basics skills of Swahili such as...

AFS-USA
AFS Global Prep: Wildlife Conservation in Kenya
Kenya

Discover the real meaning of safari (the Swahili word for “journey”)...

University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center
MSID—International Development in Kenya
Kenya

Study international development in Kenya, a country of immense...

The School for Field Studies (SFS)
SFS Kenya/Tanzania: Fundamentals of Wildlife Management (Summer I)
Kenya

The world-famous national parks and reserves of Kenya and Tanzania are...

Holbrook Travel
Natural & Cultural Wonders of Kenya Study Program
Kenya

Holbrook Travel's 13-day natural and cultural wonders study abroad...

UWC Kenya
UWC Kenya Short Course: DeConstructing Narratives
Kenya

DeConstructing Narratives is the UWC Kenya Short Course set to take...

Tours & Trips in Kenya

Looking for something to do during your time in Kenya? Check out some of these tours and trips!
  • Discover Corps
    Kenya: Safari & Conservation with Discover Corps
    Kenya
    9.5 •2 reviews

    Over the course of 10 days, you’ll be immersed into an African safari...

  • Acquire Adventures Safaris
    6 Days Wildlife Kenya Safari
    Kenya
    10 •1 review

    Adventure amazing Africa’s greatest wildlife African safari in Kenya...

  • Nomad Africa Adventure Tours
    East African Adventure
    Tanzania

    With the East African Adventure tour we take you into the heart of...

  • Trafalgar Travel
    African Safari Adventure
    Multiple Countries

    Join us as you travel through the vast, wide, plains of the Maasai...

  • East Africa Adventure Tours & Safaris
    2 Day Amboseli National Park Kenya Safari
    Kenya

    Spend two days exploring the wildlife throughout Kenya. See the...

  • G Adventures
    Kenya Camping Safari Tour
    Kenya

    From draw dropping Savannah's to the Great Rift Valley, experience the...

  • The Africa Adventure Company
    Giraffing Off Adventure Safari to Kenya
    Kenya

    A new safari offering where you visit Samburu, Solio, Mara and Giraffe...

  • Edelweiss Bike Travel
    Edelweiss Motorcycle World Tour
    Multiple Countries

    An adventure through breath-taking wilderness in the cradle of mankind...

  • Bush Troop Safaris
    4 Day Maasai Mara Camping Safari
    Kenya

    The Mara offers wildlife in such variety and abundance that it is...

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