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!

Photo Credit: Akarshan Kumar

*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
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Megan Lee
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Study Abroad Programs in Kenya

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EDU Africa
Customized Faculty-led Programs in Southern & East Africa
Multiple Countries
9 reviews2 interviews

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

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

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

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

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

EDU Africa
Ecology and Conservation Studies in Kenya
Kenya
2 reviews1 interview

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

UWC Kenya
UWC Kenya Short Course: DeConstructing Narratives
Kenya
New Program

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

KEI Abroad
KEI Abroad in Nairobi, Kenya
Kenya
1 review

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

Global Engagement Institute
GEI Study Abroad in Kenya | Social Innovation Lab
Kenya

This 3-week field course provides you an opportunity to explore...

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...

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...

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

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

Athena Study Abroad
Athena Study Abroad in Kenya
Kenya

Ecology and Conservation in Kenya Broaden your knowledge of historical...

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

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

Cross Continental
Language Immersion Program in Africa
Multiple Countries

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

Tours & Trips in Kenya

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

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

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

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    Footsteps of Champions - Running your way through Kenya
    Kenya

    The vacation that was made for runners who love to travel. Join a...

  • Bush Troop Safaris
    4 Day Maasai Mara Camping Safari
    Kenya

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

  • Kikwetu Cultural Adventures
    7 Day Kenyan Cultural Adventure
    Kenya

    Kenya is endowed with a rich history, culture and natural heritage...

  • ConQuest Adventures
    5 Days Kenya Wildlife Safari
    Kenya

    Maasai Mara is situated in south-west Kenya and is one of Africa’s...

  • Milany Safaris
    Masai Mara Safari Experience
    Kenya

    Traveling to Kenya and its unique destinations are experiences that...

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    Experience Explorer Kenya Tours
    Kenya

    Experience and enjoy new places and culture with Explorer kenya which...

  • Africa Travel Co
    Gorillas Express: 9 Days from Nairobi to Kampala
    Kenya

    Mountain gorillas inhabit the rain forests of Uganda, the Democratic...

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