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.
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.
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.
- Aga Khan Foundation scholarships for study in East Africa.
- The The School for Field Studies has many scholarships for their program participants - and an awesome program in Kenya!
- More Study Abroad Grants and Scholarships
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