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Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Kelly Jo Bahry Advising Required: YES
Language Pre-requisite: none Minimum GPA: 2.75
Class Level Required for Admission: Second-semester Sophomore standing Non-AU Students Accepted by AU: YES
Language of Instruction: English Housing: Homestay, Shard Apt
Internship: YES Program Type: Partial Direct Enrollment
Program Description:

This Contemporary Issues in Kenya and Africa AU Nairobi program is run by American University and designed for students who want to intern and study in Kenya for a semester or an academic year in an extremely dynamic environment. All students live as residents in the African city of Nairobi and explore history, politics, development, gender, and international relations in an academic and cultural context through your courses and program sponsored excursions in and out of the city, including an rural homestay experience. Students will share orientation, accommodation, and excursions with students attending the AU Nairobi Public Health program or the AU Nairobi Environment and Human Health program. All students participate in a internship in Nairobi, take required language and subject courses at the AU Nairobi Center, and have a choice in taking one three credit course at a partner university. Each semester students earn 16 credits.

Students are encouraged to have taken a cross-cultural class such as SISA 341 Intercultural Communication, SOCY 110 Sociology of the Global South, or ANTH 110 Culture and the Human Experience, or equivalent before studying abroad in Kenya.

Students interested in applying for this program must make an appointment with the AU Abroad Senior Study Abroad Advisor to open an application.

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Visit the AU Nairobi web page for detailed information about program structure and curriculum information.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/06/2017
Varies by program 01/02/2018 04/21/2018
NOTE: You need to arrive at the Jomo Kenyatta airport in Nairobi between 5pm-11pm on January 2nd. You must leave the program on April 21st.
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/08/2018
Varies by program 08/27/2018 04/22/2019
NOTE: Program dates are tentative. Final dates will be confirmed upon acceptance into the program.
Fall 2018 03/08/2018
Varies by program 08/27/2018 12/15/2018
NOTE: Students must arrive at the Jomo Kenyatta airport in Nairobi on Monday, August 27th. Program transportation will be organized between 5pm and 11pm. If students arrive earlier on that day you must pay for your own transportation to the hotel (the program can organize). All students must leave program housing on Saturday, December 15th.
Spring 2019 10/05/2018 ** Varies by program 01/01/2019 04/20/2019
NOTE: You need to arrive to the program on Tuesday, January 1st. The program will pay for your transport from the Jomo Kenyatta airport in Nairobi to the program between 5pm-11pm on January 1st. If you arrive before that time the program will arrange transport but you will pay for it. You must leave the program on Saturday, April 20th.

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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