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

Is This Program Right for You?

This program is designed for students who are looking to intern and study in Nairobi, Kenya for a semester or an academic year with AU Nairobi, and was formerly called Issues of Sustainable Development.  In the spring semester this program has two different tracks: Environmental Science and Politics & Society. The program's main focus is to get students to live through environmental impact, history, politics, development, and international relations that Nairobi, in all its complexity, offers.  Students will visit with homestay families in an urban neighborhood and also live in shared, secured housing with other students on different programs with AU Nairobi, such as the Public Health Program.

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 will share orientation, accommodation, and excursions with students attending other tracks who also participate with AU Nairobi. During the program, you are required to participate in an internship and to take Swahili and an institutional strengthening class, as well as choose from several other topics courses that can involve a variety of subjects.  Each semester of this program is worth 16 credits.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 10/07/2015
Varies by program 01/05/2016 04/22/2016
NOTE: Students need to arrive at the Jomo Kenyatta airport in Nairobi between 6pm and 11pm to be picked up with program transportation. Students can fly out of Kenya anytime on April 23rd.
Academic Year 2016-2017 03/09/2016
Varies by program TBA TBA
Fall 2016 03/09/2016
Varies by program 08/30/2016 12/17/2016
NOTE: Students need to arrive in Nairobi the evening of Tuesday, August 30th. Students can leave Nairobi on December 17th.
Spring 2017 10/05/2016 ** Varies by program 01/03/2017 04/22/2017
NOTE: Students need to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi on the late afternoon/evening of January 3rd. Students need to leave the program on April 22nd.

** 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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