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Fact Sheet:
Housing: Homestay, Shard Apt Language Pre-requisite: none
Language of Instruction: English
Non-AU Students Accepted by AU:
Yes
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:
Yes
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:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 10/07/2015
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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
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Varies by program 08/30/2016 04/22/2017
Fall 2016 03/09/2016
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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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