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  • Locations: Mombasa, Kenya; Nairobi, Kenya
  • Program Terms: Fall, Winter-Spring
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  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter-Spring 2022 10/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Application materials may be reviewed prior to the program's application deadline. (Please note: if all of your boxes are checked-off, your application is complete.) In most cases, for applicants applying to programs led by PSU faculty, interviews and final selection will take place after the program deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Fulfills University Studies Requirement: Yes, Reporting Live Supplemental Course
Program Description:

Program OverviewSIT KEnya

Study Global Health and Human Rights in multiple locations in Kenya. This program examines health and human rights in Kenya through a complex constellation of urban issues including housing, urban infrastructures, land tenure, informal settlements, and evictions. Students will consider demographics, public health education, HIV/AIDS, health issues of orphaned and vulnerable children, women’s healthcare needs, differential access to healthcare, and mental healthcare, among other topics, in various cultural contexts. Students will examine Kenya’s healthcare challenges, practices, and systems, in both rural and urban contexts, together with analyses of locally informed debates surrounding human rights.

Program Focus

The program consists of two thematic seminars; an intensive language course in Kiswahili, together with multiple homestays, to hone language skills; a course on Research Methods and Ethics; and the opportunity to conduct in-depth, primary field research through the Independent Study Project (ISP). The program has two bases: Nairobi and Mombasa. Students will interact with a wide array of SIT partners and contacts in Nairobi, the regional base for numerous local and international nongovernmental organizations, and also in cosmopolitan Mombasa. Kenya’s second largest city, Mombasa is the site of emerging coalitions of activists and civil society organizations challenging Kenya’s status quo on issues of health and human rights. Students will also have group excursions to Kisumu on Lake Victoria and/or Lamu on the Indian Ocean. Homestays and educational excursions will help illustrate the outcomes of differential access to healthcare and the attendant challenges to human rights throughout Kenya.


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Program Dates

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Areas of Study

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This program is a good fit for the following majors:

  • Black Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Political Science
  • Pre-health
  • Public Administration
  • Sexuality, Gender, & Queer Studies
  • Sociology
  • Swahili
  • Women's Studies


Fall:  Students enroll in 24 quarter credits
Winter/Spring:  Students enroll in 24 quarter credits

Language of Instruction 

English and Kiswahili

Host Country Language 




Class Standing Eligibility

  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior

Minimum GPA Requirements

Undergraduate: 2.75

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.

Program Requirements

No previous language study required 

Program Fee

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PSU Fees

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Application Fee:
All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will
be assessed to the students' account.