Explore the social, legal, political, and economic processes that shape healthcare systems, access to healthcare, and health outcomes across national, urban, and rural settings.

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  • Examine how healthcare challenges such as tropical environments and economic inequity impact healthcare delivery and policy in the East African region.

    Look at the social, legal, political, and economic processes that allow inequities in health outcomes to persist in national, urban, and rural locations. Examine differences between and private and public and government and nongovernment healthcare systems. Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda will provide the case studies you’ll use to explore these issues. Rwanda experienced a horrific genocide in 1994 and is currently rebuilding aggressively. Uganda had a turbulent political history and had a long period of World Bank structural adjustment programs. Kenya’s economic gains in the past decade have been unevenly distributed, and the country has faced internal and external crises. Explore these complex issues through in-depth engagement with scholars, practitioners, activists, artists, and East Africans from all walks of life.

  • Live in Kisumu and attend classes at the Kenya Medical Research Institute, which hosts the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Kisumu and the broader Lake Victoria area were the epicenter for HIV and AIDS when it first emerged in the 1980s. Investments were made in medical research to respond to the pandemic and other health needs. Today, Kisumu is home to a joint campus of the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Founded as a collaborative venture in 1979, the partnership is the largest the CDC has abroad.

    Here, you’ll attend classes on the KEMRI/CDC campus, learning research protocol, research design and implementation, and gathering and analyzing data. You’ll learn directly from researchers and experts involved in observational studies, operational research, program support, and clinical trials developing and improving delivery of treatments and vaccines for infectious and noncommunicable diseases and translating research findings into policy recommendations.

    The KEMRI/CDC also offers a limited number of internship opportunities for SIT students. The program also collaborates with research scientists at KEMRI, at the Centre for Research and Technology Development, and with urban and regional planning faculty from nearby Maseno University. The program’s center, located 15 minutes from downtown Kisumu, is surrounded by gardens and has high-speed internet.

  • Study Kiswahili, the lingua franca of East Africa.

    Kiswahili is spoken throughout East Africa, including in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and parts of Mozambique. Through the program’s intensive language course, offered at beginning to advanced levels, you will gain conversational ability in Kiswahili, which will enable you to better connect with your homestay families and host communities. During field assignments and the Independent Study Project or internship, you will apply your emerging skills and advance your vocabulary.

  • Visit Nairobi, Kenya’s cosmopolitan capital.

    Nairobi began as a watering hole (“the place of cool waters”) for Maasai pastoralists roughly 100 years ago. Today, Kenya’s capital is a cosmopolitan metropolis of some four million people, and hosts several international and national research institutes, corporations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and United Nations institutions. Nairobi has a concentration of academic, political, economic, and cultural resources, including many relief, development, health, human rights, and political organizations.

    You’ll be near United Nations and other international organizations, where you will be able to explore program themes and develop your ISP and internship proposals. You will have access to resources including scholars, researchers, practitioners and experts in all relevant program fields, university libraries, the World Bank, the United Nations Environmental Programme, and UN Habitat.

  • Travel to Rwanda and Uganda to compare their healthcare systems with Kenya’s.

    Rwanda has made significant progress in public health. Rwanda’s incidence of HIV and AIDS is significantly lower than the regional average, with a prevalence rate of less than two percent. The same is true for malaria. Rwanda has also succeeded in implementing universal access to healthcare. Here, you will receive lectures on health and human rights. You’ll also visit the genocide museum to understand and assess post-genocide Rwanda.

    In Uganda, you’ll conduct a comparative study of the country’s healthcare system and visit Jinja, a quiet location on Lake Victoria, near the source of the Nile.

  • Customize your learning to meet your academic and career goals.

    In addition to the core thematic seminar, Comparative Healthcare Systems, you’ll take your choice of either Health and Human Rights or Epidemiology in Kenya.

    You’ll also choose to conduct independent research or complete an internship. Kisumu’s strategic location in western Kenya makes it a great destination for both given that the counties near Lake Victoria have a burden of diseases not witnessed elsewhere in Kenya.

Critical Global Issue of Study

Global Health

Global Health

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Prerequisites

None

Key Topics of Study

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Key Topics of Study

  • Global health and human rights: history, principles, norms, and standards
  • International human rights treaties
  • The right to health versus realities of diverse settings
  • Epidemiology of global health in the tropics
  • Social determinants of health
  • Water sanitation, health, and human rights
  • Environment and health Inequalities
  • Globalization, health, and human rights
  • Public health emergencies and human rights

Coursework

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Coursework

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The following syllabi are representative of this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term. The syllabi can be useful for students, faculty, and study abroad offices in assessing credit transfer. Read more about credit transfer.

Comparative Healthcare Systems – syllabus

(IPBH3500 / 3 Credits / 45 class hours)

This core seminar focuses on the principles and practice of health system analysis; the sources and utilization of information informing the development, organization, and operation of health services; and frameworks for assessing the performance of different health systems. It analyzes health challenges and their impacts on healthcare delivery and discusses the targets for health in a globalized world. We review health service organization and management, health policy development and planning, and characteristics of personal and community healthcare services. We examine the constitutional, legal, economic, social, and political environments within which health care systems operate and the various patterns that emerge.


Health and Human Rights in Kenya – syllabus

(IPBH3000 / 3 credits / 45 hours)

This seminar explores theoretical links between access to and reliance on Kenyan healthcare services and the conceptions of human rights of individuals and communities in a Kenyan social context. The course is designed to provide firsthand academic knowledge of Kenyan healthcare challenges and healthcare systems, together with analyses of locally informed debates surrounding human rights. Course content, provided via lectures, discussions, readings, presentations, and educational excursions, details the mutually constitutive challenges of health and human rights in Kenya, while highlighting successful coalition-building efforts, civil society organizations, the private sector, and others pursuing community-based approaches to myriad contemporary issues. Throughout the course, students record and analyze aspects of the host culture and examine contemporary development theories and methodologies and current issues related to health and human rights in Kenya.

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Epidemiology in Kenya – syllabus

(IPBH3500 / 3 Credits / 45 class hours)

This seminar examines trends and patterns in the burden of diseases in Kenya and introduces students to the principles, concepts, and methods of population-based epidemiology. It explores the specifics related to epidemiological research conducted in the country by Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in conjunction with US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and health practitioners that inform the planning, implementation, and evaluation cycle in public health promotion. The course starts by delving into the importance of epidemiology in the context of Kenya, a developing country. Students will describe and apply epidemiological terms using hands-on data to make causal inferences and be able to communicate their findings to both lay and professional audiences.


Intensive Language Study: Beginning Kiswahili – syllabus

(SWAH1003-1503 / 3 credits / 45 hours)

Intensive Language Study: Intermediate Kiswahili – syllabus

(SWAH2003-2503 / 3 credits / 45 hours)

Intensive Language Study: Advanced Kiswahili – syllabus

(SWAH3003-3503 / 3 credits / 45 hours)

Emphasis on speaking and comprehension skills through classroom and field instruction. Based on an in-country evaluation that includes oral proficiency testing, students are placed in intensive classes at the appropriate level, with additional language practice taking place through homestays, lectures, and field visits. Daily classes during the first two weeks of the urban homestay are followed by continuing lessons in a variety of field settings, which provide an opportunity for additional Kiswahili language practice.

Research Methods and Ethics – syllabus

(ANTH3500 / 3 credits / 45 hours)

This course in the concepts of learning across cultures and from field experience provides an introduction to an Independent Study Project or internship. Material includes cross-cultural adaptation and skills building; project selection and refinement; field study ethics and the World Learning/SIT Human Subjects Review Policy; developing contacts and finding resources; field study methods; developing skills in observation and interviewing; gathering, organizing, and communicating data; maintaining a field journal; and participatory evaluation and appraisal techniques.

In addition to taking the above courses, students will also need to enroll in one of the following two courses:

Internship and Seminar – syllabus

(ITRN3000 / 4 credits / 120 hours)

This course consists of a four-week internship with a national, international, or local public health delivery organization that is based in Kenya. The internship enables students to gain valuable work experience in the public health field and introduces students to planning, delivery, and management of public health in the tropics, using western Kenya as the case study.

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Independent Study Project – syllabus

(ISPR3000 / 4 credits / 120 hours)

Conducted in Nairobi, Kisumu, or another approved location appropriate to the project within Kenya. Sample topics areas: malaria prevention policy and practice; Nairobi's informal settlements; housing as a human right; primary healthcare options in Kenya; rural women's cooperatives; prenatal healthcare; land tenure in Kibera; family planning in rural Kenya; urban agriculture; HIV/AIDS peer education; girls' education; nutrition and health programming in Kenya.
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Study abroad summer internship in Kenya

Excursions

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Excursions

Please note that in order to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program excursions may occasionally vary.

Excursions on this program range from multi-week to single-day trips.

Rwanda

You’ll travel to the western side of the Lake Victoria region, via the Great Rift Valley. This excursion gives you an opportunity to examine Rwanda’s exceptional achievements in healthcare, including its extremely low rates of HIV and malaria and its universal health insurance. You’ll compare Rwanda’s healthcare systems with Kenya’s.

Uganda

You’ll travel to Uganda to study its healthcare system and the processes and dynamics that have shaped it and their implications for health outcomes. You will study the mixed impacts of privatization on healthcare, decentralization, and community-based healthcare systems. Through this excursion, you will gain a frame of reference from which to further examine Kenya’s healthcare system.

Site Visits

village stayYou will experience multiple site visits throughout the semester to get a firsthand look at concepts developed in readings, lectures, group work, assignments, and in-class. Past site visits include the United Nations Environment Program and United Nations Habitat in Nairobi, the Mathare Youth Sports Association (one of the most celebrated success stories of urban African development programs influencing health and human rights in an informal setting), the county government of Makueni (the first county in Kenya to implement universal health coverage), and water-sanitation and eco-friendly projects in Kibera.

Nairobi

You will spend a few days in Nairobi. Here, you will visit various United Nations bodies and other international and nongovernmental organizations where you will explore global health and human rights issues that you can develop into your Independent Study Project or internship proposal.

Faculty and Staff

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Faculty and Staff

Steve Wandiga, PhD, Academic Director

Steve WandigaSteve is a senior research officer at Kenya Medical Research Center (KEMRI) in Kisumu where he has led the tuberculosis research team and coordinated a weekly science seminar series for visiting scientists. He serves on the steering committee of the East African Consortium for Clinical Research and is co-chair of the TB Stakeholder Community Engagement Working Group and a member of the TB Clinical Trials Infrastructure Working Group. Steve has also coordinated the East Africa Healthy Pregnancy, Birth, Growth, and Development Knowledge Initiative that is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Steve holds a PhD in medical research, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany and a Master of Arts in project planning and management from the University of Nairobi. A Kenyan citizen, Steve lives in Kisumu, Kenya, with his spouse, June Kasyoki, and their two girls. 

Leah Onyango, PhD, Coordinator, SIT/Maseno University

Leah OnyangoLeah completed her BA and MA at the University of Nairobi and her PhD in planning at Maseno University. Since 2003, she has lectured at Maseno University and became the chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in 2011. In addition to her work as a professor and researcher, she serves on the board of Sana International, an NGO that deals with water and sanitation, and the St. Stephen’s Menara Secondary School. She is a researcher and consultant on urban, regional, and agricultural development projects throughout East Africa and has published articles on climate change and agricultural security, gender perspectives on property rights in rural Kenya, and poverty. She has conducted research projects for the World Bank, World Wildlife Fund, and the European Commission.

Miltone Omondi, Program Coordinator

Milt OmondiMiltone is a certified public accountant and holds a graduate diploma in business administration. He is currently taking an undergraduate course in development studies. He has been working for SIT Study Abroad in Kenya for the past 10 years. Before joining the program, he worked as a research assistant for Family Care International, as part of an extensive research project on safe motherhood, and for SOS Kinderdof. Miltone assists the academic director in the day-to-day running of the program in areas of student support, excursions and lectures, compliance, procurement, program partnerships, and logistics.

Christine Odera, Office Manager

Christine OderaChristine has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from United States International University (Nairobi-Kenya), and was a participant in the US State Department’s YES program. She is a volunteer at the Organization for Intercultural Education in Nairobi helping with office operations, and has more than four years of experience with intercultural programs. Christine assists SIT with a variety of tasks including student support and program management.

Lecturers for this program typically include:

Stephen Munga, PhD

Stephen is chief research officer at Kenya Medical Research Institute and doubles as the director of the Centre for Global Health Research in Kisumu, which hosts the CDC in western Kenya. He holds a PhD in environmental biology/medical entomology from Moi University, Kenya. He is an experienced researcher, technical advisor and public health manager. He has been a technical advisor to the World Health Organization in Kenya, Botswana, Uganda, and Namibia on malaria program reviews. He has conducted desk reviews of malaria epidemic preparedness and response and indoor residual spray programs and vector control components of the National Malaria Control Programs. He started delivering lectures to SIT students in 2015.

Dickens Onyango MD, MPH, PhD Candidate

Dickens is the acting county director of health in Kisumu County. He is a medical doctor with 13 years of experience working in Kenya’s public health sector. He has served in clinical positions engaged in direct patient care and as a senior epidemiologist. He has been involved in outbreak investigation, public health surveillance, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of various health programs. He works closely with KEMRI and the CDC to implement various monitoring initiatives including CHAMPS. At the national level, he was part of the leadership that developed the One Health strategy. Within the county, he has designed and implemented operational research studies and has authored and co-authored a number of scientific publications.

Juliana Otieno MD, PhD

Juliana is the chief executive officer at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH) and has been pivotal in the collaboration between KEMRI and the CDC through the KEMRI/CDC Clinical Research Centre on JOOTRH grounds, where state of the art research is conducted. A pediatrician by specialization, Juliana has a passion for clinical care and health research among children.

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One of my favorite things about SIT is its commitment to experiential learning.

One of my favorite things about SIT is its commitment to experiential learning. Rather than sit in a classroom all day, we visited organizations, spoke to Kenyans about current issues, lived with host families, engaged in fieldwork, and more.

Catherine Matthews, University of Richmond

 
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Homestays

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Homestays

The homestay is an integral part of the SIT experience. During your homestay, you’ll become a member of a local family, sharing meals with them, joining them for special occasions, talking with them in their language, and experiencing the host country through their eyes. Homestay placements are arranged by a local coordinator who carefully screens and approves each family. Students frequently cite the homestay as the highlight of their program. Read more about SIT homestays.

This program includes two homestays: one in an urban community in Kisumu and one in a rural community in Semenya village near Kisumu. Through these homestays, you’ll gain a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural perspectives in urban and rural Kenya as you explore public health and human rights issues.

Kisumu

Kismu

Kisumu, Kenya’s third largest city, is located on the shores of Lake Victoria. A major port and trading hub and the center of the Luo community, Kisumu has played a significant role in the country’s modern history. Its fisheries and agriculture are important contributors to the local, national, and regional economy.

Kisumu is the program’s main homestay. Here, you will live with a local family for a combined total of five weeks. Kisumu is a trading city at the crossroads of East and Central Africa, a relaxed city in a beautiful setting on the sloping shores of Lake Victoria. Kisumu homestays are generally within walking distance to SIT’s program office.

Rural Homestay, Semenya, Siaya County

During the weeklong village stay, you will complete a research assignment exploring issues of health and human rights from a local perspective. Many students regard the rural excursion as both the most challenging and the most rewarding component of the program. Students sometimes struggle to adjust to the slow pace and basic living conditions of rural Kenya, only to find that they have formed surprisingly strong bonds with their host family during this brief period.

Other accommodations on the program may include hostels, guest houses, tented camps, small hotels, and private homes.

Independent Study Project

ISP

Independent Study Project

You can opt to spend the final four weeks of the semester working on an Independent Study Project (ISP) in which you will conduct primary research on a topic of interest to you. The ISP can be conducted in Nairobi, Kisumu, or another approved location in Kenya appropriate to the project. An experienced local academic advisor will support you in tailoring your project and methodology. Many students extend their ISPs into senior theses, while others use their ISP as the basis for Fulbright and other fellowship opportunities following graduation.

Sample ISP topic areas:

  • Gendered dynamics of health and human rights
  • Urbanization, environmental degradation, and public health
  • Neglected tropical diseases in western Kenya
  • Informal settlements and their health challenges
  • Healthcare as a human right in Kenya
  • Grassroots development programs
  • Nutrition and health programming in Kisumu
  • Access to ARVs in urban and rural areas
  • Health financing in Kenya
  • Housing and human rights
  • Primary healthcare options
  • Maternal and child health
  • Family planning
  • HIV/AIDS peer education
  • Use of technology in the prevention of gender violence in Nairobi
  • Prevalence of depression among TB and HIV/AIDS patients in Kisumu

Browse this program’s Independent Study Projects / undergraduate research.

Internship

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Internship

Get experience in the planning, delivery, and management of public health in the tropics during this optional internship. Throughout the semester, you will be introduced to a number of different organizations in Kisumu and Nairobi during regular coursework, lectures, excursions, site visits, and collaborative projects. The internship will give you an opportunity to build on one of these connections under the guidance of a researcher, medical professional, or development worker who acts as your project advisor.

Sample internships:

  • Assisting health-related projects with the Red Cross and USAID
  • Conducting policy research at African Population and Health Research Center
  • Assisting research on HIV, TB, and malaria at Kenya Medical Research Institute and the Centers for Disease Control
  • Supporting hygiene, sanitation, and environmental projects with Network for Water and Sanitation
  • Helping Amref Health Africa’s projects in Kenya
  • Providing healthcare and emotional support at Kenya’s Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS

In addition, you will submit a paper in which you describe, assess, and analyze what you learned during your internship. The paper will outline the tasks you completed throughout the internship, professional relationships you developed, and challenges you encountered and how you overcame them.

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Career Paths

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Career Paths

Students on this program represent an array of colleges, universities, and majors. Many of them have gone on to pursue academic and professional work that connects back to their experience abroad with SIT. Recent positions held by alumni of this program include:

  • Founder and director of Hatua Likoni, a youth education and career development center, Mombasa, Kenya
  • Visiting assistant professor in the Department of Applied Anthropology at the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
  • Special assistant at the Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs, USAID, Washington, DC
  • Research intern researching global health organizations at Kenya Medical Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya

Accessibility

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Accessibility

This information is provided to assist you in identifying possible accessibility barriers and preparing for an accessible educational experience with SIT Study Abroad. You should be aware that while in-country conditions and resources vary by site, every effort is made to work collaboratively with qualified individuals to facilitate disability-related accommodation. If you have a disability, you are encouraged to contact SIT Disability Services at disabilityservices@sit.edu for additional information related to access abroad and to discuss possible accommodations.

Academics

During the coursework phase of the program, you will generally be in class five to six days per week for six to eight hours per day. You will be given a 30-minute break every two hours.

Attendance at religious classes and church, mosque, or temple is a course requirement. Learning is typically assessed through take-home assignments, in-class assignments, written assignments/exams, oral presentations/exams, take-home quizzes/exams, and in-class quizzes/exams. Course readings and in-class materials are not typically available in a digital format.

If you have questions about alternate format materials, testing accommodations, or other academic accommodations, you are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services as early as possible.

Program Center

The SIT program office is about 10-15 minutes from the central business district and easily accessible through various routes from homestays. The classroom, computer space, student lounge, study/library, and restroom are located within program office/grounds. The classroom and study/library are adjacent to each other. The computer space and lounge have accessible door handles. The rest area has tents and foldable seats. The program office has running water and toilets accessible through door handles. There is a refrigerator and microwave in the program office kitchen for storing and warming food carried from homestays.

Activities/Excursions

The program includes single and multi-week excursions to urban and rural areas of Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda. Program excursions involve standing and walking for prolonged periods of time. A pair of comfortable, rubber-soled, waterproof shoes are recommended. Program excursions may occasionally vary to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities.

Housing

Each program’s homestay coordinator will be responsible for placing students in homestays. These placements are first made based on health concerns, including any allergies or dietary needs, to the extent possible. Homestays offer regular access to electricity to charge devices and a refrigerator for storing medication. Physically accessible homestay options are limited. If you have questions about homestay accessibility, you are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services as early as possible.

Dietary Needs

The main staple in much of East Africa are rice, ugali (a stiff porridge), potatoes, bananas, and yams, which are generally eaten with a sauce (beef, chicken, fish, beans, peanut) and steamed vegetables at most meals. For those following a vegetarian diet, tropical fruits and vegetables are plentiful. Veganism, depending on the type of vegan commitment, is difficult but can be upheld in some parts of the country and East African region.

SIT Study Abroad works with students, program staff, homestay families, home colleges and universities, and others to accommodate student dietary needs whenever possible. For more information on dietary needs and dietary preferences, please review the Student Support section of the Student Health, Safety, and Support web page.

Transportation

In Kisumu, students typically travel at least 10 minutes between their primary homestay, classes, and/or placement sites. Walking and minibuses (popularly referred to as “matatu”) are the common modes of travel for program excursions. Minibuses may be available for some program excursions. Buses are not equipped with wheelchair ramps or lifts. Taxis and minivans are also available. The general routes of travel have limited accessibility due to unpaved, bumpy, potholed roads and unmarked road crossings. Very few hospitals and government buildings are physically accessible.

Technology

You are advised to bring your own academic technology including laptops, flash drives, recording devices, and assistive technology. It is recommended that you fully insure your electronic property against loss or theft. The program computer space currently has Wi-Fi, computer for word processing, printer, copier, and scanner. Word-processing and printing can also be done at Internet cafés and other email facilities in Kisumu and other major cities.

If you have questions about assistive technology, note-taking accommodations, or other academic accommodations, you are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services as early as possible.

Health Resources

Adequate medical services are available in Kisumu, Nairobi, Kigali, and Jinja for most medical conditions and emergencies that one may experience in Kenya and within the East African region. Payment for medical services is covered by your health insurance if the provider is notified prior to or during the medical service.

Once admitted, you are encouraged to discuss any questions or concerns about accessing health services or medication while abroad during the health review process. Read more about the health review process and the Summary of Benefits for student health insurance.

Requesting Disability-Related Accommodations

To request disability-related accommodations once you’re admitted, you should contact the Office of Disability Services. For more information about the accommodation process, documentation guidelines and a link to the accommodation request form, please visit the Office of Disability Services website.

If you have a disability, you are encouraged to contact Disability Services at disabilityservices@sit.edu or 802 258-3390 as early as possible for information and support.

Additional Support Resources

MIUSA (Mobility International USA) is a cross-disability organization serving those with cognitive, hearing, learning, mental health, physical, systemic, vision, and other disabilities. It offers numerous resources for persons with disabilities who wish to study abroad and/or engage in international development opportunities.

Abroad with Disabilities (AWD) is a Michigan nonprofit organization founded in 2015 with the goal of promoting the belief that persons with disabilities can and should go abroad. AWD works diligently to empower clients to pursue study, work, volunteer, and/or internship opportunities outside of the United States by creating dialogue, sharing resources, and spreading awareness.

Cost and Scholarships

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Cost and Scholarships

SIT Study Abroad is committed to making international education accessible to all students. Scholarship awards generally range from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs and $500 to $3,000 for summer programs. This year, SIT will award more than $1.5 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students. 

SIT Pell Grant Match Award. SIT Study Abroad provides matching grants to students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding for the term during which they are studying with SIT. This award can be applied to any SIT program. Qualified students must complete the scholarship portion of their application. View all SIT Study Abroad scholarships.

Tuition: $14,418

The tuition fee covers the following program components:

  • Cost of all lecturers who provide seminar instruction and educational excursion leadership to students in:
    • Urbanization and development
    • Health and human rights
    • Politics, development, and economics in Kenya
  • Research Methods and Ethics training in preparation for the Independent Study Project
  • Intensive language instruction in Kiswahili
  • All educational excursions, including all related travel costs
  • Independent Study Project or internship (including a stipend for accommodation and food)
  • Health insurance throughout the entire program period 

Room & Board: $2,919

The room and board fee covers the following program components:

  • All accommodations during the entire program period. This includes orientation, time in the program base (Kisumu), on all excursions, during the Independent Study Project or internship, and during the final evaluation period. Accommodation is covered either by SIT Study Abroad directly, through a stipend provided to each student, or through the homestay.
  • All homestays (including Kisumu and the rural homestay)
  • All meals for the entire program period. Meals are covered either by SIT Study Abroad directly, through a stipend to the student, or through the homestay.

Estimated Additional Costs:

Airfare to Program Site

Airline pricing can vary greatly due to the volatility of airline industry pricing, flight availability, and specific flexibility/restrictions on the type of ticket purchased. Students may choose to take advantage of frequent flyer or other airline awards available to them, which could significantly lower their travel costs.

Visa Expenses: $100

Immunizations: Varies

Books & Supplies: $100

International Phone: Each student must bring a smart phone that is able to accept a local SIM card with them to their program, or they must purchase a smart phone locally.

Discretionary Expenses

Personal expenses during the program vary based on individual spending habits and budgets. While all meals and accommodations are covered in the room and board fee, incidentals and personal transportation costs differ depending on the non-program-related interests and pursuits of each student. To learn more about personal budgeting, we recommend speaking with alumni who participated in a program in your region. See a full list of our alumni contacts. Please note that free time to pursue non-program-related activities is limited.

Please Note: Fees and additional expenses are based on all known circumstances at the time of calculation. Due to the unique nature of our programs and the economics of host countries, SIT reserves the right to change its fees or additional expenses without notice.

In order to make study abroad more accessible, SIT's partner colleges and universities may charge home school tuition fees for their students participating on an SIT Study Abroad program. If your institution has an agreement with SIT and charges fees different from those assessed by SIT, please contact your study abroad advisor for more details. The SIT published price is the cost to direct enroll in the SIT program. Tuition fees may vary for students based on your home college's or university's billing policies with SIT.

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