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SIT Study Abroad Kenya: Urbanization, Health, and Human Rights

Major Topics of Studykenya

  • Housing policies and practices in Kenya and their implication for health and human rights
  • Kenyan healthcare systems and healthcare challenges, including demographics, public health education, differential access to healthcare,
  • Health issues in Kenya, including HIV/AIDS, health issues of orphaned and vulnerable children, women’s healthcare needs, and mental healthcare
  • Links between access to and reliance on Kenyan healthcare services and the conceptions of human rights of individuals and communities
  • Successful coalition-building efforts, civil society organizations, the private sector, and others pursuing community-based approaches to myriad contemporary issues

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

Program Structure

There is no "typical day"on an SIT program. Activities may take place on any day of the week and at any time of day to be in accordance with according to local norms and to take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunities. Thus, the schedule and structure of the program are likely very different from what students are used to on their home campuses. The semester progresses in phases:

  • The program begins with a thorough orientation.
  • During the first two and a half months of the program, students are engaged in foundational coursework, including:
    • thematic seminars, including education excursions,
    • language instruction focused on improving practical communication skills, and
    • a field research methods and ethics course that prepares students to conduct independent research.
  • For the last month of the program, students conduct an Independent Study Project (ISP) on an approved topic of their choosing. 
  • Finally, students present their project, participate in program evaluations, and prepare to return home.

What Makes SIT Unique

  • SIT Study Abroad offers a field-based, experiential approach to learning.
  • Each program has a small group of students (typically 10–35). 
  • On an SIT program, students gain high levels of access to many different stakeholders and experts relevant to the issues the program is examining. 
  • While some learning will be conducted at the SIT program center, extensive learning is done outside the classroom — in host communities, field stations, NGO headquarters, ecological sites, health clinics, and art studios.
  • Many students go on to use their Independent Study Projects as a basis for senior theses on their home campuses. Others use their undergraduate research and overall study abroad experience to successfully apply for fellowships such as Fulbrights and Watsons.

Money Matters

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:

  • All educational costs, including educational excursions
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
  • Health and accident insurance


  • SIT awards nearly $1.3 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  
  • The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program. 
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.

Contact SIT Study Abroad

SIT Study Abroad  

About SIT:  A pioneer in experiential, field-based study abroad, SIT Study Abroad provides academically rich international programs for more than 2,000 undergraduates from over 200 sending institutions each year. Studying with a field-based faculty in nearly 50 countries, and tapping into World Learning's extensive in-country networks, students gain a deep appreciation of local cultures, develop language fluency, and become immersed in diverse themes ranging from development studies to global health to Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Working with local nongovernmental organizations and other partners, students develop Independent Study Projects that often form the basis for senior theses, Fulbright essays, and academic presentations. The SIT program model awakens students to global issues and equips them to take meaningful action for change in the world. 

SIT Programs in Africa and the Middle East: SIT currently offers semester and summer study abroad opportunities in Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Oman,  Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, and Uganda.

Based on SIT Study Abroad's experiential program model, each program consists of some combination of Intensive Language Study, Thematic Seminar, Field Study Seminar, and Independent Study Project. Thematic Seminar's explore such topics as the Arts, Development Studies, Environmental Studies, Global Health, Cultural Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Social Justice.  

For more information about SIT programs, visit the SIT Study Abroad website or stop by the Study Abroad Office located in Laurel Hall to view the brochure. The SIT website will provide information on the following:

  • Program Locations
  • Academic Options and Course Syllabi
  • Housing Options
  • Exact Program Dates
  • Program Costs
  • Scholarship Opportunities for Students on an SIT Program
  • Additional Services Provided (for example: Resident Director, Excursions, Orientation, Cultural Events, etc.)

SIT is a CSU Affiliate Program.


Steps to Apply to an SIT Study Abroad Program 

CSU students intending to study abroad through SIT are required to complete both the SIT program application (submitted directly to SIT) as well as the CSU requirements for Study Abroad.   

  • If you have not already done so, attend a General Information Meeting in Laurel Hall. 
  • Complete the SIT Study Abroad application for the program/location/term you have selected.  The application should be submitted directly to SIT by their specified deadlines.  SIT reserves the right to make all decisions regarding acceptance to a program.  Applicants will be notified of acceptance by SIT according to their timeline. 
  • Complete the CSU requirements for Study Abroad.  In order to access the CSU Study Abroad paperwork, you must first create a student profile by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. Upon clicking "Apply Now," you will be asked to login using your CSU eID. Logging in to the system creates your CSU Study Abroad profile and applicant homepage. Your applicant homepage will provide you with information on completing the necessary steps for study abroad through CSU, including the approval of transfer credit, use of financial aid, and registration in SA482 to maintain your student status at CSU while abroad. 

CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 12/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2021 05/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students applying to CSU-sponsored programs will be notified of decision within two weeks of application submission. Students applying to non-CSU sponsored programs need to contact their program provider for decision dates.