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  • Locations: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Program Terms: Summer (Dec - Feb)
  • Restrictions: Sydney applicants only
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Program Description:


Education and International Development: Perspectives from Kenya and Beyond

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Program dates: TBC (Last year: 14 January - 2 March 2018)
USyd Application deadline: 30 August 2018
Duration: 6 weeks
Host institution: University of Minnesota

Kenya - UMN Education
Program Description
This unique opportunity is offered by the University of Minnesota. It broadens the students’ knowledge and horizons to allow them become professional and competent; to actively participate and interact with Kenyan culture in Kenyan educational institutions. It begins with letting the students express their perspectives of what education is under five thresholds of access, equity, relevance, quality, efficiency and effectiveness. These thresholds further feature in the exploration of the history and structure of education in Kenya. A critical analysis of the goals of education, curriculum, the examination system, educational service providers and financing frameworks using student’s experiences is given a central position to broaden student’s understanding of these dimensions of education. The features of various classroom interactions are discussed to facilitate understanding of various teaching methodologies. This is climaxed by a study tour of Kenya schools under different environmental contexts. Finally, emerging issues (gender, HIV/AIDS and disaster management concerns) of relevance to the current and future teaching profession are highlighted to stimulate students’ desire to be educational planners, policy makers and action researchers for betterment of best practices in education.

The course is delivered through informal lectures blended with interactive discussions and brainstorming and climaxed by study visits to diversified learning school environments. The class sessions are designed to allow students’ active participation based on their American and Kenyan experiences and readings to deepen their critical and insightful thinking in the area of education

Field Trips and extra-curricular Activities 
Orientation excursion to Lake Nakuru National Park. Transportation, room and board are included. Orientation activities and game drives also included. 
Excursion to Mombasa and the coast. Transportation, room and board are included. Instruction by Kenya professors on development issues in the region.

Academic Information

Language: Classes are instructed in English.
Relevant subject areas: Education
Academic credits: 4US credits per course
General conversion: 4US credits = 6CP Sydney credits

Course: International Development: Critical Perspectives on Theory and Practice, Education & Literacy track (MSID 4001), taught by Kenya program staff, 4 credits

View full course syllabus.

Useful Information 

All students will be enrolled in the University of Minnesota’s comprehensive international travel, health and security insurance policy through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) for the duration of the program.

Homestays for the majority of the program. Hotel nights for orientation and excursion to Mombasa. Students may choose a single or double homestay (no price difference). Double homestay may necessitate sharing a room.  Includes breakfast and dinner at homestay Monday-Friday. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at homestay on Saturday and Sunday.

Prior to departure, the University of Minnesota will provide all participants with and program handbook and an online general health & safety orientation.

The Kenya staff will provide a comprehensive orientation session to participants upon arrival in Kenya to include a welcome letter, city map or overview, an overview of Kenya, health & safety information, visit to the program office, how to use public transportation and more. You will also be provided with a Welcome Lunch/Dinner. 

Tentative program schedule from 2018 (2019 TBC)
January 14, 2018, arrival in Kenya
January 15- begin orientation at Lake Nakuru National Park
January 22- February 28- classroom and service learning based in Nairobi
Early February- Mombasa/coast academic excursion
February 28-March 1- concluding lectures and seminar
March 1, 2018, departure from Kenya.


This is a non-exchange program and all fees are paid to the University of Minnesota.

Program fee: TBC - approx. AUD6,305 (fee payable in USD and so final amount dependent on currency exchange rate)

Program fee inclusions: registration, tuition, orientation excursion to Lake Nakuru National Park (transportation, room and board are included), orientation activities and game drives, some meals, as indicated in homestay and excursion details, excursion to Mombasa and the coast (transportation, room and board are included), instruction by Kenya professors on development issues in the region.

Scholarships: We are currently finalising scholarship allocations for this program. Keep checking this page for updates.

Travel insurance: If you are approved by the University of Sydney to participate in this program you will be covered by the University's Student Travel Insurance Policy. This is a complementary policy to cover you for the duration of your University of Sydney mobility experience. Please refer to the Audit and Risk Management website for all travel insurance queries.
Other costs:
Flights, visa, meals, other travel expenses.

Cost of livingFollow this link to find out more about the cost of living in Nairobi.

OS-HELP loans may be available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place where the program is approved for credit prior to departure. Application required.

How to Apply

Applications for January 2019 have now closed.

Planning early is the best way to ensure you will get the most out of your time abroad.

Example application timeline
1. Select your program > 2.Complete Sydney Abroad application ('Apply Now' below) > 3. School of Education will assess your eligibility > 4. If approved apply to host university > 5. Apply for OS HELP (if eligible), book flights & visa > 6. Fly safe!

Receiving your academic credit approval can take up to 8 weeks – so it’s very important that you submit your application for academic credit to your faculty as soon as soon as you have selected your program of choice.

Note: The Sydney Abroad application requires that you upload a copy of your current passport. If you do not have this available to you now you can save your application and upload them later.

If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to contact us at