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  • Locations: Kisumu, Kenya
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 01-APR-2021 ** Rolling Admission 23-MAY-2021 11-JUL-2021

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:

 

SIT Study Abroad Kenya: Public Health in the Tropics Internship (Summer)

 NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs. Visit the SIT website for more details.

Explore the complexities of public health promotion and practice in Kenya and the tropics while gaining practical professional experience in public health.

WHY INTERN IN KENYA?

The Lake Victoria region is a site of infectious diseases such as malaria, HIV/ AIDS, tuberculosis, and neglected tropical diseases. In Kisumu, home to the largest U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) facility outside North America on a joint campus of the Kenya Medical Research Institute, you’ll complete a five-week internship focused on public health. During your time here, you’ll also enjoy two weekend excursions, first, to Maasai Mara National Reserve, home to lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, and hippos; and then to Jinja, Uganda, a quiet town on Lake Victoria known as the source of the Nile.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Complete an internship at the CDC or the Kenya Medical Research Institute.
  • Reflect on western stereotypes and preconceptions about Kenya and Africa.
  • Study Kiswahili, the lingua franca of East Africa.
  • Take two weekend excursions to Maasai Mara National Reserve and Jinja, Uganda
 
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

KEY TOPICS

  • Complexities of public health promotion and practices in Kenya
  • Adjusting to and working collaboratively in different cultures
  • The ethics of internship in the context of Kenya

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

SCHOLARSHIPS

  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  
  • 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.

SIT PROGRAM PROTECTION

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Please Note: Regions within Kenya are considered by the U.S. Department of State to be "High Risk", and/or have an advisory of "Reconsider Travel" or "Do Not Travel". Consult UVA's Travel Alerts, Notices, & Warnings page and the Department of State Travel Advisory for Kenya to see if, based on your travel for University-related purposes, you must submit a petition for an exemption to the UVA Policy on Student International Travel as part of your Education Abroad application.