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  • Locations: Nairobi, Kenya Coast Republic
  • Program Terms: January Term, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: UM Learning Abroad Center 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Final Application Deadline Decision Timeline Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 03/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be contacted shortly after all application materials are completed.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 2 - Sophomore, 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Options: Homestay Language Prerequisite: None
Language Courses Offered: Other Program Sponsor: University of Minnesota
Program Description:
 
Intensive Kenya

Intensive Swahili in Kenya

Immerse yourself in the Swahili language while learning about the country’s more than 40 ethnic groups and living with a Kenyan host family.

Academics

  • Gain practical language skills.
  • Advance your Swahili a semester in less than four weeks.
  • Speak Swahili with your host family to work on conversation skills.

This program appeals to students who are interested in advancing their Swahili knowledge.

  • Program type:
    Intensive Swahili is a classroom-based course to work on student's speaking, listening and reading skills.
  • Level:
    First, second, third, or fourth semester of Swahili
  • Term:
    August; three weeks
  • Prerequisites:
    2.5 GPA; sophomores and above
  • Courseload:
    4 credits over summer session.

Faculty

Dr. Mohamud Jama, an economist at the University of Nairobi, directs the program. Khalif Maalim assists with the program coordination, and Kenyan faculty provide the instruction.

How to Apply

Click the button below to visit this program's web page for more information about the application process for this program.

About This Program

Kenya's geographic and cultural diversity make it a microcosm of the African continent. It includes hot coastal plains, vast plateaus, Africa's largest lake and highest mountain, and hundreds of miles of the great Rift Valley. Home to more than 45 tribes, significant European and South Asian minorities, and a population of 28 million speaking dozens of languages, Kenya shares with its neighbors the challenges of forging a multi-ethnic, post-colonial nation. Most Kenyans are farmers or herders, yet the capital of Nairobi is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in East Africa and the base for many international and Kenyan organizations promoting development and social change.

Three photos from previous trips

Homestays are an integral component of the learning experience. All students live and share most meals with homestay families. Although excursions change from year to year, you can expect to visit a variety of sites that may include local markets and other areas around Nairobi.

This language course is taught over a three-week period and awards 4 undergraduate credits. All classes are held at a local study center and are taught by experienced instructors who are native speakers. Small class sizes allow you many opportunities to practice their language skills and receive feedback from the instructor. 

You may also participate in this program as an optional language pre-session for our MSID Kenya program.

About the Learning Abroad Center

The Learning Abroad Center in the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance is the University of Minnesota's comprehensive resource for study, service-learning, work, intern, volunteer, and travel experiences worldwide.

The Learning Abroad Center is a leader in providing innovative international learning experiences that expand and redefine the world for a diverse population of students, colleagues, and staff. The Learning Abroad Center staff and University of Minnesota faculty and staff participate in numerous leadership opportunities and serve on the advisory boards of organizations who provide and/or support education abroad programs. Through collaboration and individual attention, the Learning Abroad Center continues to promote empowerment, development, understanding, and responsibility in the global community.

A variety of program options--300 programs in over 80 countries--have been developed to address the diverse needs of students. Programs vary in length, level, academic focus, teaching format, language requirements, cost, and degree of independence demanded of the participant.




Application Process for University of St. Thomas Students
This is a co-sponsored program, offered through one of our approved program partners. In order to participate on this program you must apply through, and be approved, by both St. Thomas and the program.
 
Application Process
  1. Attend a first-step session. Dates posted online at stthomas.edu/studyabroad.
  2. Schedule an advising meeting. This meeting will review:
    1. any questions you have about studying abroad, including program selection if you are considering multiple programs.
    2. the course approval process
    3. how to apply to a co-sponsored program
  3. Notify your study abroad advisor of final program selection.
  4. Complete all St. Thomas application materials by the St. Thomas application deadline.
  5. Complete program application via the program’s website by their deadline.
University of St. Thomas application deadlines:
October 1 for January Term and spring semester programs
March 15 for summer, fall semester and year-long programs.
Please note that some programs have deadlines earlier than St. Thomas.
 
St Thomas Criteria for Participation
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.5.
  • Students may not apply for, maintain an approved application, nor participate in a Study Abroad program while on academic or conduct probation. Any disciplinary records may be a consideration for approval to participate in an off-campus programs.
  • View all eligibility requirements for study abroad through St. Thomas: stthomas.edu/studyabroad > Student Policies.
  • Some programs have additional criteria.
 
Financial Aid/Scholarships
Financial Aid Awards (grants, loans and scholarships) typically apply to study abroad. Visit stthomas.edu/financialaid for instructions.
The Office of Study Abroad, and our co-sponsored program partners, offers scholarships. Visit stthomas.edu/studyabroad, and the program’s website, for details.

Program Information
For additional program information, contact the program partner.
For application procedures contact Study Abroad.
 
Office of Study Abroad
University of St. Thomas
MHC 212 (Mail 5026)
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096 USA
Tel: 1.651.962.6450
Fax: 1.651.962.5199
Email: studyabroad@stthomas.edu
www.stthomas.edu/studyabroad