United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya
Photo: NCC students, Ben Redmond and Katelyn Krumreich, studying at United States International University in Kenya, Fall 2013
Founded in 1969 and the only university in Kenya with dual accreditation from the United States and Kenya, United States International University (USIU) has grown to become the largest private secular university in East Africa, with a student population of 5,300. About 15 percent of the student population comes from 56 different countries.
Courses offered include international business administration, information systems and technology, business administration, accounting, applied computer technology, international relations, psychology, criminal justice and journalism. All courses are taught in English.
• USIU campus is 15-20 minutes from downtown Nairobi. USIU offers a free bus service from campus to downtown.
• Campus is next to the Nairobi National Park
Internships are available
Three types of internships:
1. Volunteer - students earn no academic credit
2. Community Service - students can take this for credit or not for credit. This internship involves more committment from the students than the Volunteer internship. Students receive no grade for the Community Service internship.
3. Internship - students complete this internship for a grade and is seen on their transcript when they return to North Central College.
Junior or senior standing; GPA 3.0 preferred.
Students earn, on average, 12 credits upon successful completion of their studies at USIU, depending on courses selected.
During the first few weeks of the fall semester at USIU there is a drop/add period for classes. If your final schedule is different from the Pre-Study Abroad Credit Transfer Approval form, you MUST email the Office of International Programs with your final course list.
Housing and Meals
All North Central College students stay in the USIU hostels (residence halls) on campus. Students live in furnished double rooms and communal bathrooms are found on each floor. Each residence hall has a reception desk which serves various student needs throughout the day, and staff is available at this desk 24 hours a day. The residential buildings have recreational facilities such as the table tennis/darts room, three TV rooms, common areas, and a study room. Hostel receptionists are in contact with University Security and residents can contact them via telephone 24 hours a day. There is also a Resident Assistant (RA) in each hostel to provide assistance and facilitate a positive community experience.
Meals: Students have the option of having a meal plan at USIU. There is a large cafeteria in the center of campus that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, students who have studied at USIU in the past prefer to opt-out of the meal plan and receive an allowance from the International Office at ISUI to take their meals at the many local eateries just outside the campus gates.
Students pay North Central College tuition, fees, room and board to North Central College. Book fees, medical insurance and registration card are paid to USIU. Students are personally responsible for paying airfare, health insurance, departure tax, and extra personal travel and spending money, as these items are not included in the fees paid to both North Central College and USIU (mentioned above) . North Central College financial aid does apply.