United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya
Exchange Program Offered Fall Term
The only university in Kenya with dual accreditation from the United States and Kenya, United States International University was founded in 1969 and has now grown to be the largest private secular university in East Africa, with a student population of 2300. Undergraduate programs include international relations, journalism, psychology, business administration, information systems and technology, and international business. All courses are taught in English.
NCC Eligibility Requirements:
Junior or Senior standing. GPA 3.0 preferred.
NCC Academic Credit:
NCC students receive an average of 12 NCC credits for classes taken at USIU depending on the course load students choose.
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 NCC students stay in the USIU hostels 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. The desk is manned 24 hours. 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 the University Security and can be contacted by residents 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 meal plans while at USIU. There is a large cafeteria in the center of campus that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Previous students who have studied at USIU also note that there are many good local eateries just outside the campus gates.
USIU/KENYA Estimated Costs:
Students pay tuition and fees, and room and board to NCC.
Financial aid is applicable to this program, however all study abroad students should meet with a financial aid representative during the spring term to determine any changes/adjustments in their financial aid package.
Personal Expenses (per semester): approximately $750
- Food (off-campus): $200-$300
Breakfast = $1-$2, Lunch = $2-$4, Dinner= $3-$5
- Textbooks: $80
- Local Transportation (travel options organized by USIU for students): approximately $300
- Bus to Mombasa from Nairobi: approximately $20 round trip
Other expenses (in U.S. dollars):
a) health insurance fee - $96
b) caution money (refundable at the end of the semester) - $90
c) computer lab fee - $65
d) pupil's pass - $40
e) alien registration fee - $40
f) official transcript fee - $10
g) laundry - $2-$3 per week to wash/dry
This really depends on the student. Students need to consider all personal spending money including travel! Students who participated in this program last year estimate between $2000-$2500, including some travel.
Roundtrip airfare estimate: $1600
Kendel Brady Junior Elementary Education Major, English Minor
I want to learn.
I want to learn about life beyond American borders.
I want to learn about others.
Learn about our world.
I want to learn about different environments.
I want to learn about customs different from my own
I want to live.
I want to live a life beyond my imagination.
I want to live where I may feel uncomfortable, knowing that I'm living.
I want to live with people different from myself.
I love to read, but I don't want to learn and live through the pages of a book.
I yearn for experiences I can not even fathom.
I need to grow by expanding myself beyond here.
I need to explore.
I need to experience.
I need to understand for myself and correct misconceptions of others.
I need this.