Lying on the Equator, Kenya is home to a diverse population of over 40 million. The cosmopolitan capital city of Nairobi, rising from the plateau of south-central Kenya, is the home base of the program. A city with over three million residents, Nairobi is East Africa's regional center for trade and is one of three cities in the world to host a regional headquarters of the United Nations. Based in this vibrant and diverse city, students will gain familiarity with the urban environment while also visiting many of the rural areas, where approximately 75 percent of the country's population resides.
Course of Study
Union College is one of six colleges in the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium
(NY6 Consortium), which facilitates collaboration among its member institutions in fulfilling their educational missions and serving the public good. The Kenya Semester Program is offered to Union students through the NY6 consortium by St. Lawrence University. St. Lawrence has operated a unique and high quality program in Kenya program for over 40 years, making it one of the longest running U.S. study abroad programs on the African continent. Applications are accepted from Union College students, St. Lawrence University students, other students from the NY6 Consortium and students from other non-consortium universities.
The Kenya Semester Program is an interdisciplinary academic program that uses a combination of learning models -- classroom, field-based and experiential -- and emphasizes cultural immersion throughout the semester. Students take two required courses. In addition, students select two elective courses so they can focus on their own field of interest or specialization.
There is a two-part acceptance process to this program: getting through the internal review at Union and an interview with the selection committee at St. Lawrence University. Because of this, students will need to inform International Programs
by Tuesday, September 20 of their intention to apply and will have until Friday, September 23, 5:00 pm to submit the online application. While the student is completing the application, an interview will be scheduled with St. Lawrence University on either September 22nd or 23rd.
Elective Courses (Select Two)
The program's headquarters are located in Karen, a suburb of Nairobi, where St. Lawrence University owns and operates a 5.5 acre gated campus. Students use the campus as a home base for the semester, but only spend about 8 weeks living here. The two faculty directors, as well as program staff, also live on campus. Students spend time during the semester traveling throughout Kenya and East Africa on various course components. Students spend the various course components living with homestay families, in tents, and in guest houses.
(For specific dates, contact the International Programs Office, Old Chapel, Third Floor.)
- September 19: Prof. Michel Angrist from Union and Prof. Matt Carotenuto from St. Lawrence University will provide an information session at 12:50 pm in Karp 008.
- Intention to apply must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, September 20
- September 22 and 23 - Interview with St. Lawrence University
- September 23, 5:00 pm: Application deadline
- October: Non-refundable deposit due at the Cashier's Office in McKean House, and receipt brought to the International Programs Office
- October/November: Orientation meetings
- Mid-January: Program begins
- Mid-May: Program ends
For More Information
Students may contact Professor Michele Angrist from Union College or Professor Matt Carotenuto from St. Lawrence University for more information.