Study Abroad

KEI: Nairobi - United States International University

Study a full range of academic subjects in Kenya’s capital at the United States International University, and participate in internship and volunteer opportunities.


Nairobi, the capital and largest city in Kenya, is the country's principal economic, administrative and cultural center. Nairobi is considered the educational and cultural center in Eastern Africa. Nairobi is a fun and exciting city with many entertainment and recreational opportunities. Students will find everything from historic sites, museums, theaters, nightclubs, cafes, shopping malls and much more.


The United States International University (USIU) - Africa is located in the Kasarani area, off Thika Road in the suburb of Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi. The university is an independent, not-for-profit institution serving 6512 students representing 69 nationalities. It offers 24 degree programs from undergraduate to doctoral level, all of which are accredited in Kenya and the United States of America. All courses are taught in English, and there is no language prerequisite.


Students enroll alongside USIU students in English-taught courses. Participants live with USIU students at a school representing over 60 nations and join cultural trips – past semesters have included a wildlife safari. Additionally, students have the option to pursue internship and volunteer opportunities.

The curriculum offers courses, research, internships and community service. Students can enroll in a maximum of 16 credits per trimester. Most courses are 3 credits. Science and biomedical courses are 3 to 8 credits. Internships and research are 3 to 6 credits. Community service is not credit bearing.

Student Life & Co-Curricular

The International Student Affairs Council organizes cultural, travel and sports activities throughout the semester. There are various sports facilities on campus including a soccer field, track, basketball court, and modern gym with weights and aerobics classes. Table tennis, pool tables and TV rooms are located in the Residence Hall. In addition, the program includes cultural field trips, and past semesters have included excursions to Mombassa, Western Kenya, and day trips within Nairobi.


Students in Nairobi live in university residence halls. Rooms are double occupancy and shared with other students studying at IUSU. There is one bathroom for every four rooms. USIU has a dining hall that serves typical Kenyan food, or students can eat off-campus.

Program Cost

The program fee includes tuition (12-16 credits), accommodation, program orientation, scheduled academic excursions, and international health insurance. The program cost is based on full-time semester tuition and on-campus Marist housing. Students receive a detailed cost sheet once they have been admitted to the Marist Abroad Program.

Admission Criteria

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA at the time of application
  • Sophomore standing or higher at the time of study abroad
  • Academic Advisor approval of program and coursework

How to Apply and Get More Information

Enrollment is limited, and applicants are encouraged to apply early. Click here for more information on the Marist Abroad application process.

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