• Junior, Senior
• Preference is given to students with coursework related to development and/or Kenya or East Africa, or to students with volunteer or social services experience.
• 2.5 cumulative GPA
• Language Pre-requisite: None
• Open to UW-Madison degree-seeking students only
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Swahili language, international development topics and required internship

Classroom Language

English, Swahili


Local Hosts

Program Duration

Fall Swahili pre-session: Early August - Late August
Academic Year: Late August - Late April
Fall: Late August - Mid December
Spring Swahili pre-session: Late December - Mid January
Spring: Mid January - Late April

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Spring 2017-18  9/29/2017
Fall 2018-19  3/9/2018
Year 2018-19  3/9/2018

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

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Kenya, Nairobi
UMN MSID International Development in Kenya

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Co-sponsored by UW-Madison, the University of Minnesota offers students the opportunity to study in Kenya through its Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID) program. This unique opportunity allows students to explore the real world of international development in Kenya, a country of immense geographic and cultural diversity. The program aims to put students in direct contact with the social and economic realities of actual communities and of people working within them to address complex problems. Through classes, field trips, internships, and research, MSID strives to establish a continual dialogue linking experience with theory and critical analysis.

There is also an optional 3 1/2 week intensive Swahili language course offered in Nairobi prior to the start of the fall and spring semesters.

Located on the east coast of Africa, Kenya is home to forty million people who represent over forty ethnic groups. The modern capital city of Nairobi has a population of three million and functions as the base for many international organizations engaged in areas of international relief, development, and social change. Kenya's geography is marvelously varied with striking landscapes, ranging from snow-capped Mount Kenya to rich farmlands, barren deserts and tropical beaches.