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AU Nairobi: Public Health
AU Nairobi
American University partners with the University of Nairobi to provide public health students with a stimulating study environment and an academic wherewithal to understand issues of public health in Kenya and the developing world in general. The Public Health program is for students interested in a hands-on experience in dealing with public health issues "on the ground in an urban, east African environment. Students will share orientation, accommodation, and excursions with students attending another AU Nairobi program (Contemporary Issues In Kenya and Africa). All students participate in a public health related internship in Nairobi and take required, set courses related to public health and Swahili at both the University of Nairobi and the AU Nairobi Center. Students earn 16 or 17 credits per semester. The program's flagship course, "Community Health", gives students the opportunity to go out and do a Community Diagnosis survey. In addition, there are numerous organizations ready to offer an internship to practitioners of public health. Students will have the opportunity to shadow the doctors, accompany healthcare providers on home visits, organize and digitize medical records, and participate in various public health education campaigns in communities where they work.

Nairobi, center of medical/health studies for East Africa, hosts the African equivalent to the Center for Disease Control. The AU Nairobi Center is located in a quiet residential area, very close to public transportation stops and within walking distance to shopping areas and student apartments. Nairobi is a city of great contrasts, with a dichotomy of immense wealth and immense poverty. It was originally the headquarters of the colonial administration in the early 20th century, maintaining a racially segregated populace. Once Kenya won its independence in 1963, Nairobi experienced population growth. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the world, with a population currently exceeding 4 million.

Program Details
  • Public Health students only
  • Minimum GPA: 2.75
  • SU required course load: 12-19 credits for undergraduate students
  • No language pre-requisites
Program Calendar
Fall: late August to mid-December
Through AU Nairobi, students will participate in a public health related internship and take required courses related to public health and Swahili at both the University of Nairobi and the AU Nairobi Center.  All courses are taught in English, except for the Swahili course.

Courses and grades from AU Nairobi will be posted to your academic record and factored into your overall GPA at SU.

For a list of courses pre-approved for SU credit, please click on the "Courses Offered" link at the top of this page. There is no guarantee courses on the list will be offered during your semester abroad, so please refer to the World Partner website for the most up-to-date course offerings. If you want to take a course that is not already approved, Syracuse Abroad will assist in obtaining approval from the appropriate SU academic department.

If a public health student has already taken a class from the pre-approved list above, only in this circumstance is it possible for a public health student to take a course from the AU Nairobi: Contemporary Issues in Kenya and Africa program.

All students studying at AU Nairobi attend a week long orientation, in which they learn about history, Swahili, cultural norms, and the city. After orientation, students spend 3-4 weeks with a Kenyan host family. Students learn about their host family prior to arrival.  At the end of the homestay period, students move into shared apartments with other AU Nairobi participants. 

The apartments are fully furnished and include a kitchen, en-suite bedrooms, a living room, a dining area, and a laundry room. They also have 24/7 security, and are a 15 minute walk away from AU Nairobi.  The apartment grounds include a gym and pool, and close by, there are grocery stores, a bakery, a barber, and internet services.  Within 15 minutes of the apartments, students can also access shopping centers, restaurants, and public transportation.

In addition, students spend a few nights in a rural homestay, accompanied by AU Nairobi program staff.  More information on AU Nairobi's housing can be found on AU's website. 
All U.S. citizens and most non-U.S. citizens are required to have a student visa for their semester in Kenya. AU will provide assistance with the visa application process.
Program Cost
You will pay SU tuition and can apply all SU financial aid except work study. Besides tuition, you will also be charged a  program fee which covers pre-departure meetings, International Travel insurance and services not covered by tuition and for which a separate fee is not charged. For further explanation of estimated costs, please see the financial planning budget here:
AU Nairobi Budget 2018-2019.pdf.

Cara Hardy,
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Applying to this program requires completion of both the Syracuse Abroad and AU Nairobi applications.

Syracuse University
AU Nairobi: Public Health
  • AU Abroad requires students to have a phone meeting prior to completing the application. Syracuse Abroad will provide AU with a list of approved students.
  • After your phone conversation with AU, you will be given access to the AU application. AU's deadline for Fall 2019 is March 8, 2019.
  • Follow AU's instructions regarding the application and post-acceptance process.
AU Nairobi
AU Nairobi: Public Health

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission 08/27/2019 12/15/2019
NOTE: Dates are tentative and subject to change.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.