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Program Description:
SIT Kenya: Global Health and Human Rights
SIT Kenya
Kisumu, Kenya’s third largest city, is located on the shores of Lake Victoria. A major port and trading hub and the center of the Luo community, Kisumu has played a significant role in the country’s modern history. Its fisheries and agriculture are important contributors to the local, national, and regional economy.

Through this program you will attend classes at the Kenya Medical Research Institute, which hosts the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You will examine how healthcare challenges such as tropical environments and economic inequity impact healthcare delivery and policy in the East African region. You will look at the social, legal, political, and economic processes that allow inequities in health outcomes to persist in national, urban, and rural locations. You will also examine differences between and private and public and government and non-government healthcare systems.

Program Details
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • Required course load: 16 undergraduate credits
  • Language prerequisite: none
Program Calendar
Fall Semester: late August to early-December
Spring Semester: late January to mid-May

The semester program consists of five courses, including an independent study project. Grades from SIT 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.

This program includes two homestays: one in an urban community in Kisumu and one in a rural community in Semenya village near Kisumu. Through these homestays, you’ll gain a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural perspectives in urban and rural Kenya as you explore public health and human rights issues.

All U.S. citizens and most non-U.S. citizens are required to have a student visa for their semester in Kenya. SIT will provide guidance 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 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 the program fee and further explanation of estimated costs, please see the financial planning budget here: TBD

Cara Hardy,

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Applying to this program requires completion of both the Syracuse Abroad and SIT application.

Please note: due to the small number of spaces in each program, it is possible for a program to reach maximum enrollment before the application due date. Please apply early!

Syracuse University
  • Complete SIT's application online. Check the SIT website for the application deadline.
  • Follow instructions from SIT  for supplemental documents

SIT Kenya: Global Health and Human Rights


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2021 03/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission 09/01/2021 09/01/2021
NOTE: Program dates are not available at this time. Please contact the international program advisor for this program with questions.

** 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.