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  • Locations: Kigali, Rwanda; Kisumu, Kenya; Nairobi, Kenya
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
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  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English, Kiswahili Housing options: Homestay, Hostel/Hotel, Other
Areas of study: Africana Studies, Economics, Education, Gender and Women's Studies, Human Rights, Independent/Directed Research, Internships, Kiswahili, Politics, Pre-Health, Public Health, Social Policy, Sociology Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Program type: Experiential/field-based, Stand alone GPA: 2.5
Program Description:

SIT Study Abroad Kenya: Global Health and Human Rights

NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs. 

Understand some of Kenya’s most pressing contemporary and societal challenges, including rapid urbanization, access to healthcare, and human rights.


Cutting-edge public health initiatives are being implemented in Kisumu, a Kenyan port city on Lake Victoria and home to the largest U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention facility outside North America. The CDC’s relationship with the Kenya Medical Research Institute, which spans four decades, offers students unparalleled access to distinguished medical professionals, scholars, and scientists. Attend classes on a campus with high-speed internet and surrounded by gardens. Learn research protocol and how to gather and analyze data from experts developing improved delivery of treatments and vaccines for infectious diseases and translating findings into policy recommendations. You’ll also study Kiswahili, the lingua franca of East Africa, and gain a range of perspectives from two homestay families, one in urban Kisumu and one in the rural hills and lakes region of Siaya County. As part of the program, you will also travel to Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi, a center for relief, health, and human rights organizations, and to Rwanda, where you will survey its significantly lower rates of HIV and malaria.


  • Colonialism, the built environment, and urban/rural resource gaps
  • Cultural practices, and the epidemiology of tropical diseases
  • Universal healthcare, challenges, and health outcomes in Rwanda
  • Property rights, settlement patterns, and public health practices
  • Gender relations, the status of women, and health outcomes
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), program sites, and housing.


SIT is an all-inclusively priced study abroad program – including academics costs, excursions, accommodations and meals, airport transfers, and health insurance. Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor and read the website for more specific information.  



Academic Program
Students enroll in five courses during the semester for a total of 16 U.S. semester credits (4.0 Pomona credits). The academic program consists of:
  • Comparative Healthcare Systems (0.75 Pomona credit)
  • Intensive Kiswahili language study (0.75 Pomona credit)
  • Health and Human Rights in Kenya (0.75 Pomona credit) or Epidemiology in Kenya (0.75 Pomona credit)
  • Research Methods and Ethics (0.75 Pomona credit)
  • Independent Study Project (ISP; 1.0 Pomona credit) or Internship and Seminar (1.0 Pomona credit)
There is no CR/NC option on this program.

Living Arrangements
Students live in a combination of guest houses, hostels, or small hotels. Throughout the semester students will also stay in homestays in Kisumu, Nairobi, and Takaungu, a rural village on the Kenya coast.

Number of Students
SIT enrolls approximately 20 students, selected from a national pool.

Host Institution
School for International Training (SIT)

Faculty Liaison
Michael Diercks


A college-level course with African content is highly recommended. Students must submit a copy of a valid passport at the time of application.

Travel Advisories


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline (Pacific Time) Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2024 09/17/2023 10/13/2023 TBA TBA