SIT Study Abroad: KSIT Study Abroad Kenya: Global Health and Human Rightsenya - Urbanization, Health and Human Rights

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Study the intersections of health, human rights, and cities at multiple sites in Kenya, where rapid urbanization is transforming access, equity, and well-being.This program examines health and human rights in Kenya through a complex constellation ... read more

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I gained a new way of looking at the world through this program; the cultural immersion experience helped me understand what daily life is like in a low-income country, while stereotypical perceptions of Africa as being only known for poverty and violence - Yale-NUS College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about health systems and research methods. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Of course it was worthwhile. Every experience I've had abroad (they're extensive!) has been worthwhile in it's own way. I learned to go with the flow, and trust that though my program isn't perfect, in the end I needed to be the one to make it meaningful for myself. That being said, given the opportunity to do it again, I would ... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Too much to put in this blurb. It was amazing, a time I will cherish for the rest of my life. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Absolutely. I learned so much about Kenyan culture and a little bit about the challenges of delivering aid abroad. It helped me focus on whether or not I actually want to live in Africa and do some sort of health or development work after college. I learned a lot about myself and also a lot about how to do field research, which ... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile. Not only did it give me a new lens with which to view my development studies, but I'm using the research I did for my ISP on traditional birthing to write a thesis on international health policy and the Safe Motherhood Initiative in Kenya. I had been to Kenya before, but I left after study abroad wi... - Clark University View Entire Review
It completely changed my life and career path! - Tufts University View Entire Review
It was relaxing compared to the school. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: Kenya - Urbanization, Health, and Human Rights
I loved all of the opportunities that I was able to experience. We visited so many organizations that were relevant to my field and I definitely learned much more than I would have in a classroom. With that being said, I thought that the program was pretty unorganized. Due dates were very close together and, without a reliable i... - University of Maine - Orono View Entire Review
Past Review Life Changing
It was worthwhile for sure. I learned so much about Kenyan culture as well as I learned a lot about myself. - Providence College View Entire Review
What it was like to live in a developing country. Most shockingly, how friendly/honest these people were and accepting of us students. I've learned to be very independent and self-reliant. - University of Hartford View Entire Review
Absolutely. I have a much better understanding of another culture and of myself. The experience has helped me solidify what I want to do with my life as well as show me what life has to offer. - Carleton College View Entire Review
My study abroad experience was worthwhile in ways that I cannot fully describe, probably ever. Choosing to study abroad in a developing country is a decision that is courageous, I think. Going somewhere that reveals your status as an upper-upper-class WORLD citizen (as opposed to your status as an American citizen) forces you to... - Wellesley College View Entire Review


Study the intersections of health, human rights, and cities at multiple sites in Kenya, where rapid urbanization is transforming access, equity, and well-being.

This program examines health and human rights in Kenya through a complex constellation of urban issues including housing, urban infrastructures, land tenure, informal settlements, food (in)security in the city, and evictions. Students examine Kenya’s healthcare challenges, practices, and systems, in both rural and urban contexts, together with analyses of locally informed debates surrounding human rights.

Major topics of study include:

- Housing policies and practices in Kenya and their implication for health and human rights
- Kenyan healthcare systems and healthcare challenges, including demographics, public health education, differential access to healthcare,
- Health issues in Kenya, including HIV/AIDS, health issues of orphaned and vulnerable children, women’s healthcare needs, and mental healthcare
- Links between access to and reliance on Kenyan healthcare services and the conceptions of human rights of individuals and communities
- Successful coalition-building efforts, civil society organizations, the private sector, and others pursuing community-based approaches to myriad contemporary issues

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • African Studies
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SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

SIT Study Abroad awards need-based scholarships and grants. We do not offer merit-based awards at this time. Average awards range between $500 and $5,000 for our semester programs, and between $500 and $3,000 for our summer programs. Our scholarships and grants are available to all students accepted into an SIT Study Abroad program irrespective of citizenship, national origin, or home school. We do not require a separate scholarship application for each scholarship fund; eligible students will be evaluated for all funds for which they are eligible. Please note: SIT Study Abroad scholarships and grants are only applicable to tuition and room/board fees billed by SIT Study Abroad. We do not award scholarships or grants to cover any other expenses, including, but not limited to, immunizations, visa fees, books, or study abroad fees charged by your home school. If your home school has an established billing agreement with us, it is your responsibility to communicate with your home school as to how your SIT scholarship or grant will be passed on to you by your home school. For a list of available scholarships and grants, click here.

$500 - $5000

April 1 for summer programs – extended to June 1 for summer 2020 May 15 for fall programs — extended to June 1 for fall 2020 November 1 for spring programs

The SIT Study Abroad scholarship application process has been fully integrated into our online program application. After ticking the scholarship box in the program application, please complete the following steps: Provide us with the name and email address of a financial aid officer at your home school. Electronically sign and date the FERPA release included as part of the application process. The financial aid officer at your school will be emailed a link to a secure web form where s/he will provide information about your financial aid at your home school


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