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Kenya: Nairobi and Mombasa

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Kenya Quick Facts

Language of Instruction
English and Swahili

Fields of Study
East African history, anthropology, economic development, politics, public health, and sociology.

Host Institution
School for International Training (SIT)

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

Program Dates
Fall semester: Late August to mid-December
Spring semester: Early February to mid-May

Faculty Liaison
Sid Lemelle

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SIT: Urbanization, Health, and Human Rights

Kenya, the largest economy in South East and Central Africa, is renowned for its stunning beaches along the Indian Ocean coastline, its rich wildlife in the savannah grasslands, and its diverse ethnic and linguistic groups. In its recent history Kenya is undergoing a new period of growth, with luxury apartments and gated communities sprouting throughout the capitol city of Nairobi, and with a new source of foreign investments in the port city of Mombasa. In 2010 a new constitution was approved that made a commitment to advance the economic conditions and the social rights of its citizens. Despite heavy investments in their tourist industry and a strengthening financial district, the country relies heavily on an inefficient and unreliable agricultural sector, which employs most of the workforce. Struggles with land management, forced displacement, and limited social and economic opportunities in rural areas are contributing to a period of rapid urbanization.

Based in both the capital city Nairobi and coastal city Mombasa, this School for International Training (SIT) program explores the theme of Urbanization, Health, and Human Rights. Students will examine the Kenyan healthcare system and public health policies as they relate to human rights, women’s healthcare needs, food and nutrition, housing, land tenure, and urban planning in both rural and urban areas of the country.


  • 7.5 GPA required.

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

Number of Students

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

Academic Program

Students enroll in five courses during the semester. The academic program consists of:

Intensive Kiswahili (0.75 Pomona credits)
Health and Human Rights in Kenya (0.75 Pomona credits)
Urbanization and Public Health (0.75 Pomona credits)
Research Methods and Ethics (0.75 Pomona credits)
Independent Study Project (ISP) (1.0 Pomona credits)

There is no P/NC option on this program.

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