Kenyatta University Summer Programme

Summer Programme is tailor-made for the needs of the visiting persons or institutions. It runs for a period of between one to six weeks. It includes academic programmes, field visits, service learning projects, cultural exchange programme and a safari to leading game parks and game reserves in

Kenya. The programme takes place between May and August, annually.

We run a popular summer programme for international students branded “Adventures in Africa” The programme was launched in 1996 owing to meet the growing need of students from many universities abroad wishing to participate in educational programmes in Africa. The ISSP programme is open
to university students from all countries, as long as they can speak fluent English.

We offer either a full summer semester or short-term summer programs to several of our partner universities. Field schools are 2-5 week, faculty-led group programs throughout the year. A field school is a program that includes one or more courses that are taught off-campus. Field schools combine academics with hands-on experiential learning “in the field,” allowing students to incorporate what they are learning in class with their international location.

Depending on the program, some field schools will include a course or partial course taught before students continue in the program overseas, or will be taught entirely overseas. The overseas component of University of field schools is offered throughout the year with specific address to a specific group applicant.

The Semester Abroad Coordinator travels with the students overseas where accommodation, field trips and courses are arranged in consultation with Kenyatta University Centre for International Programmes and Collaborations

Objectives of the Summer Programme:

* To provide an enabling environment for cultural exchange

* To provide an academic atmosphere for interactive learning through lectures, travel, observation and participation.

* To provide an opportunity for international students to meet and interact with some of the most experienced African Scholars.

* To provide an atmosphere for a better understanding of African issues through experience and first hand information.

 Academic Programme and Credits

Three courses are offered – two compulsory and one optional.

a) Compulsory Courses

* A structured Course (3 credits)

* Kenya Culture course (3 credits)

b) Optional Course

* The basic Kiswahili course (1 credit).

The Basic Kiswahili course is offered as an optional course, to students who will not have selected it as a structured course.
Students who enroll for the three courses earn a total of 7 credits, while those who take the two compulsory courses only, earn 6 academic credits. All credits are transferable to the students’ home institutions.Details of the courses are as follows:

(i) The Structured Course

The course is selected from the regularly scheduled Kenyatta University courses. Students meet 3 hours daily, 4 days a week, for 5 weeks. You can select the courses from a wide range of courses from our teaching departments. You will find details of the courses offered in these departments in relevant sections of this prospectus.

(ii) Kenya Culture Course

The Kenya Culture Course involves a systematic exposure to the way Kenyans live their lives within their physical, economic, and socio-historical environments. You will be given insight into the four aspects of Kenyan Culture:

* The descriptive: language, ethnicity, geographical distribution, historical synopsis;

* The prescriptive: customs, beliefs, socio-political organization;

* The productive: material culture, economy, technology;

* The expressive/creative: Visual/decorative arts, music, theatre, dance, oratory and literature.

Methods of Instruction include lectures, discussions, interactions with specialists and participation in selected cultural activities. The course also include visits to museums, and areas of local cultural interest conducted by lecturers and knowledgeable local hosts.

(iii)The basic Kiswahili Language Course

The Kiswahili course basically covers: phonological systems- articulation of sounds (Consonants and vowels) and pronunciation drills. Simple conversational skills greetings, asking questions, directions, and simple descriptions, basic vocabulary. Swahili peoples and culture. Syntax- simple sentence construction. Basic reading simple sentences and short text.