Study Abroad Program

Summer Kenya Study Abroad

3 Courses to be offered:

GEO 2300 Global Population Issues and

3340: Geography of Africa in Global Perspecitives
HIST 3990: African Economic History  

Go on Safari while exploring the Kenyan environment, development, culture and history

Nairobi area 
Mount Kenya
Great African Rift Valley 
Nyahururu Falls 
Lake Naivasha
Maasai Mara

For more information, contact:
Dr. Monica Nyamwange (973-720-2438) or
Department Administrative Assistant 973-720-2183




The Summer Kenya Study Abroad Program will focus on environment, development, culture and history of Africa with emphasis on Kenya.  Visits to cultural and historical sites will include colonial settlements in Limuru, Karen Blixen Museum, Bomas of Kenya, Railway Museum, Village Market, Nairobi National Museum, Orogessaile Archaeological Site in the Rift Valley, Fort Jesus, Gede Ruins Archaeological Site, Ngomongo Villages and many more.  Visits to plant and wildlife rich areas will include overnight stays in Mount Kenya (the second largest mountain in Africa), Lake Nakuru National Park (home of the flamingoes), the world renowned Maasai Mara that adjoins the Serengeti of Tanzania, and Amboseli National Park. 

We will examine various forms of interaction between people and the environment.  Specifically, we will discuss conflicting forms of land use among farmers, pastoralists and wildlife.  Additionally, we will also learn about the culture of selected Kenyan tribes such as the Maasai and Kikuyu with respect to their history and way of life.  Field trips run all day to view wildlife, plants, and villages.  Lectures will be provided by invited guest speakers, Kenyatta University faculty, a WPU faculty, local specialists on the ecology and history of selected communities.  Additionally, Kenyan guides trained in history and ecology of particular sites will be invited to share their knowledge and experiences with the students. 

Following one week of intensive classroom instruction, there will be a two week field study/safari.  The field study is a follow up of classroom instruction which will give students an opportunity to witness first hand what they will have learned in the classroom.  In various hotels where we will stay overnight, there are special programs including slide shows of local ecology, entertainment by African dancers, talks about the history and culture of local groups and many more.  These programs usually follow dinner and are very educational.


Students could register for one or two courses and earn three or six credits respectively. 


If you have any questions regarding the course, contact:

            Dr. Monica Nyamwange
            973-720-2438 or