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  • Locations: Diani Beach, Kenya; Lemek, Kenya; Nairobi, Kenya; Naivasha, Kenya; Nanyuki, Kenya
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Program Website: Click to visit
  • Cost Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description
Please note: this program has been cancelled for Summer 2020.


Kenya- Giraffes


This program blends together all that the country of Kenya has to offer, from the great migration through its Serengeti plains to its white sand beaches along the Indian ocean, with academic experiences that will change you forever. Through the lens of sustainable tourism and park management students will learn how they can play a part in solutions to pressing sustainability issues. You will return from this experience with fresh eyes on the world and stories to last a lifetime.

Quick Facts

  • June 18- 30, 2020

  • 5 different locations/conservancies-Nairobi, Ol Pejeta, Naivasha, Maasai Mara, and Diani
  • 5 national parks, both land and marine
  • See the last two northern white rhinos
  • Go on safari to see zebra, lion, elephant, giraffe, hippo among other animals
  • Visit your adopted Elephant and learn how non-profits contribute to conservation
  • Listen to lectures from Professors at Kenyatta University
  • Meetings and discussions with local guides, tourism professionals, park rangers
  • Space is limited. Apply early!
  • Open to all students regardless of major with a 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Earn 3 credits

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


Kenya ElephantsSheldrick Wildlife Trust

Kenya White Rhino
Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Kenya Hippos
Elsamere Conservation Center on Lake Naivasha

Kenya Lions
Enonkishu Conservancy in Masaii Mara

Diani Beach
Diani Beach

Location Details

The capital and largest city in Kenya, this is the city you will fly into.  The name means "cool water", a reference to the Nairobi River which flows through the city.  Here we will stay two nights while we receive lectures from professors at Kenyatta University, visit Nairobi National Park (imagine giraffes right near the city), and visit your adopted elephant at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant nursery. 
Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

A 140 square mile not-for-profit wildlife conservancy in Central Kenya's Laikipia County. It is here we will visit the last two northern white rhinos, learn about conservancies vs national parks and look at how tourism can help conservation efforts.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Naivasha is a popular tourist destination primarily because of Hell’s Gate National Park (Pride Rock and the Gorge from the Lion King, are modelled after places in the park).  It is also known for its floraculture as it is the third largest flower producer in the world.  This industry has its benefits and drawbacks and we will look at how it affects development, conservation and tourism.   We will be staying at Elsamere Conservation Lodge, the former home of Joy and George Adamson (Born Free), which lies on the banks of Lake Naivasha.  Hippos sometimes visit the camp at night, but don’t worry, rangers walk the grounds keeping everyone safe. We will be working on a community project as determined by our friends at Elsamere during the day, afternoons will be spent taking boat trips on the Lake, visiting Crescent Island, and watching the Monkeys try to steal your afternoon tea.  Evenings will be spent reviewing what we have experienced and how it relates to different topics we are learning about.
Elsamere Conservation Center

The Maasai Mara is a large game reserve in Narok County, Kenya, contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. It is world-renowned for its exceptional populations of lions, leopards, cheetahs and elephant, and the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, Thomson's gazelle and other antelope, to and from the Serengeti every year known as the Great Migration. We will witness this migration from our open top 4x4 Land Cruisers.  We will be staying on a conservatory in permanent tented camps, chatting with local Maasai guides, discussing the challenges that they face from development, climate change, and tourism growth.  We will learn how the area manages the influx of safari tourists from different countries, some of whom fly to Kenya for a 2-day safari and then fly home! 
Enonkishu Conservancy

Voted Africa’s premier beach destinations 5 times running since 2015, it is here we will see a side of Kenyan tourism not promoted as much as the safari tours.  We will visit Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park and Chale island to learn about how they are managing tourism growth in a delicate ecosystem.  We will get the chance to snorkel in the warm waters with pristine coral and marine life, home to dolphins, turtles, stingrays, moray eels and an unbelievable diversity of fish and coral species. Here we will have our final dinner together to reflect on all we have learned before flying out to Nairobi and then back home.
Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park

Visa Information

US citizens require a visa for Kenya, but it is electronic and can be obtained online with a valid US passport and flight information.

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • 2.5 Cumulative GPA


Students will register for 3 credits by selecting one of the courses: 

  • TDM 480/570: Sustainable Tourism (3)
  • PRM 494/594: Tourism and Park Management in Kenya (3)
Maasai Mara Reserve Zebra



Faculty Directors

Dr. Rebekka Goodman
School of Community Resources and Development

Dr. Megha Budruk
Associate Professor
School of Community Resources and Development

Rebekka Goodman

Megha Budruk



Tourism Map of Kenya

Program Housing

Students will stay in a variety of accommodations, from basic permanent tents to simple dorm rooms to mid-range hotels.   Some will have en-suite bathrooms while other will have block same sex shower/toilets. All accommodations are safe and clean.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus. For example, In the Kenya: Role of Tourism and Park Management in Sustainable Community Development Program, students will walk on rough terrain for longer than they may be used to, ride in all-terrain vehicles, small planes, and generally have a lot more physical activity in outdoor spaces than normal. 

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Kenya, access to public and private facilities is limited for individuals with mobility limitations. In addition, footpaths along the side of roads are generally unpaved/bumpy dirt paths, and road crossings are often unmarked.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example in Kenya, the law criminalizes consensual same-sex sexual activity, and societal discrimination based on sexual orientation is widespread.  LGBTQIA students should exercise caution while traveling in Kenya.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in Kenya, sexual assault is an ongoing issue and frequently goes unreported. Victims of sexual assault may have difficulty receiving adequate social or medical support. Students are encouraged to travel in groups and in mixed company whenever possible.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services. For example in Kenya, students should be aware that establishments like hotels and some Asian-owned restaurants have been widely known to deny service to black individuals after a certain time of day. Students should understand the difference between race and ethnicity and also be aware of tensions between ethnic groups in Kenya.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is $5,870.

Program Fee includes: Tuition for three credits, almost all meals, accommodations, program activities and excursions, in-country flight to and from Diani Beach, and health insurance. Not included: Airfare, passport & visa fees, a few meals, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.  Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities

Watts Study Abroad Scholarship

The Watts Study Abroad Scholarship is a brand-new scholarship that was created in order to help encourage students to take advantage of study abroad opportunities. 

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Undergraduate classification
  • Watts College major
  • Eligible for in-state tuition
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 at the time of application
  • Preference will be given for first-generation students and those with high financial need. 

Complete an application on this page, and submit along with a 750-word essay on what you hope to get out of your Study Abroad experience to UCENT 780 or


Links to Additional Resources

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Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/08/2020
Rolling Admission 06/18/2020 06/30/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.