Study in Kenya

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What languages are most often spoken in Kenya and what universities have the best academic programs available? We will cover all of the general and need-to-know information an international student need. From living costs, to tuition and how to receive a cut in tuition price, to what language students should learn before arriving.

Universities in Kenya:

  • Mount Kenya University
  • Technical University of Kenya
  • University of Nairobi
  • Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
  • Maseno University
  • Chuka University
  • Kirinyaga University
  • Karatina University
  • Kisii University
  • Pwani University
  • Meru University of Science and Technology
  • Strathmore University
  • University of Kabianga
  • Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology
  • Maasai Mara University
  • Daystar University
  • South Eastern Kenya University
  • Riara University
  • University of Eldoret
  • Catholic University of Eastern Africa
  • Kabarak University
  • Kibabii University
  • Africa Nazarene University

This is not all of the public and private universities listed in Kenya.

Academic programs available at Mount Kenya University:

  • Accounting
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Business Information Technology
  • Applied Biology
  • Banking
  • Finance
  • Animation and Motion Studies
  • Animal Health and Production
  • Philosophy in Knowledge Management
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • Public Administration and Governance
  • Commerce
  • Justice and Security Studies
  • Criminology and Security Management
  • Special Needs Education
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Actuarial Science
  • Medicine and Surgery
  • Public Health
  • Education
  • Dental Technology
  • Health Records and Information Technology
  • Food Processing and Technology
  • Real Estate Management
  • Computer and Electronic Systems
  • Travel and Tourism Management
  • Hospitality Management

Student Cost of Living

International students will be happy to know that the average month to month cost when it comes to living and studying in Kenya is only around 400 to 650 USD. This is significantly lower than most regions between Europe and Africa. Luckily, students will be able to take on great exploring challenges when it comes to extracurricular activities.

Cost of Tuition

Cost of tuition is estimated from undergraduate to be around $1,300 USD or even lower. The lower amount depends on the subject field being studied and if that subject field does not have a high competition factor.

For Bachelor’s and Master’s, the cost can go up to $5,000 USD per year to pay for the program.

Languages Spoken in Kenya

By understanding what languages are spoken in Kenya, students can gain a better understanding about what language they should learn before moving and studying there. The languages in Kenya are Bantu Swahili and English are the two most common languages spoken in Kenya. Swahili is spoken more than English.

Other languages spoken in the country are Kikuyu, Kamba, Luhya, Nilotic, Somail, Orma, Hindustani, Arabic, Borana, Semitic, and Rendille. This is not a complete list of the languages spoken, but it gives a great view of what dialects are spoken on a daily basis.

International students would be better off learning Bantu Swahili rather than English. Because English is just the secondary language here, not the first. This way students could actually receive free tuition because they are learning Bant Swahili and learning to understand more the culture in Kenya.

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Scholarship Name: KSH 33,000,000 Netflix 2022 Creative Equity Scholarship Fund In Kenya

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Scholarship Name: $100,000 Africa Food Prize 2022 for Innovation in African Agriculture, Kenya

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Description: The Africa Food Prize Grew Out Of The Yara Prize, Which Was Founded In 2005. With Agriculture Emerging As Africa's Best Option For Enhancing Food Security And Economic Opportunity, The Africa Food Prize, A $100,000 Reward, Has Been Established To Stimulate Innovations In The Field...

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Scholarship Name: Full Coverage RSIF Ph.D. Mozambique and Senegal Nationals Scholarship - Kenya 2022

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Scholarship Name: Tuition Fee In-Country In-Region Scholarships for International Students in Kenya 2023

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Description: DAAD And In Partnership With Strathmore University Is Now Inviting International And Local Students To Pursue Their Masters And Ph.D. Degree For The Academic Year Of 2022-2023. DAAD German Academic Exchange Service Annually Provides Scholarship Forms To Graduate Students All Over The World. The Scholarship...

Date Published: 22 October 2021

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Scholarship Name: Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) Programme 2020 for African Students

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Description: Yale Young African Scholars Program Is A Rigorous And Strict Leadership And Academic Training Designed For African Students Of School Age, Precisely The Secondary School Students, Who Have Demonstrated Motivation, Zeal, Energy, Ideas, Innovation And Creativity In Leading Capacity Before They Begin Their Undergraduate Studies....

Date Published: 20 November 2019

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Scholarship Name: Global Fund for Women (GFW) Adolescent Girls Advisory Council: Call for Applications 2019

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Description: This Grant Is Designed To Be Given To The Applicants From Countries In The Caribbean, North Africa, The Middle East, And Sub-saharan Africa Regions Of The World By The Adolescent Girl Advisory Council. This Fund Will Be Given To Girls Of The Adolescent Stage Of...

Date Published: 15 November 2019

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Scholarship Name: DAAD MASTERS SCHOLARSHIP IN GERMAN STUDIES 2020

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Description: Due To The High And Continues Request For German University Lecturers In The Sub &Saharan Regions In Africa. There Is A Need To Coach The Young African Graduates On German Studies; This Is To Enable Them Qualify For A Career As Academics Of German, Making...

Date Published: 11 November 2019

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Scholarship Name: Margaret Sanders AISA Scholarship for Girls

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Description: In Many Countries Across Africa, Many Academically Gifted And Talented Girl Students Are Unable To Complete Their Education Due To A Wide Range Of Reasons, This Includes Social, Economic, And/or Cultural Reasons. However, Lack Of Financial Support Is The Most Popular Reason Many Young Girls...

Date Published: 23 October 2019

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Scholarship Name: The Mawazo PhD Scholars Fellowship for Women in Kenya, 2018

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Description: The Mawazo Institute In Kenya Is Inviting PhD Scholars To Try And Take Upon Its Excellent Offer For The PhD Program. Students Who Are Currently Studying In Kenyan Universities May Benefit From The Offer. The Objective Of The Initiative Is To Be Able To Establish...

Date Published: 13 January 2018

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Scholarship Name: MCF – RUFORUM Scholarships for Ugandan and Kenyan Students, 2018

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Description: Transforming African Students Into A High Level Development In The Field Of Science From Agricultural Views Is The Main Mission Of The MasterCard Foundation Which Has Its Sorority Partners In All 26 Universities In Africa. Its Goal For Partnering With The Local Universities In Africa...

Date Published: 01 September 2017

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