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  • Locations: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Program Terms: Spring / Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring / Summer 2019 03/01/2019 03/15/2019 TBA TBA
Program Description:

This program will take nursing and education students over two weeks to work with faculty and Kenya educators and healthcare providers in the provision of services to underserved people in Nairobi and Elementaita, Kenya. Students will work in urban and rural settings in collaboration with St. Mary's Mission Hospital System and other community-based organizations to provide education, nursing care, health promotion, and teaching activities at the hospital, clinics, high school, community, and/or orphanages  
Prof. Linda Knecht is a clinical Assistant professor from the School of Nursing and has led eight study abroad trips to Kenya. Each trip has furthered the partnership between UM-Flint Department of Nursing and St. Mary’s, Kenya.  Linda Knecht remains in communication with St. Mary’s throughout the year. Dr. Mary Jo Finney, Chair of the Education Department, will be the co-leader.  


• Junior Level undergraduates with minimum 2.5 GPA and consent of instructor
• Graduate students in good standing and consent of instructor

RN to BSN students enrolled in NUR412during Winter 2018 will complete their clinical experience by participating in this program.  In spring 2018, undergraduate students will enroll in NUR381, EDE 485, EDS485, or INT391.  Graduate students will enroll in NUR600, NUR900, EDE585, EDS585, or INT591. 

There are three pre-travel sessions required, as well as one post-travel session.  

The program fee is $1,891.39  The fee will cover housing, meals, ground transportation within Kenya, cultural excursions, and health insurance for the trip.  The fee does not cover airfare, immunizations, tuition, or personal expenses.  The fee will be paid to the University via the UM-Flint Cashiers Office.  Students have the opportunity to apply for scholarships through IGS/ Education Abroad Office to help defray costs.  

Additional costs include: Tuition/fees, roundtrip airfare to Kenya, passport, immunizations

• Application and Deposit: December 20, 2018
• 1/3 Program Fee: January 12, 2018
• 1/3 Program Fee: February 16, 2018
• 1/3 Program Fee: March 16, 2018
• Final program fee balance: Friday, March 16, 2018
• Submit all Pre-Travel Items: April 13, 2018
• Withdraw: January 11, 2018

Scholarships are available for degree-seeking UM-Flint students. You must have 3.00 GPA minimum to qualify. Your program application and recommendation will be reviewed for scholarship purposes. 

Withdrawals must be submitted in M-Flint WorldLink or to on or before 11:59pm on January 11, 2018. Students who withdraw after this date will be responsible for paying the full program fee. 

1.           Nursing students: Contact Linda Knecht at for an application packet.  Education students: Contact Dr. Mary Jo Finney                    at for an application packet. 
2.           If you are accepted, click "Apply Now" below to complete the application.  A $100 non-refundable fee is required at the time of application.                      The fee must be submitted via check or money order—written to “UM-Flint”—and submitted to the Education Abroad Office. Applications                        submitted without a deposit will not be considered. 
The University may at any point cancel a program due to unforeseen reasons, including but not limited to low student enrollment and health and safety concerns in the host destination.