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Host Institution

Kisumu, Kenya

June 5 - July 14, 2023


This course explores contemporary Kenya in the context of its historical positioning and modern value to Western econo-political interests, and how this translates in daily livelihoods of Kenyans. Focus is on four themes: Kenya as home to the earliest human origins and civilizations; Kenya's evolution as an "anti-socialism" ] capital of Western capitalism in the region; the country's central position in anti-terrorism war between the West and Middle East; and problematizing Kenya/Africa's image of corruption as an explanation of underdevelopment. The course will include trips to Nairobi, Maasai Mara and Malindi/Swahili Coast of Kenya.

Financial Information


Tuition: $3,500

Room and Board*: $2,280

Personal Expenses and Travel: $2,520

Total Seminar Cost: $8,300

  • Tuition: Instructional costs
  • Room and Board: Housing and meals at Maseno University. (*The actual cost of room and board is subsidized for all students through the Global Seminars endowment.)
  • Personal Expenses and Travel: Airfare and airport ground transportation (estimated at $1,670), laundry, essential toiletries, OTC medications, optional local cultural activities, optional entertainment and local phone costs

Financial Aid

Students who receive term financial aid automatically receive funding from PIIRS toward the cost of a Global Seminar. Contact the seminar administrator for details on these awards.

Possibilities for additional financial support may be available through the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE). Princeton subsidized Student Loans, available from the Office of Financial Aid, are also highly recommended. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

Withdrawal Policy

Withdrawing from a PIIRS Global Seminar after accepting a place may incur a cancellation fee. Policy details can be found under the Withdrawal Policy tab. Read them carefully, noting, in particular, the important dates as well as academic and financial consequences.

This seminar is generously supported by the Beth M. Siskind Global Seminars Fund. PIIRS Global Seminars are also made possible in part by the generous contributions of alumni and friends and ongoing efforts of the Office of Development.