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  • Locations: Nairobi, Kenya; Shirati, Tanzania
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Graduate Academic Theme: Health Sciences
Credit Offered: UC Credit Click here for a definition of this term Registration Term: Fall
Eligibility Restrictions: Fourth Year Medical & Pharmacy Students Only Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: No
Program Lead Faculty: Chris Lewis Program Advisor: Matthew Paul
Program Description:

Program Overview

The Tanzania field experience is set in rural Shirati Region, Rorya District, Tanzania, in association with Village Life Outreach Project (VLOP). VLOP works in the three villages of Roche, Nyambogo and Burere, where it has been partnering with each community since 2004. Participants will have a variety of experiences, including outpatient clinic work, mobile field clinic work, and public health projects. Nightly conferences are held. More information about VLOP can be found at

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Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi is the capital of Kenya and the largest city in the country. Nairobi has a population of three million plus. Situated on the Nairobi River, the city is not only the fastest growing city in Kenya, but one of the largest in Africa.

Shirati, Tanzania

Shirati is a town in North Mara, Tanzania on the shore above Lake Victoria, near the border with Kenya. It has a population of c. 50,000.

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Who Can Participate?

The course and field experience is open to medical students, residents, and pharmacy students.

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Academic Program and Course Information

UC partners with Village Life Outreach Project for this experience.

Medical students are required to enroll in FAM060139 for the Fall term.
Pharmacy students are required to enroll in TBD for the Fall term.
Tuition and fees are assessed based on total enrolled hours for a term. This includes the hours associated with the study abroad class. Students who enroll for more than 18 hours for the term will be assessed additional per credit hour fees over and above the flat fees associated with being enrolled full-time (for most students full-time is 12-18 hours).
Co-op students selected to participate in this program are required to enroll in the course during the designated term, regardless of when the student may be on co-op.  If the course is during a term when the student is on co-op, tuition and fees will be charged per a student’s residency status and college, based on the part-time per credit hour rate.
A student can see his/her full and part time tuition rates and college fees here (use left-side navigation menu to click into the relevant academic year):

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Living Arrangements

Housing is always at least double occupancy. In Nairobi, students will stay in a comfortable hostel. In Shirati they will stay in housing on a compound with electricity and running water. While on safari in Kenya, they will stay at a comfortable game lodge. 

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Getting There

Cost includes flight, travel insurance, all in-country expenses including room, board, and transportation, visas and safari fees for the Masai Mara Game Reserve.

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Program Costs

2018 Program Cost: $3,900

Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • International airfare
  • Most meals (All but airport meals)
  • In-country transportation for program-planned activities
  • Cultural excursions/entrance fees
  • International emergency and evacuation insurance
  • Tanzanian visa
Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
  • Vaccinations (usually between $200-$300)
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Kenyan visa ($50)
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees (~$)
  • Airport meals (~$)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs (~$)
This program has been awarded an $600 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only). 

“This program has been reviewed and approved by the International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC).”

Note that both program charges and UC International scholarship will be posted separately on a student’s OneStop bill on the semester in which the course for the study abroad experience is given.  Program charges are posted shortly after students commit to the program through the online application process.  Scholarships are posted after all students 1) register for the course connected to the study abroad experience, and 2) complete all study abroad online paperwork.

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

UC International awarded over $800,000 in student scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, it's best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is via the US Department of State’s webpage at:

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently, and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to know and address the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose a third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

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Health and Safety Abroad

UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS medical and security advice. UC code is 11BCAS000010

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of an emergency abroad.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

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Contacts for More Information

Sue Casey-Leininger, M.A.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.