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Fall and Spring Semesters


  • Study in Africa at Daystar University
  • Variety of course options 
  • Experience the biodiversity and cultural vibrancy of Kenya 
  • Opportunities to volunteer with local non-profit organizations 
  • Live with African students
  • Participate in campus life through numerous extra-curricular activities and various student’s associations and clubs
  • Open to all majors

Program Description

Students attend Daystar University, currently one of the few accredited evangelical Christian, liberal arts colleges in all of English-speaking Africa.  The scenic Athi River campus, about 25 miles from Nairobi, consists of 300 acres of bush land where antelope and giraffe can still be seen roaming the plains. Students will explore the rich Kenyan landscape and be enriched from their interactions with African students.

Courses (15-18 credits total)

Daystar offers degree programs in Bible, communication, English language and literature, education, business, economics, community development, psychology, social work, and computer science.  Courses are also available that will introduce students to the history, culture, literature, politics, art, music, and religions of Africa.  All instruction is in the English language.  African nationals teach the majority of courses.

Below are just a sample of courses available at Daystar:

KIS111 Beginning Kiswahili

ART111 Art in Africa

MUS111 Music in Africa

INS111 Communication and Culture

INS212 African Societies and Traditional Religion

INS412 Development of Modern Africa and Christian Values

RET320 Christianity and Islam in Africa

RET321 Studying Theology in the African Context

ECO312 African Economic Problems


Daystar University has two campuses.  For this program, students will take their classes and reside at the Athi River campus – a scenic setting located about 40 km south of Nairobi.  Daystar’s Nairobi campus is close to the city’s central business district. Daily shuttle services are available to and from the campuses.


The following excursions are included as part of the program cost:

Nairobi  With a population of 3 million, Nairobi is the largest city in East Africa and the African headquarters for many multi-national corporations, new gathering bureaus, diplomatic agencies, and missionary organizations. Students will visit churches around Nairobi, Kibera community, Maasai Village, and the Bomas of Kenya – a cultural and entertainment center.

Naivasha/Hell’s Gate or Maasai Mara Game Reserve  A three-day trip to one of Kenya’s wildlife parks.  Take your chances at spotting the ‘big five’: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo.

Mombasa  The former capital of Kenya and still one of Africa’s major ports.  Explore the city’s old town, including Fort Jesus and Heller Park, and cool off in the beautiful beaches nearby.

Mt. Kenya At 5,199 meters, Mount Kenya is the country’s highest peak and Africa’s second highest mountain.  This five-day trip will stretch your muscles and your spirit.

Accommodations & Meals

Students live with other African students in Daystar student housing, providing a great setting for cultural interaction.  The DUPA female hostel is a newer dorm on campus with WIFI and 24 hour security.  Meals will be provided in the college dining room.  Students have the option of participating in a short home stay.  


Daystar is on a semester calendar. Participants in Daystar’s fall semester must arrive in country early August in order to participate in orientation week. The program ends mid-December.  Spring semester extends from the third week in January to the middle of May. 

Important dates

A non-refundable $50 application fee is due upon application.  A $250 confirmation deposit will be required 2 weeks after notice of acceptance.

Spring semester begins mid-January  – mid-May.

Fall semester begins mid-August – mid-December. 

Please contact the Office of Off-Campus Programs for specifics on semester recess, study, and exam days.

Nov. 1           Application deadline for spring semester study

mid-Nov.       Study Abroad Orientation for spring semester study (mandatory)

April 1            Application deadline for fall semester study

mid-April        Study Abroad Orientation for fall semester study (mandatory)

July                Final program payment due with Fall bill

January          Final program payment due with Spring bill


Students pay the equivalent of Bethel tuition, room (junior level), and full board (Royal Meal Plan).  This includes tuition and fees, housing with three daily meals, use of the shuttle between campus and Nairobi, excursions, roundtrip airfare (Minneapolis – Nairobi), and a Kenyan student visa.  Financial aid applies (with the exception of work-study and Bethel performance scholarships, i.e. orchestra, forensics).  Additional costs include a passport, immunizations, independent travel, and personal spending.


• Minimum sophomore standing

• Minimum 2.5 GPA

• See application for additional policies

Next steps

• Learn more about Daystar University online at: http://www.daystar.ac.ke/

• Talk with your academic advisor – off-campus study should complement your field of study

• Ask questions–contact the Office of Off-Campus Programs/International Studies for any additional information

• Contact study abroad office for application, CC320A