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Type: Private Institution
Motto: Education to take you to places
Affiliated to: AAU; KAPU; ACU; IAU
Established: September 1969
No of Students: 8,500
No of Staff: 1,000
Vice-Chancellor: Prof. Paul Zeleza
Ranking: A top private university in East Africa
Website: https://www.usiu.ac.ke
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The United States International University Africa (USIU-Africa) is a private university located in Nairobi, Kenya. the university was established in 1969 as the Nairobi Campus of United States International University, a San-Diego based American University. In 1999 the university established itself as a separate university under the name of USIU-Africa. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the United Stat.. more

The United States International University Africa (USIU-Africa) is a private university located in Nairobi, Kenya. the university was established in 1969 as the Nairobi Campus of United States International University, a San-Diego based American University. In 1999 the university established itself as a separate university under the name of USIU-Africa. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the United States accrediting body. United States International University Africa is made up of the main campus in the Mirema neighbourhood of Nairobi.

The United States International University Africa is reputed as the second ranked private university in Kenya. It is ranked in the 10th position of Webometrics Kenyan universities ranking. It is also the only university in Eastern and Central Africa with dual accreditation (by the Commission for University Education in Kenya and the WASC Senior Colleges and University Commission in the United States). The university is known for its regular exchange programmes, multicultural classes, and related intercultural programmes. USIU-Africa exposes its students to global politics, economic trends and environmental and geographical relationships in the course of their study. It lays claim to improving the literacy levels of Kenya, and boasts competency in communication, technological literacy and quantitative analysis. The student population numbers over 8500 and the administrative staff amounts to over 1000.

Since its foundation in 1969 USIU-Africa has constantly grown to accommodate its student population and the university community. The University has witnessed continuous construction in that regard. In 2004, the construction of a building to house School of Business Administration was completed and following an endowment of US$1 million by industrialist Manu Chandaria, the School was renamed Chandaria School of Business. Three years later, the landmark ultra-modern Library and Information Centre was completed to a tune of KES 550 million occupying 10000 square meters, and partly funded through the US Agency for International Development (USAID)’s ASHA program. The former library building was refurbished in 2009 to house the new School of Science and Technology and renamed the Lillian K. Beam Building in honour of the former Executive Director. Construction of a new Student Centre to consolidate and house student support services as well as provide recreational facilities was decided upon in 2016.
The university counts among its 140000 alumni notable figures like Vimal Shah (CEO of Bidco Africa), Catherine Mturi-Wairi (former Managing Director, Kenya Ports Authority), Esther Passaris (Social entrepreneur).

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The university is home to 5 schools with several departments as listed below;

Chandaria School of Business

  • Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics
  • Department of Business Administration
  • Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management

School of Communication.. more

The university is home to 5 schools with several departments as listed below;

Chandaria School of Business

  • Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics
  • Department of Business Administration
  • Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management

School of Communication. Cinematic and Creative Arts

  • Department of Cinematic Arts
  • Department of Journalism and Corporate Communication

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Department of General Education, Signature Courses
  • Department of International Relations
  • Department of Languages and Linguistics
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

  • Department of Industrial and Analytical Pharmacy

School of Science and Technology

  • Department of Computing

School of Graduate Studies

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Admission Requirements
Admission to undergraduate degree programmes are based on academic achievement at the secondary level. All applicants are expected to satisfy procedures and criteria for admission to USIU-Africa, and to submit acceptable original documents that verify that they have satisfactorily completed and met all admission requirements.

Applicants for a.. more

Admission Requirements
Admission to undergraduate degree programmes are based on academic achievement at the secondary level. All applicants are expected to satisfy procedures and criteria for admission to USIU-Africa, and to submit acceptable original documents that verify that they have satisfactorily completed and met all admission requirements.

Applicants for admissions into the undergraduate degree programs are subject to selective screening based on academic achievement at the secondary level.

Kenyan Applicants
The table below shows the standards for evaluating secondary school credentials for undergraduate admissions.

KCSE EACE/KCE/KACE/EAACE 12thGRADE IGCSE/IB GCE
Minimum Requirements C + (plus) and above 5 Credits in any 5 subjects at ‘O’ Level, or 2 Principal C’s at ‘A’ Level G.P.A. of 2.50 or higher 5 Upper Level Passes 5 Credits in any 5 subjects at ‘O’ Level, and/or ‘A’ Level passes of C

It should be noted that:

  • For Bachelor of Pharmacy, a minimum aggregate grade of KCSE ‘B-’ and a minimum of a C+ in the following subject clusters (Math/Physics, English/Kiswahili, Chemistry and Biology) will be required.
  • For Bachelor of Science in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, a minimum aggregate of KCSE ‘C+’ and attained the following minimum grades in the specified cluster subjects: Biology C+; Mathematics B-; and English B; or
  • International credentials that are not noted above will be evaluated in accordance with the International Academic Credentials Handbook.
  • Meeting the minimum entrance requirement for any of the programs does not guarantee admissions into the University program.

International Applicants
International applicants are considered for admission on the same basis as local applicants and evaluated in accordance with the International Academic Credentials Handbook, but must also demonstrate English proficiency.

All students for whom English is not the first language are required to show English proficiency before beginning an academic program.

U.S. citizens/permanent residents must submit their SAT or ACT scores for evaluation. The scores are evaluated in conjunction with the high school grade point average.

It should be noted that:

  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 for Paper-based, 213 for Computer-based, 90 for Internet-based Test (IBT) and above, or a Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English of grade C or better is required for those applicants whose language of instruction is not English.
  • Meeting the minimum entrance requirement for any of the programs does not guarantee admissions into the University programme.

Graduate admission requirements vary depending on the Master’s degree sought. In addition to the degree requirements for admission, the following are University-wide graduate admission requirements:

  • Official undergraduate/bachelor’s degree certificate and transcripts of all college work undertaken (degrees and dates awarded must be posted);
  • Proof of graduation from secondary/high school or signed attestation on the USIU-Africa application form or its equivalent (including month and year);
  • Submission of a personal narrative;
  • Two letters of recommendation; and
  • Any other requirements as detailed on the application form, or as may be requested by the University.

International Applicants

International applicants are considered for admission on the same basis as local applicants and evaluated in accordance with the International Academic Credentials Handbook, but must also demonstrate English proficiency.

All students for whom English is not the first language are required to show English proficiency before beginning an academic program.

It should be noted that:

  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 for Paper-based, 213 for Computer-based, 90 for Internet-based Test (IBT) and above, or a Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English of grade C or better is required for those applicants whose language of instruction is not English
  • Where applicable, an official translation of all academic records will be required
  • Meeting the minimum entrance requirement for any of the programs does not guarantee admissions into the University programme.

Doctoral admission requirements vary depending on the doctoral program sought. In addition to the degree requirements for admission, the following are University-wide doctoral admission requirements:

  • Official graduate/master’s degree certificate and transcripts of all college work undertaken (degrees and dates awarded must be posted);
  • Official undergraduate/bachelor’s degree certificate and transcripts of all college work undertaken (degrees and dates awarded must be posted);
  • Submission of a personal narrative;
  • Letters of recommendation; and,
  • Any other requirements as detailed on the application form, or as may be requested by the University.

International Applicants

International applicants are considered for admission on the same basis as local applicants and evaluated in accordance with the International Academic Credentials Handbook, but must also demonstrate English proficiency.

All students for whom English is not a first language are required to show English proficiency before beginning an academic program.

It should be noted that:

  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 for Paper-based, 213 for Computer-based, 90 for Internet-based Test (IBT) and above, or a Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English of grade C or better is required for those applicants whose language of instruction is not English.
  • Where applicable, an official translation of all academic records will be required.
  • Meeting the minimum entrance requirement for any of the programmes does not guarantee admissions into the University programme.


HOW TO APPLY
Undergraduate Applicants

  • Non-refundable Application Fee (KES. 3,000 or USD $50) – No cash payments.
  • Complete and signed application form.
  • Originals & a copy of all academic transcripts, diplomas or certificates.
  • High School Leaving Certificate.
  • One recent passport size photograph.
  • Copy of the National Identity Card or Birth Certificate.
  • Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) Equation Certificate(for all Foreign Qualifications)

Graduate Applicants

  • Non-refundable Application Fee (KES. 3,000 or USD $50) – No cash payments.
  • Complete and signed application form.
  • Original and copy of official degree certificate and transcripts for each college or professional school previously attended. (All originals, where necessary, will be returned).
  • Originals and a copy of all supportive academic documents
  • A two-page essay addressing these two topics:
  • What experiences led you to select your professional objectives.
  • What other two factors would you like to be considered in evaluating your application.
  • An updated curriculum vitae/resume.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • One recent passport size photograph.
  • Copy of the National Identity Card or Birth Certificate.
  • Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) Equation Certificate(for all Foreign Qualifications)

Doctoral Applicants

  • Non-refundable Application Fee (KES. 3,000 or USD $50) – No cash payments
  • Complete and signed application form.
  • Official/Original and copies of all degree certificates and accompanying transcript for both the Master’s and the Bachelor’s degrees attained from each college or professional school previously attended.
  • Originals and a copy of all supportive academic documents.
  • An updated curriculum vitae/resume.
  • One recent passport size photograph.
  • Copy of the National Identity Card or Birth Certificate.
  • Three letters of recommendation from a current or past supervisor, or former lecturers, peers or professional in your field.
  • A one thousand (1000) words biographical letter/essay outlining your achievement, reasons for applying for the post-graduate program and your expectations of the programme.
  • An academic writing sample in APA style of between 8-10 pages with references.
  • Submission of a mini-PhD research proposal of between 4-6 pages,
  • Evidence of academic work published by the applicant.
  • Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) Equation Certificate(for all Foreign Qualifications)

International Applicants

  • An official translation of ALL academic records.
  • An official test score of English (TOEFL), Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.
  • Housing Application Form.
  • A current financial guarantee letter.
  • Duly filled Pupil’s Pass Application Form.
  • Pupil Pass processing fee (KES. 5,000) – No cash payments.
  • Two recent passport size photographs.
  • Copy of the Applicant’s National Passport.
  • Copy of the Sponsor’s National Passport.
  • Copy of Applicant’s Bank Statement.
  • Certificate of Good Conduct.
  • Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) Equation Certificate(for all Foreign Qualifications)
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Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya. It is situated in the south-central part of the country, between the cities of Kampala and Mombasa. Inhabitants of Nairobi are called Nairobians. The city was founded by colonial authorities in 1899 as a railway town along the Mombasa-Uganda railway line, and quickly became a centre for the colony’s coffee and tea industry, growing under the British to re.. more

Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya. It is situated in the south-central part of the country, between the cities of Kampala and Mombasa. Inhabitants of Nairobi are called Nairobians. The city was founded by colonial authorities in 1899 as a railway town along the Mombasa-Uganda railway line, and quickly became a centre for the colony’s coffee and tea industry, growing under the British to replace Mombasa as the capital in 1907. Such growth persisted through the 1960s, angering the Maasai and Kikuyu people who wanted their land returned to them. This was the main bone of contention for the Mau Mau rebellion that lasted from 1952 to 1960. It remained the capital when Kenya gained independence in 1963 and quickly became the principal industrial centre of the country.
The total population of Nairobi is over 4.6 million, making it the largest city in the country. The city experiences a subtropical highland climate with two seasons of moderate rainfall, even as the seasons alternate between wet and dry. Average annual temperatures go from 25.4 degrees Celsius to 13.1 degrees Celsius. It is divided into 17 constituencies that are all represented by members of Parliament in the National Assembly. As far as its economy goes, the city is home to one of the largest stock exchanges in Africa – the Nairobi Securities Exchange – recognised as an overseas stock exchange in 1953 by the London Stock Exchange. It is also the regional headquarters of several international companies and organisations like General Electric, Young and Rubicam, Coca-Cola, and Airtel, all contained within its central business district. The city is a major financial capital of Africa, with the Greater Nairobi Metropolitan region generating about 60% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Nairobi boasts a vibrant urban culture, from music to literature and film, as well as gastronomy. It is home to several theatres, museums, and art centres. The city has been the setting of several novels and foreign films. It is also a popular venue for foreign musicians who tour Africa, having welcomed Bob Marley on his first-ever visit to Africa. Nairobi equally boasts established foreign communities from India and Pakistan as well as Somalia and Sudan.

The city of Nairobi is blessed with several landmarks and impressive infrastructure, recently experiencing a construction boom. Several skyscrapers can be seen towering over the city’s skyline. It has two parks, the Nairobi National Park and Uhuru Park, which provide the city with colourful touristic sites. Several global food chains can be found in the city, like KFC, Subway, Domino’s Plaza, Pizza Hut and Burger King. In a real reflection of its multicultural identity, Nairobi’s gastronomy caters to the various communities. It even hosts an annual restaurant week, offering dining packages at reduced prices.
The Moi International Sports Centre is the prime sports facility in Nairobi, and by extension, Kenya. It was used to host the 1987 All Africa Games, and it comprises a stadium (second largest in the region after Tanzania’s), a gymnasium, and an aquatics sports centre. The city has several times hosted international competitions, ranging from rugby to cricket. Football is the most popular sport in the city, and the local Kenyan Premier League counts three teams from Nairobi.
Nairobi is served by highways that look to ease the daily motor traffic in the metropolitan area. It also has several railway lines, being a former railway town. It is equally home to the largest airport in Kenya, the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The city also serves as an educational hub, with several renowned higher institutions located in or around the town, such as the University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, Strathmore University, the Multimedia University of Kenya, Daystar University, the Technical University of Kenya, the East African School of Aviation, United States International University – Africa, the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

Nairobi is steeped in a rich culture, heritage and history, and this reflected in its people. The city is a mix of culture – religions, traditions, local beliefs. The city is filled with Kenya’s most important museums, home to masterpieces of African Art centuries old. Nairobi’s sustainable development rests on upholding long-term economic and social growth, which has helped raise the standard of living of the people in the city. Known as the Green City in the Sun, it provides all the basics needed for a healthy life such as food, shelter, sanitation, water, good roads and transportation. The cost of living in Nairobi is in the mid-range, with monthly costs for a single person being over 56000 shillings. Nairobi’s multiculturalism and diversity in accommodating its inhabitants should prove favourable to students considering the pursuit of their education in the city, as the city caters to a wide variety of needs.

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Type: Private Institution
Motto: Education to take you to places
Affiliated to: AAU; KAPU; ACU; IAU
Established: September 1969
No of Students: 8,500
No of Staff: 1,000
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Ranking: A top private university in East Africa
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