Frequently asked Questions - USIU-Africa Admissions

The academic year begins every September and runs through to August of the next year. And within one academic year, there are three semesters: Fall (September), Spring (January) and Summer (May) semesters.

Yes. If a student anticipates being absent from the University, a Leave of Absence form must be obtained from, filled and returned to the Registrar's Office. A Leave of Absence may be approved for a total of one academic year. Students who receive an approved leave of absence my return to the University prior to the expiration of the leave.

Students who are absent from the University and who have not received an approved leave of absence, must reapply for admission, and, if readmitted, must enter a program offered at the time of readmission.

NB: Graduate students enrolled in their thesis of project must obtain approval from their Academic Dean or designate. Financial Aid receipts must also obtain approval from the Financial Aid Office and International Student must also secure approval from the Pupil's Pass Coordinator. Thereafter, a completed Leave of Absence form must be returned to the Registrar's Office.

USIU is accredited in Kenya by the Commission for University Education (CUE). USIU is also accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This double-accreditation makes your degree recognized not only in Kenya, the US but also worldwide.

The University does not offer any correspondence courses or distance learning. All courses are through regular class attendance either at USIU or any other designated center that the University identifies.

At USIU you can enroll for one course as a SPECIAL STATUS (NON DEGREE) seeking student. This will allow you to get a University transcript with the grade obtained in that course for purposes of credit transfer into a full time degree program at either USIU or any other accredited University in the world. However for you to apply as a special status student you must meet the minimum entrance grade requirement into any of the USIU degree or graduate programs.

A course load of 12 units (4 courses) or 9 units (3 Courses) is considered full time study. A Student needs to complete a total of 120 units (40 Courses) to be eligible for graduation. This is usually after 3 years 3 months.

Admissions Counselors will give the student information on the various courses that USIU offers prior to admission. Once the student is admitted, they will be advised on actual course registration by Academic Course Advisors who will help and guide the student till they graduate.

USIU offers a wide range of scholarships and financial aid to needy and deserving students. For more information on the scholarships and financial aid, kindly contact the Financial Aid office on 0730 116 776/745 or check the following link on our website

A student can only apply for one degree program at a time. Should the student apply and feel that they need to change their major before admission, they can request the admission office in writing to consider their application into the University under for a different major. After admission and during their studies, any change of major/degree can only be obtained with the approval of the respective Dean of a school.

Students, whose language of instruction in high school was not English, are required to take an English proficiency exam. They can either take the (TOEFL) or IELTS exam. In TOEFL they are required to get a score of 80/120 in the internet based exam or a score of 550 in the written version of the exam or a score of 213/300 in the Computer based exam. In IELTS, they are required to get a score of 7 and above. Students who do not meet the satisfactory score are advised to repeat the exam till they get a satisfactory score.

The admissions requirements are set according to the degree program that a student is applying to. This means that the number and type of required documents vary depending on the degree program applied for. To get the exact requirements kindly check the following links;

  1. Undergraduate programs...
  2. Graduate Programs…
  3. Doctoral programs….

As a general rule, USIU requires applicants to submit originals and copies of all the students’ academic papers for verification and certification. International students from non- English speaking countries whose academic documents are in foreign languages are required to have them translated. Translations must be official translations, done either by the awarding institution, Embassy/ High Commission or an accredited official translator.

You can send the Application Form with the required enclosures by registered and secure mail to the USIU University Admissions Office. Our mailing address is:

The Admissions Office

United States International University

P.O. Box 14634-00800