We have created a FREE international student guidebook especially for students from Kenya: Studying in the U.S.A. – A Guidebook for Students from Kenya.
This unique guidebook shows students from Kenya how to navigate every step of their college process: from finding the right institution, to applying to universities, to the student visa process itself. This step-by-step guide also gives invaluable advice on everything from U.S. medical care and banking to everyday conversation with an American. It provides document checklists and packing checklists for every step of the way, so a student always carries the right paperwork. It even breaks down key differences between American and Kenyan culture.
The rise in students from Kenya studying in the U.S. is only expected to grow. This guidebook will make the process more streamlined and more straightforward than ever before. Receiving a degree from a world-renowned American university is not just a dream; it is a reality for thousands of students from Kenya every year. With this free guide from EB5 Affiliate Network, it can be your reality, too.
Background on International Students from Kenya
Kenya is one of the top African nations for the number of students receiving a college or university education in the United States.
The number of students from Kenya enrolled in U.S. higher education outpaces any other country in Africa. According to the Institute of International Education, there were approximately 4,000 Kenyan students enrolled in U.S. higher education institutions in 2019. Among all African nations, the number of students from Kenya was only surpassed by a few countries.
Kenya’s Presence in the Global Economy
As of 2019, Kenya has an estimated population of 51 million people. Kenya is the economic, financial, and transport industry hub of East Africa, with GDP growth averaging over 5% in the 2010s. It is estimated that at least 75% of the population work in agriculture and livestock at least part-time. Although the World Bank now ranks Kenya as a lower middle income country due to its rising per capita GDP, unemployment remains high, with an estimated 40% of the population either unemployed or underemployed.
Trend of Kenyan Students Studying Abroad in the U.S.
Out of its population of 51 million, it is estimated that approximately 4000 students are studying abroad in the U.S. This implies that about 0.000078% of the population of Kenya is studying abroad in the U.S.
The number of students from Kenya enrolled has remained relatively significant despite a significant expansion in higher education opportunities available in Kenya, as well as online educational opportunities through higher learning platforms including Coursera.com, edx.org, and udemy.com. Universities in Nairobi are even drawing their own international students from all over Africa.
However, one problem negatively impacting growth of international in students from Kenya receiving a U.S. education is that the cost of a U.S. education is has increased substantially over the past 20 years. According to the Wall Street Journal, U.S. university tuition has increased 500% since 1987. And the number of international students attending U.S. universities skyrocketed 85% from 2005 to 2015.
For international students, the average cost of a four-year undergraduate degree from a state college or university in the United States ranges from $22K per year for a public university to $50K for a private university. Both public and private institutions on average charge between 3-4 times tuition for international students compared to U.S. permanent resident (Green Cardholders) and citizens.
Pathway to Lower Tuition Costs for International Students from Kenya
With the permanent residency (Green Card) status conferred by an EB-5 immigrant visa, international students from Kenya can see the cost of their U.S. education drastically decrease from the international tuition rates to the local “in-state” rates at both public and private universities.
Permanent residency (Green Card) status also provides students from Kenya with substantially higher admission rates for undergraduate and graduate programs as well as access to select scholarship awards and grants.
Kenyan students should not give up hope. No matter what visa they choose, if their dream is to receive a world-class education in the United States, EB-5 Affiliate Network has a way to help.