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Kenya

FilmAid Kenya is a film school based in two large refugee camps.

FilmAid Kenya is a film school based in two large refugee camps. For over twenty years, FilmAid has empowered its students to tell stories about their experiences, and their films often find a global audience on social media and through film festivals. They shape narratives about global migration. In this summer abroad course, students will collaborate with FilmAid Kenya to create an online version of its training program. During an intensive week of preparation at Penn, we will work with FilmAid staff and students as well as experts from Penn to develop a plan for bringing its curriculum online. We will then travel to the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya where we will work with the FilmAid staff and students to create the videos and other course material. Back at Penn, the material will be built into an open online course that can be accessed by thousands of refugees and others in at-risk communities. Penn Summer Abroad Kenya is supported by an SAS Making a Difference in Global Communities grant.

Applications open

November 15, 2021

Early admission deadline

January 14, 2022
Rolling admissions continue until the program reaches capacity

Final application deadline

March 31, 2022

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After clicking “Apply Now” please select “School of Arts and Sciences, College of Liberal and Professional Studies.” You can then select “Penn Summer Abroad - Penn Students” or “Penn Summer Abroad - Non-Penn Students.”

All students register for a total of one course unit (c.u.)*. Course offerings are subject to change. Course registration is completed by the Penn Summer Abroad office for students who confirm their intent to enroll and submit required pre-departure documents.

Join us for an information session to learn more about the program:

Date Time Location
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 4 p.m. Virtual session for all Penn Summer Abroad programs via Zoom
Thursday, November 18, 2021 4 p.m. Information session for Kenya program, Fisher-Bennett Hall Faculty Lounge, 1st floor, under the steps
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 4 p.m. Virtual session for all Penn Summer Abroad programs via Zoom
Friday, December 10, 2021 2 p.m. Virtual session for Kenya program via Zoom

May 17 - May 24, 2022

Pre-departure coursework in Philadelphia

May 26, 2022

Depart from Philadelphia

May 27, 2022

Arrive in Kenya

June 7, 2022

Return to Philadelphia

All students register for a total of two course units (c.u.)*. Course offerings are subject to change. Course registration is completed by the Penn Summer Abroad office for students who confirm their intent to enroll and submit the required pre-departure documents.

Penn-in-Kenya

Penn-in-Kenya is an SNF Paideia designated course.

CIMS 5390 (1 c.u.)

FilmAid Kenya is a film school based in two large refugee camps. For over twenty years, FilmAid has empowered its students to tell stories about their experiences, and their films often find a global audience on social media and through film festivals. They shape narratives about global migration. In this summer abroad course, students will collaborate with FilmAid Kenya to create an online version of its training program. During an intensive week of preparation at Penn, we will work with FilmAid staff and students as well as experts from Penn to develop a plan for bringing its curriculum online. We will then travel to the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya where we will work with the FilmAid staff and students to create the videos and other course material. Back at Penn, the material will be built into an open online course that can be accessed by thousands of refugees and others in at-risk communities.

Students will stay in dormitory-style housing. The housing and all services will be coordinated by FilmAid Kenya and provided by UNHCR

Penn-in-Kenya is a grant funded program. The grant will cover the cost of cancellation insurance, housing, meals, security, and in-country travel. Students will be responsible for paying for the following:

  1. Summer tuition for 1 c.u.
  2. Prior to departure for Kenya, students will engage in coursework on Penn’s campus from May 17 through May 24, 2022. Students are responsible for securing housing so that they can attend this portion of the course.
  3. Flight to Kenya
  4. Any additional, personal expenses

Penn Summer Abroad Kenya is supported by an SAS Making a Difference in Global Communities grant.

Penn Summer Abroad disclaimer

The running of all 2022 Penn Summer Abroad programs is dependent on approval from the Committee on Travel Risk assessment (CTRA). Please be advised, CTRA approval may also be rescinded at any time prior to the running of the program. Programs may also be canceled independently of the CTRA process. Any of these scenarios would result in your summer 2022 Penn Summer Abroad Program not moving forward. All PSA students are strongly encouraged to consider the consequences if their summer 2022 program is canceled for any reason. Cancellations carry financial risks as well as academic risks, including the potential impact on academic progress.

For all Penn-affiliated travel occurring on or after May 18, 2021, a COVID-19 vaccination is required. This applies to both domestic and international travel unless an exception has been granted for medical or religious reasons. If you have a question related to this guidance or will not be vaccinated prior to travel, please contact travelsafety@pobox.upenn.edu.

Contact Information

For details about the program, courses, or location including academic advising, travel dates, housing, and orientation:

Peter Decherney

Program Director
Peter Decherney
Director of Cinema Studies
Professor of Cinema and Media Studies and English
University of Pennsylvania
Tel: (215) 746-3156
decherney@sas.upenn.edu

For assistance with the application, financial questions, pre-departure, or other general information:

Penn Summer Abroad Office

Penn Summer Abroad Office
College of Liberal and Professional Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Fisher-Bennett Hall, Room 101
3340 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104-3335
Tel: (215) 898-7326
summerabroad@sas.upenn.edu


*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.