The United States International University (USIU) academic calendar is divided into fall, spring and summer trimesters. A trimester is the same length as a semester. The academic year consists of fall and spring trimesters. The summer trimester is 3.5 months.
The curriculum offers courses, research, internships and community service. Students can enroll in a maximum of 18 credits (5 courses) per trimester. Most courses are 3 credits. Science and biomedical courses are 3 to 8 credits. Internships and research are 3 to 6 credits. Community service is not credit bearing.
Select courses from the the Class Schedule excel file, which can be downloaded from the Download Files box on this page. Click on the academic concentrations below to download syllabi. If a syllabus is not available, contact KEI and we will request it from USIU.
USIU is in the process of updating syllabi for most of the courses listed in this section. Download and use the Course Descriptions file to obtain credit transfer approval at your home university/college. Contact the KEI Program Manager if your school requires syllabi for course approval.
HRM 1020 Kitchen Organization & Food Knowledge
HRM 3010 Food & Beverage Cost Control
HRM 3015 Hotel & Catering Law
HRM 3020 Catering Management
HRM 3025 Physical Plant Development & Maintenance
HRM 3030 Environmental Management for Hotels HRM 3040 Hygiene & Nutrition
HRM 3050 Hotel & Restaurant Managerial Finance & Accounting
HRM 4010 Restaurant Development & Operations
HRM 4015 Food & Beverage Management
HRM 4030 Housekeeping & Laundry Management
HRM 4900 Hotel & Restaurant Senior Project
HRT 1010 Introduction to Hospitality Management
HRT 2010 Food Production
HRT 3010 Convention & Meeting Management
TOU 2020 Tourism & the Environment
TOU 2050 Travel Reservation Systems
TOU 2055 International Fares & Ticketing
TOU 3010 Tourism Products & Facilities Management
TOU 3020 International Travel & Management
TOU 3050 Travel Operations Management TOU 4015 Wildlife Conservation, Development & Management
TOU 4025 Travel Agency Operations Techniques
TOU 4030 Tourism Economics
TOU 4035 Tour Operations Techniques
TOU 4040 Tourism Planning & Development
TOU 4055 Cultural & Heritage Tourism Development
TOU 4900 Tourism Management Senior Project
Internships & community service
Internships (for-credit) and community service (not-for-credit) allow students to learn from practical experience not attainable in a classroom setting. Internships require a commitment of 120-400 hours (3-6 credits). Service does not have a minimum requirement. Since most internships are scheduled during the day, students may be limited to taking evening and Saturday classes.
Placement is based on professional interests and availability of positions in business, marketing, finance, hospitality, communications, journalism, environment, science, wildlife, social work and humanitarian aid.Note that internship placement in Nairobi is very challenging due to the professional culture and, as such, is not guaranteed.Students must select back-up courses in case placement cannot be confirmed. Contact KEI for more information about placement options.
The United States International University is the first and largest private, secular university in Kenya. Since its establishment in 1969, USIU has earned a reputation as the top university in East Africa. The university is dually accredited by the Commission for Higher Education of Kenya and by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in the USA.