Skip to Main Content
Link to CSU Home
Link to CSU Home
Students in the Library

Michael Schwartz Library

Students in the Connection Lounge
Michael Schwartz Library

Engaging with International Students


Culture and Etiquette

Kenya has a strong national identity, despite being made up of a diverse array of tribes and having a considerable population of asylum seekers.

Each tribe has unique customs and linguistic differences. Swahili and English are used when communicating with individuals outside of the speaker's ethnic group.

Community is highly valued; friends are as close as family and expected to depend on each other.

Public displays of affection are taboo and touching an elder is improper. Kenyan culture does not emphasize touch as a virtue, but warmth is expected when interacting with your community.