The future of higher education.

(only available in Rwanda)


The future of higher education.

(only available in Rwanda)


An experiment in higher education.


Kepler is a nonprofit university program designed for the developing world. We combine the best of online learning with in-person seminars and intensive education-to-employment. Kepler's pilot campus opened in Rwanda in 2013, and our goal is to create a global network of universities that deliver the skills that emerging economies need for a price that our students can afford. For that, we're setting an ambitious target: provide an elite education for around $1,000 per year.

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Online learning

MOOCs and other educational technologies are revolutionizing education. Hundreds of courses from the world's best universities are now available online for free, and Kepler will be one of the first schools to deliver this content to the people that need it most: students in the developing world who can't afford traditional higher education.

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Local seminars

Students learn best when they're surrounded by peers, grappling with tough concepts through debate and collaboration. Kepler's team of experienced international and Rwandan Teaching Fellows lead classes, coach students, and provide all the services a traditional university would—at a cost that our students can afford.

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Employment training

Kepler reimagines vocational education for the 21st century. On top of their academic work, all students are required to participate in structured internships at top local employers, leading directly to a job after four years of study. And as graduation day approaches, students will feel as comfortable at work as they do in the classroom.


Early coverage of Kepler


A daring global experiment: using freely available online courses to bring top-tier instruction to the neediest parts of the planet, where the number of young graduates is soaring.
— Jeffrey Bartholet, Scientific American
Right now, in Rwanda, a nonprofit called Kepler is getting started on an ambitious experiment that is likely among the first of its kind.
— Jessica Leber, MIT Technology Review
Kepler could become a model in the United States, because we have not yet developed a way in which students can take MOOCs and turn those into academic credentials.
— Megan O'Neil, Chronicle of Higher Education

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