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 and an American competency-based degree program with in-person seminars and intensive education-to-employment support. 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 American-accredited degree, a world class education, and a clear path to good jobs for thousands of students for around $1,000 tuition 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 is 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 is reimagining education to employment for the 21st century. On top of academics, students receive intensive job training and coaching. They also participate in work-study programs and structured internships at top employers, building work skills so that they feel as comfortable at work as they do in the classroom.



An American degree in Africa


Kepler has partnered with College for America to provide our students with American-accredited degrees. Instead of getting credits based on how many hours they have spent in classes, Kepler students have to demonstrate concretely that they have mastered key skills, or competencies, which build upon each other for a degree in business, and later in other subjects.



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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