Type of Program: Semester
City: Kampala, Uganda with travel to various cities
When Offered: Fall or Spring
Cost: See Program Costs page

Emerging from a turbulent political past, Uganda is now on a firm path of economic and social recovery. As a result of two decades of economic and political reforms, the private sector, civil society, and non-governmental organizations in Uganda are vibrant and expansive. The women's movement in Uganda is renowned for its influence throughout Africa. Uganda has also made significant strides in human rights, HIV/AIDS prevention, grassroots development, micro finance and community conservation. While these developments are exciting, they raise many questions.  Students explore social issues that come with these transformations, along with topics related to development theory, foreign aid, and the sustainability of Uganda's recent advances.  Engagement with Makerere University professors and lecturers, together with development practitioners, provides students with the latest information, theories, debates, and expertise on issues in Uganda. Lectures are conducted together with invited Makerere University students, allowing local and US students to share ideas and perspectives.

Based in Kampala, Uganda's thriving capital, the program also offers an in-depth, hands-on practicum with one of the country's many international or grassroots development agencies to provide a deeper understanding of the practice of development work. Through field visits to rural areas of Uganda and a comparative excursion to Rwanda, students explore what lies beyond the rhetoric of the "development industry" as students learn about the diverse strengths and needs of this changing nation and region.

For part of the program, students live with host families in Kampala.  Students will study abroad in Uganda through the SIT study abroad program.  SIT provides 24/7 onsite student support and services.

Academic Calendar
 Late January - Mid May
Fall: Late August - Mid December 

Eligibility and Prerequisites

Students must have declared a major and taken prerequisite courses. Students must have completed three semesters in college-level residence.

Application and Study Abroad Deposit Deadlines


For Study in Spring 2016

For Study in Fall 2016

Application and $500 deposit

September 25, 2015

February 26, 2016

Please note that both the application and fee are due in the Office of International Studies. All students must attend an advising session at least one week prior to the deadline in the Office of International Studies to obtain an application.