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  • Locations: Kampala, Uganda
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Emory applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019
01/27/2020 05/10/2020
Fall 2020 03/02/2020

** Some programs accept students on a rolling admission basis. Students may be notified prior to this date of acceptance into the program.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Description:
Hosted by: SIT Uganda: Development Studies

Academic Focus and Program Overview:
Uganda is a nation of political and economic vitality, intellectual vibrancy, entrepreneurial innovations, diverse landscapes, and development debates. This program introduces students to the social, political, economic, and environmental issues of development in Uganda. Students examine development theories from Ugandan perspectives, consider the historical context in which current development is taking place, and experience development in practice through engagement with local projects and practitioners. To contextualize approaches to development in Uganda, the program addresses political and security issues in the Great Lakes region, as well as related environmental issues.

Students will live with families in both urban and rural regions, as to understand the difference in experiences and gain insight on cultural norms. Excursions and site visits include nongovernmental organizations in Western Uganda, Rwanda, villages in Eastern Uganda and single-day trips to museums and significant political and social sites.

Approximate Dates:
Fall: late August to early December
Spring: late January to mid-May

Eligibility Requirements:
A minimum 3.0 GPA; good academic standing. One African Studies course.

Intensive Language Study: Luganda (3 credits)
Development Studies Seminar (4 credits)
Research Methods and Ethics (3 credits)
Independent Study Project or Internship * (6 credits)

* Based in Kampala, Uganda's thriving capital, the program offers students the opportunity to complete a hands-on practicum with energetic entrepreneurs or with one of the country's many international or grassroots development agencies, if the option is a better fit than a research project *

Credit and Grade Translation - SIT Uganda (Development Studies)

More course information and syllabi are found here. Please see the Blanket Approval List to view previously approved courses. If you wish to seek approval from other academic departments at Emory, you must complete this course approval form and include the Faculty Representative at the bottom of the form.

Living Arrangements:
The home stay includes six weeks in Kampala and one week in a rural area of eastern Uganda. Other accommodations include hostels, guesthouses, or small hotels.

A full description of the program costs and bill procedures is described in the budget sheets. Please click here for Budget Sheet (Spring, Fall).

Financial Aid/Scholarships:
Students are eligible to carry existing financial aid and scholarships on Emory-approved study abroad programs. Students may also be eligible to apply for the following scholarships: Diversity Abroad (scholarships for under-represented students), Fund for Education Abroad, Benjamin Gilman Scholarship, and SIT Scholarships. Please click here for more information.

SIT provides an array of need-based scholarships that range from $500 to $5,000. The scholarship application is integrated in the application, so no additional application is needed. It is best to apply earlier to the program as it takes two weeks for scholarship request to be reviewed. You can find a list of SIT scholarships and FAQ's here

SIT Scholarships:
SIT awards nearly $1.3 million in scholarships and grants annually.

  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000. 
  • The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program.
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.
Kate Dawson, Study Abroad Assistant Director,

This program is currently not accepting applications.