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.
Fall: late August to early December
Spring: late January to mid-May
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)
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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
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