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  • Locations: Kampala, Uganda; Kigali, Rwanda
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Host Program Website: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • Restrictions: UNC applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • App for Spring & Calendar Year open July 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Contact: Oliver Jones Program type: Third-Party
Area of study: African studies, Anthropology, Cultural studies, Education, Environmental studies, Geography, Global studies, History, Linguistics, Political science, Psychology, Sociology, Women's and gender studies Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Open to Non-UNC students: No
Housing options: Guest House, Homestay, Hotel/Hostel Language prerequisite: No
Language of instruction: English
Program Description:

SIT Study Abroad Uganda: Global Development Studies

NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs. Visit the SIT website for more details.

Examine contemporary development debates that focus on globalization and its impact on Uganda, with case studies on environment, health, gender, and civil society in the vibrant city of Kampala.

WHY STUDY DEVELOPMENT IN UGANDA?

After a difficult past and decades of reforms, Uganda has established itself as a model for contemporary global development. Witness how this African nation has implemented fascinating economic development programs and attracted significant financing from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Perched on Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake, the cosmopolitan capital city of Kampala offers opportunities to visit reforestation projects, small-scale farming communities, and the diverse wildlife of Murchison Falls National Park as you examine political, economic, and environmental issues related to development. Explore what makes Uganda’s refugee policy one of the most internationally recognized in the world with visits to refugee camps such as Nakivale refugee settlement. Meet Ugandan university students; study environmental, health, and human rights projects; and develop practical skills like community mobilization, project monitoring, and policy analysis. During the program, you’ll also visit Rwanda, with one of the fastest growing economies in the region, to see its unique development model. This excursion leads us to a critical analysis of the development nexus of the two countries.
 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Study cutting-edge advances in development in a culturally rich African city.
  • Visit refugee camps and historic sites, and survey wildlife in national parks.
  • Participate in a field-based Independent Study or a hands-on internship.
  • Experience both urban and agrarian lifestyles of a fast-changing country.
 

PREREQUISITES

Although there are no prerequisites, a background in development studies or a related field is strongly recommended.

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

KEY TOPICS OF STUDY

  • Natural resources, the modern state, and political conflicts
  • Gender, women’s empowerment, and development
  • History, politics, geography, land rights and food security
  • Economic development, health, and society
  • Models of eco-tourism, conservation, and natural resource management
  • Collaborations and case studies with Ugandan university peers

 

MONEY MATTERS

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following: 
  • All educational costs, including educational excursions 
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration 
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions 
  • Health and accident insurance 
 
SCHOLARSHIPS
  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs.  
  • 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.
 

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SIT Study Abroad Uganda: Development Studies


Major Topics of Studyuganda

  • Local history and geography, contemporary political developments, and development priorities and approaches
  • Political and security issues, as well as related environmental issues, in the Great Lakes region
  • A comparative look at economic development in Rwanda
  • The uses and abuses of oil as a development strategy
  • Issues of conflict, ecotourism, and conservation

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

Program Structure

There is no "typical day"on an SIT program. Activities may take place on any day of the week and at any time of day to be in accordance with according to local norms and to take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunities. Thus, the schedule and structure of the program are likely very different from what students are used to on their home campuses. The semester progresses in phases:

  • The program begins with a thorough orientation.
  • During the first two and a half months of the program, students are engaged in foundational coursework, including:
    • thematic seminars, including education excursions,
    • language instruction focused on improving practical communication skills, and
    • a field research methods and ethics course that prepares students to conduct independent research.
  • For the last month of the program, students conduct an Independent Study Project (ISP) on an approved topic of their choosing. 
  • Finally, students present their project, participate in program evaluations, and prepare to return home.

What Makes SIT Unique

  • SIT Study Abroad offers a field-based, experiential approach to learning.
  • Each program has a small group of students (typically 10–35). 
  • On an SIT program, students gain high levels of access to many different stakeholders and experts relevant to the issues the program is examining. 
  • While some learning will be conducted at the SIT program center, extensive learning is done outside the classroom — in host communities, field stations, NGO headquarters, ecological sites, health clinics, and art studios.
  • Many students go on to use their Independent Study Projects as a basis for senior theses on their home campuses. Others use their undergraduate research and overall study abroad experience to successfully apply for fellowships such as Fulbrights and Watsons.

Money Matters

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:

  • All educational costs, including educational excursions
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
  • Health and accident insurance

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.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 02/10/2020
03/05/2020 08/24/2020 12/06/2020
Spring 2020 05/01/2020
06/01/2020 TBA TBA

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App for Spring & Calendar Year open July 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1