Examine development in theory and practice throughout Uganda, while engaging with current concepts and debates in development studies in the vibrant context of Kampala.This program introduces students to the social, political, economic, and enviro... read more
I learned so much, gained so many friendships and connections that I plan to maintain. I feel the money and type of education I received was well worth it. Jessie Jennett - Metropolitan State University of Denver View Entire Review
The experience has shaped thoughts on my career path and the way development works in general. Definitely worthwhile A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Uganda is a very different place than the states and I learned so much about the cultural divide that divides Africa from the rest of the world. It was a great period of personal growth that will affect me for the rest of my life. Jacob E - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned what its like to live in the developing world and about development in the most experiential way. I also gained an understanding of how to do research in this field. Talar K - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Absolutely!! I learned so much about just learning to be patient...learning that our traditions and American practices and beliefs aren't necessarily the best and right way of doing things...learned so much! My academic experience helped me realize that I want to go into education and work with minority/at risk kids. Jordan D - Pacific Lutheran University View Entire Review
I learned how to live and learn in the most difficult circumstances in the world Daniel Krugman - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained the ability to adapt (I would like to think) to any situation I am placed in. I gained a new level of respect and understanding for a completely different way of thinking than the way I have been brought up. A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
This experience has shown me the importance and need for more development work that needs to originate from the communities. It cannot be just outsiders coming to a country and implementing their projects, but needs to start by involving community members first. Visits to places like a refugee camp and a rural village as well as... A student - Tulane University View Entire Review
yes. This definitely changed my academic interests as I am no longer interested in this sort of development work. It also gave me a broader perspective on the world, and I have a lot of interesting stories to share! Rachel D - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Examine development in theory and practice throughout Uganda, while engaging with current concepts and debates in development studies in the vibrant context of Kampala.
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. Students conduct a field-based research project or an in-depth, hands-on practicum with entrepreneurs or with an international or grassroots development agency.
Major topics of study include:
- 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
SIT Study Abroad awards need-based scholarships and grants. We do not offer merit-based awards at this time. Average awards range between $500 and $5,000 for our semester programs, and between $500 and $3,000 for our summer programs. Our scholarships and grants are available to all students accepted into an SIT Study Abroad program irrespective of citizenship, national origin, or home school. We do not require a separate scholarship application for each scholarship fund; eligible students will be evaluated for all funds for which they are eligible. Please note: SIT Study Abroad scholarships and grants are only applicable to tuition and room/board fees billed by SIT Study Abroad. We do not award scholarships or grants to cover any other expenses, including, but not limited to, immunizations, visa fees, books, or study abroad fees charged by your home school. If your home school has an established billing agreement with us, it is your responsibility to communicate with your home school as to how your SIT scholarship or grant will be passed on to you by your home school. For a list of available scholarships and grants, click here.