• Uganda
    • Kampala
Fall, Spring
Subject Areas
African Studies Anthropology Cultural Studies Social Sciences Sociology Women's Studies

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Host Family


Starting Price
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Classes Travel Insurance
What's Not Included
Some Activities Airfare Meals SIM cards Visa
Jan 24, 2022
Feb 16, 2016
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About Program

Examine theories and practices of current concepts, challenges, and debates in development studies in the dynamic context of Uganda.

This program will introduce you to the social, political, economic, and environmental issues of development in Uganda. You will 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. You will conduct a field-based research project or a hands-on internship with an international or grassroots development agency.

You can choose to complete an internship during the last six weeks of this program. For this internship, you will be placed with a local Ugandan organization where you will gain real work experience related to the program’s theme and develop professional skills you can use in your career.

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SIT Robert Kantor Memorial Scholarship

Each year one student will be granted $10,000 in scholarship aid to study abroad with a SIT program. Funded by individual donors and foundations, the requirements are tight: seeking first-generation college students who've never traveled abroad before, currently attend an HBCU, and demonstrate strong financial need.


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Yes, I recommend this program


The program was at times disorganized, hectic, and frustrating. But the quality of the experiences you'll get, the things you'll learn, and the people you'll meet more than make up for it. The staff makes you feel extremely safe and supported, and everyone you encounter there is incredibly warm, accommodating, and accepting. My abroad experience was unlike any of my friends who went to Europe, Australia, South Africa, etc. Be prepared to feel a little uncomfortable, but I promise it's totally worth it!!

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Yes, I recommend this program

A life changing experience

One of my favorite silly stories from my study abroad happened at a wedding ceremony I attended with my family.

During the ceremony which was about 5 hours long and in Luganda (so I’m not exactly sure what happened), many generations and family members danced and gave blessings to the groom’s family. About halfway through the ceremony, a stray cow walked in the back and ran into a bunch of the parked cars, setting off a bunch of car alarms. Apparently that’s normal, but my aunties found it hilarious that my friend and I were so amused. Someone eventually got the cow and tied it down, so of course we did what any normal American would do and took selfies with the cow in our traditional wear. There was also a crowd of village children that came to watch the wedding, but an even larger crowd showed up when they spotted the 2 muzungus wearing traditional attire. There might have been 50 kids watching us take pictures with a cow who crashed a wedding, which to them seemed absolutely ridiculous. The actual bridewealth part of the ceremony was so elaborate, with almost an hour of family members carrying baskets of gifts for the bride’s family. The gifts ranged from cases of soda, to fruit, to suitcases, to a lifetime supply of laundry detergent, some chickens, and even a cow. The gifts filled the entire room, and just as you thought the gifts were finished, ten more would come out. The ceremony was very different from anything I’ve ever seen in the US, but it was amazing to me the tradition that is preserved within the introduction. One of my aunties told me that after this ceremony, the marriage is considered valid in the Buganda kingdom, and some don’t even have an official wedding with a marriage certificate. Ugandans know how to throw a great ceremony!

Although I have spent much of my time studying Africa because of my interest in public health, I am now fascinated by the way Ugandans act and care for one another. Everyone is family, tied through the kinship that is humanity, and everyone who shows kindness receives kindness. The people here understand what it means to be apart of a community and the essence of hard work. I can say with great reverence that compared to most of the people here, I have not truly learned what hard work is because they have to put in way more work to ensure success than I do. This program will helped me to better understand a culture different than my own, take a break from the craziness of school and dispel some of the preconceptions people have about Africa.

Everyday was an adventure and this experience allowed me to learn so much about myself and where I fit into the world. If you are looking for an easy semester and do not want to experience any challenges, then this is not the program for you. But if you want to see the world from a different perspective, try new things, become more independent and have a life changing experience then this is the program for you. The combination of coursework and cultural interactions truly focuses on experiential learning. The SIT staff are wonderful and are with you every step of the way.

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing I would change about the program is that not all of us had the same experiences. Each homestay is different. I loved mine, but others had different experiences. Also, Ugandans often run on their own schedule which can be frustrating during the practicum period. It is important to be adaptable in all situations and remember that things don't always go as expected.
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