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Uganda Studies Program

Offered fall and spring semester by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

Open to all majors by application. Ideal for Social Work, Global Studies, and health majors.

ABOUT Uganda Studies program provides students with both immersion in local community and broad exposure to a variety of people and places in Uganda. USP is offered in partnership with Uganda Christian University (UCU), an international affiliate member of the CCCU located 15 miles east of the capital city of Kampala. Students either live on campus at UCU or with host families within walking distance of the university. All students will also participate in one or two home stay experiences. As a result, a spectrum of Ugandan relationships gives USP students a firsthand perspective as they explore issues such as poverty, cultural expression of Christianity and missions, and as they seek to reconcile the realities of East Africa with their Christian faith. Students also spend time in Rwanda and rural Uganda. The experience-based and practicum courses are taught by CCCU faculty while the African Context courses and courses from the UCU curriculum are taught by UCU faculty. In addition to the core experiential courses, students will choose additional elective and/or African Context courses. USP offers emphases in Social Work and Health fields for social work and health majors at the practicum level.

CURRICULUM Fulfills CCS requirement by taking the following USP course:

  • Faith & Action in the Ugandan Context (4)

USP students can earn up to 16 credit hours.

ACCOMMODATIONS & ACTIVITIES USP students participate in a one-week rural home stay, and also spend their semester living in the dorms with African students or in a semester-long home stay. The course listed above includes experiential education components and travel to Rwanda.

My experience in Uganda was one I will forever cherish. Within my four short months at Uganda Christian University (UCU) I learned more than I ever had about myself, the world, and how God interacts with us as his children. The program encouraged the students to be intentional about inspecting our own lives, intentions and hopes- and while the growing pains were indeed painful, I am a better and more culturally aware Christ follower because of it. I am forever thankful for UCU and the opportunities they give to students around the world.

Clara Williams
Female Spring Arbor University student posing on the front porch with seven members of her Ugandan homestay family

This experience, like all CCS experiences, is subject to political and safety realities at the time of departure. CCS options can be physically and emotionally intense and stretching. Before enrolling, all participants should consult the disclosures on Physical Hardships of CCS.

SAU institutional aid (such as academic scholarships) does not apply to the Uganda Studies Program. SAU students can apply for the SOCSOF grant or use their CCS benefit (if eligible). The Gilman Scholarship may also help fund the experience for students who are US citizens and Pell grant recipients. Please see the CCS office for program cost details.

NOTE: Students who are Pell Grant recipients and U.S. citizens may apply for the Gilman Scholarship (up to $5,000).  Attend a Gilman workshop with the CCS Director to learn how to apply for the scholarship.

To learn your next steps toward participating in this program, get an application from the CCS office and attend an International Semester workshop for important details in your planning.

Passport and immunizations required (both at additional cost).

CCS program costs do not include: tuition, passport, immunizations, or the $150 study abroad fee. The study abroad fee provides the basic international ID, insurance, travel photos and support services. For semester/summer abroad students without medical insurance, the Premium international ID card is required and costs $75.