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  • Locations: Entebbe, Uganda; Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Jinja, Uganda; Kampala, Uganda; Kapchorwa, Uganda; Murchison Falls, Uganda
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0
Housing Option: Homestay, Hotel/Hostel Areas of Study: African American and African Studies, Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, Anthropology, Arts and Sciences, Communication, Comparative Studies, History, Humanities, International Studies, Political Science, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student Program Type: Faculty-Led
Summer Session: 4W1 Four Week Session 1 GE Requirements: GE: Open Options – Education Abroad
Academic Credit: International Studies Ohio State Program Contact: Louise Yahiaoui
Program Description:
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Program GM Uganda tab 1

The East African country of Uganda is characterized by the beauty and resilience of its natural landscape as well as that of the people who live there. How Ugandans have sought their livelihoods, developed their culture, and pursued peace, security and prosperity in their lives will be the focus of this three week program. Students will spend a third of their time in Uganda's bustling capital, Kampala, attending lectures at the School for International Training and in interactive visits of sites, organizations, and with people that embody historical and contemporary Uganda. Students will also consider issues facing rural Ugandans in a number of communities. development, rural health, education, agriculture, the environment and tourism will be explored from bases in Jinja and Kapchorwa east of Kampala. A visit to the Murchison Falls National Park will immerse students in Uganda's natural environment. Above all the program will promote engagement with many representatives of Ugandan society: educators, professionals, artists, politicians, students, activists and others who advocate for Ugandans' human security. 


Kampala is a vibrant city of over a million people which has experienced tremendous growth in the last decade. The urban landscape features the opportunities this has brought, in the form of new businesses and shopping malls. Students will meet a few times during spring term to discuss assignments and research to prepare for the travel. Sketching and drawing play a large role in this program and students will be expected to do so as part of their grade. Students are not required to have any previous sketching experience however.


Student will be housed in a combination of hotel/hostel style accommodation for the beginning of the program and during excursions. For the remainder of their time in country students will be housed in secure home stays close to the SIT facilities.

Resident Director

Salome Fouts
Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Education Abroad Coordinator

Louise Yahiaoui
To make an appointment, please click here



Courses and Credit GM Uganda tab 2

Participants will receive three hours of credit for International Studies 2797.02

Learning outcomes

Through both academic and extra-curricular experiences, students will acquire a better understanding of Ugandans’ aspirations and struggles for security in terms of their social, health, environmental, political and cultural well-being, in addition to the security associated with military sovereignty: the concept of Human Security.  How well Ugandan society provides its people, through cultural and political institutions, with the means to secure survival, livelihoods and dignity, determines the quality of Human Security and of overall Development.  This will inform our explorations of how a multiethnic state like Uganda is able to use healthcare systems, education, arts, music, and literature to shape, maintain and develop its peoples’ sense of belonging and safety.  Students will grapple with the questions that inevitably arise about how past and contemporary trends in development policies, globalization, foreign assistance, HIV/AIDS, gender equity and conflicts impact sustainable development in Uganda.  Throughout the stay in Uganda, students will reflect critically on how course theories and local practices can deepen their understanding of American and other societies.



Application Requirement GM Uganda tab 3

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must be in good academic standing, and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation
All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline. 

Resident Director

Dr. Salome Fouts
Center of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures 

Education Abroad Coordinator

Louise Yahiaoui
Click here for an appointment.


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to



Program CostsGM Uganda tab 4

Students will be responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $4446 program fee. The program fee includes international airfare from Columbus, accommodations, in-country transportation, program related field trips and excursions, all meals and visa expenses. It does not cover personal expenses, passports, or pre-trip immunizations. 

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to  OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

If a students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
  • Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed.  After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.


Information Sessions

  • Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 5:00-6:00 PM in 160 Enarson Classroom Building
  • ​Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 5:30-6:30 PM in 100 Enarson Classroom Building
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Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 01/15/2018
01/17/2018 05/12/2018 06/07/2018
Summer 2019 01/03/2019 01/15/2019 05/21/2019 06/15/2019

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