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Uganda: Development Studies

Uganda: Development Studies

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

Meet the program’s academic director.

The SIT Uganda program is a completely transforming experience, which sets the ultimate direction for so many people's lives. Uganda has always been and always will be intertwined through my life and soul. Everything I do comes back to lessons that I learned during this semester.

Michael Roscitt, University of Notre Dame

building a house in UgandaExperience the dynamism of contemporary Uganda.

Emerging from a turbulent political past, Uganda is now on a firm path of economic and social recovery. As a result of two decades of economic and political reforms, the private sector, civil society, and nongovernmental organizations in Uganda are vibrant and expansive. The women's movement in Uganda is renowned for its influence throughout Africa. Uganda has also made significant strides in human rights, HIV/AIDS prevention, grassroots development, microfinance availability, community conservation, tourism and development, and studies of development-induced displacement.

While these changes are exciting, they raise many questions. Students explore the social issues that come with these transformations, along with topics related to development theory, foreign aid, the impact of recent oil discoveries, China’s emerging influence, development as a contested terrain, and the sustainability of Uganda’s recent advances.

Engagement with development practitioners, community activists, and Makerere University professors and lecturers provides students with the latest information, theories, debates, and expertise on issues in Uganda. Makerere University students are invited to SIT lectures, allowing local and US students to share ideas and perspectives.

Hone your academic focus with a program elective.

For two weeks in the middle of the program, students concentrate their studies in one of five areas:

  • public health and development
  • gender and development
  • grassroots development
  • entrepreneurship and microfinance
  • environment and development

The first of these weeks is spent working with leading scholars at one of five partner institutions. The second week is spent at selected field study sites in and around Kampala.

Students work with organizations such as:

  • Makerere University School of Public Health
  • Kasangati Health Center
  • Reproductive Health Uganda
  • School of Women and Gender Studies at Makerere University
  • Slum Aid Project
  • Young African Refugees in Integral Development (YARID)
  • Makerere University Business Schools (MUBS)
  • Sustainable Empowerment for Economic Development
  • Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Association Limited

KampalaLead sessions to process and analyze new knowledge and experiences.

Weekly processing sessions, which are student-facilitated, provide an effective forum for sharing experiences, cultural insights, and adjustment within the group and with the academic director. The sessions focus on student questions and observations that emerge from lectures, excursions, and conversations with local people. These are augmented with discussions of readings on each program topic.

Compare Uganda’s approaches to development with neighboring Rwanda.

Rwanda, East Africa’s fastest growing economy, provides a stark contrast with Uganda and with fellow member states of the East African Community. Students visit genocide memorials to help them understand and appreciate the impact of genocide on Rwandan communities and how post-genocide Rwanda has made great strides in national reconciliation. Rwandan professors and practitioners provide insights into how Rwanda, backed by rigorous evaluative mechanisms, is ensuring development projects are on track. By the end of the excursion, students have firsthand knowledge of Rwanda’s booming economic growth and the substantive differences in Rwandan and Ugandan approaches to development.

Pursue a six-week research- or practicum-based ISP.

Students have the option to pursue a research- or practicum-based Independent Study Project (ISP). In the practicum-based ISP, students select a development organization or social entrepreneurship initiative with which to complete a six-week practicum. In consultation with the academic director, the practicum can be completed in Kampala or other areas of Uganda with organizations engaged in a broad spectrum of development initiatives. The practicum integrates the information gained through the language, Development Studies, and Research Methods and Ethics courses. The practicum further provides opportunities to analyze development theories in a practical setting. In both forms of the ISP, a final paper and oral presentation are submitted for evaluation.


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

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Links to syllabi below are from current and forthcoming courses offered on this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term.

The syllabi can be useful for students, faculty, and study abroad offices in assessing credit transfer. Read more about credit transfer.

This program is designed to expose students to as many aspects of development in Uganda as possible. The program is deliberately structured to move from the general to the specific and from the theoretical to the practical. Thus, students first spend time as part of a group focusing on more general historical and contemporary development issues before going out into the field to investigate those theories and principles.

Studying in Uganda would be incomplete without looking at political and security issues, as well as related environmental issues, in the Great Lakes region. Students visit national parks in Uganda to focus on issues of conflict, eco-tourism, and conservation. In addition, the program takes students to neighboring Rwanda, the location of unprecedented genocide in 1994 and now a vibrant locus of economic development.

Development Studies Seminar – syllabus
(AFRS3000 / 4 credits / 60 class hours)
This integrative, interdisciplinary course engages students in concepts and current debates in development studies, with emphasis on their relevance to development approaches in Uganda and, more broadly, East Africa. With development in Uganda as its focus, the course articulates local history and geography, contemporary political developments, and development priorities and approaches. Lectures are held at Makerere University, the SIT Resource Centre, and related sites within and outside Kampala. They are conducted by professors from Makerere University and experts from private nongovernmental organizations and cultural institutions. Assignments integrate readings, lectures, processing sessions, field trips, and/or in-class discussions. Educational excursions form a significant part of learning in the course. Sites visited may include Millennium villages, the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (an organization working to stop female genital mutilation), and Uganda's parliament — a site of animated debates at the intersection of politics and development. Recent oil discoveries have come with their own challenges and add new dimensions to development discussions in Uganda. The uses and abuses of oil as a development strategy will be an additional focus of the program.
Luganda – syllabus
(LUGA1000 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
The primary role of Luganda language training is to provide students with the principal tools needed to gain insight into Uganda's many cultures and Luganda-speaking communities. Given its location in Kampala, where Luganda dominates, the program focuses on Luganda as the primary local lingua franca to best facilitate interactions and cross-cultural communication. The course is organized by a language coordinator and taught by a staff of native speakers experienced in teaching Luganda as a foreign language, with an emphasis on cross-cultural communication. Language learning consists of 45 hours of formal instruction. Luganda study is reinforced through the homestay experience and various participatory and interactive assignments. Language instruction may also include simulations and field trips to supplement classroom learning.
Research Methods and Ethics – syllabus
(ANTH3500 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
The Research Methods and Ethics course is designed to prepare students to undertake independent field-based research or a practicum experience within a development organization setting in Uganda. The course provides the theoretical and practical frameworks to facilitate successful adjustment to life in Uganda and to enhance student capacity to accomplish challenging tasks in new and unfamiliar settings, while conducting field research or engaging in a practicum that is ethically, methodologically, and analytically sound. The course prepares students for either a research- or practicum-based ISP experience using readings and activities designed to build skills in qualitative research methods, including rapid rural appraisal and participatory methods, as well as project selection and refinement. Finally, students consider the norms and expectations of ethical field engagement and reciprocity, while reflecting critically on their role as "outsiders" in the development process.
Independent Study Project – syllabus
(ISPR3000 / 6 credits / 180 class hours)
Conducted in Uganda in an approved location appropriate to the project, students may pursue a research- or practicum-based ISP. For the latter, students select a development organization or social entrepreneurship venture, identified through the program's academic directors, with which to complete a six-week practicum. In consultation with the academic directors, the practicum can be completed in Kampala or other areas of Uganda with organizations engaged in a broad spectrum of development projects. The practicum helps to integrate the information gained through the Development Studies and the Research Methods and Ethics courses and, as appropriate, Luganda language studies. Both research- and practicum-based ISPs provide the opportunity to analyze development theories using data and reflections from field-based experience. In both forms of the ISP, a final paper and oral presentation are submitted for evaluation. Regular sessions are coordinated for students to share their progress, challenges, and experiences with each other and with faculty mentors in order to become more effective researchers and consultants. Sample topic areas: environmental conservation and development; rural finance self-help groups and poverty alleviation; decentralization, participatory processes, and community empowerment; health, education, and the effectiveness of the Millennium Villages Project.

Please note that in order to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program excursions may occasionally vary.

Students visit Nyakamuri Primary School Western Uganda

During an excursion to western Uganda, students see the work of nongovernmental organizations (including Uganda Women's Efforts to Save Orphans and the Uganda Red Cross), explore Ankole cattle culture, learn about rural homestead appraisals, put research methods into practice, and visit the Nakivale refugee settlement and Queen Elizabeth National Park.


The program travels to Rwanda to compare Rwanda’s and Uganda’s significantly different approaches to development. Rwanda, East Africa’s fastest growing economy, provides a stark contrast with Uganda and with fellow member states of the East African Community. Students visit genocide memorials to understand the impact of genocide on Rwandan communities, while also exploring examples of Rwanda’s booming economic growth and the implementation of Rwanda’s Vision 2020. Key site visits include the Rwanda Governance Board, which oversees the national development plan, and the Kigali Special Economic Zone, to consider the nation’s development approaches in contrast to those of Uganda.

Eastern Uganda

An excursion to eastern Uganda allows students to visit rural water schemes and projects for street children, gain insight into local circumcision practices, and conduct participatory research with a rural community.

The program also includes visits to sites of historical, cultural, and ecological significance, such as Kasubi Tombs, Uganda Museum, Kabaka's Trail, the Sezibwa Falls, and a foreign-funded waste management utility that is responsible for part of Uganda’s carbon credits.

The SIT staff played an absolutely critical role during my semester in Uganda and have remained instrumental in my life since, guiding me on many academic and career endeavors. They are the foundation of the SIT Uganda program and are the primary reason why the program has changed the lives of so many students that have passed through its doors

Michael Roscitt, University of Notre Dame

Charlotte Karungi MafumboCharlotte Karungi Mafumbo, PhD, Academic Director

Charlotte Karungi Mafumbo, a Ugandan national, obtained her PhD from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her research investigates why states adopt interventionist foreign policies. Ms. Mafumbo has analyzed Uganda's interventions in three of its neighboring states: Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She also holds an MA in international studies from the University of Sydney, Australia; a postgraduate certificate in gender and conflict studies from Hannover University, Germany; a postgraduate diploma in social conditions and policies from Copenhagen University; and a BA of history and international organization from Makerere University in Kampala. She has just completed her fellowship as a 2012 Global South Scholar at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

During the last ten years, Dr. Mafumbo has also worked as a lecturer at Makerere University, teaching courses in history, development, peace and conflict studies, and program management. As a lecturer and coordinator of research projects at Makerere, she gained extensive experience in program implementation and management. She also provided career guidance to students of development studies and supervised students in various practicum assignments. Charlotte’s years of professional experience have enabled her to develop strong relationships with various government and nongovernmental agencies and academic institutions, providing her with broad and rich perspectives regarding culture and development in Uganda. She first worked with SIT as a student advisor and became an academic director in 2007.

Staff include:

Hellen Lwemamu Hellen Lwemamu, Lecture Series Coordinator

Hellen is charged with coordinating lectures and site visits. She holds a BA in development studies from Makerere University and an MA in social planning and administration from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Her recent book, Gender and Work Challenges in the Informal Sector of Uganda: A Study of Disabled Men and Women in Uganda, examines the lives of people with disabilities in Uganda and the various interventions the government has undertaken for them. A former scholar at SIT Graduate Institute’s CONTACT program, Helen will also complete a fellowship at the Brown Institute of Advanced Research Initiatives at Brown University on ethnicity, conflict, and inequality in global perspective.

Paul MsunguPaul Musungu, Resource Centre Associate

Paul joined SIT Kampala in the fall of 2010. He is responsible for the management of the SIT resource centre, which includes lending out the centre's books and films and ensuring that the library catalog is updated with new collections. In addition, Paul serves as an excellent resource to the students on intercultural and personal issues. Paul holds a master’s in management science from the University of Glamorgan in the United Kingdom and an undergraduate degree in business administration from Makerere University.

Harriet LumonyaHarriet Lumonya, Program Assistant

Harriet is in charge of the students’ general well-being on the program. She works together with the homestay coordinator to identify and prepare the Kampala and rural homestays and assists the academic director by planning and scheduling program excursions and site visits. Harriet helps students navigate Ugandan culture and supports students with any other personal issues that may arise during the program.

Jackson Sekiziyivu, Language Coordinator and Instructor

Jackson Sekiziyivu has worked with the SIT Study Abroad Kampala program since 2002. Mr. Sekiziyivu earned a diploma in secondary education from the National Teachers College, Nkozi, in 1997. He also holds a certificate in adult literacy from the Kampala City Council Community Development Programme and has completed language and cross-cultural training at the City Language Centre.

Angella Male, Language and Cross-Cultural Instructor

Angella Male is a language and cross-cultural instructor. Ms. Male joined the SIT Study Abroad Uganda program in 2006. She holds a bachelor of arts in education from Makerere University, and has completed training in language and cross-cultural instruction at the City Language Centre in Kampala.

Florence Nakiwala, Language and Cross-Cultural Instructor

Florence Nakiwala joined the SIT Study Abroad program in Uganda in 2004. She earned her diploma in education the same year. Ms. Nakiwala has completed training in language and cross-cultural instruction at the City Language Centre in Kampala.

Alice Tebyasa and Sam Lumonya, Homestay Coordinators

Alice is one of the longest serving local staff members on the SIT Kampala program. Using her experience as a former homestay parent herself, Alice vigilantly seeks out the most suitable homestay families. She is assisted by Sam, the program's rural homestay coordinator, who is responsible for placing students in homestays during the program's eastern excursion. Solome Katusabe and David Mukhwana serve as additional rural homestay coordinators in Kasese district and Kapchorwa, respectively.

Godfrey Sebitengero, Transportation

Godfrey has been with SIT since the program's inception in Uganda and is an invaluable member of the SIT Uganda team. He is responsible for the transportation of students to the different study sites, health centers, and to all other venues where program activities are carried out.

Lecturers for this program typically include:

Norbert Mao

Norbert Mao is the president of the oldest political party in Uganda, the Democratic Party. Between 2006 and 2010, he was the chairman of Gulu District in northern Uganda. Prior to this, he served for 10 years as a member of the Ugandan parliament. He is an articulate orator and a lawyer by profession.

As a political leader of the most war-affected area in Uganda, he has remained ever vigilant and engaged in peacebuilding and reconstruction efforts. He initiated the peace talks between the government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army, efforts that yielded the current peace in the region.

Norbert Mao first got involved with SIT in the spring of 2012. His well-received lectures include “Reconstruction, Recovery, and Rehabilitation: Post-Conflict Gulu’s Development Path” and “Constitutionalism and Constitutional Reforms.” 

He brings to the classroom a style of engaging students and encouraging critical thinking that he himself benefited from while a student at Yale University on the World Fellows program in 2003. He teaches using his own experience as a political leader, legislator, and researcher. 

Dr. Christopher G. Orach

Dr. Christopher Garimoi Orach is senior lecturer and head of the Department of Community Health and Behavioral Sciences at Makerere University. He holds a PhD (VUB Brussels), master of public health (ITM Antwerp), master of medicine in public health, DPH, and bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery (Makerere University).

He teaches courses on sexual and reproductive health; disaster preparedness and response management; public health in complex emergencies; and health systems, including health services organization in emergencies. He lectures SIT students on Uganda’s healthcare systems and advises students during their ISPs. He is a renowned researcher and instructor of numerous research projects. His research interests include sexual and reproductive health and health systems, including health services organization in complex emergencies.

Fred Muhumuza, PhD

Mr. Muhumuza holds a PhD in development economics from the University of Manchester (UK). He is presently the economic advisor to Uganda’s minister of finance, planning, and economic development. Before this appointment, Mr. Muhumuza worked as a senior researcher at the Economic Policy Research Centre at Makerere University. Since 1998, he has been teaching at the Faculty of Economics and Management at Makerere University.

Mr. Muhumuza has vast experience in the areas of economic research and policy analysis and review. He has undertaken a range of research assignments in the areas of macroeconomic policy, public sector policy processes, budget and budget execution frameworks, trade policy, health, Uganda’s financial sector, agriculture, and education. He has been associated with the SIT Uganda: Development Studies program since 2008, serving as a student advisor and teaching the Crisis of Development in Uganda class.

Frank Nabwiso, PhD

Mr. Nabwiso holds a PhD in history. A former lecturer at Kyambogo University, Mr. Nabwiso has taught for the SIT program since 2008. He is currently involved in Ugandan politics, having served as a member of parliament in Uganda’s sixth parliament. He lecturers SIT students on Uganda’s geography and ethnic communities.

Dr. Betty Ezati

Dr. Betty Ezati is currently a senior lecturer at Makerere University’s School of Education. Her areas of expertise include curriculum design and education administration. She is a senior advisor to the university council on curriculum design and is engaged in numerous research projects aimed at quality assurance in the education sector.

Hon. Professor Ogenga Latigo

Ogenga Latigo is the leader of Uganda’s main opposition party, the Forum for Democratic Change. He holds a PhD in agriculture and has lectured at Makerere University. He is originally from northern Uganda.

Dixon Kamukama

Mr. Kamukama is a professor in the Department of History at Makerere University. He lectures SIT students on the management of decentralization. His publications include Rwanda Conflict: Its Roots and Regional Implications (1997) and “The Development and Consolidation of Extremist Forces in Rwanda: 1990–1994,” coauthored with Joan Kakwenzire and Eustace Rutiba, in The Path of a Genocide: The Rwanda Crisis from Uganda to Zaire, edited by Howard Adelman and Astri Suhrke.

Dr. Stella Neema

Stella Neema teaches ethics and research in Uganda. She sits on the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology Board and the SIT Local Review Board for Human Subjects Review. She advises students on research procedure and supports their application for internship permits and ethical clearances in the respective districts where they do their work.

George B. Batte

George Batte is a lecturer in the Department of Entrepreneurship at Makerere University Business School, Nakawa. Mr. Batte has been working with the department since 2004, teaching courses on entrepreneurship development, small business management, creativity and innovation, and social entrepreneurship. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship and small business management. His research interests are in energy and entrepreneurship. He is currently pursuing a PhD in technology entrepreneurship with a focus on the diffusion of energy technologies in rural Uganda. Mr. Batte first joined the SIT Uganda: Development Studies program in 2009 as a resource person for the program's Entrepreneurship and Development course.

Andrew Mwenda

Andrew Mwenda is a renowned Ugandan journalist and has been a visiting scholar at many universities. He lectures SIT students on Uganda’s crisis of development. Mwenda strongly believes that foreign aid does not lead to development but rather deepens the development crisis. He is the author of highly contested articles on foreign aid, which include “Patronage Politics, Donor Reforms, and Regime Consolidation in Uganda” in African Affairs (2005), published with Tangari Roger. Mwenda’s articles have been published in the International Herald Tribune, The Times, The Economist, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. He is the founder and editor of The Independent, regarded as one of Uganda’s premier current affairs news magazines.

homestay family in UgandaThe homestay experience has always been a challenging, yet rewarding part of the Uganda: Development Studies program. It is an opportunity for SIT students to become directly immersed in a new culture by participating in household activities, interacting with homestay siblings, engaging in ongoing local development debates and discussions of daily importance, and attending traditional ceremonies. Homestays also help SIT students learn about the significance of the family in development processes and approaches of Uganda.

The program’s academic director works with experienced homestay coordinators to find the most suitable host families for each student. The program features two homestays that are designed to introduce students to the cultural and economic diversity of Ugandan life.

Urban Homestay

Each student is placed in a different host family in the suburbs of Kampala from where they leave to attend the various program activities on a daily basis. Host families are carefully selected to represent the diverse social and economic characteristics of the people in Kampala. This diversity creates a great learning experience when students share their homestay experiences with each other through the processing sessions that take place at the end of each week.

Kampala is a vibrant cosmopolitan city representing a diverse range of ethnic groups in Uganda. The dominant language spoken in and around Kampala is Luganda. Since Luganda is the language taught on the program, a deliberate effort is made to place students with Luganda-speaking families.

The urban homestay is six weeks long with a break in the middle for a one-week educational excursion.

Rural Homestay

Eighty percent of Uganda’s population lives in rural areas, so this homestay is aimed at exposing students to an agrarian way of life as experienced by most Ugandans. Students spend one week living among, engaging with, and learning from a rural community.

The rural homestay is conducted in Busia District in eastern Uganda at the border with Kenya, where the majority community is Samia-speaking. Students live in pairs with a host family in grass-thatched homes made of wattle and daub, with no running water and no electricity. Typical family size in this area ranges from 6 to 10 people.

During this homestay, students practice research methods with the host families as their primary resources. This opportunity to engage directly with Ugandans dealing with the challenges of rural development is a highlight for students.

Kelly Muenchen, fall 2011 student, talks about her homestay experience. Read more.

Other accommodations on this program include hostels, guest houses, and small hotels

Congratulations to Jack O’Rourke (Fordham University), spring 2014 alum, who recently had an article on including women in mHealth (health services supported by mobile devices) initiatives published on ICTworks. Jack also started an internship with the Clinton Foundation in September.

A diversity of students representing different colleges, universities, and majors study abroad on this program. Many of them have gone on to do amazing things that connect back to their experience abroad with SIT. Learn what some of them are now doing.

Recent positions held by alumni of this program include:

  • Development Consultant, World Food Program, Lilongwe, Malawi • Graduate Student (MA in public policy), Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Various positions within government organizations and international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs); founders of NGOs

Program Dates: Fall 2016

Program Arrival Date:  Aug 21, 2016

Program Departure Date:    Dec 3, 2016

The dates listed above are subject to change. Please note that travel to and from the program site may span a period of more than one day.

Student applications to this program will be reviewed on a rolling basis between the opening date and the deadline.

Application Deadline:   May 15, 2016


SIT Pell Grant Match Award. SIT Study Abroad provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding; this award can be applied to any SIT semester program. View all SIT Study Abroad scholarships.

Tuition: $14,950

The tuition fee covers the following program components:

  • Cost of all lecturers who provide instruction to students in:
    • Development Studies
    • Economic and Political Reforms
    • Civil Society
    • Nongovernmental Organizations in Uganda
  • Independent Study Project preparation and Human Subjects Review training
  • Intensive language instruction in Luganda
  • All educational excursions to locations such as western Uganda, Rwanda, and eastern Uganda, including all related travel costs
  • Independent Study Project (including accommodation and food)
  • Health insurance throughout the entire program period

Room & Board: $2,550

The room and board fee covers the following program components:

  • All accommodations during the entire program period.   This includes during orientation, time in the program base (Kampala), on all excursions, during the Independent Study Project, and during the final evaluation period.  Accommodation is covered either by SIT Study Abroad directly, through a stipend provided to each student, or through the homestay.
  • All homestays (six weeks in Kampala and one week in a rural area of eastern Uganda)
  • All meals for the entire program period. Meals are covered either by SIT Study Abroad directly, through a stipend, or through the homestay.

Estimated Additional Costs:

International Airfare to Program Launch Site

International airline pricing can vary greatly due to the volatility of airline industry pricing, flight availability, and specific flexibility/restrictions on the type of ticket purchased. Students may choose to take advantage of frequent flyer or other airline awards available to them, which could significantly lower their travel costs.

Visa Expenses: $ 130

Immunizations: Varies

Books & Supplies: $ 100

International Phone: Each student must have a phone in each country. Cost varies according to personal preferences, phone plans, data plans, etc.

Discretionary Expenses

Personal expenses during the program vary based on individual spending habits and budgets. While all meals and accommodations are covered in the room and board fee, incidentals and personal transportation costs differ depending on the non-program-related interests and pursuits of each student. To learn more about personal budgeting, we recommend speaking with alumni who participated in a program in your region. See a full list of our alumni contacts. Please note that free time to pursue non-program-related activities is limited.

Please Note: Fees and additional expenses are based on all known circumstances at the time of calculation. Due to the unique nature of our programs and the economics of host countries, SIT reserves the right to change its fees or additional expenses without notice.


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