Uganda: Development Studies

Educational Excursions

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

Students visit Nyakamuri Primary School in southwestern Uganda, one of the Millennium Village Projects (MVP). MVPs are the brainchild of renowned economist and UN advisor, Prof. Jeffrey Sachs.

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 Free Trade 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, and the Sezibwa Falls.

Costs Dates

Credits: 16

Duration: 15 weeks

Program Base: Kampala

Language Study: Luganda

Prerequisites: Coursework in development studies recommended

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