Program Overview

SIT semester programs include the following components: one-week orientation, intensive language study, homestay (in urban and rural areas), thematic seminar, field methods seminar, independent study project (last month of program), and program evaluation.

In the Development Studies program you will work closely with faculty and students from Makerere University to study complex issues of social and economic development in Uganda, a once-turbulent nation with a fast-growing economy. A custom two-week module with a choice of focus on public health, grassroots development, or gender and development provides opportunities to work with organizations such as the Kasangati Health Center, the Uganda Change Agent Association, and the women and gender studies department at Makerere University.

Based in Kampala, Uganda’s thriving capital, the program also offers an in-depth, hands-on practicum with one of the country’s many international or grassroots development agencies to provide a deeper understanding of the practice of development work. Field visits to rural areas allow you to explore what lies beyond the rhetoric of the development industry as you learn about the diverse strengths and needs of this changing nation.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: SIT: Development Studies in Uganda

Additional requirements

  • Although there are no prerequisites, a background in a related field of study is strongly recommended.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Application process

If you are interested in applying to the Development Studies program, we strongly advise you to meet with an advisor prior to applying.

SIT Study Abroad has rolling admission, which means that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis between the opening and closing dates of the review process. Applications must be complete to be reviewed for admission. Since many programs fill long before the published closing dates, you are strongly advised to apply by the above priority deadline.

Qualified applicants are recommended by a GEO Study Abroad Program Advisor. The final selection of participants is made by SIT. The SIT admissions committee strives to select students who will be the best possible match for the program. You should submit strong academic references and demonstrate a consistent academic record, clear motivation to study abroad, solid reasoning for their program choice, and an understanding of the program model.

IMPORTANT: Application for a SIT program involves two parts. Both parts of the application are due by the GEO application deadline.

  • Completion of the GEO application process.
  • Completion of the SIT application process.

Please note that the GEO deadline supersedes the SIT deadline. An application fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable under any circumstances.

Dates and Deadlines

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult SIT.
TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester 20194/15/2019Mid AugustEarly December
Spring Semester202010/1/2019Late JanuaryMid-May

Travel Advisories

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