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Uganda Studies Program

VISION

To provide students with a firsthand perspective as they explore issues such as poverty, cultural expressions of Christianity and missions, and as they seek to reconcile the realities of East Africa with their Christian faith.

The Uganda Studies Program (USP) provides students with both immersion in a local community and broad exposure to a variety of people and places in Uganda and Rwanda. Students in the Uganda Studies Emphasis and Social Work Emphasis share their lives with university students, living primarily on campus at Uganda Christian University (UCU). Students in the Intercultural Ministry & Missions Emphasis live with host families within walking distance of UCU. Most of the courses offered are taught by UCU professors and include both UCU and USP students. 

QUALIFICATIONS

USP is interdisciplinary and encourages students from a variety of majors to apply. To gain eligibility you must:

  • Be a junior or senior
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Possess a strong commitment to academics and Christianity  

CREDIT

You will combine the Faith and Action seminar (4 credits) with at least 2 of the core courses (3 credits each) and two electives (3 credits each) totaling 16 credits.

Core:

  • Faith and Action in the Ugandan Context
  • Religions in Contemporary Uganda
  • African History from 1800 to Independence
  • East African Politics since Independence
  • African Literature

Track Specific Courses:

  • Cross-Cultural Ministry Practicum (required for Intercultural Ministry & Missions Emphasis)
  • Social Work Practicum for Junior Level (available to Social Work majors/minors only)
  • Social Work Practicum for Senior Level (available to Social Work majors only)

Elective Courses:

  • African Christian Theology
  • Community Art in Uganda
  • Understanding Ethics from a Christian Perspective
  • Spiritual Disciplines in Community
  • Understanding the New Testament
  • Health & Wholeness
  • Understanding the Old Testament
  • Law & Christian Political Thought in Africa
  • Understanding Worldview

COSTS

The cost is generally equal to a 16-credit semester at Gordon and includes:

  • Tuition (16 credit hours) & Fees
  • Room
  • Board
  • Allowance of $1200 round-trip transportation to Kampala, Uganda
  • Program-related travel

Not included in regular tuition costs are such items as:

  • Passport (required)
  • Initial Uganda Visa (upon entry to country)
  • Textbooks
  • Independent travel
  • Personal medical expenses, if incurred
  • Personal discretionary expenses 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE & DEADLINES

All Gordon students applying to a BEST SEMESTER program must first submit an online seat application and have an interview with a staff member in the Global Education Office.

FALL SEMESTER: 
Seat applications and interviews for fall semester programs must be submitted online by March 15.You will be notified within 5 days of the decision on your seat application.

After you've been approved by the Global Education Office proceed with the BEST SEMESTER's application. Best Semester has a rolling admission policy. Fall applications are accepted until June 1 (or spots are filled).

SPRING SEMESTER:
Seat applications and interviews for fall semester programs must be submitted online by September 15. (N.B. This date is earlier than the normal Spring deadline!) You will be notified within 5 days of the decision on your seat application.

After you've been approved by the Global Education Office proceed with the BEST SEMESTER's application. Best Semester has a rolling admission policy. Spring applications are accepted until October 1 (or spots are filled).


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