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.
USP is interdisciplinary and encourages students from a variety of majors to apply. To gain eligibility you must:
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.
Track Specific Courses:
The cost is generally equal to a 16-credit semester at Gordon and includes:
Not included in regular tuition costs are such items as:
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.
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).
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).
This application requests information that will be used to evaluate your eligibility for an off-campus program. The College reserves the right to grant seats to applicants based on proven academic performance, moral maturity and personal motivation.
Please fill out the application form below with your information. Your responses to these questions will be used in evaluating your applications for a seat in an off-campus program. We encourage you to take your time and write considered responses to the personal statement questions.