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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
  • Fees
  • Room and board
  • Allowance of round-trip transportation to Kampala, Uganda
  • Program-related travel

Not included in regular tuition costs are such items as:

  • Personal expenses
  • Books (paid with acceptance deposit)
  • Travel between home and gateway city
  • Independent travel
  • Personal medical expenses, if incurred

 

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. The Fall Best Semester Deadline is: April 1

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. The Spring Best Semester Deadline is: October 1

EARLY ADMISSION:
If you wish to apply early admission, then the deadlines are:

Fall Semester: Seat Applications & Interview due by: January 15. 
Best Semester Applications are due by February 1.

Spring Semester: Seat Applications & Interview due by: April 15.
Best Semester Applications are due by May 1.


Online Seat Application for Best Semester

This application requests information that will be used to evaluate your eligibiity 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.

1. Date of application:

2. Program:

3. Semester:

4. International Best Semester Programs fulfill Global Understanding when taken with COR210 before hand and COR211 afterwards. Do you wish to use this off-campus semester to fulfill Global Understanding Core?

Yes. I will register for COR210 New Perspectives in Crossing Cultures 1 (pre-departure) and COR211 New Perspectives 2 (re-entry).
No-BUT. Although I am fulfilling the Global Understanding Core in other ways, I DO want to attend the New Perspectives sessions.
No. I am fulfilling the Global Understanding Core through another course.
Not Applicable. My program is domestic.

5. Last Name:

6. First Name (Given Legal):

7. Middle Initial:

8. Gordon College ID #:

9. Gender:

Male
Female

10. Date of Birth:

11. Place of Birth:

12. Country of Citizenship:

13. Valid Passport:

Yes
No
Not necessary for my program

14. If yes, what is the expiration date on your passport?

15. Full Name exactly as it appears on passport:

16. Email Address:

17. Campus Mailing Address:

18. Campus Phone/Cell:

19. Parent/Guardian (Last, First, MI):

20. Parent/Guardian Phone:

21. Parent/Guardian Email

22. Parent/Guardian Address in full:

23. Emergency Contact if other than Parent/Guardian: (Provide Name, Address, Phone and Email in full)

24. Off Campus study can affect your eligibility for institutional, federal and state financial aid. Please check with your Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility status should you be accepted into an off-campus program.

I receive Financial Aid and will meet with my Financial Aid Officer to determine which forms of financial aid are transferable to this program.
I am not currently receiving any forms of financial aid.

25. Do you have any chronic physical conditions that require regular medical attention or that may be relevant for consideration in a program that requires physical activity such as walking, etc.?

Yes
No

26. Do you have allergies to foods, plants, etc.? Are there any prescription or non-prescription medications that you take regularly that you would anticipate needing while you are attending this program?

27. Do you have any learning disabilities you would like the program faculty to be aware of?

Yes
No

28. Current Class Level:

Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior

29. Expected Graduation Date:

30. Major Field of Study 1:

31. Major Field of Study 2:

32. Minor Field of Study:

33. Current GPA (Grade Point Average) as of most recently completed semester:

34. Name of Major Advisor:

35. Major Advisor’s Email:

36. Name of Faculty Reference:

37. Faculty Reference’s Email:

38. Name of Student Affairs Reference (someone in your campus Student Development or an RD - not an RA):

39. Student Affairs Reference's Email:

40. What is your motivation for participating in the program for which you are applying? How does the program meet your academic, personal and/or professional goals? (250 word minimum)

41. What in your past experience (international, educational or other) has prepared you for success in this program? What qualities or strengths do you possess that will contribute to your success in the program? (250 word minimum)

42. In the context of your own personal journey of faith, reflect upon your willingness to engage culturally diverse expressions of Christian experience. What is your experience with such engagement? (250 word minimum)

43. The program for which you are applying is structured with conditions of greater personal freedom than is normally the case in a Christian college environment. How are you likely to respond to this greater freedom? (250 word minimum)