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Overlooking Uganda

Uganda Studies Program


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 can choose between an Interdisciplinary Studies Emphasis, a Social Work Emphasis, or a Global Health Emphasis. All ISE, and GHE students and junior SWE students have the option to share their lives with university students, living primarily on campus at Uganda Christian University (UCU) or with a local host family. Senior SWE students are required to live on-campus. Most of the courses offered are taught by UCU professors and include both UCU and USP students. 

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

  • Have at least Sophomore standing at the time of application
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Possess a strong commitment to academics and Christianity


All students take Faith and Action in the Ugandan Context combined with courses from the student's chosen emphasis, African Context courses, and electives from Uganda Christian University for a total of 13-18 recommended credits.

CORE COURSE (all students)

  • Faith and Action in the Ugandan Context


  • Cross-Cultural Practicum
  • African Context Courses (see below)
  • UCU Elective Courses (see below)

GLOBAL HEALTH EMPHASIS (biology and applied health majors)

  • Cross-Cultural Practicum in Global Health
  • Infectious Disease and Epidemiology
  • Pick one elective:
    • Microbiology and Lab
    • African Context Course
    • Language Course
    • UCU Elective Course

SOCIAL WORK EMPHASIS (social work or social welfare majors)

  • African Context Course
  • UCU Elective Course
  • Social Work Practicum and Seminar
    • Junior Level Social Work Practicum (will count as PSY425 or PSY426 for Social Welfare or Psychology majors and fulfills the internship requirement for Social Welfare majors)
    • Senior Level Social Work Practicum (available to Social Work majors only)


  • African Context Courses
    • Religions in Contemporary Uganda
    • East African Politics since Independence
    • East African Literature
  • Languages
    • Luganda I, II
    • Kiswahili I, II
  • UCU Elective Courses
    • Understanding Ethics
    • Health & Wholeness
    • Understanding Worldviews


The Global Education Office will work with Student Financial Services to reassess each applicant's institutional aid for their off-campus semester. Institutional aid includes Gordon-awarded merit scholarships and grants, honors program awards, and major-or department-specific awards. Federal and private aid will not be affected. Factors in the reassessment process include financial need, GEO program flexibility within your major/minor, and program cost. SFS will provide a breakdown of costs to each student after approval has been issued by the GEO.

Program costs include:

  • Tuition (16 credit hours) & fees
  • Room
  • Board
  • Program-related travel

Additional program costs include:

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


All Gordon students applying to this program must first submit an online seat application to the Global Education Office before applying directly to your program. Fall and Spring seat applications must be submitted to the GEO by March 1.

After the Global Education Office has notified you of your approval you may then proceed with the program's application. See the Uganda Studies Program website for more information on application and deadlines. 


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