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 a General Studies Emphasis, a Social Work Emphasis, or a Global Health Emphasis. All GSE, 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.
USP is interdisciplinary and encourages students from a variety of majors to apply. To gain eligibility you must:
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.
Program costs include:
Additional program costs include:
Student Financial Services will reassess each applicant's financial aid package for their off-campus semester and provide a breakdown of costs after acceptance from the GEO. Federal and private aid will not be affected. Please contact SFS for specific financial questions.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE & DEADLINES
All Gordon students applying to a BestSemester program must first submit an online seat application to the Global Education Office before applying directly to your program. 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 BestSemester application. BestSemester has a rolling admission policy. Spring applications are accepted until October 1. Fall applications are accepted until June 1.