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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 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:

  • 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.


  • Faith and Action in the Ugandan Context


  • Religions in Contemporary Uganda
  • East African History from 1800 to Independence
  • East African Politics since Independence
  • African Literature

Track-Specific Courses:

  • Global Health Emphasis
    • Statistics in Global Health
    • Cross-cultural Practicum/Global Health Seminar
    • Infectious disease and epidemiology
    • Nutrition or Environmental Physiology
  • Social Work 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)


  • Understanding Ethics from a Christian Perspective
  • Health & Wholeness
  • Worldviews
  • Microbiology
  • Luganda I or II
  • Kiswahili I or II


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 

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. 


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.