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Program Description:
SIT Uganda:
Development Studies
SIT Uganda
Emerging from a turbulent political past, Uganda is now on a firm path of economic and social recovery. As a result of two decades of economic and political reforms, the private sector, civil society, and non-governmental organizations in Uganda are vibrant and expansive. The women's movement in Uganda is renowned for its influence throughout Africa. Uganda has also made significant strides in human rights, HIV/AIDS prevention, grassroots development, micro finance and community conservation.

While these developments are exciting, they raise many questions. Through the Development Studies program, you will explore social issues that come with these transformations, along with topics related to development theory, foreign aid, and the sustainability of Uganda’s recent advances. Based in Kampala, Uganda's thriving capital, the program also offers an in-depth, hands-on practicum with one of the country's many international or grassroots development organizations.

Program Details
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • SU required course load: 12-19 credits for undergraduate students
  • A background in development studies or a related field is strongly recommended
  • No language prerequisite
  • Students must take Luganda (beginning)
Program Calendar
Fall Semester: early September to mid-December
Spring Semester: early February to mid-May

The semester program consists of four courses, including an independent study project. Courses are taught in English. Grades from SIT will be posted to your academic record and factored into your overall GPA at SU.

For a list of courses pre-approved for SU credit, please click on the "Courses Offered" link at the top of this page. There is no guarantee courses on the list will be offered during your semester abroad, so please refer to the World Partner website for the most up-to-date course offerings. If you want to take a course that is not already approved, Syracuse Abroad will assist in obtaining approval from the appropriate SU academic department.

Students experience one six-week homestay in Kampala and one week in a rural area of eastern Uganda. Other accommodations during the program include hostels, guesthouses, or small hotels.

All U.S. citizens and most non-U.S. citizens are required to have a student visa for their semester in Uganda. SIT will provide assistance with the visa application process.

Program Cost
You will pay Syracuse University tuition and can apply all Syracuse University financial aid except work study. Besides tuition, you will also be charged program fee which covers pre-departure meetings, International Travel insurance and services not covered by tuition and for which a separate fee is not charged.
For the program fee and further explanation of estimated costs, see the
SIT Uganda Budget 2019-2020.pdf.

Cara Hardy,

Apply Now
Applying to this program requires completion of both the SU Abroad and SIT application.

Please note: due to the small number of spaces in each program, it is possible for a program to reach maximum enrollment before the application due date. Please apply early!

Syracuse University
  • Complete SIT's application online. Check the SIT website for the application deadline.
  • Follow instructions from SIT for supplemental documents.
SIT Uganda: Development Studies

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2021 03/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission 09/01/2021 09/01/2021
NOTE: Program dates are not available at this time. Please contact the international program advisor for this program with questions.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.