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*Faculty-Directed: Community Development in East Africa
Kampala, Uganda; Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda; Musanze, Rwanda (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: UCCS applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Type of Program: UCCS Faculty-directed Programs Areas of Study: Geography, Public Administration, Sociology
Language of Instruction: English Housing Type: Hotel/Hostel
Program Description:
Community Development in East Africa
Rwanda/Uganda, Africa 


WHEN:  December 28th, 2017-January 13th, 2018
CREDITS: 3 UCCS Undergraduate or Graduate credits towards Spring 2018
COURSES: GES 4700 (Geographic Issues)or SOC 4450/5450 (Global Field Experience) or PAD 4600/6600 (Special Topics in Public Admin.)
COST: $3,240 undergrad/$3,340 graduate includes tuition, fees and in-country expenses. NOT included is airfare and out of pocket expenses
Deposit due on Oct 16. Please note that this will only be collected if the class fills.
Please see the payment schedule for details here: 
Africa Payment Schedule 2018
FACULTY DIRECTOR: Dr. Jamie Van Leeuwen (Public Admin) and Dr. Esther Lamidi (Sociology)

A limited number of travel grants are be available ($300-$500) for students in which to apply! Applications for the scholarships are within the program application. Click the "Apply Now" button! 

UCCS, in collaboration with Global Livingston Institute (GLI), are offering 3 credits over winter break to travel to Uganda and Rwanda and experience international development through sustainable agriculture and public health. Students will meet with local leaders and community organizations and learn how communities in Uganda and Rwanda mobilize local resources to chart new development paths. As a student, you will have the opportunity to grow from the powerful mutual impact of cultural interchange and discover new perspectives on globalization and the complexities of international development. 

In order to participate in this program, certain health considerations should be taken into account. 
Yellow Fever Shot- Participants will be required to obtain the Yellow Fever shot and card prior to departure. 
Recommended Immunizations: MMR, DPT, Hepatitus A, Hepatitus B, Typhoid, Meningococcal, Rabies, and Polio
Malaria: Malaria is a serious but preventable infection. It is recommended to consider use of antimalarial drugs  for participation on this program like atovaquone/proguanil, doxycycline or mefloquine. 
All students are encouraged to visit the Centers for Disease Control Website for a complete list of CDC recommended shots for this area: Uganda:
Additional health considerations can be seen on the CDC website:

Valid Passport is required for participation. Participants will be required to obtain two visas upon arrival; $50 Ugandan visa and a $30 Rwandan visa in country. Participants wishing to participate and not holding a U.S. passport should contact Elizabeth Brondyke ( to obtain instructions on visas.
Class assignments include pre-travel reading, field journals and seminars, and post-travel reports. For more information about the class please contact Dr. Kee Warner ( and Esther Lamidi ( 

Health and safety are paramount to a successful experience studying abroad. We encourage students to research health and safety considerations of the destination in which they wish to go. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) and the Centers for Disease Control  (CDC) provide up to date and comprehensive information about health and safety abroad. Please visit the following links to find more information:
U.S. Department of State:
Centers for Disease Control:

Students will depart the US on December 28th, 2017 and arrive the next day in Kampala, Uganda. The class will travel by private bus within Uganda and then continue to Rwanda. They will depart from Kigali, Rwanda on January 12 and will arrive in the U.S. the next day. 


Students will be housed in double occupancy rooms in hotels in Kampala, Lira, Musanze, and Kigali and at the Entusi Retreat Center on Lake Bunyoni. Group breakfasts and dinners will be provided. Students will purchase lunches individually at the field locations. 

Please see the flyers here for more information!

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2017-2018 12/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission 12/28/2017 01/13/2018

** 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.