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SIT: Uganda, Development Studies (Third Party)

The Program

The School for International Training (SIT) offers unique study abroad programs for adventurous students seeking field-based learning opportunities in primarily third-world countries. SIT’s program components form a logical progression, enabling you to gain greater language proficiency, further your understanding of the host culture, expand your field research skills, and advance your knowledge of a particular subject. As the semester progresses, you will move from a structured learning environment to a more independent one. SIT’s experiential curriculum ensures that you will gain an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of local and regional issues. Programmatic themes include the Arts, Development Studies, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, Multicultural Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Social Justice.

An academic director with experience in a relevant area of study and extensive knowledge of the host country supervises in-country coursework while facilitating student access to local resources, facilities and experts. Each program offers educational excursions that take you to the region’s major cultural, natural, and historical sites related to your course of study. Also included is a thorough orientation, including health and safety information and tools for cross-cultural adaptation.

SIT processes applications as it receives them. It is therefore recommended that you submit your application to SIT as early as possible. To see whether the program you are interested in is filling quickly, consult here.

The Academics

You will earn 12 – 18 graded UConn credits upon completion of an SIT program. Formal intensive language classes, lasting 3-6 hours daily, are just the beginning of an educational experience that immerses you in the local culture. Each program offers an Interdisciplinary Seminar which focuses on the thematic area of that program. In many cases this seminar is taught in cooperation with a host-country university or institute. Additionally, a Field Study Seminar trains you to learn effectively in a non-classroom environment, using methods appropriate to your host country.

A unique aspect of every SIT program is the Independent Study Project (ISP). With guidance from your academic director and local faculty, you develop your focus on a critical issue throughout the semester. Then, usually during the final month of the program, you conduct independent in-country research and compose a substantial research paper on your topic that you, in turn, present to your peers. SIT Study Abroad alumni routinely use their ISPs as the basis for senior theses, successful grant proposals, graduate-level research, and fellowships.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
ANTH 3003 Field Research in Social Settings ANTH 3500 Foreign Study Seminar 3 6/30/2017
ANTH 3093 Foreign Study ANTH 3500 Research Methods and Credits 3 12/31/2017
ANTH 3093 Foreign Study PEAC 3000 Post Conflict Transformation 3 6/30/2018
ARE 4993 Foreign Study AFRS 3000 Development Studies Seminar 3 6/30/2022
ARE 4993 Foreign Study ISP 3000 Independent Study Project 3 6/30/2022
CRLP 1193 Foreign Study ACHO 1003 Beginning Acholi I 3 6/30/2017
CRLP 1193 Foreign Study 1003 Luganda 3 6/30/2022
HIST 3760 History of Southern Africa AFRS 3000 Contextualizing Conflict in Northern Uganda 3 6/30/2018

The Experience

A hallmark of the SIT Study Abroad program is the homestay. Living with families, often in both urban and rural settings, will deepen your appreciation of the patterns and meaning of another culture and it will take your knowledge and language skills to the next level. This extended homestay immerses you in the daily life of your host country, builds friendships, and enhances language learning. Students frequently cite the homestay as an educational highlight of the semester.


Certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

This program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Kampala, Uganda
  • Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 01/28/2018 05/12/2018
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Social Sciences
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: