Uganda is located in east Africa, surrounded with Tanzania and Rwanda to the south, Zaire to the west, Sudan to the north, and Kenya to the east. Named by Winston Churchill as “the pearl of Africa,” Uganda is filled with breathtaking landscapes. The semester-long Development Studies program in Uganda is offered through the School for International Training (SIT) and focuses on the field of developmental studies. Students are based in Kampala, where they attend courses at Makerere University, Uganda’s leading institution of higher education. After completing orientation the first week of the program, students begin their study by participating in lectures and discussions held by Makerere University professors and development practitioners. The main topics of the lectures pertain to Ugandan culture, society and development challenges. For two weeks in the middle of the program, every student participates in an intensive study seminar to prepare for a six-week development practicum in which each student works with a grassroots organization engaged in a development project.
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