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  • Locations: Entebbe, Uganda; Kampala, Uganda; Katovu, Uganda; Mbarara, Uganda
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 3-Junior Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.00 Field of Study: African Studies, Anthropology, Humanities, Nursing, Public Health, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology, Women's Studies
Credit Type: Resident Credit Program Type: CES Faculty-Led Program
SDSU Office: 2-Extended Studies
Program Description:
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Women and Development in Uganda

Summer 2019: Add your name to the Inquiry List below
Dates Abroad: TBA
Course Dates: TBA
Price: TBA


Dates Abroad: arrive in Uganda on May 26-depart Uganda on June 9, 2018
Course Dates: May 26-June 9, 2018
Price: $2,814
NOTE: Information listed below is for 2018. Subject to change for 2019. Updates provided when available. 


All students must be in their third or fourth year to participate in this program. This program is open to graduate students as well.  See 'Prerequisites and Admission Requirements' below.

Uganda was called "the Pearl of Africa" by Winston Churchill after his travels throughout Africa because of its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. Located on Lake Victoria and bordering five East African countries, Uganda today has a growing middle class and hosts many development agencies which promote access to primary and secondary education, water/sanitation/health projects, and reduction of deep poverty through income generating activities. This course will provide an opportunity to gain an understanding of development challenges and opportunities in Uganda through visits to schools, clinics, community-based micro-credit and micro-enterprise projects, and through partaking in a service learning project and guest lectures. In addition, the group will attend a traditional dance group performance, visit historic sites in Kampala, and national parks.

  • See a TENTATIVE itinerary for the Summer 2018 program
  • Watch a short VIDEO about fundraising for the Widows and Orphans Support Organization in southwestern Uganda.  This program will be visiting this community-based project to learn about its programs and to participate in a service learning project with the women in the micro-credit groups and the children at the secondary school.
  • Read an informative BLOG post where faculty leader Dr. Judy Shepherd shares more information about this unique program!


This course will be based in Southwestern Uganda.  The class will visit micro-credit projects, health clinics, a refugee resettlement community, and Queen Elizabeth National Park, as well as participate in a service learning project at the Widows and Orphans Support Organization, a community-based NGO. Faculty at Mbarara University of Science and Technology will facilitate lectures and discussions on topics related to women and development and visits to local NGO's. There will also be a day stay in Kampala, Uganda's capital, which will include visits to the US Embassy, the Kabaka's Palace and Parliament, Gaddafi Mosque, and a traditional dance group.
The United States and Uganda established diplomatic relations with each other in 1962 and retain close ties to this day.  The official language of Uganda is English.


All participants are required to register for the following SDSU College of Extended Studies (CES) “Special Sessions” course.  After you apply and are officially enrolled in the program, you will receive instructions on how to register for the course from the College of Extended Studies. 
  • GENS 450: Women and Development in Uganda (3 units of SDSU Resident Credit)
    • Meets the College of Health and Human Services (HHS) undergraduate international experience requirement.
HINT for SDSU students: Log in to your WebPortal account and check your Degree Evaluation to see if the course fulfills your graduation requirementsOtherwise, meet with an academic advisor to discuss your options; click HERE for more information.  


Participants have shared rooms in hostels and hotels throughout their stay in Uganda.  Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided.  

  • Queen Elizabeth National Park: game drive and water safari
  • Widows and Orphans Support Organization; visit and service learning project
  • Nakivale Refugee Resettlement Community; day visit
  • Mbarara University of Science and Technology; lecture and discussions 
  • Kampala; visits to US Embassy, Kabaka's Palace, Gaddafi Mosque and a traditional dance group



Dr. Judy Shepherd served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Uganda from August 2012 through June 2014 and worked as a Visiting Lecturer at Uganda Christian University from August 2014 through June 2015. During her three years living and teaching in Uganda, Dr. Shepherd assisted her host university, Uganda Christian University (UCU), with program assessment, curriculum review, and taught courses in social development, rural issues, grant writing, and research and dissertation supervision. Dr. Shepherd also took 40 UCU students to the International Consortium of Social Development Conference in Kampala and presented papers at the conference with UCU faculty and students. Her areas of expertise are community development, organizational development (including fundraising), macro-practice, and research. While in Uganda Dr. Shepherd was the keynote speaker at a forum on domestic violence prevention at Makerere University and assisted a community group in organizing educational and health projects. Dr. Shepherd remains involved with educational and community projects in Uganda. In September and October 2017, Dr. Shepherd spent 6 weeks at Mbarara University of Science and Technology as a Fulbright Specialist where she assisted staff with grant writing, graduate seminars, and advised Ph.D. students.

Prior to her work in Uganda, Dr. Shepherd also served as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago and spent 10 days lecturing in Mongolia for the US International Information and Education Exchange program. Before joining San Diego State University as a Lecturer, Dr. Shepherd was an Associate Professor and Department Chair at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Payment Schedule - IF APPLYING AFTER MARCH 15:
$1,719   Deposit due with application, paid to the College of Extended Studies (CES), to reserve your place 
$1,095   Tuition due with course registration, to CES, between April 15-25
$2,814   Total Program Fee 2018


Payment Schedule - IF APPLYING BY MARCH 15:
   $900   Deposit due with application, paid to the College of Extended Studies (CES), to reserve your place 
   $819   Program payment due by April 2, paid to CES
$1,095   Tuition due with course registration, to CES, between April 15-25
$2,814   Total Program Fee 2018

Included in the Program Fee: 
  • 3 units of SDSU credit
  • Travel Medical & Repatriation Insurance
  • Accommodations in local hostels and hotels
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • University bus and driver used for entire program
  • Game drive, park entry, and boat ride, and Salt Lake tour at Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Transportation, fees, park entry, associated with all tours/excursions
Not Included in the Program Fee: 
  • International round-trip airfare
  • Passport fees and $50 required visa fee (visit Students Abroad for more information)
  • Vaccinations (visit CDC website for more information)
    • PLEASE NOTE: Everyone entering Uganda is required to have proof of having had a yellow fever shot within the last ten years. Students also should have a hepatitis A and B shot, a typhoid shot, a recent tetanus shot, and bring with them antimalarial medication (doxycyline).
  • Water and other drinks
  • Personal Expenses

Refund Policy:
Program Costs Refund:
Withdrawals are effective on the date that the CES Faculty-Led Program staff receives written notification from you, the student.  Email notification is acceptable. For this program:  
  • Withdrawals before the application deadline of March 15, 2018 will receive a full refund minus processing fees. 
  • Refunds of all recoverable expenses will be issued for withdrawals between March 16, 2018 and April 2, 2018. 
  • No refund will be issued for withdrawals after April 1, 2018.
Course Tuition Refund:
Refunds for course tuition follow the College of Extended Studies (CES) standard refund policy.

Funding & Scholarship Information: 
Visit the CES Study Abroad website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources. 

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
  • Open to SDSU students, students at other colleges and universities, and the general public. All students must be in their third or fourth year.  Open to graduate students as well.
  • Open to all majors. 
  • Participants must be okay with 30 hours of travel time and an 11 hour time difference.
  • Participants must be able to walk on rough terrain, use pit latrines, and should not be sensitive to heat, have nut allergies, or have germaphobia.
  • Participants must stay with the group at all times during program dates.
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. The standard CES refund policy for study abroad applies if you are found to be on probation after applying to the program.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
  • After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory pre-departure orientation sponsored by the College of Extended Studies (CES) as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.


NOTE TO POTENTIAL APPLICANTS: Before applying, make sure that you meet and/or are in agreement with the following requirements:

  • All students must be in their third or fourth year.  This program is also open to graduate social work students.
  • Participants must be okay with 30 hours of travel time and an 11 hour time difference.
  • Participants must be able to walk on rough terrain, use pit latrines, and should not be sensitive to heat, have nut allergies, or have germaphobia.
  • In addition to the required health and safety orientation, all participants are required to participate in a country-specific orientation hosted by Dr. Shepherd.
  • Participants must be okay with the vaccination requirements for traveling to Uganda (see above for more information)
  • Participants must stay with the group at all times during program dates.
  • NOTE to LGBTQI travelers: Please be aware that according to the U.S. Department of State, consensual same-sex sexual relations are criminalized in Uganda. Although efforts are being to made toward some social change, social acceptance of homosexuality generally remains very low.  More information about this topic is found on the U.S. Department of State website for Travel to Uganda under the section called "Local Laws and Special Circumstances."
If you have questions about the requirements of this program, please contact Dr. Shepherd before applying.  See below for contact information.

If you are interested in attending this program in 2019, add your name to the Inquiry List below and you will receive email updates when available.

  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs.
  • For course content, requirements, and specific information about the program contact the faculty leader Dr. Judy Shepherd at
  • If you would like more information about the application and registration process or have general questions, please contact Phil Hoog, Study Abroad Advisor, in the College of Extended Studies, Faculty-Led Study Abroad office:, (619) 594-0638.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.