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Northern Uganda Collaborative Learning Program - Summer Session
Gulu, Uganda (Outgoing Program)
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Language of Instruction: English Study Abroad Adviser: Monica Goodwin
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Trip Highlights

  • Earn 6 OU credit hours
  • Visit Northern Uganda with OU faculty
  • Take a boat ride to Murchison Falls see some safari wildlife
  • Use your banked hours and save on tuition/fees
  • $500 PITF Scholarship Guaranteed! PITF awards to cover entire cost of flight also available for students with high financial need.

Program Requirements

In addition to meeting the study abroad eligibility requirements, you must also have:
  • Passport (valid through six months after return from study abroad)
  • 1 recommendation letter from any OU professor
  • Visa

Program Overview

  • Work collaboratively with local partners in Northern Uganda
  • Learn about the history and culture of Uganda
  • Gain hands on experience and learn from OU faculty
  • Contribute to a multi-disciplinary program
  • Engage in major-specific coursework
  • Meet and spend time with Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe (one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People in 2014)
  • Get to know the St. Monica’s community


Students will all participate in 6 credit hours. You will take a 3 hour upper division IAS course on history, culture, ethics, activism and international development and then you should select one 3-hour course based on which course you need for your major. If you are interested in graduate credit please talk to the applicable faculty. 

IAS 3000 - Africa in Context

+ one of the following: 

Regional and City Planning - RCPL 5525
Global Education - EDUC 4970/5970  
Engineering: Collaborative Learning in Uganda - CEES 3990-022

Faculty for these courses are still being finalized.

2018 Dates

Depart the U.S. June 8, 2018 – return to the U.S. June 30, 2018

Money Matters

The budget estimate for the 2018 Uganda program is below; this budget does not include personal expenses. 
  • OU Tuition & Fees - normal in-state or out-of-state rate (financial aid, scholarships and/or banked hours may apply)
    • Summer banked hours may apply if you have them available for use.  Some fees are charged even when using banked hours. 
  • Program Fee - $2700 (includes housing, in-country travel, and most meals) 
    • 1st payment = $500 nonrefundable deposit due within one week of program acceptance by March 16, 2018
      • ($250 for students who meet high financial need criteria)
    • 2nd payment = $1,100 nonrefundable program fee due March 30, 2018
    • 3rd payment = $1,100 nonrefundable program fee balance due April 20, 2018
  • Airfare - ~$2000 (PITF scholarship guaranteed for students who meet high need criteria)
  • Visa - ~$50 (more information and guidance will be provided by your OU study abroad adviser)
  • Education Abroad Application Fee - $50 (charged to your Bursar account)
There are also a number of scholarships available for study abroad students, including but not limited to the following:

Ambassador Perkins Scholarship - awarded to students with at least a 3.0 GPA studying in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, South and Central America. 

Scholarships are available through the Center for Peace and Development here


While in Gulu, students will stay in St Monica's compound in dormitory-style accommodations. Meals will be provided at St. Monica's as part of the lodging cost.

Application Instructions

The first step to apply for this program is to attend a Study Abroad 101 session, offered weekdays throughout the semester.
Then click "Apply Now" at the top of this page and complete the online application until every box is checked off. Notice that you are required to meet with an Education Abroad Adviser as part of your Phase 2 application - click here to schedule an appointment.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a bi-weekly basis.  The review process will take 7-10 days.  If you are notified of acceptance then you have one week in which to pay the $500 deposit (or $250 for high financial-need students).  If the deposit is not paid during that time then the spot may be opened up for the next student if demand is high. 

More Information

Your Study Abroad Adviser for the Northern Uganda Collaborative Learning Program is Monica Goodwin. Please contact Monica by email at or make an appointment if you have any questions about this program.

You may also wish to talk to the applicable faculty/staff person for your track to gain more information about the projects you could be involved in the the requirements for that course. 

This study experience will involve some rugged travel and hiking. Each student should consider his/her own physical fitness as well as his/her tolerance to extreme heat and non-standard accommodation.  Additionally, students may need to get vaccinations and medications prior to departure.  It is each student’s responsibility to ensure his/her routine vaccinations are up-to-date and to inquire whether there are recommended and/or required vaccinations or medications for the country/countries he/she will visit (including any countries he/she will visit which are not part of the study abroad program’s itinerary).  To find comprehensive information regarding international travel, including recommended or required vaccinations and medications, visit the U.S. Department of State’s website and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.   Students are recommended to visit a healthcare provider and acquire any necessary vaccinations and medications at least two (2) months prior to departure. Goddard Health Center (on the OU campus) is a good place for students to acquire the appropriate vaccinations and medications.

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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/17/2019 02/24/2019 TBA TBA
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