Semester Along the Nile: Learning in Uganda, Spring

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Departure Date: 
Thursday, January 9, 2020 to Friday, May 1, 2020
Application Deadline: 
Friday, September 20, 2019

This semester-long program allows Global Resource Systems and College of Agriculture and Life Science students to complete academic coursework, including service learning (GLOBE 494A) in Global Resource Systems, while living and learning in Kamuli, Uganda for the 2020 Spring semester. While in Kamuli, students will be enrolled full-time and also have the opportunity to complete on-line ISU courses and in some majors, may complete an internship or independent project. Students will also have the option to complete their Global Internship (GLOBE 321), and independent project (GLOBE 290 or 490), or earn service learning credits (GLOBE 494A).
While in Uganda, students will live at an ISU facility and are expected to follow the program’s code of conduct and housing agreements.

Students will be required to complete a pre-departure orientation series in Fall 2019. Students will return to campus for final exam week (05/06/20– 05/10/20) to conclude the semester-long program and take final exams. Travel dates are tentative.

See program brochure here


  • Students select from the following courses based on student’s circumstance:
  • Independent Study, GLOBE 290 (1 to 2 credits), Fall semester;
  • Internship, GLOBE 321 for GRS majors, or other CALS major internship (3 or other credits), Fall semester;
  • Independent Study, GLOBE 490 or 490H for GRS majors, or other CALS major independent study, (1 to 4 credits), Fall semester;
  • Service Learning GLOBE 494A (credits arranged);
  • On-line course for student’s curriculum.

Program Prerequisites
Students are required to have completed GLOBE 201 and to have had previous international experience. Students must be:

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences majors only
  • Not graduating seniors as they will be required to summarize and report about their experiences in the upcoming academic year, especially the spring semester
  • Sophomore and above class standing
  • Demonstrate potential for capabilities while living in Uganda. 
  • Criteria for selection (skills and additional requirements):
  • Students must be in good academic standing. Students must be able to tolerate a variety of living conditions including but not limited to: limited access to running water, electricity, wifi/internet, heat and humidity, physical labor of working in gardens, agricultural fields and with livestock, and working with people of diverse backgrounds to create a productive team.

Due to the nature of the program activities and the fact that students will be working directly with primary school students, a background check will be required of all applicants and acceptance to the program is conditional upon approval from this background check.

Note Regarding Service Animals:  Due to international quarantine restrictions service animals cannot be accommodated on our study abroad programs. For more information, please contact the Iowa State University Student Accessibility Services Office.  

Program Fee*
$5,020  (includes all program expenses including airfare, lodging, all in-country transportation, meals and a trip to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Other ISU Fees*
$150 CISI health insurance
$105 Study Abroad administrative fee

*charged to U-bill

Tuition and Fees for ISU Credits
12 credits of ISU full-time student tuition and fees (resident or non-resident)

Out of Pocket Expenses
$1,000 miscellaneous (some meals, souvenirs, calling cards, etc. will vary based on individual spending)
$175 passport ($30 mailing fee)*
$100-$800 immunizations (varies according to individual needs)
$125 visa (paid on-line prior to arrival)

*If you are a first time traveler in CALS and need a passport, click here to find out how you can get the cost of your passport reimbursed (up to $145)


Scholarships and Financial Aid

Affording to go

Iowa State University Student Affairs Scholarships

Additional Scholarship Information
The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray eligible study or intern abroad costs. These costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance, international airfare, passport and visa fees.

Application Link

Travel Itinerary
The students will fly into Entebbe and spend an evening in the capital Kampala. Students will then travel from Kampala to the Kamuli District (about three hours north of the capital). The students will spend the next four months living and learning in rural Kamuli District, spending each day working on their internship projects, service learning activities, independent project and taking on-line courses. Daily activities may vary according to each students’ different projects. There will be planned group excursions during select weekends. 
History of the Program

Since 2005, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods Iowa State University – Uganda Program have partnered with Makerere University to provide significant service learning and internship programming for ISU and Makerere University students in Kamuli District. In July, 2018, a new ISU training center and dormitory will open. The center will serve as a facility for various activities of CALS and the ISU Uganda Program. Semester Along the Nile: Learning in Uganda is a pilot-program, during which students will learn in Kamuli while living at the new training center.


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