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  • Locations: Kabale, Uganda; Kampala, Uganda; Kigali, Rwanda; Lira, Uganda
  • Program Terms: Winter
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2020 10/01/2019 10/09/2019 01/02/2020 01/17/2020
Program Description:


  • Spend your winter connecting with four communities in Uganda and Rwanda working on innovative solutions to eradicate poverty
  • See where conservation and poverty intersect in the region that is home to the rare Mountain Gorilla in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Southwestern Uganda
  • Explore rural Uganda and engage with the Women's Association as a community is activated at Entusi Research and Retreat Center
  • Immerse yourself in social impact research as the Global Livingston Institute engages the private sector in a series of pilot projects in East Africa
  • Tour local NGOs, education centers, and national monuments to build on your understanding of public service 
  • Be challenged to make difference as you: Listen. Think. Act.  


In this unique study abroad experience, the objective is to bring a set of policy and practice issues to life in an applied setting. Specifically, the course offers students knowledge and skills acquisition through executing service learning projects with one of several different organizational partners in Uganda in both the governmental and nonprofit sector. Students will be exposed to a series of dialogues, conversations and interactions with the grassroots leaders of several distinct communities, with university professors, and with nonprofit and public sector personnel and leaders in Uganda.

This course is designed for students who are interested in understanding and addressing policy related to international development, public management, and public health practices. It is an opportunity to learn about policy and management practices of international development through the lens of East Africa. The course is an immersion in issues through intense classroom time at an African university with educators and practitioners -- as well as applied learning through executing service learning projects. The intent of the course is for students to learn how to improve public policy practice and management by learning about, and from, our colleagues in Africa.



Course Informationd

  • 3 Credits
  • PUAD 6600 / 7600 (graduate)
  • PUAD 4600 (undergraduate)

Eligibility Requirements 

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA at time of application or permission from faculty leader based on improvement of grades in recent semesters
  • Undergraduate students must have completed at least one semester of college coursework (12 or more credit hours) at the time of application
  • Review the full Eligibility Policy for more details
  • Non-CU Denver applicants must review the Non-CU Denver Student Policy

2020 Cost

  • $TBD
  • Included: tuition and fees, shared accommodations, entrance fees, some meals, ground transportation, and international health and evacuation insurance
  • Not included: international airfare, most meals, personal expenses, vaccinations, and visa fees 


  • Hotel

Passports and Visas

  • All students must have a valid passport from their country of citizenship. It is highly recommended that you ensure that your current passport is valid for at least six months after the program's end date.
  • Please review the Visas and Study Abroad document and research visa requirements for this program's host country.


Faculty Leaders: James Van Leeuwen & Wendy Bolyard


Jamie Van Leeuwen currently serves as the Director of Public-Private Partnerships with the Emerson Collective focused on building and leveraging relationships across sectors that impact social justice issues specific to education, conservation, immigration, health care, and youth development.  Prior to this role Jamie served both Mayor and Governor John Hickenlooper for 14 years as a public sector leader in Colorado.  Through his work in local and State politics he has engaged collectively across sectors to generate over $300 million in new resources for the public good.  He is also the CEO & Founder of the Global Livingston Institute (GLI), a non-governmental organization in East Africa designed to engage students and community leaders to Listen. Think. Act. by developing innovative solutions to poverty.  He is a Senior Research Fellow with the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs and became a Fulbright Scholar in 2013 and a Woodrow Wilson International Fellow in 2017.   


  Wendy Bolyard
Wendy Bolyard serves as the Bachelor of Arts in Public Service faculty program director, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance campus director and clinical assistant professor at University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs. Working in higher education for more than 25 years, and teaching for almost 15 years, Dr. Bolyard has worked for three public universities, a private urban university, a Fortune 500 company and a small nonprofit organization. She holds a BSJ and M.A. from West Virginia University and earned her Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Central Florida. Her dissertation was titled: “Identifying Factors that Influence Gender Disparities in Physicians’ Income: Implications for Public Policy.”


Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial Aid

CU Denver students may be able to use their existing financial aid for Global Study programs. Note that Maymester programs are considered part of the Summer term for financial aid. For more information and to discuss your personal aid package, contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office at 303.315.1850 or

Please add “Study Abroad” to the subject heading when sending emails to the above email address, as this will ensure that your message is routed to a study abroad financial aid advisor. You can also schedule an online appointment to meet with a Financial Aid advisor.



      CU Denver Global Education Scholarship

Degree-seeking CU Denver|Anschutz students participating on a CU Denver Global Study program during the Maymester, Summer, or Winter terms are eligible to apply for this $1000 scholarship from the Office of Global Education. Verify eligibility criteria, application requirements, deadlines, and start an application here.

      CU Denver World Within Your Reach Scholarship

Degree-seeking CU Denver|Anschutz students participating on a CU Denver Global Study program during the Maymester, Summer, or Winter terms are eligible to apply for this scholarship from the Office of Global Education. This scholarship will cover the full program cost, international airfare, and passport fees for a limited number of recipients per year. Verify eligibility criteria, application requirements, and start an application hereThe deadline for the summer application cycle is January 31, 2019.

     Other Scholarships

We encourage you to seek additional scholarships for which you or your program may be eligible. See if your academic department or college/school offers study abroad scholarships, or visit the following websites to learn about external funding: