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  • Locations: Kampala, Uganda
  • Program Terms: Maymester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
CU Denver Faculty-Led Global Study
Minimum GPA:
Class Eligibility:
Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students
Academic Department:
Political Science, Public Administration
Number of Credits:
Program Advisor:
Jessica Tharp
Course(s) Offered:
PSCI 4995, PUAD 6600
Faculty Leader:
Jamie Van Leeuwan
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, School of Public Affairs
Program Description:


  • Spend your summer 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


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 student 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 Information

  • 3 Credits
  • PUAD 6600/7600 (graduate)
  • PSCI 4995 (undergraduate)

Course Requirements

  • 2.5 GPA





  • Includes: Tuition and fees, shared accommodation, entrance fees, most meals, ground transportation, & health insurance
  • Not Included: Airfare, some meals, visa fees, and personal expenses

Faculty Leader


This program is directed by Dr. Jamie Van Leeuwen. Contact him at

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid

CU Denver students may be able to use their existing financial aid for Global Study programs. Note that Winterim programs are considered part of spring term financial aid. For more information and to discuss your personal aid package, schedule an appointment with the Financial Aid Office.


CU Denver Global Study Scholarship

CU Denver 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. Awards range from $500- $1,000. Apply here.

CU Denver Global Study Scholarship

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:

This program is currently not accepting applications.