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  • Locations: Kampala, Uganda
  • Program Terms: Maymester
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Maymester 2017 02/15/2017 02/22/2017 05/13/2017 05/30/2017
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 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 Information

  • 3 Credits
  • PUAD 6600 (graduate)
  • PSCI 4995 (undergraduate)
  • Housing




  • Includes: tuition and fees, shared accommodations, entrance fees, some meals, ground transportation, and health and evacuation insurance
  • Not Included: international airfare, most meals, personal expenses, and visa fees.
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    Faculty Leader


    This program is directed by Jamie Van Leeuwen. Jamie currently serves as the Senior Advisor for Governor Hickenlooper after working as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Community Partnerships during the first term. Leading up to the Hickenlooper administration, he worked as the Policy Director and served on the transition team for the Hickenlooper for Colorado gubernatorial campaign. He is also the CEO & Founder of the Global Livingston Institute, a non- governmental organization in East Africa designed to engage students and community leaders to develop innovative solutions to poverty and is a Senior Research Fellow with the Buechner Institute at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs. He became a Fulbright Scholar in 2013.

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    Financial Aid & 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 summer 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.

    Additional Scholarship Information

    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: