Uganda: A Local to Global Experience
Uganda: Explore the beauty of the equatorial “Pearl of Africa” and the rich culture of its people through this intensive summer abroad service and community engagement experience in partnership with the grassroots NGO, Youth Focus Africa Foundation (YOFAFO). Students begin with an in-depth study of the history, politics, geography, environment, and culture of Uganda and surrounding regions to provide a background and context for their in-county exposure. Students will also build a foundation of cross-cultural humility through self-awareness about how their own cultural values, beliefs, and biases influence the way they interact with diverse others. The core learning experience will be a three week journey to Uganda, where students will stay on-site in a rural village environment with YOFAFO. Meaningful service will be provided in several rural villages including hands-on activities such as classroom construction, building maintenance, teaching classes and workshops, athletic coaching, and designing extracurricular activities. Students will also contribute to social, economic, and environmental justice efforts by participating in ongoing community capacity projects such as health outreach, technology and communications development, and sustainable economic development. Students will explore the natural resources of Eastern Uganda through Safari and Nile River excursions, to learn about local preservation and sustainability efforts. The educational experience will be tailored to meet the learning goals of each individual student.
SW 4530 – Uganda in Context (undergraduate) – 3 credits
SW 4531 – Life, Culture, and Change in Rural Uganda (undergraduate) – 3 credits
SW 5530 – Uganda in Context (graduate) – 3 credits
SW 5531 – Life, Culture, and Change in Rural Uganda (graduate) – 3 credits
All students are strongly urged to attend a Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop prior to submitting the signed application to OiED. These workshops are held throughout the semester. We will answer your questions about program payment schedule, cancellation policy, financial aid and other funding sources, financial planning, and other related topics. ALL IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE PLEMMONS STUDENT UNION. Online and evening workshops are available on (TBD). For workshop dates and to register for a workshop, please click here.
Paid to Appalachian State
1Tuition and fees for summer programs can be found at this link. After selecting the appropriate summer tuition and fees cost sheet scroll down to "Study Abroad Rates". Please note that summer tuition and fees are updated during the spring semester.
2Program Cost includes airfare, in-country program transportation, lodging, international health and evacuation insurance, program events, most meals, and OIED/CCS administrative fee..
Estimated Additional Costs
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc.
2Some non-US citizens may have different visa fees.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet
to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates
. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheet
Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control. Further details about Appalachian's withdrawal/cancellation policy can be found at this link.
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If you plan to use any form of financial aid (loans, grants, scholarships) to participate in a short-term, faculty-led education abroad program, we strongly recommend that you take the following steps before applying to the program:
- Complete your FAFSA for the academic year in which the program is offered. Please be mindful of Financial Aid deadlines!
- Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website at http://financialaid.appstate.edu/study-abroad. Read all the information carefully and print the Study Abroad Agreement Form for the appropriate term that you are requesting an increase in financial aid due to studying abroad.
- Go to the Office of Financial Aid on the second floor of the JET Building to discuss your financial aid eligibility with Kim Overcash or Laura Sullivan PRIOR to applying to the program.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships
The international component of this course will run from 6/12/20 to 7/4/20.
Spring and Summer meetings; dates and times TBD according to participant schedules.
Dates and times TBD, complete through videoconference.
Robert Broce, PhD, LCSW
Associate Professor, Department of Social Work
Dr. Broce is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Appalachian State University. He teaches practice with Individuals and Families courses and his research focuses on preventing youth violence. Dr. Broce has been a clinical social worker since 2000 and he has had a variety of practice experiences including residential and outpatient treatment for mental health and substance use, crisis intervention, and positive youth development programs. He loves spending time outdoors and traveling with his family of eight, youth in the community, and his students.
Kristin Harmon, LCSW
Lecturer, Department of Social Work
Mrs. Harmon is a lecturer in the Social Work Department at Appalachian State University. She has been a direct practice social worker for 25 years with experience in healthcare, hospice and mental health. Mrs. Harmon has special interest in helping clients develop healthy lifestyle choices and working with first responders in the community who are dealing with traumatic events. She earned both her BSW and her MSW at Appalachian State and has been a part of this community since moving here in 1978. Mrs. Harmon loves camping, hiking and spending time with her family including two grandchildren.
How to Apply
- CONTACT THE FACULTY DIRECTOR TO DISCUSS THE PROGRAM
- SUBMIT YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION
- Log in to AppalNET/Banner Self-Service.
- Select the "Direct Link to Web Self-Service" using your AppState username and password.
- Select the Student Tab.
- Scroll down and click on the "Faculty-Led Study Abroad Application Packet*" link.
- Select the program-specific application form from the programs drop-down menu.
- Fill out, save, and submit the online application.
- PRINT, SIGN, AND DATE THE PAPER APPLICATION FORM
- PAY THE NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT
- Walk to the Office of Student Accounts, located on the 2nd floor of the John E. Thomas building and pay by cash, check, or debit card.
- Give the name and term of your program to the Cashier who will look up the deposit charge on your account (e.g., Poland COM Summer 1).
- Pay the non-refundable deposit by check, cash, debit card, or money order.
- Pay through the Touchnet online payment system. If using the Touchnet system please make sure that you are making the payment for the international charges. Please see the Touchnet Payment Instructions.pdf.
- BRING YOUR SIGNED PAPER APPLICATION TO OIED
- Walk to the Office of International Education and Development (OIED), located on the 3rd floor of Plemmons Student
Union, Suite 321.
- OIED will make your enrollment official upon reception of your signed paper application and verification of deposit payment.
All students are strongly urged to attend a Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop prior to submitting the signed application to OiED. These workshops are held throughout the semester. We will answer your questions about program payment schedule, cancellation policy, financial aid and other funding sources, financial planning, and other related topics. ALL IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE PLEMMONS STUDENT UNION. Online and evening workshops are available on (TBD). For workshop dates and to register for a workshop, please click here
You will NOT be enrolled in the program until you have completed all 5 steps above.
You are strongly encouraged to share the information contained in the Faculty-Led Education Abroad Program Online Student Application Form with your family and loved ones (including the Student Handbook), before submitting your application.
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION:
Programs are open until full. If a program is full, the Faculty-led Education Abroad Program online student application form for that program will be deactivated and you will no longer be able to apply. The application deadline is 03/15/2020 but applications are accepted on a rolling basis so students are encouraged to apply early.
Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.