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Explore Uganda: Sustainable Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

Located on the Equator in east central Africa, Uganda’s abundant wildlife thrives in year around temperatures between 70º and 80º F. The country has seen tremendous change over the last twenty-plus years as it has developed into a democratic republic.

Explore the challenges the country faces on its path to sustainable development, meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

This interdisciplinary class is taught in collaboration with Makarere University Business School (MUBS) in Uganda. The travel portion is taken jointly by Drake and MUBS students.

Uganda is the childhood home of Dr. Jimmy Senteza, who has assembled a team of highly-placed speakers and unique learning events.

Academic Details

  • May 21 - June 13, 2013
  • Course Numbers: BUS 067, HIST 067, or HONR 067.
  • Fulfills Engaged Citizen or Cultural Understanding AOI
  • Curriculum tailored to participant’s majors and areas of interest
  • 6 credit hours
  • Pre-trip sessions on Drake’s campus Spring 2013
  • 21 days of travel
  • Immersion with Ugandan students
  • The state of human rights in Uganda
  • Viewing abundant wildlife on Safari
  • Working with students at a secondary school
  • Microfinance: availability & constraints
  • Home visits with rural farmers
  • Entrepreneurship in the third world
  • Meetings with government officials
  • Health care access
  • Impact of HIV/AIDS in Uganda
  • Tourism as a sustainable industry
  • The role of the media and freedom of the press
  • Service-learning and research opportunities


The final cost will depend on the number of students enrolled but will be between $4,400 – $4,700. The program price includes:

  • Tuition
  • Round-trip airfare from Des Moines or home city to Uganda
  • Transportation in Uganda
  • Lodging
  • Meals (most)
  • Entry fees to parks and historic sites

Additional (out-of-pocket) expenses:

  • Souvenirs, personal items, some meals.

Apply/For More Information

Information sessions: Oct. 4, 23, and Nov. 14 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Aliber 108.

Click here to view blog entries from previous years.

Apply online.

Once a student is accepted, a $500 deposit is required by Dec 3rd, 2012 to secure a spot in the program.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Natalie Adkins
Dr. Debra Bishop
Dr. Glenn McKnight
Dr. Tom Root
Dr. Jimmy Senteza