When does your SID Uganda Program run?
The SID Uganda runs three times a year – Winter/Spring, Summer and Fall – for 12 weeks at a time. The specific dates for each term is listed on the program webpage.
Will I receive academic credit for participating in the program?
The academic component of the SID Uganda is structured so that students are able to earn credits while participating in the program. Each participant is automatically enrolled in two courses at Makerere University. Once admitted into the program, we will remind you to submit the paperwork needed to apply for the transfer of credits (and support where necessary) through your university. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of each participating student to reach out to their academic advisors and confirm that the courses can and will transfer back to their home university.
Where will I intern during my program?
The internship component of the program is designed to give participants an opportunity to develop valuable skills whilst working within a sector that is of interest to them. Once an applicant is admitted into the SID Uganda, we work with them to determine the most suitable internship placement. We match students with one of our over 40 partner organizations by considering a variety of factors, and strive to only arrange placements that will result in a mutually beneficial relationship between the intern and their internship host.
What type of support can I expect in-country?
We have a Program Director that lives in Kampala and oversees the program. The in-country staff members(s) live in close proximity to the program residence.
What will my life abroad be like?
The pace of life in Kampala can be very different from what you’re used to. Kampala is a bustling city in transition that offers diverse array of experiences. From congestion and busy markets in some parts, to stunning views of rolling hills in other parts, Kampala is best described as a city of contrasts. While living in Kampala, your week will consist of interning and attending lectures. Additionally, participants will spend time exploring new restaurants, cultural attractions, and nightlife hotspots. Weekends and the weeklong break are used to venture out of the city and visit nearby tourist destinations – safari, gorilla trekking, hiking, and other activities are mere bus rides away from the city!
Where will I live?
Our program participants are accommodated in fully-furnished apartments that are centrally-located, and are in close proximity to restaurants, grocery stores and more.
I have participated in your University program. How can I get a second copy of my official transcript?
You can submit a request for additional copies of your transcript via the Program Director of SID Uganda. Please note that you will need to pay a $50 USD administrative fee for each additional transcript copy, plus the cost of the shipping via DHL (in the event that you need the documents sent to an academic institution or to your home).