Semester in Development

Program Details


Winter/Spring: Jan 23 – April 17

Summer: May 28 – August 21

Fall: Sep 17 – Dec 11

Cost: $6750 USD
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The Semester in Development – Uganda hosts cohorts of students from around the world who are looking to truly challenge norms, push boundaries and explore critical global issues, all while developing essential skills and meaningful work experiences. This program is well-suited for those looking to immerse themselves in a vibrant culture while learning what it takes to truly collaborate in our globalized world. As a participant in the Semester in Development, you will meet, interact, and learn from local changemakers, all while living in Kampala, Uganda’s emerging capital city.

How it works:

Our programming is straightforward. We host students in our safe and centrally located guest house in Kampala while they 1) intern with a locally-led organization, 2) take classes and earn transferable credits at Makerere University, and 3) explore Uganda’s stunning landscapes and vibrant cultures.

The program runs for 12 weeks, is available during winter/spring, summer and fall terms, and is open to current students of all backgrounds.

What Students Are saying

The practical knowledge that I have attained from studying, working, and living
in Uganda, a country so different from my own, has become invaluable in
shaping how I perceive my studies and future aspirations.

Although cliché, I know that this unique experience has already had and will have
a lasting, positive impact on my life and cannot be matched by anything else
that I have accomplished over the past four years of my undergraduate studies.

Milica Pavlovic

Simon Fraser University

Program Highlights



Program participants are hosted in a safe and centrally located housing that is maintained by Insight in the capital city of Uganda



Through Insight's network of partnerships, students will work 4 days a week with an NGO or social enterprise of their choosing


Accredited Classes

At Makerere University, students will take 2 university accredited courses during the semester with a focus on development and international relations. These credits can transfer to your home university


In-country Support

Insight staff members are present in-country to lead student orientation, run workshops, and provide support to students


Self-determined Experiences

Program participants are free to spend their evenings, weekends and the mid-semester reading break however they choose. Go on safari, visit Rwanda, experience gorilla trekking!


Cultural Immersion

Located in the heart of Kampala, Uganda's largest and most active city, program participants will experience firsthand a totally new culture

Get The Details

Download our program guides to learn more about our Uganda program.


Study PDF




Travel PDF


A Commitment To Safety & Quality

At Insight, our priority is to create a unique travel program for students that balances risk with positive life-changing experiences. All of our programs undergo a thorough and comprehensive risk assessment before every departure.

Additionally, our onsite staff are experienced travelers, well versed in the intricacies of living and working in developing nations and fully equipped to handle any obstacles that may arise.

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