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  • Locations: Kampala, Uganda
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Break
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2018 11/01/2017 12/01/2017 03/08/2018 03/19/2018
NOTE: Travel is during Spring Break 2018, class will meet on-campus during the Spring Semester.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Cornell, Jodi
Program Director:
Schultz, Richard, Swoboda, Catherine
Housing Options: Hotel/Tourist Lodging, Other Language of Instruction: English
Online Course Catalog Available: No
ISU Course:
NREM 496
Program Description:
Working in the garden

Program Description:
This study abroad program will be a service learning trip to Uganda over Spring Break 2018 focused on agroforestry. ISU and the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods have been invested in improving the food security and quality of life for people in the Kamuli District of Uganda for the last 10 years. This spring break study abroad program will offer students the opportunity to become familiar with the ISU programs and enable students to directly contribute to improving the quality of life of the people of Kamuli, particularly the children. Students will spend several days working at a primary school in the Kamuli District to establish a tree nursery and woodlot. Students will also have the opportunity to visit Murchison Falls National Park and visit the source of the Nile River.

Pre-reqs/abilities: Preference will be given to undergraduate students in  CALS, NREM and HORT. You must be able to walk continuously for 3 miles on un-even terrain. You must be willing and able to live in basic conditions with minimal modern conveniences and no internet access.

Egret on a cape buffalo

Course Info: NREM 496, 2 credits for Spring 2018

Program Directors: Dr. Richard Schultz , Catherine Swoboda


Program Costs: Approximately $3500.00 (includes airfare, lodging, in-country transportation, in-country support and supplies, entrance fees, most meals, CISI health and emergency insurance).

Out of Pocket: $100 for a Ugandan visa upon arrival at the airport in Entebbe, Uganda, $150 for incidentals (snacks, souvenirs, a few meals on own); vaccinations/medications for travel to Uganda - cost varies regarding to personal needs and health insurance policy; $135 passport and photos; vaccines and preventative medicines $800.00

If you are an undergraduate student in the College of Ag and Life Sciences and are a first time international traveler and do not have a passport, contact Jodi at or Visha Arumugam at to find out how you can have the cost of your passport reimbursed.

ISU in Uganda


There are scholarships available to apply for through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (0018 Curtiss Hall, scholarship application due  November 1st, 2017. Application details are served to CALS students in the learning content section of the program application.

Tentative Itinerary

 Mar 8 - Depart US, Des Moines airport
 Mar 9 - Arrive Uganda, spend night  in Kampala
 Mar 10 - Queen Elizabeth National Park, wildlife viewing excursions 
 Mar 11 - Queen Elizabeth National Park, wildlife viewing excursions
 Mar 12- Depart Queen Elizabeth National Park, spend night in Kampala at Capitol Palace
 Mar 13-  Arrive in Kamuli District, stay at ISU CSRL facility, introduction to ISU-UP staff and Kamuli area
 Mar 14- Kamuli District, stay at ISU CSRL facility, work at school to build tree nursery
 Mar 15- Kamuli District, stay at ISU CSRL facility, work at school to build tree nursery
 Mar 16- Kamuli District, stay at ISU CSRL facility, work at school to build tree nursery
 Mar 17- Kamuli District, stay at ISU CSRL facility, work at school to build tree nursery
 Mar 18- Depart Kamuli District, Stop in Jinja on way to airport to shop and site-see, Depart Uganda
Mar 19- Arrive in US