Uganda: Applied Arts and Sustainable Projects
This program seeks to introduce students to the new Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods’ (CSRL) training facility in The Kamuli District of Uganda. As some of you might know, the College of Ag and Life Sciences at Iowa State has had a program in Uganda for several years and now has a permanent facility, the only ISU owned facility anywhere in the world by the way. The Center’s mission is to train local peoples, particularly women in infant nutrition and sustainable livelihoods, and as you would assume the majority is focused in agriculture. That said, a group of the women have organized into a craft sector focusing primarily on weaving, one of the few traditional crafts of the region. Their principal market is westerners; ISU students and donors who travel to the center, and they need help with design, marketing, and exploring alternative crafts they could produce and sell to both this market and the local market.
At the end of the program, students will:
• Gain an understanding of and respect for the Ugandan culture through immersion
• Directly observe the results of various development models and types of aid as applied to Uganda
• Begin to understand how different cultures adapt and respond to their environments
• Obtain a basic understanding of how Uganda's environment has affected its culture
• Gain an increased level of interest and confidence for future travel and cultural exchange
• Gain an appreciation for the various aspects of service learning in working directly with Ugandan craft artists
• Understand the need to consider cultural context when developing design solutions within a different culture
• Develop confidence in collaborating with individuals in diverse group situations while overcoming language and culture barriers
• Through the Ugandan context, begin to grasp the importance of applying technologies that are appropriate for a given place
• Gain first-hand experience of Ugandan customs, arts and design
Students interested in this program are required to enroll in ArtIS 363, Section UG, summer 2019 for the study abroad program.
2019 Tentative Program Dates and Itinerary
May 13: Departure from Des Moines to Entebbe, Uganda
June 2: Return to Des Moines from Entebbe, Uganda
Tentative Itinerary for Summer 2019 program TBD
Program Prerequisites and Criteria for Participant Selection
Participants in all College of Design international programs must meet the following requirements:
• At least 18 years of age
• Accepted into departmental program of study
• Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3
• Clear academic record including no status of academic warning or probation in the semester prior to or the semester of international program participation
• Course prerequisites as listed in the ISU Catalog
• Enrollment in ArtIS 363 for the summer of 2019 and/or by permission of instructor
The College of Design may check a participant's current GPA and/or academic status at any time. Failure to maintain the required GPA of 2.3 or the failure to maintain a clear academic record may affect participation in an international program.
Costs and Financial Assistance
Students are required to pay a program fee to participate.
Participants may be able to apply their financial aid packages to study in Uganda and should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for further information. The College of Design offers financial assistance in the form of scholarships specifically for design students studying abroad.
Budget information for this program is available by clicking here.
All participants in this program will be automatically enrolled in CISI, an international health insurance and emergency service plan. This insurance plan is required for all undergraduate and graduate students participating in ISU study abroad programs. The cost of the plan is $1.31 per day, and it has been built into the cost of the program fee. More information is available at the links below:
CISI Participant FAQ
International Insurance 101
CISI Policy Information
The application deadline for the 2019 program is March 1, 2019. All students who are accepted to participate must either commit to or decline their offer in the ISUAbroad online application system no later than March 1, 2019. Those students who commit to their offer are officially part of the program and will be responsible for program expenses even if withdrawal occurs. The withdrawal penalty will be applied to the U-bill and will be due in full on April 20, 2019. In addition to withdrawal penalties, the participant is also responsible for all program payments the college is obligated to make on his or her behalf.
After confirming offer in ISUAbroad and before February 25, 2019:
$200.00 + any payments already made
On or after March 1, 2019 and before April 1, 2019:
50% of program fee + any payments already made
On or after April 20 , 2019:
Full program fee
Contact and Additional Information
Questions should be directed to co-program directors Christopher Martin, Tamara Martin and Jen Hogan.