Design for Sustainable Development
1) Introduce students to the unique culture and history of Uganda including the various art and design traditions by visiting local markets & enterprises
2) Contribute to ongoing efforts in Uganda by Iowa State University to improve the livelihoods of citizens in rural areas of Kamuli District.
3) Provide a high-quality learning opportunity for ISU students combined with an opportunity to provide service in a developing country setting. Projects include working with Tusubila; woman's craft project.
- 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 more importantly cultural exchange
- Gain an appreciation for the various benefits of service-learning working directly with Ugandan craft artists
- Understand the need to consider cultural context when developing design solutions within a different culture
- Develop cultural competencies in collaborating with individuals in diverse group situations
- 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 DSN S546, Section 11
2022 Tentative Program Dates and Itinerary
15-May Travel to Uganda
16-May Arrive in Entebbe/overnight
17-May Travel to MRTC/Orientation
18-May ISU-UP Program Tour
19-May Intro to Tusubila
20-May Follow up on last visit
21-May Colors and designs for the western market
22-May Natural dye color mixing
23-May Quality control; neatness, designs, and sizes
24-May Work with the art and crafts clubs in schools to inspire students
25-May CIGI Projects
26-May CIGI Projects
27-May Art exhibition – specifically a high school exhibition where your students constructively critique their work
28-May Wrap up/Safari Guides arrive
29-May Travel to Murchison Falls N.P.
1-Jun To Entebbe/COVID Test/Depart
2-Jun Return to DSM
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
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 OnCall, 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 $1.62 per day, and it has been built into the cost of the program fee. More information is available at the link below:
The application deadline for the 2022 program is March 15, 2022. 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 15, 2022. 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, 2022. 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, 2022:
$200.00 + any payments already made
On or after March 1, 2019 and before April 1, 2022:
50% of program fee + any payments already made
On or after April 20 , 2022:
Full program fee
Contact and Additional Information
Questions should be directed to co-program directors Christopher Martin, Tamara Martin and Jen Hogan.