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This program runs alternate summers. The next term will be summer 2013. The UW-Madison Doctor of Physical Therapy program in Uganda is an intensive program that provides DPT students the opportunity to learn about physical therapy needs in Uganda. During the program, you will spend time in Mulago Hospital and surrounding villages. In addition, you will interact with faculty, staff, and students from Makerere University and non-governmental organizations.
Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa with a population of 27.5 million people. Many languages are used in the country, with English as the official language. The program will be based at Makerere University in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, with a population of 1.5 million.
The main campus of Makerere University, one of East and Central Africa's premier institutes of higher learning, can be found in the Makerere Hill area of the City. Makerere University is Uganda's largest university. It was first established as a technical school in 1922, and in 1963 it became the University of East Africa. Today, Makerere University has twenty-two faculties, institutes and schools offering programs for more than 30,000 undergraduates and 3,000 postgraduates.
Kampala is Uganda's capital city and a bustling metropolis with an estimated population of 1.2 million people. The city was originally built on seven hills, but now encompasses twenty hills. English is the official and most widely spoken language in Uganda. However, there are twenty tribes whose members speak more than sixty dialects. Luganda is the major language in the Kampala district and the most widely used after English. Luganda is frequently spoken at Mulago Hospital. Other major languages are Swahili and Runyakitara from western Uganda.
Other features of the city include the Ssezibwa Falls, Ugandan National Theatre, St. Balikuddembe Market (formerly Owino Market) and Nakasero Market. Entebbe International Airport is located at Entebbe, twenty-two miles away, while Port Bell on the shore of Lake Victoria is seven miles away. Kampala hosts one of only seven Baha'i Houses of Worship in the world. It is known as the Mother Temple of Africa and is situated on Kikaya Hill on the outskirts of the city.
Getting to Your Program
Students make their own travel arrangements but are given guidelines for arrival dates and times.
U.S. citizens must have a US passport valid for at least six months beyond the end of the program. A student visa is required. IAP will provide program participants with visa information upon acceptance to the program.
Students attend orientation sessions in Madison during the spring semester. There will also be an orientation session in Uganda upon arrival.
Housing is included for the duration of the program. For the majority of the program, students will stay in Kampala. While in Kampala, students stay at a guesthouse, located on Makerere University's campus. Facilities at the guesthouse include shared rooms and bathrooms; furnishings are minimal. Most meals are provided. Students will spend one week living, learning and working with Providence Home in Nkokonjeru. Flexibility is required to thrive in this program!
All participants in IAP programs are enrolled in health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees
A faculty member from UW-Madison will serve as Resident Director in Uganda.
Use the links below to find out more information on academics, daily life and student impressions for this program.Uganda PT Handbook 2013
(Summer - 2012-13)
Returned Student Network
to see testimonials from students abroad or to contact a returned student.
Program cost information includes program fees, as well as out-of-pocket expenses with notes to help explain costs. Program fees are estimated and can be adjusted at any time. Once accepted, you will receive a cost sheet that includes confirmed program fees and additional out-of-pocket expenses.
Summer 2013 Cost Estimate Sheet -
Sources of available funding for study abroad include scholarships, grants and loans. To increase your chances of receiving financial aid, International Academic Programs (IAP) recommends filling out your FAFSA
to begin the financial planning process early.
For detailed information on financial resources click here
This scholarship list includes scholarships IAP knows about that are relevant to your desired program. It is not an exhaustive list of all available scholarship opportunities for study abroad. Although we make our best effort to ensure the list is up-to-date this information changes frequently, and it is the responsibility of the applicant to verify information.
Benjamin A. Gilman Internat'l Prgm
Foundation for Global Scholars
Fulbright Scholar Program
School of Education Study Abroad Scholarship
Study Abroad Alumni Scholarship