• Graduate Student
• Open to graduate students. 
• 2.5 cumulative GPA
• Language Pre-requisite: None
• Open to UW-Madison degree-seeking students only
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Education, Qualitative Research

Classroom Language




Program Duration

Summer: 1-week on UW campus + June 25 - July 15, 2017 in Uganda

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

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Uganda, Kampala
UW Researching Global Education in Uganda

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This program will be offered every other summer to graduate students interested in global education and qualitative research.

If you are interested in studying global education through collaborative exploration of educational policies and practices in Uganda, this 4-week summer program (1 week in Madison, 3 weeks in Uganda) led by Professor Margaret Hawkins from the School of Education is an exciting opportunity to do just that!

The first week of the program will introduce you to contexts, policies and practices of schooling through observation and engagement in a government school and the community in which it is located.  There will also be visits to other schools, for exposure to the range of types (such as village, elite, and faith-based schools).  This provides both in-depth access to structure, programming, curriculum and practices at one school, and wider breadth observations of practices across various types of schools in Uganda.

Following the initial week of first-hand exposure, after a week-end excursion to Murchison Falls National Park to enjoy a safari experience, you will reside in Kampala and will participate in a course at Makerere University focused on qualitative research approaches, methods, and comparative education. Graduate students in the Makerere School of Education will also be enrolled in this course and it will be co-taught by Makerere and UW faculty. 

During the two weeks of the classroom component of this program, afternoon visits to local sites around Kampala will give you an understanding of the contexts of Ugandan children's and families' lives. These visits include a home for teen mothers, a health clinic, a public library and public markets.

Learning Objectives

We have overall Goals and Expectations for Study Abroad Participants, covering the personal, academic and professional aspects of study abroad. Additionally on this program, you can:

- to learn about and gain exposure to educational policies and practices in Uganda;

- to learn about values, approaches and methods related to situated research;

- to explore research approaches and methods, and their utility and application across international contexts.