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  • Locations: Kampala, Uganda
  • Program Terms: Maymester
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Abroad Year Application Deadline Decision Date Program Start Date Program End Date
Maymester 2018 02/15/2018 ** N/A 05/08/2018 05/29/2018

** Students will be notified of acceptance by email and through their online application.
Fact Sheet:
Sponsoring College: School of Public Health
Program Description:
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Dates of Program: May 08 – May 29, 2018 (Dates subject to change)
 
Credit Units:      3
 
Sponsor(s) of Program: Georgia State University – School of Public Health
 
Students interested in speaking with program alumni can browse our Alumni Reference Network. The Alumni Reference Network is password-protected and only accessible to GSU students. Please contact the Study Abroad Office at (404) 413-2529 or globetrekker@gsu.edu for the password.

Please click the link for the Alcohol and Alcohol-Related Harm in the Global Context: Prevention and Policy Strategies brochure. 
Please click the link for the Program Description for Medical Evaluations (coming soon!)

THE PROGRAM
The GSUganda program provides an educational, applied, and cultural opportunity for up to 15 undergraduate or graduate students interested in public health, research and practice of alcohol misuse and harm (including violence, injuries, and HIV) in Uganda. Students will be introduces to public health issues from a global perspective. Through mentoring and hands-on experiential activities, students will gain invaluable knowledge and skills that will augment their academic preparations at GSU. The program builds on Prof. Swahn's research in Uganda over the past 7 years and her current appointment as a Fulbright Scholar at Makerere University in Kampala. 

The program contains coursework of the global epidemiology of alcohol use, particularly in vulnerable populations. The course will place special emphasis on the structural drivers of alcohol use and alcohol-related harm including injuries, violence and HIV primarily among youth and youth adults in Uganda. Instructions will be provided by Prof. Swahn and professors at Makerere University in Kampala, as well as by local non-gov't organizational partners who work in related fields. Our key collaborator, the Makerere University is a flagship university in Eastern Africa. The university is considered highly prestigious and is very research active with substantial research funding from the U.S.
 
ACCOMMODATIONS 
Participants will stay at the Apricot Guest House, a quaint, comfortable, and small hotel. Students will share double-occupancy rooms. The guest house is near several of our partner organizations and the city center of Kampala, Uganda and is within walking distance from several neighborhood restaurants, a gym and local spa.
 
DISABILITY ACCOMMODATION
Students with documented disabilities who may need accommodations during their study abroad experience should discuss these needs with the Program Director and the Office of Disability Services at the time of application.
 
ELIGIBILITY
No prerequisites required. Students from all disciplines are welcome to participate in the course, especially given that we will focus on cross cutting topics that include adolescent health, substance us, violence prevention, injury prevention, infectious diseases, sexual and reproductive health, health disparities, social determinants of health, geographic mapping, urban health, built environment, marketing, policy development and working with NGOs. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.
 
CREDITS AND COURSES
Participants who successfully complete the program’s courses will receive 3 semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.
 
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COST
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuaions and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $4,500.00, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.
 
Program Cost Includes
• Round-trip airfare
• All ground transportation, excursions and entrance fees
• Lunch and Dinner daily
• Hotels
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
 
Program Cost Does Not Include
• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Visa Cost
• Public transportation in Uganda
• Passport
• Personal expenses and excess baggage charges
 
PAYMENT SCHEDULE
 
Date: February15, 2017,                              $ 500.00   Deposit with application
Date: March 1, 2017                                       $1976.00   First Payment
Date: April 15, 2017,                                      $1977.00   Remaining balance
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
 
Program Deposit Payments: Participants will pay program deposits by logging into PAWS.  Please contact your Program Director to confirm that a Program Deposit Account has been established for this purpose before you attempt to make a payment in PAWS.
 
Program Payments and Remaining Program Balance:  Other than the initial program deposit, all program payments—along with the remaining program balance—will be billed directly to your student account.  Please refer to the Academic/Registration calendar for the tuition and fees deadline.
 
FUNDING AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Georgia State University students are eligible to apply for the IEF Study Abroad Scholarship/Georgia State University Foundation Scholarship and may be eligible to apply for the Global Experience Scholarship. Visit mystudyabroad.gsu.edu and select the Scholarships & Financial Aid tab or call the Study Abroad Programs office at (404) 413-2529 for more information.
 
APPLICATION INFORMATION
Students from all majors and degree programs are encouraged to apply. Non-Georgia State participants must first apply for transient student status through Georgia State. Following application, Georgia State and non-Georgia State students must meet with the program director, Dr. Monica Swahn for a 15-minute interview. Students must also meet with financial aid to ensure necessary funding. Students are encouraged to apply for the International Education Fee (IEF) and Global Experience Scholarships (GES) before February 14, 2016. Scholarship eligibility requirements may be found at the Georgia State study abroad website.
 
Students interested in applying should find this program’s listing at mystudyabroad.gsu.edu and begin an online application. Transient Students: please see the Transients Student section under the Explore & Apply tab.
 
Application Deadline:  December 15, 2017
 
International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at (404) 413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.
 
TENTATIVE ITINERARY
Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
 
  • Travel to Kampala, Uganda
  • Learn about alcohol misuse from a global public health perspective
  • Discuss role of alcohol marketing in underage drinking
  • Examine impact of alcohol on injuries, violence, and HIV
  • Interact with faculty at prestigious Makerere University
  • Engage with local NGOs
  • Take guided tours of cultural sites
  • Enjoy a safari and see the "big 5"
  • Stay in a luxury safari lodge
  • Cruise the River Nile
  • Bikeride on Lake Victoria shores
  • Learn about African cultures
  • Watch African traditional dance
  • Paint with a local artist
  • Take an African dance lesson
  • Visit an African craft market
  • Experience the pearl of Africa 
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CONTACT INFORMATION
 
Program Director: Dr. Monica H. Swahn and Dr. Kim Ramsey-White
Office address: 1 Park Place Ste. 662 (Swahn) and 1 Park Place Ste. 709
Telephone: (Swahn) 404 413 1148; (Ramsey-White) 404 413 1428
E-mail: SPHSTUDYABROAD@GSU.EDU
 
Because program size is limited, early application is strongly advised. Individual interviews may be scheduled with students upon receipt of application.