NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

Bringing Education to You

Classes & Continuing Education Units

Experience Uganda Study Tour

Uganda, Africa

To find out about upcoming trips email Connie Jadrny.

Uganda brochure

Don't just learn about Uganda. Experience Uganda firsthand. 

Experience Uganda is a unique study tour of Uganda, Africa, offered each summer due to collaboration between North Dakota State University (NDSU), Fargo, and Makerere University, Uganda.  Through this trip participants learn from International experts who specialize in veterinary medicine, wildlife, food safety, public health, and disease surveillance.  In addition, individuals or students interested in wildlife have an opportunity to work side by side with wildlife veterinarians in Uganda's national parks.

Ugandan Scenery

Through this experience you will learn to contribute to producing a broadly inclusive, open minded, world class, and globally engaged science workforce. Studying international animal production, food safety, and public health systems will provide a foundation for tomorrow's global citizens. This program also provides shared opportunities through collaborative research and/or fieldwork in Uganda and the United States in areas of mutual interest.

Because of the connections with international experts and the incredible learning opportunity this trip offers, NDSU invites interested individuals throughout the United States to participate in the Experience Uganda Study Tour.  Participants may take this class for graduate or undergraduate credit or as a non-credit learning experience.

Experience Uganda Video Tour
Experience Uganda Brochure.pdf
Packing List.pdf

“It was great to meet, interact, and make lasting connections and friendships with the faculty and students from NDSU and Makerere University. I was very impressed by how safe the environment was and how everything was pretty much taken care of for me with regards to housing, money for food and transportation. I got to visit some beautiful areas throughout Uganda, from the different national parks to historical sites. The wildlife and animals I saw on the trip were absolutely amazing. It was really interesting to learn and see diseases foreign to the United States. Lastly, it was very interesting to learn about the people, their mindset, and cultural attitudes.  All people interested in animals, humans, public health and international infectious diseases should definitely take a look into this program.”

- Justine, Summer 2011 Participant

Registration Information

Complete your application and course registration online through the Office of International Program website. To guarantee your space, a $300 non-refundable deposit is due along with a $75 application fee..

The Experience Uganda Study Tour is open to students and professionals in the fields of veterinary medicine, wildlife, food safety, microbiology, public health or other related fields.  You may choose to take this trip as a non-credit option or for graduate/undergraduate credit or for an internship. Individuals who choose to take the Experience Uganda Study Tour for credit are encouraged to enroll or participate in a pre-Uganda preparatory course, MICR 494, offered during spring semester prior to the summer course.

MICR 379/793 - International Animal Production, Disease Surveillance & Public Health
3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Margaret Khaitsa

Course Description: The course will provide for career development opportunities and foster an international perspective of important issues related to animal production, wildlife, food safety, and public health systems. A complete syllabus with course requirements is available on the Department of Veterinary and Microbiological Sciences website by clicking on the course number.


Estimated Costs

These estimates do not include airfare.

Undergraduate course participants

Graduate course participants

$3,572.00 = Base tour & fees price
$959.82 = Tuition & student fees
$35 = Application fee
$4,566.82 = Estimated Total

Non-credit tour participants

$3,572.00 = Base tour & fees price
$300 = Non-credit registration fee
$3,872.00 = Estimated Total


Admission Requirements

Apply for the Experience Uganda Program

Individuals who choose to take the Experience Uganda Study Tour for credit will need to be admitted to NDSU either through the NDSU Office of Admission or through the NDSU Graduate School. Tuition is charged at North Dakota Residency Rate regardless of your location. Individuals taking the program as a non-credit tour do not need to be admitted to NDSU but are required to fill out the Experience Uganda Program application.

Apply for admission (Graduate)
Apply for admission (Undergraduate)

Being there a month, living and working with the students from Makerere University you get to learn insight into their culture and their systems related to veterinary medicine, microbiology, and food safety. 

- Brenton, Summer 2008 Participant

Contact Information

NDSU Distance & Continuing Education
Phone: 1-800-726-1724 or 701-231-7015
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

NDSU Office of International Programs
Phone: 701-231-7895
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Web: http://www.ndsu.edu/international/

NDSU Department of Veterinary & Microbiological Sciences
Phone: 701-231-7667
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Web: http://www.ndsu.edu/vetandmicro/

NDSU Office of Admission
Phone: 1-800-488-NDSU (6378)
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Web: www.ndsu.edu/prospective/students/

NDSU Graduate School
Phone: 701-231-7033
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Web: www.ndsu.edu/prospective/students/