Uganda Study Abroad Program


Students will be enrolled in 4 hours of fully-accredited courses.  The courses focus on international and East African law and human rights, with a significant emphasis on the Ugandan legal system.  The program is oriented to American law students.  Instruction will be conducted in English (also the official language of Uganda).  Each course is taught from a Christian perspective and will incorporate biblical principles.  Students will receive syllabi for each course before the commencement of the program.  Both of the following courses will be required for students enrolled in the program. There are no required prerequisites.

Course Descriptions

The East African Legal Environment: A Comparative Introduction (3 credits)

An introduction to the legal environment in East Africa including the social context, components of the various legal systems, and a comparative exploration of relevant jurisprudential topics. Students will be immersed in the social-political background necessary to fully understand the legal context, and then be exposed to the components of the legal systems. The Ugandan Constitution and basic framework of the Ugandan legal system will be used as a springboard for analysis and comparative discussion of unique and relevant jurisprudential challenges facing countries through East Africa.

Introduction to Human Rights in Africa (1 credit)

Addresses the foundations for and the institutional protections of international human rights with an emphasis on the regional system of human rights protection in East Africa. The course will address the origins and philosophical basis for the modern international human rights movement; some of the fundamental principles of modern international human rights law and mechanisms for the enforcement of human rights in East Africa; and a Christian perspective on international human rights law.

Student Performance and Grading Methods

Regular on-time attendance will be mandatory for all classes, official visits to legal institutions and associated briefings/lectures, and official program activities.  Students will be expected to be prepared for class and participate in class on a daily basis.  Attendance and tardiness may be taken into account in determining final grades.  Grades also may be adjusted to reflect preparedness for class and participation in class.  Students who accumulate unexcused absences in excess of 20% of the required class time may receive a Withdrawn/Failing grade for the class.  Additional policies related to attendance and course procedures, including grading procedures and methods, will be provided in the syllabus for each course.  To receive academic credit, students will be required to complete written examinations at the conclusion of each course, which will be the primary determinant of student grades.  Exams will be taken on-site in Uganda. Answers will be hand-written.  The courses are graded and not pass/fail courses.  Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in the program is subject to determination by the student’s home school.

Class Preparation

The Uganda Christian University (UCU) Library will be available to students for study and research and students will have access to library resources.  All course materials are expected to be self-contained.  If students must purchase textbooks for the program, any required purchase will be communicated prior to the commencement of the program.  Students may need the library to access some of the required course readings.  Students will be given priority for these materials, which will be readily available.  The textbook for the East African Legal Environment will also be available at UCU (and left there at the end of the program).  Other reading assignments will be sent to students by e-mail.  Students will have ample time to read and prepare for class once in Uganda and ample space to study in their rooms.  In addition to the library, students will be able to study individually or in groups in other common spaces available, or in the lounge in the students' living quarters.

Course Evaluations

Students will be given the opportunity to evaluate each course, and the program itself, using the standard Regent course online evaluation form used for courses taught at Regent and per Regent’s standard evaluation procedures.  Students will receive an email with instructions on how to submit their evaluations and the Program Director will provide instructions during the last week of the program.