Students will be responsible for purchasing their own airline tickets to Entebbe International Airport. Information regarding Entebbe may be found at http://entebbe-airport.com/. Transportation from and to Entebbe International Airport will be provided within an established window. Students who do not arrive within that window will still have transportation arrangements made for them, but at their own expense.
All U.S. citizens are required to register their time abroad with the U.S. Department of State at https://step.state.gov/step/.
U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport to enter Uganda. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the student’s date of departure from Uganda. It is each student’s responsibility to obtain a passport.Students should apply as soon as possible if they do not have one. Contact the nearest U.S. State Department Office (http://travel.state.gov/) or U.S. Post Office (www.usps.com) for information on how to obtain or renew a U.S. passport.
A visa is also required to enter Uganda and is the responsibility of each student. U.S. citizens may obtain a visa for a single-entry into Uganda at the Entebbe Airport for $100 or in advance through the Embassy of the Republic of Uganda. Students should bring bills in denominations of $50 or $100, in crisp condition and newer than 2003. To obtain the visa, students must be able to show certification of having received a yellow fever vaccination within the last 10 years. Information regarding visa requirements or about how to obtain a visa in advance is available at the Embassy of the Republic of Uganda website (http://washington.mofa.go.ug/) and on the U.S. Department of State website (http://travel.state.gov/). A multiple-entry visa is required for anyone who plans to travel outside of Uganda while in Africa (the program itself does not involve travel outside Uganda). Students are encouraged to check with their air carrier to assure it will let you board without a visa if you intend to obtain a visa in Entebbe.
In addition to the required yellow fever vaccination, there are a number of other vaccinations recommended and malaria medication is also highly recommended. Students should contact their local health care providers to make sure they have the proper vaccinations for Uganda. For more information about vaccination requirements or health advice related to travel to Uganda, students are encouraged to visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/. Information regarding required vaccinations is also available on the U.S. Department of State website.
Regent requires that those who participate in university-sponsored international trips carry travel health insurance and medical evacuation insurance. Regent contracts with The Arch Insurance Group to provide this coverage. The cost of this insurance is included in the program fees. Students will be provided with travel insurance cards before departure for Uganda. For coverage details, please download the “Travel Insurance/Medical Coverage Summary" here: http://www.regent.edu/academics/academic_affairs/study_abroad.cfm.
Trip participants are encouraged, but not required, to purchase trip cancellation insurance. Regent University recommends RoamRight as an option for participants who wish to purchase this insurance (www.roamright.com, "Cancel for Any Reason Trip Insurance”). The plan provides comprehensive protection for travelers, including flight delay insurance, 24-hour emergency assistance, baggage and property insurance, and tour cancellation and interruption insurance.
All international programs can be rigorous, and some of the events may require reasonably demanding physical activities; therefore, participants should possess the ability to:
While some reasonable accommodations are available as part of the Uganda program, as described in the Access for Persons with Disabilities section, Regent University may be unable to provide special accommodations for some people with disabilities. If a participant needs such accommodation or assistance, that person must bring a companion/assistant and the companion/assistant will be required to pay full price for the trip (but not tuition, unless taking classes for credit). Also, persons with a health or mental condition that may interfere with participation in program activities must consult their physician to determine if they are able to participate in this physically demanding study abroad program. Contact the Program Director with questions.
Student housing does provide accessibility for persons with disabilities. Nevertheless, students with disabilities should be aware that the Uganda Christian University (UCU) campus and the country of Uganda generally do not provide disability access to the same extent as in the United States. While persons with disabilities should be able to access guest housing, classrooms, and most administrative buildings at UCU, there may be some limited circumstances where students will have difficulty accessing facilities. Additionally, some government buildings that students will visit during the program and other off-campus recreational activity locations may not have full access. The Program Director will take any steps necessary to ensure that favorable accommodations will be made, but students with disabilities should contact the Program Director prior to registering for the program to discuss any particular concerns.