ACCT International Uganda

Spend your summer in Uganda, while completing a course on international development and an internship with a local NGO

Advancing Community, Collaboration, and Training (ACCT) International combines an academic service-learning course with an on-site internship in Jinja, Uganda for full-time students at Indiana University. The program is offered in partnership with the Foundation for Sustainable Development.

Learn more about the ACCT International Uganda program

This program will not run in summer 2019.

Week One:

Three days of coursework in Bloomington focusing on preparing you for your experience in Uganda. The second half of week one has been set aside for individual travel to Uganda. 

Week Two:

Workshops and training provided by the Foundation for Sustainable Development team in Jinja, Uganda.

Week Three:

Additional coursework on international development, with instruction led by Dr. Ann Marie Thomson and Peg Stice. You will also meet your NGO mentor and enter the beginning stages of creating a project plan for your internship. 

Weeks Four - Eleven:

Structured eight-week internship experience with coursework.

V482/V582 – International Development, Project Design, and Implementation (4cr.)

Program Director: Dr. Ann Marie Thomson

Program Advisor: Peg Stice

ACCT International’s mission is to foster collaborative, applied learning and community engagement by applying course instruction to practical issues development professionals face, thereby increasing the knowledge, skills, and capacity of students and international community partners.

You will learn about approaches to development and key cross-cultural competencies necessary for a career in international public service and community development. Pre-departure topics of study will include key cultural, political, social, historical, and environmental factors, plus an introduction to the principles of project design, implementation, and sustainable development. You will then have the opportunity to apply what you are learning in the classroom to real-world situations as you work with Ugandan organization staff to design, plan, and implement a project with a focus on sustainability. “Learning-by-doing” is one of the best ways to prepare you for a career in international development as it challenges you to work side-by-side with people of widely different cultures and approaches to address local community needs and harness local community assets. 

This program would not be possible without SPEA's partnership with the Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD), a San Francisco based nonprofit that facilitates internship opportunities for students.

  • Sunbathe at the world famous Lake Victoria on your day off
  • Visit numerous Ugandan NGOs to see development in practice
  • See wildlife on an optional (self-funded) trip to a safari park


During the first week of the program in Bloomington, there will be no housing provided. Once in Uganda, all housing will be provided as part of the program fee. Your first week in Uganda (week two of the course) you will live together with other students at a local hotel. Week three, you will begin your homestay with a local host family, but will journey into town each day for class. 


The program fee includes three meals a day throughout your time in Uganda. Some meals will be provided in town during workshops/class time, otherwise your meals will be shared with your host family. Some interns choose to set aside personal funds for meals at resturants, snacks, etc.

Note: Your IU Bloomington Bursar account will be charged two amounts for participation in this SPEA Abroad program:

  1. SPEA Abroad program fee (two payments)
  2. IU Bloomington Tuition

Please see below for additional details.

2018 ACCT International Uganda Program Fee: $5,000

The program fee will be charged to your Bursar account in two installments:

  1. A $500 non-refundable pre-payment shortly after you confirm your participation in the program
  2. The remaining program fee balance will be charged in April

The program fee for this program includes:

  • Lodging
  • Medical insurance
  • All food (limited to 3 meals per day while in Uganda)
  • Transportation to and from the airport in Uganda
  • Workshops and training

* Program fee is subject to change due to unforeseeable circumstances

IU Bloomington Tuition – 4 course credits required, 2 internship credits optional (for a total of 4 - 6 cr.)

The tuition cost for this SPEA Abroad program is based on IU Bloomington tuition. The cost of tuition you pay will vary based on your student status and how many credits you choose to take. For more information on the cost of summer tuition, please contact IU Student Central

Additional Costs

You will need to purchase a flight to Uganda, pay for food that is not provided by your host family, all required pre-trip vaccinations, a Ugandan entry Visa, optional trips to other locations in Uganda and incidentals.


All SPEA students (undergraduate & graduate) who participate in the ACCT International in Uganda program will automatically receive a $1,500 scholarship toward their program fee, as long as the following two conditions are met:

  1. You apply by the December 1st Deadline (scholarship amount drops to $1,000 after December 1)
  2. You have not received the SPEA Abroad Summer Scholarship/Fellowship for a previous program

Please Note: This is the ONLY program that provides the full $1,500 scholarship to graduate students!

Other scholarships are available on a competitive basis.

This program is open to undergraduate students of junior/senior standing and graduate students. While the program was designed for SPEA students with a career focus on international development, students from across IU departments are encouraged to apply. All applicants will go through an interview process with representatives from IU and FSD before acceptance is finalized.

During the application period (November - January) an "Apply Now" button will be available at the top of this page. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. It is to your benefit to apply early as some programs will close before the deadline. Acceptance letters for those who apply by the priority deadline will be sent out in early December. Acceptance letters for those who apply by the final deadline will be sent out in early February.

Application Process

  • Meet With Your Academic Advisor
  • Submit Online Application
  • Submit Online Disciplinary Check

After Acceptance to the Program

  • Submit Signed Acceptance Letter*
  • Submit Signed Release Form*
  • Submit Photocopy of Your Passport*
  • Submit Online Medical History Form
  • Submit Flight Information,
  • Attend All Program Specific Orientations
  • Attend Health & Safety Orientation

*IU Bloomington Students should submit all documents to SPEA 201. IUPUI students should submit all documents to BS 3025 B. Students from all other IU campuses should mail forms to: 1315 E. Tenth Street, Bloomington, IN 47405