USP Semester Costs, 2020-21
HOW DOES BILLING WORK FOR USP PARTICIPATION?
The Uganda Studies Program (USP) is an extension campus of each member institution of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU); each school grants the academic credit for program participation.
The CCCU invoices campuses for the cost of USP participation and in turn campuses bill their students following the campus' established policies and procedures. (For example, some schools charge the exact fees of the off-campus program, other schools charge the campus tuition price, while others charge full on-campus fees plus an additional off-campus study fee. And there's every variation in between!)
Since each school determines their own policies regarding off-campus study costs and the applicability of institutional scholarships and other aid, you should confirm your school's policies with the Off-Campus Study Coordinator on your campus.
HOW MUCH DO I PAY & WHAT'S INCLUDED?
Typically, the only expenses USP participants pay directly to the CCCU are the application fee ($50) and the non-refundable confirmation fee ($300, deducted from the total housing fee at invoicing).
About six weeks before each semester begins, the CCCU sends participation invoices to each home campus. For the 2020-21 school year, that bill will feature the below USP semester costs.
USP Program Fees
(Global Health Students only***) +$1,500
Room & Board
TOTAL USP FEES:
(Global Health Students only) $15,400
BALANCE OF USP FEES:
(Global Health Students only) $15,100
Keep in mind the total program costs billed to you through your school may differ, depending on your campus's policies.
Note: Schools or individuals who pay with a credit card will also be charged a credit card service fee.
***USP students who participate in the Global Health Emphasis (GHE) modular course will be charged an additional $1,500 for instructional fees, and will receive an additional 3 credits for a total of 17-20 credits for the semester. This course is required in August for the Fall semesters and optional in May for the Spring semesters.
Expenses covered by USP fees:
- Recommended 16 hours of academic credit
- Laundry "facility" (i.e., bucket) provided (detergent approx $10 for the semester)
- Ugandan Student Pass
- All necessary transportation, lodging, food, and additional immigration & visa expenses during required program-related travel (Rwanda and additional excursions within Uganda). Non-US citizens are reimbursed up to the cost for US citizens for Rwanda and Ugandan re-entry visa expenses.
Additional anticipated expenses:
(Anticipated expenses are estimates, which will be updated should local costs shift significantly. You may spend more/less depending on your personal spending habits.)
- Roundtrip travel between home and Entebbe airport, Uganda (price varies, approx $1000-$2400 from US; see International Travel, below)
- Initial Ugandan visa (US citizens upon entry in Uganda; currently $100, subject to change)
- ISIC ($25, if purchased through BestSemester) OR similar International Student Identification Card or supplemental insurance coverage (some campuses will provide this for students studying abroad). This is required for participation in BestSemester's international programs.
- Health insurance, valid in Uganda and Rwanda for length of stay/program dates
- Textbooks (approx. $80)
- Local transportation
- Personal medical expenses, if incurred; including preparatory vaccinations (there are several!)
- Personal discretionary expenditures, including personal travel (Recommend $500-800)
- Passport (required for program participation)
Uganda Studies Program participants are responsible to book their own travel between their homes and the program. Students must plan travel arrangements to allow for participation in all required program activities. Program housing is not available outside of program dates.
USP staff will meet students at the airport (within a given timeframe) in Entebbe, Uganda and transport them to USP's orientation location. USP students will receive all the information needed for travel, including specific arrival and departure timeframes, before departure for Entebbe/Mukono.
WHAT ABOUT FINANCIAL AID?
You can expect to use all of your Federal and State financial aid to study off-campus through the BestSemester programs. Additionally, most (but not all) campuses allow students to transfer some or all of their institutional financial aid, scholarships and grants to BestSemester programs.
Contact your Off-Campus Study Coordinator, Financial Aid Office, or other applicable office on your campus for more information and to determine how much financial aid can be applied to your off-campus semester. As anticipated expenses for your off-campus semester most likely differ from an on-campus semester, be sure to bring this page so you can adjust your financial aid statement of need.
WHAT IF I'M ACCEPTED THEN LATER DECIDE TO WITHDRAW MY USP PARTICIPATION?
We hope this doesn't happen! Just in case...You need to know the BestSemester Withdrawal/Refund Policy.
WHAT IF I DON'T ATTEND A CCCU INSTITUTION?
(First of all, double-check. Click here to find out if you attend a CCCU school.)
Students must be enrolled full-time on a "home" campus in order to participate in USP. If you do not attend a CCCU school, your campus may be willing to enter a one-term consortium agreement with the CCCU to allow your participation.** If not, we will try to help you enroll as a guest student through a CCCU school. Please contact the Uganda Studies Program ([email protected]) during or prior to the application phase to discuss your participation.