Program Details

Earn credits, Intern with a social enterprise, and explore a new culture in this 12-week program. The Semester In Development is designed to immerse students in a new culture while providing work experience and education from local professionals.
Suva, Fiji; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Kampala, Uganda
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer, Winter Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

The Semester in Development is an ideal program for students looking to gain meaningful skills and experiences in a non-traditional setting. The program takes place entirely in-country, lasts 12 weeks, and is open to current undergraduate students of all backgrounds. Students participating in the program will earn transferable credits to their home institution while studying a broad range of topics depending on their destination of choice. Participants will also gain vital work experience and internationally applicable skills while interning 4 days a week with one of our 40+ community-based partners.

The experiential focused design of the program ensures students develop a holistic understanding of the day to day challenges of a developing nation. From learning how to navigate the streets of Kampala, to understanding how climate change affects the Islands of Fiji, to experiencing the cultural changes in Chiang Mai, the Semester in Development is designed for anyone interested in learning what it’s like to study, work and live in a developing nation. Past participants have utilized their combined experiences from the program to find work in a related field, modify their degrees, and apply to graduate/law school.

  • STUDY Earn transferable credits equivalent to two courses while learning from engaging, local professors.
  • INTERN Gain meaningful experience working with one of our 40+ partners spanning 5 different sectors.
  • TRAVEL to vibrant cultural hubs, breathtaking national parks, and developing regions

Program Price Includes: • Comprehensive Advising and Support • Tuition • Internship Program Design and Placement with Local Partner • Official University Transcript • Housing, including full kitchen • Laundry Services • Full-Time On Site International and Local Staff • Excursions • Comprehensive Health, Safety and Security Support • Airport Reception • Visa Support • Tutoring and Group and Individual Mentorship • Scholarship and Funding Opportunities

Setting Description:
Every Semester in Development destination is different, with setting specifics varying depending on the destination chosen. All accommodations are always located in safe, central neighborhoods of the destination city. Participants will live in fully furnished housing accommodations with 2 to 3 students per bedroom in dorm-style sleeping arrangements.
The total cost of the program for the full 12-week term is: $5,850

Program Reviews

Overall Rating


Based on 6 Reviews

  • Fantastic Experience

    I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Insight on their Semester in Development programming. It was a great experience because they actually had a staff in-country that were able to respond to any of our concerns or needs. We stayed in group dorms in a safe

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Insight Global Education - Semester in Development Uganda

    I participated in Insight Global Education’s Semester in Development program to Uganda in the summer of 2018, and I came away with more experience than I could have possibly imagined. I have always loved to travel, and being a student studying International

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • 12/10 would recommend

    I was part of the fall 2017 Uganda cohort and it was an absolutely incredible experience. Insight does a great job to get to know each and every one of the participants in order to assign them with the proper NGO. Anisha, Becca, and Nicole were awesome

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Insight

    Insight Global Education allows students from various fields to work alongside partners in their fields to gain different perspectives and understand sustainability and global impacts. Living in Uganda within the cohort allows you to start ethically thinking

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Organized and Safe Program -- Semester in Development changed my life!

    I was part of the winter 2018 Semester in Development Uganda cohort and I loved every part of it. I was concerned since Insight Global Education is a younger program and searched for reviews on the program (such as the one I am writing), but the team

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • My Experience in Uganda

    I traveled to Uganda as a participant in the Semester in Development program in the spring of 2015. The program was extremely organized from the beginning; the entire team provided detailed prep ranging from logistics to cultural preparedness, and I felt

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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