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Living in Uganda

A former British protectorate, Uganda gained independence in 1962. Today, of the population of 37.5 million, nearly 1.5 million live in Kampala. Shops, restaurants and recreational facilities support a very comfortable lifestyle for the large expatriate population in the country. Many years ago, Winston Churchill referred to Uganda as the “Pearl of Africa,” and visitors to this country will testify that this is a very apt description!

In a recent survey conducted by InterNations, Uganda was voted the friendliness nation for expatriates to live in.
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With an enviable climate at an altitude of 3,000 m, snow capped mountains, numerous lakes and stunning scenery, Uganda certainly packs a lot into its small land area, ensuring that this is a very enjoyable country to live in. The lush green Ugandan landscape includes many fascinating visitor experiences including rafting the River Nile, tracking gorillas, viewing wildlife in the world class national parks or just relaxing in one of the beautiful lodges.

Kampala is the modern, bustling capital of Uganda, a country with one of the fastest growing economies in Africa. Often called the "city of seven hills" it now covers more than twenty. It has an agro based economy in which fish, coffee and other agricultural produce make up the principal exports. Tourism is also an important foreign exchange earner.

The suburb of Lubowa, where ISU is situated, is a peaceful private estate, with a mix of learning institutions and housing. Many of our staff are housed locally, some within walking distance of the school on quiet roads. Modern shopping facilities are available near to the school and the local community is welcoming and friendly.

The cost of living in Kampala is very reasonable by worldwide standards.

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