Bugema University, being a Seventh-day Adventist institution, recognizes that true education has to do with the harmonious development of the whole person. To achieve this broad aim, the University provides an environment in which students are encouraged to develop and strengthen their commitment to Jesus Christ, experience personal and social growth, develop their appreciation for beauty, and develop a pattern of healthful living, as well as achieve academic excellence. More information about student life and services follows:
Bugema University operates a bakery, an adequately equipped kitchen, and a cafeteria offering a balanced vegetarian diet. Since there are no eating facilities in the residence halls, as residence hall students are encouraged to take their meals in the cafeteria. No provision is made for food preparation in the rooms. The cost of three meals a day is included in the boarding fees. Students living in hostels make their own arrangements for their meals. The university operates a snack center and there are privately owned restaurants near campus.
Housing and Accommodation
Female students who do not live either with their parents or spouses are encouraged to live in residence halls on campus. In each room, beds and other basic conveniences are provided, but students are expected to provide their own mattresses and bedding. Male students who do not live either with their parents or spouses may live in one of a number of private residence facilities approved by the university which are located near the campus. There are no facilities for married student housing.
Each residence hall student is issued with a key to the room at the time of entrance and is to return the key when moving out. A student who loses the key will be charged a replacement fee equivalent to the current cost.
At the end of each semester, the room will be checked for reasonable cleanliness and any damage. Where necessary, charges for extra cleaning and/or repairs will be made to the student’s account. Non-residents are not permitted to use the facilities in the residence halls.
Room and board fee will be charged to students remaining on campus during vacation. Those intending to stay should apply a month before school closes each semester.
Each student is provided with a student handbook, which contains guidelines,rules and regulations governing the student’s stay in this university. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain a copy and get acquainted with the information therein.
Literature Evangelism Ministry
Students can earn a substantial amount of money towards their university fees by engaging in the Literature Evangelism Ministry during the holidays, particularly during long vacations (June-July). This can be done in a number of territories in the East and Central Africa Division, and even outside of Africa, e.g. in Scandinavian countries. Any student who wishes to join this noble activity will have to join Ministerial Association which gives out recommendations.
Off Campus Trips
The university recognizes that providing opportunities for students to participate in study tours, industrial attachments, field research trips, club promotional tours, and mission service trips may significantly enhance an academic program. The university requires that any student participating in official trips should behave in accordance with the regulations governing students as stipulated in the Student Handbook.
The Bugema University Student Association (BUSA) is the primary student association in which all registered students, including in-service, satellite campus, and graduate students are members. This organization exists to give leadership opportunities to students and to provide a formal means of communication with the faculty and administration for the purpose of improving the learning environment of the university. Elections to student government are held once a year. BUSA operates a canteen, copy center and computing facility near the athletic field. Locally known as “the container”, services available include typing, printing, book binding, scanning and photocopying. In the container shop, one can purchase soft drinks, snacks, airtime, minor school supplies, etc.
There are several academic clubs and special interest clubs that have been established at the university to help the students develop in their fields of study and other interests. Students are invited to join clubs according to their interests, which may have a nominal membership fee.
The university regulates the use of student owned vehicles. Students are permitted to have their own vehicles on campus under the following conditions: on arrival, the vehicle must be registered with the office of the Director of Students Affairs and the security offices; the driver of the vehicle must be properly licensed and the vehicle appropriately