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  • Locations: Kigali, Rwanda
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • Restrictions: Rice applicants only
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Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3.0 Terms Offered: Summer
Program Description:

SIT Study Abroad Rwanda: Peace & Conflict Studies (Summer)


Understand the root causes of genocide while examining measures to foster reconciliation and sustainable development in Rwanda.



Rwanda offers a unique opportunity to study ethnic conflicts and genocide, from causation to transformation and prevention. In less than 100 days in 1994, more than 1 million people were slaughtered by their neighbors and in some cases their own relatives. Nearly three decades later, the political, economic, and social effects of genocide are still felt, but survivors and perpetrators of the genocide now live side by side.


You’ll visit genocide memorials to learn about the history of conflict in Rwanda and examine post-genocide reconciliation and development efforts underway. You will discover what facilitates and hinders the success of these efforts and consider how the case of Rwanda can inform an understanding of conflict/genocide and peace-building processes elsewhere.


Through site visits with local NGOs, documentary films, homestays, and discussions with local experts, you will analyze peace-building models and consider how ordinary citizens, the government, and international actors keep the past firmly in view while moving forward in Rwanda’s rapidly developing economy.


Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program highlights and details of coursework, educational excursions, and housing.



SIT is an all-inclusively priced study abroad program – including academics costs, excursions, accommodations and meals, airport transfers, and health insurance. Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor and read the website for more specific information. 



SIT has awarded an average of over $1.3 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students in the past three years. All scholarships and grants are need-based. Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.



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