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Rwanda

Program Details

Rwanda is an emerging power in Eastern Africa and has undergone rapid economic and civil society development since the 1990s civil war and the 1994 genocide. As a key player in the African Union, a reoccurring member of the United Nations Security Council, and a Commonwealth country, Rwandan politics is highly influential within the region and an ideal location for a study abroad or even a semester abroad.

As one of the most stable countries in Africa, one of the least corrupt countries in Africa, and a fairly young democracy, Rwanda is extremely interesting for students to study. The tragedies of 1994 (genocide) also allow for the exploration of transitional justice, including reforms in legal systems, and discussions of reconciliation after mass atrocity, and will serve to enhance the student's capacity to analyze root courses of past conflicts and to facilitate conflict resolution and sustainable peace. For more information, please see: WSU Peacebuilding Institute and Political Science Department

Requirements:

  • Students must interview with Dr. Wolfe for final acceptance. She can be contacted via email at stephaniewolfe@weber.edu.
  • Physically all students must undergo a series of shots and medications before departure (malaria, typhoid, etc) and be a minimum of 18 years old.
  • Those with special dietary needs should discuss their requirements before traveling as food choices are severely limited.

Destination:

  • Rwanda, Africa

Program Dates:

June 4 - June 19 (Includes time for quarintine and two weeks of PBI)

Extensions available for option #2 and option #3

Cost

Cost: $2,990 Plus Airfare

Deposit: $500 will need to be paid when you hand in your application.

Payments can now be made online! Visit this website for instructions on how to pay your deposit online and future payments. Charges should show on your account within 48 hours after registration. Note that you will be charged credit card assessment fees if you use a card in person, over the phone, or online. You will not be charged these fees if paying by cash, check, or ACH bank transfer online.

Academic Courses

This program offers:

  • 6 credits for 2 weeks in Rwanda and remote coursework for the remainder of the semester
  • or 9 credits for 6 weeks in Rwanda and the remote coursework for the remainder of the semester
  • or 12 credits for 10 weeks in Rwanda and remote coursework

Unless otherwise noted, 6 credits are the default.

The political science credits will be as follows:

  • POLS 2930 - Peacebuilding in Rwanda. All study abroad students should enroll in POLS 2930 and attend the two-week peacebuilding seminar in Rwanda (3 credits).

Students may also take either (but not both):

  • POLS 4760 - Rwanda: Genocide and Aftermath - This is an optional course for students who wish to take the online political science course (3 credits).
  • POLS 4861: International Internships - This course will be added if we have students who are staying for internships. Internships require working in Rwanda at a local NGO for the summer. This requires instructor approval, approval from our partner - Never Again Rwanda, and the NGO in which the intern is being placed. (3-6 credits depending on hours.)

Other class may be added from participating departments pending approval from those departments. The departments who have offered a willingness to work with us are: Criminal Justice, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, Psychology, and Communications. For a list of potential courses.

Program Directors

Dr. Stephanie Wolfe has taught Rwanda After Genocide six times, co-led a trip to Rwanda from Keene State College (NH) in 2011 and from Weber State yearly since 2014.

stephaniewolfe@weber.edu

Trip Cancellations

1. If Weber State cancels a trip for any reason, all participants will be refunded 100% of funds paid to the school. If a participant withdraws from the program for any reason, they are subject to the refund policy found on the first page of the application.  Deposits are always non-refundable, unless the program is canceled by Weber State.  No refunds will be issued 30 days prior to program start date. 

2. Refunds will NOT be given to students due to COVID-19 concerns. Before programs were canceled last year, every student was given the option to withdraw from programs without penalty due to COVID-19. This year students are applying, cognizant of the pandemic. Weber State will not intentionally place students into high risk situations. We will work together with Program Leaders and Departments on canceling should the destination demonstrate increased risks, be they from COVID or any other concern. As such, students must abide by the standard refund policy.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Study Abroad Office at (801) 626-8711.