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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


  • Rwanda, Africa

Program Dates:

June 16, 2017 – July 2, 2017

Extensions available for option #2 and option #3


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

Pay deposit and all payments to the Hurst Center for Lifelong Learning in person or pay over the phone with a credit card at (801) 626-6600. Please, do not pay on campus, all payments need to be made at the Hurst Center.

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 4830 - Directed Readings (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.

Trip Cancellations

If the trip is canceled, all participants will be refunded. Any refunds for withdrawals from the program will be determined by the Study Abroad Director according to the recoverability of incurred costs and fees and according to the Continuing Education Policy. Once the group leaves all costs are non-refundable in their entirety. Dates & process may change. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of any such changes by staying in contact with the program director.

Any questions feel free to contact the Study Abroad Office at (801) 626-8155 or by calling the Continuing Education Office at (801) 626-6600.