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Rwanda: Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding

Rwanda: Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding

Examine the root causes of the 1994 genocide and Rwanda’s ongoing efforts in fostering peace, unity, and reconciliation among its people as well as its subsequent efforts to promote economic reconstruction.

This program examines the origins of conflict in Rwanda; the social, human, psychological, and economic impacts of genocide; and the challenges and opportunities of post-conflict restoration. Field visits to genocide memorials, museums, civil society organizations, and commissions working toward reconciliation are an essential part of the program. In addition, you will visit with private investors to explore their contributions to Rwanda’s rapid economic development. You will also learn about post-conflict reconciliation in a very different context during the program’s two-week excursion to northern Uganda.

Major topics of study include:

  • Rwandan history and culture and the origins of conflict, ethnicity, and genocidal outbreak in Rwanda
  • The institutional and collective strategies of remembrance and strategies to fight genocide denial
  • The social and psychological impact of genocide on survivors and their descendants
  • National and international involvement in genocide prevention and peacebuilding and the interrelations between peace, justice, reconciliation, and forgiveness
  • Refugees and displaced people in post-conflict environments
  • Post-genocide economic development

Working with Rwandan studentsExplore Kigali.

The program is based in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city. Kigali is home to many commissions, organizations, and government bodies related to the program’s study of post-genocide restoration and peacebuilding. A major genocide memorial and information center is located in the neighborhood of Gisozi.

Kigali is a medium-sized modern city in which clear signs of a successful recovery from the devastating impact of the 1994 genocide are visible. However, parts of the city also reflect the poor living conditions many Rwandans still endure. Kigali’s neighborhoods stretch out over the many hills on which the city was built, which provide breathtaking views over the city and the surrounding valleys.

Attend thematic seminar on post-genocide restoration and peacebuilding.

The program’s thematic seminar features lectures by leading Rwandan academics and professionals working in the areas of genocide studies, peace studies, and development.

Study the Kinyarwanda language.


You will receive intensive instruction in Rwanda’s national language, Kinyarwanda. Formal instruction in the classroom is complemented by experiential sessions on shopping, dining out, and Rwandan cooking and music. You will be able to improve your language skills by speaking with your host families and through interactive assignments.

Acquiring a basic knowledge of Kinyarwanda is important for entry into Rwandan culture, and it will help you conduct field research for your Independent Study Project.

Learn field techniques and methodologies for working with topics surrounding genocide.

The program’s field study seminar introduces you to the fundamentals of research tools and the ethical norms of doing research in a post-conflict environment. As part of the course, you will engage in briefing and debriefing sessions to process your experiences surrounding the visits to memorials.

memorial site in RwandaComplete an independent research project.

You will complete an Independent Study Project (ISP), which gives you an opportunity to explore a topic, community, or situation related to post-conflict transformation that particularly interests you. The ISP is conducted in consultation with the program’s academic director, lecturers, and practitioners.

Sample topics for the ISP include:

  • Refugees and displaced people in the Great Lakes Region
  • Approaches to nation building
  • Transnational conflicts and their impact on economic and social development
  • Language and identity
  • Issues surrounding collective memory and memorials
  • Democracy and freedom of speech in post-genocide environments
  • Rwandan homegrown mechanisms of conflict management and settlement of disputes
  • Gender and peacebuilding

Although certain topics and geographical areas may not be permitted, projects can be conducted in a wide range of locations and on a wide range of topics in Rwanda.


None. However, emotional maturity is necessary, as studying genocide and its aftermath may be difficult and upsetting. Knowledge of French is not required but students with a background in the language will have opportunities to use it on the program.

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The interdisciplinary coursework in the Rwanda: Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding program focuses on the history, culture, politics, and economic reconstruction of Rwanda as it recovers from the 1994 genocide, as well as the relevant political, social, and economic issues affecting the country today. Students examine the history of the genocide, its effects on Rwandan society, and a wide range of efforts to reconstruct and reconcile the society that was previously lethally divided. Students participate in a variety of research and cultural activities as well as in field trips and memorial visits throughout the semester and learn from researchers, intellectuals, practitioners, and other specialists.

During the semester, the program takes a two-week excursion to Uganda, to study a different conflict and compare the issues related to the Lord's Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda to the ones that have led to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

Students dedicate the final month of the semester to an Independent Study Project (ISP). This project provides an opportunity for students to explore a topic, community, or situation related to post-genocide restoration in Rwanda through independent fieldwork. During the research and writing of their reports, students may receive guidance from researchers and experts at the National University of Rwanda, the Commission for Unity and Reconciliation, the Center for Conflict Management, or other institutions related to genocide studies.

Links to syllabi below are from current and forthcoming courses offered on this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term.

The syllabi can be useful for students, faculty, and study abroad offices in assessing credit transfer. Read more about credit transfer.

National and Ethnic Identity – syllabus
(AFRS3000 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
This course is designed to provide students with in-depth and multidisciplinary approaches to the origins of conflict in Rwanda and the events leading to the 1994 genocide. The course explores precolonial, colonial, and postcolonial processes of national and ethnic identity construction and contestation with the aim of understanding the dynamics in place prior to and during the 1994 genocide. The course provides a comparative approach to the post-conflict situation in the Great Lakes region, including an excursion to northern Uganda that provides a comparison of identity politics as precursor to conflict in the Acholi community. The seminar lecturers include leading Rwandan academics and professionals working in the areas of justice and development.

Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding – syllabus
(PEAC3000 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
The Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding course is designed to provide students with in-depth and multidisciplinary approaches to post-genocide restoration and rebuilding in the areas of peacebuilding, conflict prevention, and economic development. The course explores institutional processes of memory preservation, transitional justice, and post-genocide aesthetic representation, in addition to an analysis of Rwanda’s expanding economic development efforts. The course provides a comparative approach to the post-conflict situation in the Great Lakes region, including an excursion to northern Uganda that enables a comparison of post-conflict transformation in the Acholi community. The lecturers include leading Rwandan academics and professionals working in the areas of justice and development.

Kinyarwanda – syllabus
(KINY1000 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
The role of Kinyarwanda language training is to provide students with basic tools needed for entry into Rwandan culture. The language training is organized and carried out by a language coordinator and a staff of teachers experienced in teaching Kinyarwanda to non-native speakers. Language study consists of 45 hours of formal instruction including experiential sessions on shopping, eating out, and Rwandan cooking and music. Language study is reinforced through the homestay experience and through interactive assignments. Language study also focuses on training students in post-genocide cross-cultural communication nuances, which further facilitates their ability to conduct field research or do an internship with a local NGO.

Research Methods and Ethics – syllabus
(ANTH3500 /3 credits / 45 class hours)
A qualitative research design course designed to provide an overview of methodological field study approaches within the local cultural context, affording students the tools necessary to conduct field research in Rwanda. The course has three main objectives. First, the course introduces students to the tools and methods of field study with a focus on how to do field research with victims of genocide and their descendants or violence perpetrators. In doing so, the course addresses the social and cultural dynamics in post-genocide Rwanda. Classes analyze institutional and cultural strategies used to prevent ethnic conflict and interrogate the role of the field researcher in a post-conflict environment. Second, the course details the ethics of field research and introduces students to the Human Subjects Review process. Third, the seminar also devotes time to psychological orientation before site visits and to the processing of field experiences. Given the emotional weight of the program and the impact it may have on students, the program has weekly sessions to debrief, process, and talk about assigned readings, field visits, or testimonies of survivors of genocide. One function of these sessions is to reorient student focus toward positive examples of bravery, caring, and compassion that studies of genocide often reveal.

Independent Study Project – syllabus
(ISPR3000 /4 credits / 120 class hours)
Conducted in Rwanda in an approved location appropriate to the project. Sample topic areas: unity, justice, and reconciliation; development and reconstruction; refugees and displaced people in the Great Lakes region; approaches to nation building; transnational conflicts and their impacts on the economic and social developments of a country; language and identity; issues surrounding collective memory and memorials; democracy and freedom of speech in post-genocide environments; indigenous mechanisms of conflict resolution.

Browse this program's Independent Study Projects / undergraduate research.

Please note that in order to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program excursions may occasionally vary.

Program excursions in Rwanda and northern Uganda provide you with extensive exposure to the region. You will engage with critical issues in reconciliation and redevelopment firsthand and apply concepts introduced through coursework and field exercises. It is also during excursions that you will get to enjoy the natural beauty of the country and wildlife in the region as you visit Lake Kivu in Rwanda and Murchison Falls Park in Uganda.

Women's Association in RwandaExcursion sites in Rwanda typically include:

  • Murambi Genocide Memorial: A technical school where more than 50,000 Tutsi were killed
  • Gisozi Genocide Memorial and Information Center: Informative memorial site with a mass grave outside, a peace garden for reflection, and a comprehensive exhibit on the Rwandan genocide and other genocides of the twentieth century
  • TIG (Travail d’Intérêt Général): A work camp where convicted genocide perpetrators complete community work
  • A women's association near Butare where victims of the genocide whose husbands were killed work together with women whose husbands are in prison for committing genocide
  • Nyamata and Ntarama Genocide Memorials: Two churches in the vicinity of Kigali where mass killings took place
  • Millennium Village: Peace and reconciliation village. You will visit with cassava farmers and basket weavers and experience cultural dances and local food.
  • Habyarimana's Residence: The residence of the former Rwandan president Habyarimana, whose plane was shot down in 1994, killing all aboard and sparking the Rwandan genocide.

dance troupe in UgandaNorthern Uganda

During the program's two-week excursion to northern Uganda, you will hear lectures by Ugandan academics, visit different NGOs and civil society organizations, witness the aftermath of conflict by visiting a former IDP (internally displaced persons) camp, and experience everyday life in this post-conflict region.

Sites typically include:

  • Gulu Concerned Parents Association: An organization of parents whose daughters have been abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army and who provide emotional, psychological, and economic support to families affected by conflict
  • Invisible Children, Uganda: An organization founded in 2004 to bring awareness to the activities of the Lord's Resistance Army in Northern Uganda and Central Africa and its leader, Joseph Kony.
  • Justice and Reconciliation Project: An independent NGO in Gulu with a mission of empowering conflict-affected communities to participate in processes of justice, healing, and reconciliation.
  • Kitgum Straight Talk Foundation: An organization devoted to educating adolescents on growing up and staying safe, reproductive health issues, life skills, and sexuality. You will visit the people of the nearby camp for internally displaced people in Orom, talk to youth leaders, and community members, and practice interview skills.
  • Baker's Fort: A former place of the slave trade. The fort was captured by Sir Samuel Baker who established a garrison to fight slavery and the slave trade in the years 1872–1888.
  • Nakivale Refugee Camp: A refugee camp housing Rwandese, Somali, Sudanese, and Congolese refugees in western Uganda. 
  • Murchison Falls National Park: You will be able to spot wildlife on an early morning game drive through this national park. A boat trip up the Nile reveals a beautiful view of a stunning waterfall.


Celine MukamurenziCeline Mukamurenzi, Academic Director

Celine Mukamurenzi, a Rwandan citizen, joined SIT Study Abroad in July 2013. She holds a BA in social work from the National University of Rwanda and an MA in peace education from the United Nations Mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica). Upon completion of her BA in 2008, Celine joined the Association for Development and Social Transformation (ADTS), a local civil society organization engaged in training for social transformation in Rwanda. In that organization, she served as the project manager with the main responsibilities of supervising the implementation of ADTS projects, coordinating the preparation of training materials including the development of training manuals, leading the training of trainers, and creating narrative project reports. In 2010, Celine was awarded a 14-month fellowship in the University for Peace Great Lakes Program, with an emphasis on curriculum design, where she developed two unique curricula: Education for Social Transformation and Gender and Peacebuilding.

In 2011, she worked with the National University of Rwanda’s Center for Conflict Management as a consultant for curriculum design. Among her publications is her 2012 book entitled Towards the Understanding of Social Transformation Process: Special Focus on Rwandan Context. Before joining SIT Study Abroad as academic director for the Rwanda: Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding program, Celine worked with the Rwanda Peace Academy, a regional center of excellence in the fields of training and research related to post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding. Celine is a member of several civil society organizations working in Rwanda. Since January 2013, she has served as the deputy chairperson of the United Nations’ Association–Rwanda and since August 2014 as the chairperson of Bamporenze Association. She has participated in various research projects — most related to the 1994 genocide against Tutsis and its effects — and counts among her greatest passions working in a multicultural learning environment.

Apollon Kabahizi, Program Coordinator

Apollon Kabahizi is a Rwandan and Belgian national and a survivor of the Rwandan genocide. He has studied and worked throughout Africa and Europe and has a background in arts, graphic design, and advertising. His main focus has been genocide awareness and memorial-related activities, which has given him extensive experience working with local and international agencies and coordinating significant projects in Rwanda.

As Rwanda country coordinator for Aegis Trust (2002–2003), Apollon spearheaded the concept, design, and construction of both the Kigali Memorial Centre and the Murambi Genocide Prevention Centre. He later served as Aegis Trust’s Rwanda country manager (2004–2006), where his duties included managing the Kigali Memorial Centre and fundraising for various Aegis Trust projects in Rwanda. Prior to this, Apollon worked for University College of London’s Development Planning Unit and taught genocide prevention at the Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre in the UK. Apollon is the founder of SURF (Survivors Funds UK) where he served as trustee and member of the organization’s management committee (1998–2000). Apollon also has worked as a consultant with the Campaign Against Genocide for the Rwandan Parliament; as a fundraiser with the Austria Development Agency Gacaca documentation project; and as a coordinator with Human Remains Preservation, a joint project between Cranfield University and the Rwandan government.

Apollon was instrumental in setting up SIT Study Abroad’s Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding semester program in Rwanda. In addition to this role, Apollon is the program director for the SIT Hendrix program.

Inspired by his personal and professional experiences, Apollon remains committed to a historically accurate and sensitive memorialization of Rwanda’s recent history.

KimenyiAnnette Kimenyi, Program Assistant

Annette Kimenyi was born and raised in Uganda through her high school years. After the genocide she returned to Rwanda and continued her university studies, and she holds a diploma in secretarial studies. She considers herself a dynamic, honest, hardworking, and happy person. She started working at a very early age and has worked in public relations, advertising, business, and administration. She joined SIT as a program assistant focused on student support in 2013. Annette is a single mother of two teenage girls and speaks Luganda, Kinyarwanda, Kiswahili, English, and French.

Denis Bikesha, Homestay Coordinator

Denis Bikesha is currently completing his PhD at the University of Dar es Salaam’s School of Law. He also holds both a bachelor of law (LLB) and master of law (LLM), which he received in 2004 and 2010 respectively from the Rwanda National University. He is an alumnus of the CONTACT (Conflict Transformation Across Cultures) program at SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont, where he obtained a nine-month diploma in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Bikesha is active in research, publication, and training in areas of justice, reconciliation, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding. He is the co-founder and partner at Premier Law Chamber (PLC), a law firm operating in Rwanda, and is a lecturer at University of Rwanda’s School of Law. Denis works as a senior consultant for two US-based organizations: Lead 4 Tomorrow (L4T) and the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative (ABA/RULI) in East Africa and Rwanda, respectively. From 2004 to 2012, Bikesha worked as a legal officer and later as director at the National Service of Gacaca Courts in Rwanda, an organization that coordinated and supervised all Gacaca courts activities for genocide cases. Bikesha has worked with SIT Study Abroad since 2005, both as a lecturer and a homestay coordinator for the summer Rwanda/Uganda program. He speaks Kinyarwanda, Kiswahili, English, and French.

Jean Pierre Bisangwa, Language Teacher

Jean Pierre Bisangwa holds a BA in management from Kigali Independent University, which he obtained in 2007. His teaching career began in 1996 when an American demining group came to Rwanda and he was trained by their trainers to translate between Kinyarwanda and English to facilitate communication between the American and Rwandan demining soldiers. He has been a teacher of Kinyarwanda at the International Language School in Kigali since 2004. He also teaches English at the Independent Institute of Lay Adventists of Kigali (INILAK) to Rwandan university students. Mr. Bisangwa was a translator for English and Kinyarwanda for Swedish missionaries from 2004 to 2007. He has been teaching SIT students since fall 2009 and also works with a variety of expatriate clients in Kigali.

Selina Olumbe, Program Assistant, Uganda

Selina Olumbe is a Ugandan citizen. She was raised in Kenya, where she attended primary and high school before returning to Uganda for her advanced level and university. Selina has a BA in social sciences with a major in sociology and a minor in psychology from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. She worked as an officer at the children’s and probation department in Busia, Kenya, in 2008 and, from 2009 to 2011, as a community development officer in Uganda with Child Fund International, an Australian-based nonprofit organization that sponsors education for vulnerable and disadvantaged Ugandan children and caters for their well-being.

Selina began working with SIT Rwanda in 2011 and organizes the excursion to Uganda. Her main work is to help students interpret and process cultural differences and adjust accordingly, scheduling and inviting guest speakers, implementing the program’s academic calendar, and making sure everything runs smoothly. Having studied and worked in different cultural settings, Selina has the capacity to easily get along with people of various cultural and academic backgrounds.

Lecturers for this program include:

Professor Anastase Shyaka, Program Faculty

Professor Shyaka is currently CEO of the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) and a leading expert on governance and political development in Rwanda and the Great Lakes Region. RGB is an autonomous national institution responsible for promoting and monitoring good governance through applied research and assessments, advisory services, policy dialogues, and civil society promotion and seeks to help achieve vertical and horizontal accountability, sustainable development, and prosperity in Rwanda.

With vast research experience and wide academic recognition inside Rwanda and beyond, Professor Shyaka was director of the Center for Conflict Management (CCM) at the former National University of Rwanda (NUR) (now the University of Rwanda) where he led many studies and publications pertaining to peace and conflict analysis, democracy, governance, and international relations in Rwanda and Africa’s great lakes region. He initiated several master’s programs, including the MA in Genocide Studies and Prevention and the MA in Peace and Conflict Transformation.

Professor Shyaka was a 2007 Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College, Virginia (USA), where he taught contemporary politics in sub-Saharan Africa.

He was a member of a team of experts mandated by the East African Community (EAC) heads of state to reflect on the feasibility of the East African Political Federation. In addition, Professor Shyaka was involved in a number of peace and political processes at national and regional levels, including national reconciliation and political debates, spearheading the Joint Governance Assessment (JGA) between the government of Rwanda and her development partners, the joint UN–AU process that led to the signing of the Pact of Stability, Security, and Development in the context of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).

Antoine Rutayisire, Program Faculty

Antoine Rutayisire is Rwandan team leader of African Enterprise, an organization that is committed to bringing healing, reconciliation, strength, and renewal back to the disillusioned and devastated Rwandan church and nation. Prior to his current position, he was a lecturer at the Rwanda National University, a teacher and deputy headmaster at a Kigali secondary school (1983–1990), and Rwanda National Secretary for International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) from 1990 to 1994. Since 1999, he has served as a commissioner on the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission, in charge of drafting and supervising the implementation of the national policy for reconciliation in Rwanda, and was twice chosen as its vice chairman. From 1992 to 1994, Antoine served as secretary of the African Enterprise–Rwanda Board before becoming team leader after the Tutsi genocide of 1994. Antoine holds an MA in applied linguistics (UK, North Wales, 1985–86) and an MA in modern literature and curriculum development from the Rwanda University and has spoken on the topic of reconciliation for World Vision as well as twice at the Annual International Reconciliation Conferences hosted by Reconciliation New Works of Our World. He is currently working on his PhD thesis. On the top of that, Antoine is an Anglican pastor.

Frank Kobukeye, Program Faculty

Frank is currently the manager of the New Bugesera Expropriation and Resettlement Project. Formerly, he served as a consultant with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) as the facilitator of “Public-Private Dialogue.” He does consultancy work with different NGOs as well as public institutions. Mr. Kobukeye has worked with the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission and as director of conflict management unity. He has international and regional exposure to training skills.

Bosco Habyarimana, Program Faculty

Mr. Habyarimana is an assistant researcher and lecturer at the Center for Conflict Management at the National University of Rwanda. He lectures on conflict transformation as well as civic and peace education. He received his MA in peace education from the United Nations Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. After obtaining his BEd in language teaching, Mr. Habyarimana worked for two years as a teacher of English and head of teaching staff. In 2006, he joined the National University of Rwanda as a tutorial assistant in the School of Foundation Language Schools where he was in charge of teaching English to students ready to commence their university courses.

Paul Rutayisire, Program Faculty

A Rwandan national, Professor Rutayisire holds a PhD in history from Fribourg University in Switzerland. He lectures at the National University of Rwanda and is director of the university's Center for Conflict Management. His fields of specialization are religion and society as well as conflict transformation and genocide studies. He has published extensively on Rwandan history and has participated in many crucial research projects on topics related to the post-genocide reconstruction of Rwanda.

Bernard Noel Rutikanga, Program Faculty

Bernard Noel Rutikanga obtained a BA and MA from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, between 1976 and 1980. At the undergraduate level he was trained to teach African history and African literature. His master's degree focused on contemporary African history. He taught for ten years at Dar es Salaam Teachers’ College before directing a Namibian and South African refugee scholarship program in Tanzania for five years, in collaboration with the now-defunct World University Service, Geneva. Mr. Rutikanga has been teaching contemporary Rwandan history at the National University of Rwanda since 1995. He has published on reconciliation and ethnicity in Rwanda. He has also served as a Gacaca judge (the traditional jurisdiction system that has been trying genocide-related crimes committed in Rwanda between 1990 and 1994). In 2000, he was a Fulbright scholar at Boston College in Massachusetts.

My homestay family welcomed me with open arms into their home because they were just as excited to learn from me as I was from them. The homestay was the best aspect of the program!

Kai Conley, Goucher College

Share daily life with a Rwandan family.

You will live for six weeks with a host family in Kigali. The homestay will help you become more immersed in local social and cultural dynamics and gives you a unique inside perspective of life in post-genocide Rwanda. Students often observe and learn from Rwandans' processes of remembering and forgetting, their strategies of overcoming genocide ideology, and their work towards unity and reconciliation.

homestay family in Rwanda

The homestay is also an important setting to improve Kinyarwanda language skills. You will typically take public transportation to class, which provides you with a good sense of direction and orientation within the city as well as better insight into the local culture.

Host families are typically middle class and are located throughout Kigali. Host parents work in a variety of professions, including small business owners, government employees, accountants, lawyers, and doctors. Rwandan families often include many children and other relatives. Some families live in large single and self-contained houses with a fenced garden, while others have smaller houses with an outside bathroom and outside cooking facilities. Soccer and church are of high significance to a large number of Rwandan families.

Homestay families are identified and coordinated through the program’s partner school, College Amis des Enfants (CAE), a secondary boarding school in Kigali. All homestay families have at least one child attending CAE.

Other accommodations during the program include hostels, guest houses, or small hotels.

Program Dates: Spring 2016

Program Start Date:  Jan 25, 2016

Program End Date:    May 8, 2016

The dates listed above are subject to change. Please note that travel to and from the program site may span a period of more than one day.

Student applications to this program will be reviewed on a rolling basis between the opening date and the deadline.

Application Deadline:   Nov 1, 2015


SIT Pell Grant Match Award. SIT Study Abroad provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding; this award can be applied to any SIT semester program. View all SIT Study Abroad scholarships.

Tuition: $15,195

The tuition fee covers the following program components:

  • Cost of all lecturers who provide instruction to students in:
    • Sociopolitical history and the origins of conflict in Rwanda
    • Post-genocide restoration, peacebuilding, and conflict prevention
    • Transitional justice
    • Post-conflict transformation in northern Uganda
  • Research Methods and Ethics seminar in preparations for the Independent Study Project
  • Intensive Kinyarwanda language instruction
  • All educational excursions to locations such as Gulu, Uganda, and Butare, Rwanda, including all related travel costs
  • Independent Study Project (including a stipend for accommodation and food)
  • Health insurance throughout the entire program period

Room & Board:$2,780

The room and board fee covers the following program components:

  • All accommodations during the entire program period.  This includes during orientation, time in the program base (Kigali), on all excursions, during the Independent Study Project, and during the final evaluation period.  Accommodation is covered either by SIT Study Abroad directly, through a stipend provided to each student, or through the homestay.
  • Homestay (six weeks in Kigali)
  • All meals for the entire program period. Meals are covered either by SIT Study Abroad directly, through a stipend, or through the homestay

Estimated Additional Costs:

International Airfare to Program Launch Site

International airline pricing can vary greatly due to the volatility of airline industry pricing, flight availability, and specific flexibility/restrictions on the type of ticket purchased. Students may choose to take advantage of frequent flyer or other airline awards available to them, which could significantly lower their travel costs.

Visa Expenses: $152

Immunizations: Varies

Books & Supplies: $150

International Phone: Each student must have a phone in each country. Cost varies according to personal preferences, phone plans, data plans, etc.

Discretionary Expenses

Personal expenses during the program vary based on individual spending habits and budgets. While all meals and accommodations are covered in the room and board fee, incidentals and personal transportation costs differ depending on the non-program-related interests and pursuits of each student. To learn more about personal budgeting, we recommend speaking with alumni who participated in a program in your region. See a full list of our alumni contacts. Please note that free time to pursue non-program-related activities is limited.

Please Note: Fees and additional expenses are based on all known circumstances at the time of calculation. Due to the unique nature of our programs and the economics of host countries, SIT reserves the right to change its fees or additional expenses without notice.


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