Hosted by: SIT Rwanda: Post-Genocide Restoration and Peace Building (RWR)
Academic and Program Overview:
This program examines the origins of conflict in Rwanda; the social, human, and psychological impacts of genocide; and the challenges and opportunities of post-conflict restoration. Students learn from Rwandan and Ugandan academics as well as local and international professionals working in the areas of transitional justice, peace-building, and post-conflict reconciliation. Field visits to genocide memorials, museums, and commissions working toward reconciliation are an essential part of the program. Students also learn about post-conflict reconciliation in a very different context during the program's two-week excursion to northern Uganda.
Fall: late August to early December
Spring:early February to late May
A minimum 3.0 GPA; good academic standing. One African Studies course.
* Although there are no prerequisites, students should have an understanding of issues related to conflict/genocide theories and exhibit the sensitivity and psychological as well as the emotional maturity required to deal with these difficult and intense subjects. Dealing with issues of regional conflict, genocide, and its aftermath not only through lectures but also through field trips can at times be upsetting and difficult to handle. An interview may be required prior to acceptance. *
Students are enrolled in 16 credits. Classes will transfer back with credits and grades. Many classes have been blanket approved.
The courses include:
Credit and Grade Translation - SIT Rwanda
- Anatomy of Genocide and Intra-State Conflict (3 credits)
- Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Peacebuilding (3 credits)
- Kinyarwanda Language (3 credits - can transfer as AFS 110R)
- Research Methods and Ethics (3 Credits)
- Independent Study Project (4 credits)
More course information and syllabi are found here
. Please see the Blanket Approval List
to view previously approved courses. If you wish to seek approval from other academic departments at Emory, you must complete this course approval form
and include the Faculty Representative
at the bottom of the form.
Students live for six weeks with a host family in Kigali. The home stay helps students become more immersed in local social and cultural dynamics and gives them a unique inside perspective of life in post-genocide Rwanda. Students often observe and learn from Rwandans' processes of remembering and forgetting, strategies of overcoming genocide ideology, and their work towards unity and reconciliation.
The home stay is also an important setting to improve Kinyarwanda language skills. Students typically take public transportation to class, which provides them with a good sense of direction and orientation within the city as well as better insight into the local culture.
Other accommodations during the program include hostels, guest houses, or small hotels.
: A full description of the program costs and bill procedures is described in the budget sheets. Please click here for Budget Sheet (Spring
Students are eligible to carry existing financial aid and scholarships on Emory-approved study abroad programs. Students may also be eligible to apply for the following scholarships: Diversity Abroad (scholarships for under-represented students), Fund for Education Abroad, Benjamin Gilman Scholarship, and SIT Scholarships. Please click here for more information.
SIT provides an array of need-based scholarships that range from $500 to $5,000. The scholarship application is integrated in the application, so no additional application is needed. It is best to apply earlier to the program as it takes two weeks for scholarship request to be reviewed. You can find a list of SIT scholarships and FAQ's here.
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- All scholarships and grants are need-based.
- Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.
- The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program.
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