NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs. Visit the SIT website for more details.
Examine the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda and efforts to foster peace, unity, and reconciliation. Travel to northern Uganda to study collective strategies of remembrance.
WHY STUDY PEACEBUILDING IN RWANDA?
In 1994, Rwanda was the site of a devastating genocide in which nearly 1 million people were killed in 100 days. Today, Rwanda provides an excellent case study on reconciliation and peacebuilding. In Kigali, the sprawling capital city, you’ll study the root causes and impacts of the genocide. Travel to Uganda to learn about the Lord’s Resistance Army conflict and Uganda’s own reconciliation process. You’ll visit genocide memorials, a refugee settlement, and healing programs for genocide survivors and victims of displacement. You’ll also see Murchison Falls National Park.
- Study the root causes of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis and civil war in northern Uganda
- Learn to speak Kinyarwanda, the language of 12 million people
- Examine healing programs for genocide survivors and victims of displacement
- Visit Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda's largest national park
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.
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website
for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.
KEY TOPICS OF STUDY
- Rwandan history and origins of conflict and genocidal outbreak
- Collective strategies of remembrance and combating genocide deniers
- Social and psychological impact of genocide on survivors
- Changing gender relations and the status of women
- Refugees and displace people in post-conflict environments
- Post-genocide economic development
Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.
SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:
- All educational costs, including educational excursions
- All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
- Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
- Health and accident insurance
- SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
- All scholarships and grants are need-based.
- Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs.
- Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.
CONTACT SIT STUDY ABROAD
Please Note: There is currently a University Restriction on Student Travel in place for parts of Uganda. Consult UVA's Travel Alerts, Notices, & Warnings page for details. Students wishing to pursue education abroad programs that include time in Uganda must submit a petition for an exemption to the UVA Policy on Student International Travel as part of their Education Abroad application.