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  • Locations: Gulu, Uganda; Kigali, Rwanda
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 01-APR-2021 ** Rolling Admission 09-JUN-2021 22-JUL-2021

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: none Click here for a definition of this term Open to Non-UVa Students: No
Housing: Homestay Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Credit Type: Transfer Credit
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Field Study/ Experiential, Study center Click here for a definition of this term Tuition Payments Made To: Program Provider
Click here for a definition of this term Education Abroad Advisor: Margaret Walter Click here for a definition of this term Application Fee: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Administrative Fee: Yes Click here for a definition of this term Subject Area: African-American & African Studies, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Economics, Foreign Affairs, Geography, Global Studies, History, Law, Media Studies, Minority Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Sociology, Women, Gender & Sexuality
Program Description:

SIT Study Abroad Uganda and Rwanda: Peace and Conflict Studies in the Lake Victoria Basin

 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.

Understand the root causes of conflict and genocide while examining measures to foster resettlement and reconciliation in Uganda and Rwanda.

WHY STUDY IN UGANDA AND RWANDA?

Uganda and Rwanda offer important case studies on conflict causation, mitigation, and prevention. The war in Uganda ended in 2007, but its political, economic, and social effects are still felt. Survivors and perpetrators of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, which resulted in the deaths of nearly one million people, now live side by side. You’ll visit refugee settlements and genocide memorials and examine reconciliation efforts in each country. You will discover what facilitates and hinders the success of these efforts and consider how these cases can inform an understanding of conflict elsewhere.
Both countries provide context that allow you to examine reconciliation models and push you to consider the roles of ordinary citizens, government, and international actors in these efforts.
You will also explore the rich culture and wildlife of Uganda and Rwanda through homestays and safaris.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Learn how to critically assess measures to prevent conflict and mitigate its impact.
  • Gain an understanding of Uganda and Rwanda’s active resettlement and reconciliation efforts.
  • Be immersed in the cultures of both countries through two two-week homestays.
  • Go on a safari in Murchison Falls National Park.
 
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

KEY TOPICS

  • The social, political, and psychosocial processes that precipitated conflicts in Uganda and Rwanda
  • The history, contemporary politics, and role of the state in each conflict
  • A theoretical framework and historical context of conflicts in both countries
  • Measures that prevent and mitigate conflict

MONEY MATTERS

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

SCHOLARSHIPS

  • 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.  
  • 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.

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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.