Program Details

Examine the root causes and social ramifications of conflict in Uganda and Rwanda. This groundbreaking study abroad program, offered during the summer, engages students with the active peace-building and NGO community in the Lake Victoria Basin. Studen
Location:
Kampala, Uganda; Kigali, Rwanda
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
Students explore issues of peace and conflict in the region through resources such as the Makerere University or Gulu University. Lectures and discussions with professors and professionals working in the field of conflict resolution provide both a theoretical framework for students as well as historical context and background of the Lord’s Resistance Army and the ongoing conflict in Northern Uganda, and the 1994 Rwandan genocide. In both Uganda and Rwanda, one week of classroom discussions, readings, and lectures addresses the history, contemporary politics, and the role of the state in each conflict. Students then visit carefully selected sites to study the issues firsthand and to observe the current climate. Cultural immersion and interactions with homestays with local families complement these studies.

Examine the root causes and social ramifications of conflict in Uganda and Rwanda. This groundbreaking study abroad program, offered during the summer, engages students with the active peace-building and NGO community in the Lake Victoria Basin. Students experience two homestays, one in each country, as well as multiple educational excursions to carefully selected sites including the Rwanda Genocide Memorial. Acquire skills to critically analyze situations of conflict in eastern and central Africa. The program combines coursework in the classroom with experiential field visits to historical and cultural sites as well as to communities, NGOs, and government departments working in peace-building, reconstruction, and recovery. Students have lectures, classroom discussions, readings, and de-briefings on history, contemporary politics, and the role of the state. Immersion in two countries Students visit urban and rural areas in both Uganda and Rwanda. Students engage with university faculty, NGO leaders, and local residents, including victims, to better understand the impact of conflict and the challenges of reconciliation in the region.

Please inquire for costs: Fees include tuition, full room and board, all field trips and related fares, health and accident insurance, and other direct program expenses. Participants pay for international airfare and domestic travel to the point of departure from the USA.
Setting Description:
The program spends time in multiple locations, in both urban and rural areas of Uganda and Rwanda. Students should expect to move between locations frequently. This provides students with broad exposure and access to multiple communities and perspectives throughout the region. Students have the chance to learn how communities may respond to conflict and reconciliation differently.

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
Please see our website for more information.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating

5.0

Based on 1 Reviews

  • Best Experience
    5.0
    09/18/14

    This was the best experience of my life! Both cities are beautiful, I especially loved Kigali. I still keep in touch with my host families and plan to continue that friendship. This program is a definite must if you are interested in conflict resolution

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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