This two-week journey, led by Professor Judith LaPietra, will offer students a unique opportunity to experience the beauty and resilience of Rwanda today. More than 26 years after a horrific genocide, Rwanda has charted its own path toward reconciliation and emerged as a unique and progressive landscape.
Known as the land of a thousand hills, our journey will begin in the capital city of Kigali and include visits to the Kigali Genocide Memorial as well as to the Millennium Village Center. Students will explore additional memorials to the 1994 genocide outside of Kigali including the Murambi and Nyamata Memorials.
We will have the unique opportunity to visit a reconciliation village where genocide survivors and perpetrators live side by side today. Additional excursions will highlight Rwanda’s progress including visits to the MindLeaps center in Kigali and the Gisimba orphanage. Our visit to Rwanda will be capped with a group safari at the splendid Akagera National Park in eastern Rwanda.
August 24, 2020 update: By early September we will have complete information, the application link, and so on.
WE STRONGLY ADVISE ALL STUDENTS who are U.S.. citizens and are considering a Study Abroad in the next year:
IF YOU DON'T HAVE A PASSPORT, APPLY ASAP. There are delays of up to 6 months in processing applications.
Coronavirus pandemic in Rwanda:
"A Success Story" (NPR, Jully 15, 2020)
Statistics (regularly updated)
CDC travel recommendations (as of August 6, 2020; updated monthly)
- Students may be required to obtain vaccinations prior to departure in order to visit host country
- U.S. citizens are required to obtain a visa for entry
The safety of our students and faculty is of the upmost importance to the Office of Education Abroad and we regularly review the Department of State website information and resources when developing programs in compliance with our Travel Policy to Restricted Areas. The U.S. Department of State uses a Travel Advisory system when evaluating the safety of travel to particular destinations around the world. We encourage each individual student to do their own research into the risks of travel to certain areas of the world and to familiarize themselves with any potential risks of travel to their chosen destination. For more information on what these advisories mean for travel, please visit travel.state.gov. Please also consult the Safety Abroad information on our website for more details.