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Washington, DC, Kigali, Rwanda

Program Description

Twenty five years after a genocide, Rwanda has been able to make tremendous progress in all areas of the society. According to the World Economic Forum, Rwanda has one of the fastest growing economies in the World and Rwanda has the highest number of women in Government (56% of its parliament is made of women) in the world. How could a country that was ravaged by the evil of Genocide 25 years ago, rebuild itself in such a small period of time?
The aim of this Study Abroad is to evaluate the lessons that Rwanda can teach the world about how violence destroys a nation and the ways in which peace building can help societies rebuild. Through workshops, experiential activities, interaction with local leaders, participants will explore the processes and ideas that led to the Genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda and the role that Sports, Debate, Peace building and Art have had in the reconciliation process in Rwanda.

Location Description

"Known as the land of a thousand hills, Rwanda’s stunning scenery and warm, friendly people offer unique experiences in one of the most remarkable countries in the world". The majority or our trip will be in and around the city of Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda and one of the cleanest cities in the world. Day trips and overnight trips will allow us to explore the beautiful mountains and national game parks and will include a safari/game drive.


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Hotels, Hostels and Guesthouses. Breakfast will be provided each day. Dinner will be provided on 6 nights. Students should be prepared to spend their own money for lunch and remaining dinners.

Additional Items to Consider

Visas will be required.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.5

The program is intended for Sport/Recreation majors, Education majors, Gender Studies majors and Genocide Studies majors, but is open to all majors.

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short essay 
  • Resume 
  • Interview with Program Director 
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students.

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


UNST 190: Rwanda: Genocide and Reconciliation through Sport, Debate and the Arts

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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