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  • Locations: Kigali, Rwanda
  • See instructions below in Dates/Deadlines section

    Program Terms:
    Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Program Director: Schedule an Appointment
  • Restrictions: Notre Dame applicants only
  • Expenses students are responsible for: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

You MUST choose your FIRST PREFERENCE SEMESTER when applying.

DO NOT apply to the same program for different terms. You will be able to indicate your openness to alternate semesters within the application questionnaire.

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Third Party Provider Recommended GPA: 3.0
Housing Options: Host Family Language Prerequisite: None
College: College of Arts & Letters Language of Instruction: English
Class Level While Abroad: Junior Language Courses Offered: Yes
Minimum Credit Load: 15 Program Director: Laura Stipic
Special Opportunities: Cultural Excursions, Independent Study Project, Internships, Research Eligible Majors: Any
Program Required Approvals: Advising Dean Approval, DUS Approval Program Required References: Academic Reference
Program Information:

The program is based in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city. Kigali is home to many commissions, organizations, government bodies, and memorials related to the program’s study of post-genocide restoration and peacebuilding such as a genocide memorial and information center located in the neighborhood of Gisozi. Kigali is a medium-sized modern city in which clear signs of a successful recovery from the devastating impact of the 1994 genocide are visible. However, parts of the city also reflect the poor living conditions many Rwandans still endure. Kigali’s neighborhoods stretch out over the many hills on which the city was built, which provide breathtaking views over the city and the surrounding valleys.

Program Dates*
Fall Semester: Mid-August through early December
Spring Semester: Late January through mid-May

*Please take program dates into consideration and how they may coincide or conflict with internship and other academic requirements.

Academic Program
This program examines the origins of conflict in Rwanda; the social, human, psychological, and economic impacts of genocide; and the challenges and opportunities of post-conflict restoration. Field visits to genocide memorials, museums, civil society organizations, and commissions working toward reconciliation are an essential part of the program. In addition, you will visit with private investors to explore their contributions to Rwanda’s rapid economic development. You will also learn about post-conflict reconciliation in a very different context during the program’s two-week excursion to northern Uganda.

National and Ethnic Identity
(AFRS3000 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)

Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding 
(PEAC3000 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)

(KINY1000 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)

Research Methods and Ethics 
(ANTH3500 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)

Independent Study Project 
(ISPR3000 / 4 credits / 120 class hours)

Applicants must be full-time students in good standing at the University of Notre Dame.

Students should possess exceptional motivation, emotional maturity, and a high aptitude for adapting to new environments. Students should also expect to participate in an interview as part of the selection process as selection is competitive. Admitted students will be required to participate in pre-departure meetings.

Housing and Meals
Students reside with host families for six weeks during their stay in Kigali and for two weeks in Gulu, Uganda. Additional housing is provided at hotels or guest houses. All meals are covered by SIT directly or a stipend for through the homestay.

Special Considerations
This program is administered by SIT, a Third Party Provider and is a two-stage acceptance program. Once accepted by Notre Dame, there is a secondary application administered through SIT. While it is rare that a student accepted by Notre Dame would not be accepted by SIT, SIT does make the final academic decision. Pre-departure forms and materials will be assigned on both the Notre Dame study abroad website and the SIT accepted student website.

The CDC requires that students get the yellow fever vaccine. Please review the 
CDC website for more information. 

If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months of your anticipated program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. You can get more information about obtaining and renewing passports here: United States Postal Service.

Relevant Links
Rwanda: Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding


This program is currently not accepting applications.