SIT/Hendrix College Rwanda Consortium: Semester Study Abroad Program

Experience peacebuilding, sustainable development, and poverty reduction efforts in Rwanda. Form meaningful relationships with local partners while developing valuable professional skills through a three-month internship.

Students visit a housing project built by genocide perpetrators for genocide survivors.

This unique study abroad program offers students from throughout the Rwanda Presidential Scholars Consortium an immersive opportunity to examine development efforts in a dynamic post-conflict environment. Students will investigate microfinance initiatives in relation to poverty reduction and financial self-autonomy and also consider the impact key ecological policies and practices can have on development. A course in Rwandan history and culture provides essential background knowledge to contextualize present realities, opportunities, and challenges. Learn more about the program's coursework.

Intern with a Rwandan NGO or government institution.
As part of the program's three-month internship, students will have the chance to work in a professional environment alongside Rwandans. Students will be teamed up and paired with local advisors and will meet regularly with one another to share their progress, challenges, and experiences as part of the learning process about institutional and organizational management of development entities.

Learn Rwanda's national language and become immersed in local culture and daily life.
Intensive instruction in Rwanda's national language, Kinyarwanda, will facilitate entry into Rwandan culture and help students conduct field research and their internship. Classes will be held in small group formats and focus on verbal competency. Formal instruction in the classroom will be complemented by experiential sessions on shopping, eating out, and Rwandan cooking and music. Students can also improve their language skills by speaking with their host families and through interactive assignments.

Learn more about SIT Study Abroad and The Rwanda Presidential Scholars Program
This five-month program is being offered as a joint collaboration between SIT Study Abroad and The Rwanda Presidential Scholars Program, which is administered by Hendrix College in partnership with the William J. Clinton Foundation.

The Rwanda Presidential Scholars Consortium is currently the largest provider of scholarships to the Rwanda Ministry of Education, with 111 Rwandan students currently enrolled in 17 US colleges and universities. The consortium is one of the most diverse in higher education with participants that include research intensive universities, historically black colleges, national liberal arts and sciences colleges, private universities, independent institutions, church-affiliated schools, and state schools.  Students from these institutions that are hosting Rwandan students have an opportunity to study in Rwanda through SIT Study Abroad.

A pioneer in experiential, field-based study abroad, SIT provides academically rich programs in more than 30 countries for over 2,000 undergraduates annually. Employing an educational approach developed over 75 years, students are challenged to analyze the critical issues shaping local communities around the globe. SIT programs not only educate students, but also give back to the communities with which they work. Each program is comprised of a relatively small group of students who benefit from individualized attention and vibrant intellectual exchange. SIT is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC).

Click on one of the following links to learn more about: