The people of Rwanda have endured many significant hardships, including the genocide that took the lives of a million people in 100 days. In recent years they have worked tirelessly to repair and restore their society and culture creating a stronger infrastructure as well as safe environment. The purpose of this course is to examine the Rwandan genocide through the eyes of those who participated in it with a particular focus on the survivors and their recovery. We will highlight the process of forgiveness, hope and resilience require for constructive reconciliation and community well-being.
This course is created and conducted through the School of Education. This course will consist of lectures by local experts, genocide survivors, government officials and peace educators. Activities will include readings, research, tours of genocide memorials, engagement with those living in reconciliation villages, small group session, and optional meditation practice.
Partner Information (Aegis Trust):
William & Mary is partnering with the Aegis Trust, an international organization working to prevent genocide. Aegis Trust honors the memory of the victims of genocide and enables students, professionals, decision-makers and a wider public to meet survivors and learn from their experiences. Through education, Aegis Trust works to build long-term peace by encouraging communities to change from mindsets of mistrust and prejudice to a position of shared responsibility for peach and stability. Aegis also helps survivors in difficult circumstances to rebuild their lives.
The program will be based in Kigali, the geographic, economic and governmental center of Rwanda. Kigali, once the center of the 1994 genocide, has since grown into a vibrant city and was awarded the UN Scroll of Honor in 2008 for its innovations in modern development.
Courses may vary depending on your current academic level. All courses listed under your degree level are mandatory.
- INTR 299 (1 credit), "Study Abroad Pre-Course", taken in spring 2021
- EDUC 364 (3 or 6 credit), "Community Well-Being and Peace Education". If choosing 6 credits, students will take 3 credits while in country and 3 credits as a virtual course during summer session II.
- EDUC 501 (1 credit), "Study Abroad Pre-Course", taken in spring 2021
- EDUC 501 (3 credit), "Community Well-Being and Peace Education", taken during time in Rwanda (summer course)
Dean of School of Education
Assistant Professor, School of Education
Arrival: TBD (late May)
Departure: TBD (14 day program)
Application ($75*): February 1
Deposit ($600): March 12
Final payment: April 1
*A $75 application fee applies, to be paid to the Bursar’s Office. Please note that the application and deposit fees are non-refundable.
2021 Program Fee Estimates:
Students are responsible for airfare, visa (required for US citizens, $30 upon arrival), any necessary vaccinations.
Transportation in country
Entrance to genocide memorials
Reves Summer Scholarships
are available for this program.
To view the estimated costs for this program and important payment information, please visit here
- Students must be an active full time undergraduate student or an active graduate student in the School of Education in good standing, not on academic or disciplinary probation during time abroad, and eligible to take classes at the W&M Williamsburg campus to study abroad.
- Students currently on-campus must successfully complete 1 credit spring course.
- For more information about eligibility, please visit our Policies that Affect You page.
Click here to view Rwanda Handbook 2020.pdf
Click here to view Summer Abroad Handbook 2020.pdf