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  • Locations: Kigali, Rwanda
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Description:
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 W&M's 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.

About W&M Winter Programs:
W&M Winter programs are led by W&M faculty and students will received W&M credits. All courses must be taken for a grade, which will be calculated into their GPA. Students will participate in a 1 credit pre-course that will run from mid-October until just before fall exams. This course is required for participation in the program.  Students will automatically receive COLL300 for courses taken abroad.

Location Information:
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.

Student Eligibility: 
All undergraduate students are eligible to apply to this program and scholarship. There are no pre-requisites. 
In person graduate/PhD students (part-time and full-time) are eligible to apply to this program and scholarship. There are no pre-requisites. 
Online graduate students (part-time and full-time) are eligible to apply to this program and scholarship, however students must be aware that program dates will overlap with the start of spring 2022 online courses. They will be expected to keep up with both study abroad program academics AND their traditional online courses. There are no pre-requisites.  

Course Information:
All students will participate in a 1 credit pre-course during the fall semester (INTR 299 for undergrads, EDUC 501 for masters/PhD). Students will then participate in in a 3 credit course "Community Well-Being and Peace Education" (EDUC 364 for undergrads, EDUC 501 for masters/PhD).
Required Text: Community: The Structure of Belonging, Peter Block; We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda, Philip Gourevitch

W&M Faculty:
Spencer Niles (

Daniel Gutierrez (

Arrival: January 5, 2022*
Departure: January 18, 2022
*Please keep in mind that in order to arrive in country on this date you will likely need to depart the US at least one day prior. 

Application ($75*): September 14, 2021
Deposit ($600): October 15, 2021
Final payment: November 1, 2021

*A $75 application fee applies. Please note that the application and deposit fees are non-refundable.

Program Costs:
Program Fee: $5,575
Students are responsible for airfare, visa (required for US citizens, $30 upon arrival), any necessary vaccinations.
Program fees include:
Transportation in country
Entrance to genocide memorials
International health insurance

Funding: Reves Winter Scholarship available. Applications due September 14, 2021

To view the estimated costs for this program and important payment information, please visit here

  • Students must be an active W&M student 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.
Seniors: Students who will be in their final year at W&M during this program are required to complete the COD Policy Waiver Petition. Please send your completed form to the advisor listed below for the GEO Advisor signature. 

Please contact study abroad advisor Marina LaMastro (

Click here to view Rwanda Handbook 2020.pdf
Click here to view Winter Abroad Handbook 2020 - 2021

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.