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Terms and Dates:

  • Fall 2019
  • Spring 2020
  • Fall 2020
  • Spring 2021


Kristen Grace

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning

Off-campus partner:

SIT - School for International Training


Opportunity Description

Examine Rwanda's efforts to foster peace, unity, and reconciliation after the genocide, and learn how collective strategies of remembrance are being used to counteract genocide denial in Uganda.

What is unique about this program?

  • Study the root causes of the 1994 Rwandan genocide and the conflict in northern Uganda.
  • Visit communities working to reconcile and rebuild, and experience everyday life in this post-conflict region.
  • Examine healing programs for genocide survivors in Rwanda and victims of displacement in northern Uganda.
  • Learn the fundamentals of research tools and the ethics of doing research in a post-conflict environment.
  • For the last month of the program, conduct an Independent Study Project (ISP) on an approved topic of your choosing. 
  • Study the Kinyarwanda language.

Why study Peacebuilding in Rwanda?

Rwanda is the site of considerable national and international involvement in genocide prevention and peacebuilding leading to institutional and collective strategies of remembrance and strategies to fight genocide denial.  Learn about economic reconstruction from professionals working in peacebuilding, transitional justice, and development.  Whether studying the origins of conflict and genocidal outreak, the social and psychological impact of genocide on survivors and their descendants, or the effects on refugees and displaced people in post-conflict environments, Rwanda is unparalleled for the rich opportunities it affords to anyone concerned about conflict and post-conflict situations around the world today.

How do I choose among programs?

  • See the Office of Global Learning’s “Selecting a Program” page for information on program types and considerations
  • Use the search features on the Experience Cornell  Opportunities page to filter for programs approved by your college, and by particular subject areas
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  • Find out about upcoming events, check out FAQs, and read stories from returned study abroad students

How do I apply?

Applying to study abroad is a two-step process. You may complete both steps simultaneously, but the Cornell approval process must be complete before your program advisor in the Office of Global Learning can submit any approval or nomination to the program.

  1. For Cornell Approval, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this page.
  2. For Program Admission, complete an external application directly on the program’s webpage, using the link in the “Snapshot” section. (Note: This deadline may be in advance of the general Cornell deadline for approval. Many programs fill by rolling admission.)