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*WCU Summer in Rwanda - Field School in Kigali, Rwanda
Kigali, Rwanda (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 12/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission 08/07/2018 08/19/2018
NOTE: Please note that dates and costs are tentative and subject to change. Contact the Program Directors listed below to confirm the information.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Max Credits Offered: 3
Area of Study: Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Psychology Program Type: WCU Faculty/Staff-Led Program Abroad
Credit Type: Direct WCU Credit
Available to Non-WCU Students:
Faculty/Staff Director: Aaron Rundus, Rebecca Chancellor College: Sciences & Mathematics
Program Description:
This program is designed to provide students with an overview of the culture and natural history of Rwanda with a focus on its primates including great apes and ecotourism in the Gishwati region. This course will provide students with hands on experience in observing primates in the wild and the methods used to collect behavioral data. On the trip students will observe several species of primates including chimpanzees and mountain gorillas. In addition they will stay at an active primate research site run by the faculty leading the tour to see what running a field site and conducting research on primates entails.

In addition students will get a chance to interact extensively with Rwandan culture engaging in activities designed to expose them to the traditions, beliefs and values of this society.
Various locations in Rwanda including the capital Kigali, the WCU Gishwati Research Station outside of the Gishwati forest, and Bwindi Uganda.
Students will spend two nights in the capital, Kigali, one night in Bwindi and for the remainder of the trip students will stay at the new WCU Gishwati Research Station.
The course will be offered in English
Students have the option of enrolling in 3 credits of PSY 410 Research in Psychology.
Students will explore the culture of Rwanda while in the capital Kigali and have a chance to visit the National Genocide Memorial to learn more about this important time in Rwanda’s history. During the stay in Gishwati students will spent most of the days in the forest tracking and observing chimpanzees and other primates. In Bwindi, students will have the chance to observe the endangered mountain gorillas.

All participants will pay a program fee of $5,400 at the WCU foundation prior to departure for participation in this program. In addition, all students will be billed the $100 WCU Study Abroad application fee through the WCU Bursar's Office upon applying to the program and will be required to purchase WCU's mandatory international insurance prior to departure. If students would like to earn academic credit while in Rwanda, they will also be required to pay the regular WCU tuition and fee rates for the 3 credit hour course. 

For more information please contact Dr. Aaron Rundus at, Dr. Rebecca Chancellor at