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*WCU Summer in Rwanda - Field School in Kigali, Rwanda
Kigali, Rwanda (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/20/2019
Rolling Admission 08/07/2019 08/21/2019
NOTE: Please note that dates and costs are tentative and subject to change. Contact the Program Directors for this program to confirm the information listed.

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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?: Yes
Faculty/Staff Director: Aaron Rundus, Rebecca Chancellor College: Sciences & Mathematics
Program Description:
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 golden monkeys. 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 Shinehouse Gishwati Research Station outside of the Gishwati forest, and Akagera National Park.
Students will spend two nights in the capital, Kigali, two nights in Akagera National Park and for the remainder of the trip students will stay at the new WCU Shinehouse 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 Akagera NP, students will have the chance to observe a variety of savannah animals including elephants, rhinoceros, lions, baboons and giraffes.

In addition to the regular WCU tuition and fee rates for the 3 credit hour course, all participants will be billed a program fee of $5,395 by the Bursar's office which covers round-trip airfare from the US to Rwanda, all lodging, excursions, in-country transportation, group meals, water, and internet for the duration of the 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.

Not included in the cost of the program are the Rwandan visa fee (estimated at $50 and paid upon arrival to Rwanda), additional meals not covered by the program (estimated at $180), and required immunizations for travel to Rwanda.

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

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This program is currently not accepting applications.