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*WCU Summer in Rwanda - Field School in Kigali, Rwanda
Kigali, Rwanda (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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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:
The Rwanda summer program is a field school focused on the study of the history and culture of Rwanda, the biodiversity of its national parks, and the ongoing conservation efforts in these parks with a specific concentration on primate populations. On this trip students will visit two National parks, Akagera NP and Gishwati Makura NP, Rwanda, where you will have the chance to interact firsthand with scientists and NGO’s conducting research and participate in field-based primate behavioral data collection. Along with hands on training in the best practices in primate behavioral ecology, you will also have the chance to explore the history and culture of Rwanda while at our research site in Gishwati. You will have the chance to engage with members of local cooperatives and to participate in an exhibition of traditional dancing. In addition, you will visit the National Genocide Memorial to gain an appreciation for Rwanda’s history and progress since 1994.
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 time in the forest tracking and observing chimpanzees and other primates and practicing field methodologies. In addition, while in Gishwati students will be able to interact closely with several local communities, visit local cooperatives such as traditional healers and basket makers, and experience a traditional dance performance. In Akagera NP, students will have the chance to observe a variety of savannah animals including elephants, rhinoceros, lions, giraffes, hippos and baboons during several safari drives and a boat ride.

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 $3,290 by the Bursar's office which covers  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 round-trip airfare from the US to Rwanda (estimated at $1,600), 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.
*Please note that all costs are tentative and subject to change at any time.

This program has received the Global Rams Initiative designation for 2019-2020, which allows for underrepresented minority students that participate in this program the opportunity to apply for the WCU Global Rams Initiative Scholarship for Study Abroad. All students are also encouraged to review the Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Travel Awards listed on the Center for International Programs website.

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

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