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*WCU Summer in Rwanda: Digital Storytelling Abroad
Kigali, Rwanda (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Restrictions: WCU applicants only
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission 08/07/2019 08/21/2019
NOTE: Please note that costs and dates are tentative and subject to change. Contact the Program Director listed for updated 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.
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Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Other (see "accommodations" section below for details)
Max Credits Offered: 3 Area of Study: Communication Studies, Education, English
Program Type: WCU Faculty/Staff-Led Program Abroad Credit Type: Direct WCU Credit
Available to Non-WCU Students?: No College: Arts & Humanities
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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The Digital Storytelling Abroad summer program will focus on place-based digital storytelling (using digital tools to tell stories of everyday people for educational purposes). Students will receive intensive writing instruction with a focus on research, creativity, and emerging mobile technologies to tell nonfiction, digital stories. This program also includes a service-learning component.
 
LOCATION
Participants will have an opportunity to study the history, culture, people and politics of Rwanda, specifically in and around Gishwati Mukura National Park and also visit the National Genocide Memorial and Museum in Kigali, Rwanda. Students will also have an opportunity to go on Safari in Akagera National Park, Rwanda, too.
 
ACCOMMODATION
Participants will be staying in a hotels in Kigali (the first and last days of the trip) but will spend most of the time in country staying in a dormitory-like building at West Chester University’s field school: the Shinehouse Gishwati Research Station.
 
LANGUAGE
English
 
COURSE INFORMATION
Students can register for 3 credit hours in ENG 410: Independent Study (Digital Storytelling) for this trip. Students enrolling for credit will meet with the instructors one week prior to the two-week in-country field component. ENG 410 will focus on tools and techniques for digital storytelling. 
 
EXAMPLES OF POSSIBLE EXCURSIONS
Visit a traditional healer
Visit/work with the primary/secondary schools
Work with the FHA Reading Group
Visit with a traditional beekeeper
Walk/hike in the Gishwati Forest 
 
PROGRAM COSTS
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
 
SCHOLARSHIPS
This program has received the Global Rams Initiative designation for 2018-2019, 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.  

CONTACT INFORMATION
Dr. Jordan Schugar
jschugar@wcupa.edu
Main Hall 537
 

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