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  • Locations: Butare, Rwanda; Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Gisenyi, Rwanda; Kibuye, Rwanda; Kigali, Rwanda
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0
Housing Option: Hotel/Hostel Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: African American and African Studies, Arts and Sciences, International Studies, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Sociology
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-Led
Click here for a definition of this term Summer Session: 4W2 Four Week Session 2 Click here for a definition of this term GE Requirements: GE: Open Options – Education Abroad
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: Sociology Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Rebecca McMunn
Program Description:
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Program Genocide Rwanda tab 1

In just a few months during 1994, as many as one million people were killed as violence swept across Rwanda. A civil war, an economic downturn, and growing animosity between Rwanda’s two main ethnic groups—the Hutu and the Tutsi—preceded the genocide, which affected all parts of the country. The violence ended just a few months after it began, leaving Rwanda’s institutions in shambles. Since then, the Government of Rwanda has engaged in multiple initiatives to rebuild the country, and Rwanda has rapidly transformed. This course will explore the 1994 Rwandan genocide and its aftermath through active learning experiences in Rwanda. You will begin by studying the origins of the genocide with an emphasis on why the genocide occurred and, more broadly, what causes genocide globally. Then you will study the violence itself, including the forms of violence, who participated in the violence, and who was victimized. Lastly, you will turn your attention to the aftermath of the genocide and study the legal response to the violence. This will involve examining the local "gacaca" courts that were instituted across the country and the collective memories of the genocide. You will also examine the current state of human rights in Rwanda and some of the regional effects of the violence. Finally, you will study development and aid in Rwanda today, critically exploring the country’s tremendous economic growth since 1994. 


There are two major components of the program. The first includes classroom instruction led by Hollie Nyseth Brehm and various Rwandan guest lecturers. The second component involves experiential learning through visits to various locations in Kigali. These include genocide memorials, museums, Rwandan government offices, survivor organizations, women’s cooperatives, and prison community service camps, among others.


Students will be housed in modest accommodations in Kigali throughout the program.

Resident Directors

Hollie Nyseth Brehm
Department of Sociology

Ohio State Program Contact

Rebecca McMunn
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Courses and Credit Genocide Rwanda tab 2

Admitted participants are required to register for 3 credit hours of SOC 3798.03 during summer term. Participants will also be required to attend two pre-departure meetings with the instructor. 

Through completing this program, students will:
  • Learn why genocide occurred in Rwanda.
  • Be able to place the specific case of Rwanda within the global-historical context. 
  • Learn about forms of genocidal violence, including gender-based violence against women and men. 
  • Describe and critique theories of who commits genocide and apply them to the genocide in Rwanda.  
  • Evaluate processes of transitional justice, including legal responses to mass violence and their intersection with development and collective memory.  
  • Improve their ability to articulate their thoughts about course material during discussions and in written assignments. 
  • Develop analytical skills that help them to ask (and sometimes answer) timely questions about genocide, transitional justice, and development in Rwanda and globally.  



Application Requirement Genocide Rwanda tab 3

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a 2.0 GPA and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation . All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

This program is open to all majors.

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to



Program Costs Canadian Parliament tab 4

Students will be responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $4,327 program fee. The program fee will include airfare, housing, required excursions, and most meals. It does not cover a personal expenses, passport, visa, or immunizations. 

Please refer to the budget sheet to view all estimated costs of participation. 

If a students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed.  After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.



Information Sessions Genocide Rwanda tab 5

  • October 24, 2018; 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM; 100 Enarson Classroom Building
  • November 9, 2018; 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM; 160 Enarson Classroom Building


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Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.


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This program is unique, first and foremost, because of the place you get to go. I found that when I told people I was traveling to Rwanda, most weren't even sure which continent the country was located in. In addition, the program is unique because the genocide you will study is unique. The 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi is very different than other genocides of the century, and being able to study it up close and in-person is an opportunity most would never even think of. 
     — Summer, 2018 Participant
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/01/2019
02/15/2019 05/26/2019 06/18/2019
NOTE: Final dates TBD. Dates include travel days.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.