KIGALI: SIT – Post-Genocide Restoration and Peace Building

Kigali, Rwanda

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  • Fall Semester - Late August to Early December
  • Spring Semester - TBA

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 15
  • Spring Semester - October 1


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Examine the causes of the 1994 genocide and Rwanda's ongoing efforts in fostering peace, unity, and reconciliation among its people.

This program examines the origins of conflict in Rwanda; the social, human, and psychological impacts of genocide; and the challenges and opportunities of post-conflict restoration. Students learn from Rwandan and Ugandan academics as well as local and international professionals working in the areas of transitional justice, peacebuilding, and post-conflict reconciliation.

Field visits to genocide memorials, museums, and commissions working toward reconciliation are an essential part of the program. Students also learn about post-conflict reconciliation in a very different context during the program’s two-week excursion to northern Uganda


Students participating in this program are required to take five courses. Students will be charged Northeastern undergraduate tuition for 16 credits.  Should a student decide to transfer back a fifth course, he or she will then be charged an overload fee as defined on the Northeastern University Registrar’s website.  Please note: See Cost section for additional Study Abroad fees.

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Host University

This program is not housed at one particular university; Rather, it uses multiple host institutions. In-country resources and program partners typically include:

  • National University of Rwanda, Butare
  • International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Kigali
  • National Unity and Reconciliation Commission, Kigali
  • Rwanda Governance Advisory Council, Kigali
  • Gacaca Court Commission, Kigali
  • Center for Conflict Management, Butare and Kigali
  • Gulu NGO Forum, Gulu
  • Refugee Law Project, Kampala
  • Makerere University, Kampala

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 2.5
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility

Application Procedure

    • OISP online application
    • SIT online application

      Please submit the following directly to OISP:

    • Personal statement
    • Independent study project proposal
    • $50 Application Fee (payable to School for International Training)
    • Official transcript
    • 2 passport-sized photos
    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
    • 2 Faculty/instructor letter of recommendations (may be from an academic advisor)
    • Health Forms
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Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $22,660

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($22,310), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Please note that this program requires students to take five courses. Should students choose to transfer back the fifth course, the student will be liable for an additional 4 credit overload fee ($5,577.50). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.


Students live for six weeks with a host family in Kigali. The homestay helps students become more immersed in local social and cultural dynamics and gives them a unique inside perspective of life in post-genocide Rwanda. Students often observe and learn from Rwandans' processes of remembering and forgetting, strategies of overcoming genocide ideology, and their work towards unity and reconciliation.

The homestay is also an important setting to improve Kinyarwanda language skills. Students typically take public transportation to class, which provides them with a good sense of direction and orientation within the city as well as better insight into the local culture.

Other accommodations during the program include hostels, guest houses, or small hotels.


The program is based in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city. Kigali is home to many commissions, organizations, and government bodies related to the program’s study of post-genocide restoration and peacebuilding. A major genocide memorial and information center is located in the neighborhood of Gisozi.

Kigali is a medium-sized modern city in which clear signs of a successful recovery from the devastating impact of the 1994 genocide are visible. However, parts of the city also reflect the poor living conditions many Rwandans still endure. Kigali’s neighborhoods stretch out over the many hills on which the city was built, which provide breathtaking views over the city and the surrounding valleys.