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Program Description:

Uganda and Rwanda: Peace and Conflict Studies in the Lake Victoria Basin (Summer)

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Examine the root causes of conflict and genocide and measures to foster resettlement and reconciliation in Rwanda and Uganda.

Program Highlights

  • Explore the social, political, and psy­chosocial processes that precipitated genocide in Rwanda and the emergence of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda.
  • Move beyond conventional rhetoric about the 1994 Rwandan genocide to better understand causes, consequences, and current prospects for peace.
  • Examine Ugandan efforts to confront political, economic and social effects of conflict within the framework of modern and traditional cultures.
  • Visit field sites and communities in urban and rural areas of Uganda and Rwanda, including refugee settlements in Uganda and genocide memorials in Rwanda, and witness ongoing resettlement and reconciliation efforts in the Lake Victoria Basin region.
  • Critically analyze measures that have been put in place to prevent conflict and mitigate its impact.
  • Experience cultural events and daily activities as you live for two weeks each with families in Rwanda and Uganda.
  • Go on a safari in Murchison Falls National Park.

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

Key Topics of Study

  • The history, contemporary politics, and role of the state in each conflict
  • A theoretical framework and historical context in which to situate the 1994 Rwandan genocide and the emergence of the Lord’s Resis­tance Army (LRA) in the Acholi region of Uganda
  • Measures that prevent and miti­gate conflict

Money Matters

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SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:

  • All educational costs, including educational excursions
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
  • Health and accident insurance


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  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  
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CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 05/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students applying to CSU-sponsored programs will be notified of decision within two weeks of application submission. Students applying to non-CSU sponsored programs need to contact their program provider for decision dates.