Multiple Locations +2
  • Rwanda
  • Vietnam
J-Term, Maymester, Short Term, Summer
Subject Areas
African Studies Agriculture Anthropology Arts Business Communications Conservation and Preservation Cultural Studies Earth Sciences Ecology Economics Education Engineering Entrepreneurship Environmental Studies Field Studies Food Science and Nutrition Gender Studies Geography Global Studies Human Rights Humanities International Business International Relations Journalism Liberal Arts Life Sciences Natural Sciences Philosophy Political Science Public Health Public Policy Service Learning Social Sciences Sustainable Development +25
Merit-based funding

Program Details

Program Type
Direct Enrollment
Degree Level
Bachelors Masters


Starting Price
Price Details
The price includes the tution ($1,036) and the onsite program fees ($1,790) for logistics such as airport transfers, housing with breakfast, weekday lunches and welcome/farewell dinners, program-related activities and excursions, program-related local transportation, full-time local coordination and support, pre-departure advising, and health insurance.

Not included are transportation to/from the program location airport (including international airfare and taxes), visas, immunizations, most dinners, excursions that you may want to do in your own time during weekends as well as weekend meals, general items and services of a personal nature, medical expenses not covered by the health insurance provided, and other discretionary expenses.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Classes Some Meals Transportation Travel Insurance Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Some Meals Visa
Jun 28, 2022
Oct 23, 2019
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About Program

This course allows you to embark on a transformative journey to develop your personal leadership story – and the core competencies that you'll need as a future global change leader for sustainable development.

The 3-week adventure not only enables you to acquire the skills, knowledge, and understanding to address the planet's most pressing challenges in a holistic way. Far beyond, it's one of the best ways to dive deep into the life and culture of a community in a very different part of the world. As a member of a small multicultural cohort and hand-in-hand with local peers, you explore six systemic entry point for successful transformations towards sustainable development.

The course builds on UNESCO's Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) methodology. We use an action-oriented and transformational real-life learning approach. You'll also plan and implement a community-engage learning project together with members of your local host community.

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GEI’s work explicitly supports the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a plan of action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. At its core, it focuses on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of critical importance for humanity and the planet. We share the 2030 Agenda’s vision of a sustainable world – a world where all people can live productive, vibrant and peaceful lives on a healthy planet. Our purpose is to unleash the catalytic impact of international education, engagement, and exchange to address key challenges set out by the SDGs. To do so, we blend research, education, training, and innovative practical solutions that support transformations toward sustainability.

Program Highlights

  • Develop core competencies of global change leaders for sustainable development.
  • Adopt a systemic approach to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate a community-engaged sustainable development project.
  • Explore transformations towards sustainable development in a leading African or Asian success story.
  • Broaden your network and build lasting international friendships.

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Program Reviews

4.90 Rating
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  • Academics 3.9
  • Support 4.7
  • Fun 4.9
  • Housing 4.2
  • Safety 4.7
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Yes, I recommend this program

Well Organized

This was a very well organized program. We were expected to read documents on infection prevention and control before we arrived, our first week was spent at the University of Rwanda (UR) learning from professors and UR students, and our final two weeks were spent in health care settings applying our knowledge. Everything built on itself.
Perhaps my favorite thing about this experience was the relationships we made with the UR students. Kigali is also an amazing city with a lot to do in your free time.

What would you improve about this program?
This is a new program, and as such there were a few minor kinks that needed to be ironed out. Mainly I think there should be a an incentive for the UR students because they do a lot of work.
39 people found this review helpful.
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Review of the Global Mental health Conference in Rwanda: Broadening Views

The Global Mental Health Summer School/ Conference was a fantastic way to consolidate knowledge gained from an MSc in Global Mental Health. It was a way to learn about challenges and successes in mental health care in Rwanda and the wider regions from those in country and be able to compare and contrast with the literature that is available, bridging the gap between our academic knowledge and evidence and our lack of practical or lived experience in the field.

The information was presented in a way that was easy to understand but having a background knowledge in the area allowed a more effective and critical look at the information and reflecting on the similarities and differences with whats presented in literature to the experience on the ground.

The presenters were inspiring and showed a high level of expertise that was invaluable. However, being able to share experiences with other students and mental health professionals also attending the conference from Rwanda and other places around the world meant that you not only learnt about current initiatives but also how they translate on the ground. Additionally, it meant being able to share and compare our different cultures, values and the way our countries promote mental health and prevent mental ill-health, reflecting how we can incorporate newly learnt initiatives back home.

A wonderful week full of reflection, friendships and learning.

38 people found this review helpful.

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