• Rwanda
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
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships

Program Details

Program Type
Direct Enrollment
Degree Level
Bachelors Masters


Starting Price
Price Details
Included: Airport transfers; housing, meals, activities, excursions, and local transportation during the on-site orientation and the final wrap-up days at the gateway city; transfers to and from the host community site; housing with breakfast at the host community site; full-time leadership and support; pre-departure advising; health insurance

Not included: Transportation to/from the program location airport (including international airfare and taxes), visas, immunizations, meals at and local transportation at the host community, excursions that you may want to do in your own time during weekends, general items and services of a personal nature, medical expenses not covered by the insurance provided
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

Is it one of your heart’s greatest desires - possibly even a career ambition - to become a global change leader for sustainable development? Then this program series is for you! Why? Because we have the tools, the networks, and the expertise to help you develop the core competencies that you’ll need.

Our 3-week Change Leadership for Sustainable Development field courses are transformative journeys to develop your personal leadership story. You acquire the skills, knowledge, and understanding to address the planet’s most pressing challenges in a systemic and holistic way. Far beyond, you’ll have the opportunity to dive deep into the life and culture of a community in a very different and absolutely fascinating part of the world. And you can gain 4 academic credits in the process.

Current destinations: Rwanda, Kenya, Vietnam

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

In line with the UN SDGs, we envisage a world of universal respect for human rights and human dignity, the rule of law, justice, equality and non-discrimination; of respect for race, ethnicity and cultural diversity; and of equal opportunity permitting the full realization of human potential and contributing to shared prosperity. We support all students in their study abroad journey, inclusive of their gender, race, religion, age, physical ability, or sexual orientation.

LGBTQIA+ Support

In line with the UN SDGs, we envisage a world of universal respect for human rights and human dignity, the rule of law, justice, equality and non-discrimination; of respect for race, ethnicity and cultural diversity; and of equal opportunity permitting the full realization of human potential and contributing to shared prosperity. We support all students in their study abroad journey, inclusive of their gender, race, religion, age, physical ability, or sexual orientation.



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

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  • Academics 3.9
  • Support 4.7
  • Fun 4.9
  • Housing 4.2
  • Safety 4.7
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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.
30 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.

30 people found this review helpful.

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