Peace and Conflict Studies in Gulu, Uganda and Kigali, Rwanda
On this summer program, explore the social, political, and psychosocial processes that precipitated genocide in Rwanda and the emergence of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda. Examine the history, contemporary politics, and role of the state in the formation and mitigation of each conflict. More than that, consider how these cases can inform our understanding of conflict causation and mitigation in Africa and elsewhere.
Move beyond conventional rhetoric about the 1994 Rwandan genocide to better understand causes, consequences, and current prospects for peace.
The Rwandan genocide resulted in the deaths of nearly 1 million Tutsis and moderate Hutus in a span of 100 days. The intensity of the violence and the extent to which survivors and perpetrators live side by side today provide a unique case study on genocide causation, prevention, and mitigation. Consider explanations for the genocide and what they illuminate about the possibilities and limitations of human nature, global institutions of governance such as the United Nations, and the contemporary modern state.
Students also go on a safari in Murchison Falls National Park.
Please see program website (SIT) for details.
- Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing by program start date
- Minimum 2.5 GPA overall
- Good academic standing
- There are no prerequisites, however, emotional maturity is necessary, as studying genocide and its aftermath may be difficult and upsetting
- Open to University of Michigan-Ann Arbor students only
Through coursework, examine Ugandan efforts to confront political, economic and social effects of conflict within the framework of modern and traditional cultures. The war in northern Uganda ended in 2007 with the signing of the Juba Peace Accords. However, the war intensified the north-south divide, and the country still grapples with political, economic, and social effects of the war. The Acholi people’s efforts to rebuild their lives have been complicated by inadequate access to resources and uncoordinated projects. You will consider how global policies, multinational interests, international and national forces, and tensions between local traditions and modernity shape—or threaten—reconciliation and recovery efforts.
Earn 6 Michigan in-residence credits.
Instruction is in English.
Students will take 1 courses (Please see the below):
-Peace and Conflict Seminar- 6 credits – syllabus
The course examines the historical, political, and social dimensions of the conflicts in the Lake Victoria Basin with a focus on northern Uganda and Rwanda. Major topics include the sources and root causes of conflict, political and social aspects of the genocide, migration and refugee issues, the UN Tribunal, and the Gacaca court system in Rwanda.
LSA Students: All grades earned abroad will factor into the cumulative GPA.
Non-LSA Students should check with their home school or college to determine whether the grades will be calculated into their cumulative GPA, and what type of credit they will receive for the program (in-residence credit or transfer credit).
Budget Sheet 2019
Budget Sheet 2018
Scholarships and Funding
LSA Study Abroad Scholarship: Students should apply for the LSA Study Abroad Scholarship at the same time they apply for the program. Scholarships are granted based on financial need and may only be applied to one program per spring/summer period.?
SIT Scholarships and Grants
LSA Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) Scholarship
Sources for Funding Global Study
Students paying for their university experience via a Michigan Educational Trust (MET) plan may use this plan towards a CGIS study abroad program.
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Passport and Visa
Prior to departure, it is each student's responsibility to research and obtain entry/exit requirements. The consulate or embassy of your country of destination determines the visa requirements and application process for each type of visa. You can locate consular information and read about entry/exit requirements on the U.S. Department of State website.
When determining your exit/entry requirements, be sure to check each country in your travel itinerary, even if you will only be visiting for a short period. Requirements, visa types, and application fees can vary greatly based on your citizenship and individual travel plans. Please note that most consulates will require a passport to be submitted as part of the visa application. The amount of time required can also vary greatly. We recommend beginning your research early and being aware that independent travel plans may be affected by the process.
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IMPORTANT NOTE: The Peace and Conflict Studies program in Uganda and Rwanda begins and ends in different cities. To avoid last-minute flight changes, cancellation fees, and new flight purchases, please be sure to purchase tickets accordingly. Your arrival flight destination must be Kigali. At the end of your program, your departure city will be Entebbe.
Detailed application instructions for your program will be provided when you begin an application.
Application Requirements include:
- Attendance at a session of First Step
- 1 Academic Recommendation Form (short questionnaire is sent via the online application to recommender's e-mail, recommender submits online)
- U-M Transcript
- Passport Photocopy
- Application Questionnaire (short essay questions)
- Records Release
- Disciplinary Disclosure
- Official Non-U-M Transcripts (if you have attended courses at another institution)
- Partner Institution Application (online form)
- Passport Photos
Throughout the remainder of the semester and when you return, you will be required to submit additional documents and attend CGIS program events.
During the homestay, students will become a member of a local family and share in their daily life. This opportunity facilitates cultural immersion, helps students develop language skills, and provides a context for academic learning.
Homestays are spread throughout Kigali and tend to be with middle-class families. While there may be exceptions, you may expect to have access to most modern amenities, including a TV, flush toilets, and showers. Homestay siblings are likely to be attending one of the modern schools in the city.
In Gulu, you may live in a home that has modern amenities such as a flush toilet, indoor shower, and cable TV, or you may live in a home that does not have these amenities. Family size also varies but is typically large. Gulu does not have public transportation, so you should expect to get to and from your homestay on foot.
During the week, you will have about half of your lunches served at the office and the other half at local restaurants in Gulu town. On weekends, you may have your meals at the homestay depending on plans you make with your homestay family.
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Need to Know
SIT Program website
SIT Pre-departure materials
CGIS Student Supplement Handbook Summer 2018
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