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SIT: Uganda and Rwanda: Peace and Conflict in the Lake Victoria Basin
Gulu, Uganda; Kigali, Rwanda (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 01-APR-2018 ** Rolling Admission 11-JUN-2018 24-JUL-2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Homestay, Hotel, With program group Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Transfer Credit
Program Type:
Field Study/ Experiential
Tuition Payments Made To:
Program Provider
Education Abroad Advisor:
Margaret Walter
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
African-American & African Studies, Cultural Studies, Foreign Affairs, Geography, Global Studies, History, Minority Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Women, Gender & Sexuality
Program Description:
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Uganda and Rwanda: Peace and Conflict Studies in the Lake Victoria Basin (Summer)

Major Topics of Studyuganda

  • 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

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

Program Structure

There is no "typical day"on an SIT program. Activities may take place on any day of the week and at any time of day to be in accordance with local norms and to take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunities. Thus, the schedule and structure of the program are likely very different from what students are used to on their home campuses. The summer progresses in phases:

  • Summer programs last for six or seven weeks. Much of that time is spent in the field, with visits to sites relevant to the program theme.
  • Throughout the summer students participate in:
    • thematic seminars and educational excursions
    • language instruction focused on improving practical communication skills, and
    • one to two homestays, typically.
  • On some programs, students complete a practicum or research project.
  • At the end of each program, students participate in debriefing and reentry sessions.

What Makes SIT Unique

  • SIT Study Abroad offers a field-based, experiential approach to learning.
  • Each program has a small group of students (typically 10–35). 
  • On an SIT program, students gain high levels of access to many different stakeholders and experts relevant to the issues the program is examining. 
  • While some learning will be conducted at the SIT program center, extensive learning is done outside the classroom — in host communities, field stations, NGO headquarters, ecological sites, health clinics, and art studios.

Money Matters

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

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


  • SIT awards nearly $1.3 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $3,000.  
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.

Contact SIT Study Abroad

Please Note: Regions within Rwanda are considered by the U.S. Department of State to be "High Risk", and/or have an advisory of "Reconsider Travel" or "Do Not Travel". Consult and to see if, based on your travel for university related purposes, you must submit a petition as part of your Education Abroad application per the UVA Policy on Student International Travel.