Program Title: SIT Rwanda: Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding
Location: Kigali, Rwanda
Host Website: www.sit.edu; https://studyabroad.sit.edu/programs/semester/fall-2019/rwr/
Students in good standing at Pitzer College. SIT requires students to have a 2.5 or higher GPA. Preference given to juniors and first semester seniors but sophomores are eligible if space is available.
At least one African area studies course in literature or media, history, or political studies is strongly recommended. Several such options are offered at Pomona College. Suggested additional general preparation options include: Comparative Politics; Intercultural Communications; Language Culture and Society; Introduction to International/ Intercultural Studies; Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
According to the SIT 2016 semester catalog “None. However, emotional maturity is necessary, as studying genocide and its aftermath may be difficult and upsetting. Knowledge of French is not required, but students with a background in the language will have opportunities to use it on the program.”
Students must first apply through Pitzer’s Office of Study Abroad and International Programs. If accepted by Pitzer, students will then be asked to complete the SIT application.
Fall Semester: Late August to early December
Spring Semester: Late January to mid May
Participants are expected to take National and Ethnic Identity, Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding, Kinyarwanda, Research Methods and Ethics and an Independent Study Project (ISP).
Beginning Kinyarwanda is taught as a regular college course and is mandatory.
All students do an independent study project that may comprise a field-based research project. Sample topics: Refugees and displaced people in the Great Lakes Region, Democracy and freedom of speech in post-genocide environments and Transnational conflicts and their impacts on the economic and social developments of a country.
Students will receive the equivalent of 4.0 Pitzer course credits for the successful completion of the five program courses.
Students are housed in homestays, hostels, guest houses or small hotels.