Are you passionate about development? Have you dreamed of exploring the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the living classroom of an African success story? Would you like to travel to Rwanda and join a group of peers from around the world in a unique experiential learning study environment?

This Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) program allows you to study progress and challenges towards the 17 goals and their targets in Rwanda. Local faculty members from partner universities such as the University of Rwanda or INES Institute of Applied Sciences provide thematic introductions in the classroom. You will then go out into the field and explore each of the goals and their targets in a highly experiential way, using a combination of site visits, dialogues, interviews and service-learning activities. Course work includes essays, journals, individual presentations, group presentations and a final paper.

Hosted by GEI in partnership with multiple institutions and organizations, this three-week program has a multi-disciplinary approach and is available to students from all majors. Graduate students and professionals are also welcome, and we are happy to consider customizing the program for entire faculty-led delegations.
– Study the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a unique experiential learning environment.
– Explore the progress and challenges towards development of one of Africa’s leading success stories – Rwanda.
– Learn first-hand about Rwanda’s unique history and culture.
– Gain invaluable intercultural competence relevant to your field of study.
– Build lasting friendships with a multicultural group of fellow students.

What’s Included?

  • Tuition
  • Arrival day airport meet and greet
  • Housing
  • Transportation for program activities
  • Meals during program activities
  • Orientation
  • Program-related activity and entrance fees
  • Full-time on-site coordination and support
  • Health insurance

    What Isn’t?

    Not included are the transportation to/from the destination airport (including international airfare and taxes), visas, immunizations, some of the meals, items and services of a personal nature, medical expenses not covered by the insurance provided and other discretionary expenses.


English is the working language for all program activities, so that a good command of the English language is essential. The program has a multidisciplinary approach and is available to students from all majors. Graduate students and professionals are also welcome. In order to thrive and be able to experience the full benefits of this program, participants should be culturally aware and open-minded.


Kigali, Rwanda’s political, economic and cultural center, is one of the cleanest, greenest and safest capital cities in Africa. It is also the arrival and departure location for this program and a welcome opportunity to start an immersive journey to explore Rwanda’s rich history and culture.

The course itself mainly takes place in Musanze in the Northern Province. This very green and surprisingly temperate town of about 90,000 is the perfect location to explore a small microcosm of a country, and to study the SDGs and their targets in great detail. It is also a particularly beautiful place, surrounded by rolling hills, the eight volcanoes of the stunning Virunga chain and the twin lakes Bulera and Ruhondo. Tourists use Musanze as the hub for their visit to nearby Volcanoes National Park where Rwanda’s famous mountain gorillas are found.

Classroom lectures take place at the University of Rwanda’s College of Agriculture and at INES Institute of Applied Sciences.

Additionally, there are several integrated program elements that allow participants to visit further parts of the country, including excursions to Kigali and to Akagera National Parks.


A thorough orientation is crucial to the success of a study abroad experience. As part of this program, students receive a comprehensive on-site orientation.

Course work

Students are expected to actively engage in the course and complete a series of essays, journals, individual presentations and group presentations. At the end of the course, they are required to prepare a final paper about an agreed topic relating to the SDGs in Vietnam.

Sustainable Development Goals

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Learn more about the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals here .