Our Health Electives in Rwanda and Kenya for international students in medicine, nursing, public health and other health sciences offer a variety of preclinical, clinical, global health and research opportunities at Rwandan hospitals and host organizations. Placements are tailored to your qualifications and interests. Clinical rotations are particularly available to final-year medical students who desire to meet their medical school elective abroad requirements.
Host sites include university teaching hospitals, other select urban and rural hospitals and health centers, as well as NGOs and public health-related government institutions such as the Rwanda Biomedical Center.
Custom placements are available year-round, with flexible durations (minimum 4 weeks).
- Combine a highly relevant global experience with professional skills development and cultural immersion.
- Work with local colleagues and develop your intercultural communication skills, confidence and adaptability.
- Gain new insight through a unique African perspective on development and nation building.
- Explore the progress and challenges towards development of a leading African success story.
- Broaden your personal and professional network, and build lasting international friendships.
This course enables students to develop and apply their theoretical and practical knowledge in a supervised placement experience. Qualified students are placed with a local hospital or organization in one of various fields, including, among others, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, allied health, oral health or mental health. Students are matched with host organizations according to their level of study, existing skills and desired fields. A specific placement plan is developed in advance of each stay. Students benefit from a pre-placement orientation, a weekly classroom or field session with interdisciplinary training, and a weekly formal supervisory meeting. After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify professional and personal values, strengths and interests
- Describe disease processes, gender disparity, transitional epidemiology and emerging health issues
- Develop realistic diagnostic and management plans for local patients
- Appreciate how culture influences patients’ perspectives on health, disease, and the healing process
- Demonstrate strong communication and interactive skills for dealing with patients and other members of the health care team
- Discuss societal and environmental issues as they affect specific patient groups
The interdisciplinary training focuses on cultural intelligence (CQ), the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), storytelling, and career development with special emphasis on international careers and networking.
Students should have already acquired a theoretical foundation and preferably a practical skill set in their discipline. To be eligible to apply for this course, students can be enrolled in medicine, nursing, public health and other health sciences. Enrollment is generally reserved for juniors, seniors and graduate students, or by consent of the faculty sponsor. Clinical rotations are available to final year students only. Professionals are welcome to apply as well.
Course requirements and student evaluation
- Course participation and engagement (40%)
- Weekly reflective journal or blog (15%)
- Placement report (15%)
- Essay relating to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (30%)
1 credit per 50 hours is available from our main U.S. academic school of record, The College of New Jersey, under a Community Field Experience.
One of today’s greatest development success stories, Rwanda is Africa’s prime study abroad jewel. The country underwent a breathtaking transformation since the genocide in 1994. A model for poverty reduction and economic growth, it accounts for the highest percentage of women in parliament anywhere in the world. And the streets of its modern green capital Kigali are clean, safe and free of corruption.
The course gateway is Kigali, Rwanda’s political, economic and cultural center, and one of the cleanest, greenest and safest capital cities in Africa. Placements are typically located either in Kigali or in Huye, a pretty university town in the southwest.
Students live either in a host family or at a local guesthouse.
- Placement and supervision at a host organization
- Pre-placement orientation
- Weekly interdisciplinary training session (typically first four weeks)
- Weekly meeting with the internship supervisor
- Accommodation – either in a host family with breakfast and up to 5 dinners per week (what to expect) or at a local guesthouse with breakfast
- Personal meet & greet at the airport and transfer to the host family or guesthouse
- 24/7 emergency support by GEI staff
Not included are the transportation to/from the destination airport (including international airfare and taxes), visas, immunizations, health insurance, transportation outside of the orientation days, meals outside of the orientation days and the homestays, academic credits, personal expenses and other extras.
1 academic credit per 50 hours is available at an additional fee of US $125 per credit from the U.S. academic school of record, The College of New Jersey, under a Community Field Experience.
Francoise Uzamukunda, a Rwandan native, is the main coordinator for clinical rotations and other health placements in Rwanda. She holds a Master’s degree in Education from the reputable University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and has previously worked as a teacher trainer. Over the course of her professional and academic career, she has held various leadership positions and actively engages with several women’s organizations.
(minimum 4 weeks)
Starting at US $2,390
- 4-week placement: US $2,390
- Every additional week: US $390
1 credit per 50 hours
- Program flyer: PDF download