Course description

The 3-week Women & Leadership field course in Rwanda is designed to highlight the crucial role of leadership development in the pursuit of social justice and sustainable development. You will be introduced to the social change model of leadership development and explore key concepts of community leadership. You will learn how to better understand yourself as well as others in order to achieve personal empowerment, and you will work with groups of disadvantaged local women and girls in order to develop leadership qualities.

The first week focuses on skills development through classroom learning, workshops, field visits and general cultural immersion. Among others, you will receive leadership training by field experts and volunteer as guest trainers for groups of school girls. The second and third weeks then consist of the practical application and multiplication of your new skills through service-learning activities with local host organizations such as the Nyamirambo Women’s Center.

  • Participate in leadership training workshops by Rwandan field experts.
  • Volunteer to teach leadership skills to Rwandan school girls.
  • Engage in project-based service-learning work at the Nyamirambo Women’s Center.
  • Interview Rwandan women and girls and create stories relating to a pre-determined theme in order to complete your coursework.
  • Explore the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’ through unique excursions and a safari.
  • Create once-in-a-lifetime memories and build lasting friendships.

What’s Included?

  • Tuition
  • Arrival day airport meet and greet
  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • Transportation for all excursions
  • Meals during program activities (typically all lunches and selected dinners)
  • On-site orientation
  • Course-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.

    Academic credits

    Academic credits are available at an additional fee from the U.S. academic school of record.

Enrollment requirements

There are no academic prerequisites. To be eligible to apply for this course, students can be enrolled in any major and minor, including, among others, business, engineering, social sciences, development studies, health sciences, nursing, public health, or any related area. Service-learning tasks will be tailored to the backgrounds and skills of the students. Enrollment is generally reserved for sophomores, juniors and seniors, or by consent of the instructor. Graduate students and professionals are welcome to apply for participation without credits.

Course requirements and student evaluation

  • Course participation and engagement (25%)
  • Weekly reflective journal or blog (10%)
  • Journalistic article (10%)
  • Group presentation (25%)
  • Essay relating to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (30%)



Francoise Uzamukunda
, a Rwandan native, is the Instructor for the Women & Leadership course. 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.


The course gateway is Kigali, Rwanda’s political, economic and cultural center, and one of the cleanest, greenest and safest capital cities in Africa. The majority of course activities take place in the colorful Nyamirambo neighborhood. Students are typically hosted at a local guesthouse. Excursions are arranged to visit attractive historical and cultural sites as well as Akagera National Park for an African safari experience.