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Coffee, Community, and Change in Rwanda

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Kigali, Rwanda
Course # SA 19999
Duration Spring Break
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring Break 2022 03/12/22 to 03/20/22

Program Leader


Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Program Description

Spend your Spring Break in the 'Land of a Thousand Hills!" This program will be part of a semester-long course that explores themes about coffee, community, and change in Rwanda. Prior to traveling, students will learn about the history, culture, and economy of Rwanda, as well current issues in the country. During our travel, we will be based in the capital, Kigali, and will have site visits to universities and community organizations throughout the city and surrounding areas.


Accommodation: Hotel Chez Lando  


March 2022 Activities
Hotel transfer
Welcome dinner at The Hut Restaurant
EDU Africa orientation
Kinyarwanda lesson
Walking city orientation
Local marketplace visit
Kigali Genocide Memorial visit +  Reflection session
Free afternoon
University of Rwanda visit & student engagement
Rwanda Farmers Coffee visit
Westerwelle Startup Haus Kigali visit
Nyamirambo Women’s Centre visit & weaving class
Inema Arts Center visit & yoga class
Question Coffee visit Bourbon Coffee visit
University of Kigali visit & student engagement
Travel to Musasa
Land of 1000 Hills Coffee Station visit
Travel to Kigali
Travel to Kayonza
Akagera National Park visit & game drives
Travel to Kigali
Farewell dinner at Heaven Restaurant
Final reflection session Lunch
Airport transfer International departure

** daily itinerary is subject to change

Academic Credit

Students will enroll in SCLA491: Coffee, Community and Change in Rwanda for this program. 

The course will be embedded during the Spring 2022 semester and we will have 8 classes before and after our travel in March.


Classes will be from 3:00-4:50pm on Friday afternoons on the following dates:

Jan 28, Feb 4, Feb 11, Feb 18, Feb 25, March 4

March 12-19 Travel to Rwanda

April 1, April 8



This program is open to students from all majors and programs.  

Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

The estimated program cost is $3500

This includes: $2500 in on-the ground expenses (hotel, daily travel, excursions - entry fees, tours, and two dinners.) Airfare is estimated at $1000 and participants will be expected to purchase airfare indepedently (we'll talk about this!)

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included on 3/13, 3/16, 3/18 and 13/19. Breakfast will be the only meal included on all other days. 


Participants will pay out-of-pocket for other expenses, included other meals, personal items, and health insurance through Purdue. 

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted until November 1st, 2021.

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

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