Kent State Kigali

Program Dates

Summer 2023

  • Program Start: July 1, 2023
  • Program End: July 22, 2023

The University of Rwanda

Students studying abroad at the Kigali Summer Institute

The new base of operations in Kigali will give the university its first permanent presence on the African continent, and already has opened the door for a multitude of programs and exchanges between Kent State University and the University of Rwanda (UR).

Rwanda is known in recent history for the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi that left over one million dead. Following the liberation of Rwanda, the country faced the monumental task of peacebuilding and reconstruction. Today, Rwanda is a pillar of economic stability, health, safety and security, and is an up-and-coming destination for education in the region and world.

The largest city in Rwanda, Kigali

Kent State Kigali’s location will add further dimensions to your education. Kigali is the capital and Rwanda's largest city, serving as its economic, cultural, and transport hub. It is near the nation's geographic centre in a region of rolling hills, with a series of valleys and ridges joined by steep slopes.


Centre St.Paul typical room picture
picture of a section of the Centre St.Paul grounds
Snack bar at the Centre St. Paul

Students will be stay in double rooms at Centre St. Paul, a historical site in Kigali that is now a conference center and hotel.

Centre St. Paul Snack Bar:

Whether it’s a juicy burger and fries or a freshly made salad, there’s something for everyone at Saint Paul Snack Bar. We have an extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menu with snacks available throughout the day. Our ice cream is made fresh daily using only the freshest dairy cream and milk. From our old fashioned hand-made milkshakes and our delicious smoothies and juices to our home, there’s a treat for you. All our menu items are made fresh to order using only the finest natural ingredients.

Flight and Local Transportation

This program offers the option of joining a group flight if students apply by the application deadline.  Students also have the option to opt out of the group flight and fly independently.


Group flight will depart from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

Local Transit

All transportation to programmatic site visits and related activities will be by a University of Rwanda bus.

Study Tours and Social Activities

Image of Elephants at the Akagera National Park

Students will join peers from University Rwanda for courses and site visits.
An arrival orientation will cover everything from safety to shopping. Included in the program fee is a weekend safari trip to Akagera National Park.
Co-curricular visits include: the Kigali Genocide Memorial; visit to are conciliation village; civil society organizations; government ministries.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

It is possible to use your federal financial aid to go on Kent State University-approved programs. The Student Financial Aid Office has provided the following document to help inform students about using financial aid abroad, Education Abroad & Student Financial Aid booklet.

It is also possible to use most Kent State scholarships for education abroad costs. If you receive a tuition waiver, that can also be applied to eligible education abroad programs. It is important to note that if you do receive a tuition waiver, you must make sure to tell your Education Abroad Advisor.

If you receive Post 9/11 GI Bill funds, you may be able to use that money to help pay for study abroad. The US Department of Veterans Affairs has created a sheet to explain what GI Bill funds might cover.

Financial Aid for Education Abroad


You can find education abroad scholarships on Scholarship Universe.

APPLY now!  Go to our program database!


Program Contact:

Sarah Schmidt


Phone: (330) 244-3579