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  • Locations: Kigali, Rwanda
  • Program Terms: Winterterm
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Credit Type: General Education credits available, Resident Credit Housing Options: Hotel/hostel
Program Type: Maryland Short-term
Program Description:

rwanda chbe
CHBE 405/ENCH 605: Global Perspectives on Air Pollution Sources and Control explores firsthand the variations in air quality, air quality policy and mitigation, and measurement and engineering technologies. Rwanda provides a fascinating cross-cultural and content-rich case study in which students will research air quality and pollution scientists and engineers in the region and will discuss relevant international air quality standards and protocol. In-country experiences will include lectures, industry and cultural site visits, and individual and group design activities. Students are encouraged to be active observers of the people, culture, geography, architecture, and the natural environment. 

ENES 472: Leading Global Teams and Engaging Across Cultures in Business, Engineering, and Technology (DVCC) You will develop global leadership capacities and an understanding of the cultural aspects pertaining to industry and international business with a focus on practices in Rwanda and sub-Saharan Africa. In a globalized world, the ability to work, lead and communicate in culturally diverse settings is a core component to leadership. Through real-world examples in Rwanda, you will increase your self-awareness and understanding of culture and how culture influences attitudes, behaviors, and practices at the individual, organizational, or societal levels. This immersive experience will develop the skills necessary to navigate, negotiate, and lead cross-cultural engagements and teams. The course content is relevant to anyone interested in developing cross-cultural leadership competencies and a global mindset.

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

UMD Undergraduates and Graduates are eligible for the program.

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the program director (listed in the Contacts tab) to discuss your interest in the program.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in one of the following three (3) credit UMD courses:

  • CHBE 405/ENCH 605
  • ENES 472

ENES472 has been approved for DVCC (General Education Cultural Competence).

  • ENES472 fulfills requirements in the following majors:Computer Engineering - Category F Elective
  • Electrical Engineering - GTE: General Technical Elective
  • Fire Protection Engineering - Technical Elective
  • Mechanical Engineering - TECH4XX out-of-major technical elective
And fulfills a minor requirement for students in the following minor programs:
  • Global Engineering Leadership
  • Global Perspectives Elective for:


  • Global Poverty
  • Global Terrorism Studies
  • International Development and Conflict Management

The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit.

Students will stay in a hotel in Kigali, Rwanda. 

Costs are not current. The Cost tab for 2024 will be updated soon. 
Application Fee $25
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $700
This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $55
Tuition TBD
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $TBD
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $100
Visa $0
Passport $165
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1000
Course Materials $0
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $150
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $180

NOTE: If you are a non-UMD graduate student, you will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD graduate school to participate in this program.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

Akua Asa-Awuku, Ph.D., is Associate Dean for Diversity and Equity and Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. She is a well-published and regarded scholar with expertise in the formation, composition, and measurement of anthropogenic and biogenic aerosols to explore the impacts on climate and health. Dr. Asa-Awuku has instructed undergraduate and graduate courses that recently include Introduction to Geosciences, Chemical Engineering Seminar, Chemical Kinetics & Reactor Design, and Control of Air Pollution Sources. She is skilled at building opportunities for students that range from field and lab work to policy change.

Léna Crain, Ph.D., is a lecturer in the Office of Global Engineering Leadership. She has instructed undergraduate and graduate courses, including programs in Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Spain, the Netherlands, and Australia, and has lived and worked in France. These experiences contributed to her research, which examines the relationship between culture, pedagogy, and cognition (how culture influences the way we teach and learn), and the influence of cultural dimensions on conflict and resolution. Students praise her enthusiastic, prepared, interactive approach to teaching and the thoughtful interdisciplinary and intercultural experiences that are staples of her courses.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact Education Abroad.

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Eco-tourism excursions to wildlife and nature parks, including Nyandungu Urban Wetland Park
  • Cultural education, including through visits to Rwandan art and history museums
  • Guest speakers, including from the Rwanda Ministry of the Environment (REMA) and USAID
  • Visits to the University of Rwanda and Carnegie Mellon University, Africa

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Last Day to Apply Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winterterm 2024 10/15/2023
10/15/2023 01/02/2024 01/12/2024

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This program is currently not accepting applications.