UPDATED - Rwanda: Global Business Project: Impact Investments in Rwanda
Important: Program Changes due to COVID-19
As a result of the University's decision to restrict nonessential travel due to COVID-19, the international mobility of this program has been cancelled. Although travel will not occur, the academic course will continue for the Spring 2020 term. G&EE and our faculty directors are working closely together to make alternative arrangements for academic continuity. Students enrolled in the course will be updated by their faculty director.
We realize this will be a disappointment and want to assure everyone that student health and safety is the university’s top priority in making this difficult decision. With this in mind we encourage all students, faculty and staff to keep current through the GW COVID resource page.
Is this program for me?
This short-term study abroad program explores impact investments in Rwanda, a landlocked country in Sub-Saharan Africa known for its picturesque terrain as the “Land of a Thousand Hills.” Impact investments are ones that generate a measurable beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return. This course studies the agriculture sector in Rwanda and requires students to work with agricultural processors and farmer cooperatives (“coops”).
Student consulting teams will prepare impact investment memoranda on the selected agricultural processors for presentation to a U.S.-based impact investor. In this capacity, students will be trained and will act as investment officers for (potential) impact investment transactions. The impact investor will participate in preparing students to meet the assigned processors. The impact investor is working with a Dutch development organization, specializing in agricultural development, which will act as our local host and introduce the student consulting teams to the processors. To support the student consulting teams, both the impact investor and the Dutch development organization will assist with gathering information about – and documents from – the processors.
Students will research and analyze assigned processors prior to the residency in Rwanda. During the residency, students will meet with their assigned processors in order to finish their research and analyses. In addition, the residency will include site visits designed for students to gain exposure to various institutional actors, including (1) Rwandan government ministries and institutions, (2) local and multinational corporations and entrepreneurs, (3) multilateral and bilateral donors and development organizations.
This program is open to graduate students and qualified undergraduate students. Eligible students must be in good academic standing (GPA of 3.0 or above) at the time of application deadline.
are awarded for successful completion of IBUS 6297/IBUS 4900.
This program fulfills general elective credit for Master's and MBA programs. Students may petition to have study away courses count towards Graduate School of Business Certificates or other Master's degree requirements by speaking with their academic advisor.
Undergraduate applicants should consult with their advisors to see if this course will fulfill degree requirements; otherwise this course may serve as an unrestricted elective.
Friday, September 20, 2019
Fridays from 3:30 – 6:00pm
- January 24 - 3:30 pm – 6:00pm
- February 7 - 3:30 pm – 6:00pm
- February 21 - 3:30 pm – 6:00pm
- March 6 - 3:30 pm – 6:00pm
- April 3 - 3:30 pm – 6:00pm - Online
- April 17 - 3:30 pm – 6:00pm - Online
Due to the COVID-19 university response, all travel was cancelled and courses were moved online for continuity.
March 15 - 21, 2020
Dr. Reid Click
) Associate Professor of International Business and International Affairs
For this program students will be charged GW tuition for 3 credits as well as
a program fee. Click HERE
for the program cost estimate.
Please note that application decisions will be shared with students on October 2nd. Those applicants who are admitted to their program of choice will be required to make a $500 deposit within 5 business days of decision date. If a deposit is not received within 5 business days, students will forfeit their spot on the program.
Scholarships are available to GW School of Business graduate students. For more details on eligibility requirements, click HERE. 5 regular scholarships in the amount of $1,250 and 1 blog scholarship in the amount of $1,500 will be awarded in each term (winter and spring)
Tuesday September 10th, 2019
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Reception to follow
View a recording of the Information Session HERE.
Itinerary: STAP Sample Itinerary_2020 RWANDA.v2.docx
Syllabus: DRAFT Syllabus STAP Rwanda 2020
This program is administered by Global & Experiential Education in The George Washington University School of Business.
Feel free to contact us at 202.994.3681 or email@example.com with questions.
Eligibility & Payment (GWSB Graduate)
Cancellation Policy for Short-Term Abroad
Health Insurance for Short-Term Abroad
Pre-Departure, Health & Safety Orientation for Short -Term Abroad
Withdrawal & Refund Policy (GWSB Graduate)
Global and Experiential Education Scholarships
Photo credit: Reid Click