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The University at Buffalo offers a unique study abroad program in Africa that allows you to visit 3 African countries over 6 weeks May 27 through July 11 while earning 6 credits.

During the course of your travels to these countries you will have the opportunity to take TWO 300-level courses, the first in Cape Town, South Africa, the second in Kigali, Rwanda. Each course will focus on the host country and provide a rich introduction to its political history and culture through literature, film, field trips and cultural contacts. Please visit the links above for more about what each country on our trip has to offer.


1. SOUTH AFRICA: Before and After Apartheid
April 1994 opened one of the brightest and the darkest chapters in history for Africa. Two events became icons for both the dreams and despair of the African continent: the liberation of South Africa and the genocide in Rwanda. The program stops first for 2 weeks in Cape Town, South Africa, on the southwestern tip of the African continent. This vibrant port was one of the first places of encounter between Europe and Africa in the 17th century. It is known today as the Mother City of South Africa. Cape Town is also the birthplace of the new "rainbow nation" where Nelson Mandela became the country's first African president in April 1994 after three centuries of apartheid and white domination. These are revolutionary decades for South Africa as it passes from its European past into an African future.
2. RWANDA: Genocide and Rebirth of a Nation
During that bright new dawn of hope in South Africa in April 1994, one of Africa's bloodiest chapters was written in tiny Rwanda (no larger than Vermont) where Hutu extremists attempted to eliminate the Tutsi population during a bitter civil war. Students will spend 2 weeks in Kigali, the capital of the land of a thousand hills where we will explore the history of the genocide and current efforts to create a post-ethnic future for the Rwandan people.

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