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Locations and Dates

  • Location: Kigali, Rwanda
  • Dates: May 29–July 31, 2022
  • Term Offered: Summer I
  • Applicable Majors: Classes may count for students pursuing biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. Please consult with your departmental academic advisor to determine how this fits within your degree plan.
  • Classification: Sophomore or higher; no graduate students
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5

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Overview

Texas A&M University's Department of Biomedical Engineering is partnering with Engineering World Health to offer undergraduate engineering students the opportunity to participate in a challenging study abroad program in the Republic of Rwanda. Through this program, students help develop medical devices and technologies that address critical needs, and they will also provide desperately needed medical equipment repair services. They immerse themselves into the region’s language and culture while learning practical, hands-on engineering skills. Students also learn medical device design and have opportunities to use their experience to define their own design projects. As part of the program, students collaborate with the medical facility staff to increase their own knowledge base, as well as that of the hospital staff.

The first month of the summer consists of cultural and technical training in Kigali, Rwanda. Students study Kinyarwanda and French, and Engineering World Health staff will work with the local community to arrange for students to live in local families’ homes, when possible. Students also participate in intensive medical equipment repair training. Visits to hospitals in Kigali provide on-the-job preparation with guidance from the instructor.

During the second month, students are assigned to host hospitals around the country to repair and install medical equipment as necessary. Other tasks may include training hospital staff, taking inventory and general problem solving. The students’ final report is a project proposal for a new medical or testing device designed specifically for the needs and conditions of Rwandan hospitals. This phase of the summer is intended to allow students to apply the knowledge gained from the first month of the program and from traditional university classroom training. The technical and cultural visits together with the engagement with the people from Rwanda will contribute to the students’ global competency development and preparedness to join the global engineering industry.

To view photos from the past programs, please visit our gallery page.

All program logistics are provided by Engineering World Health (EWH). See additional financial aid opportunities available through EWH.

NOTE: This program requires dual applications. Please complete the EHW application in addition to the Education Abroad Study Abroad Application. Once approved by Engineering World Health, your application will be screened by the Halliburton Engineering Global Programs Office and the Education Abroad Office. 

The EWH program pricing includes:

  • Biomedical equipment repair training
  • Textbook, lab book and all lab supplies
  • Tools and hands-on instruction
  • Toolkits and basic repair supplies
  • Hospital briefings
  • Language training
  • Cultural training and group excursion
  • Full-time in-country staff, available 24/7
  • 24-hour safety hotline
  • In-country mobile phones for the duration of the program
  • Pre-departure information and guidance
  • Emergency medical and evacuation insurance in addition to CISI International Health Insurance

Courses Offered

All students are required to take 3 credit hours in summer 2021 to participate in this program. Students should meet with their academic advisors to ensure they meet eligibility requirements and that the courses are degree applicable. ​Students will be expected to enroll in a one-credit research internship in fall 2021. Please discuss this with your Texas A&M Rwanda faculty leader. BMEN 448 also counts toward the BMEN minor.

Estimated Cost

The following chart estimates the total out of pocket expenses a student may have participating in this program. For a full list of the financial aid requirements please visit our Financial aid and Scholarship page.

Please note that all costs are subject to change.

Estimated Program Costs Cost
Fees Collected by Halliburton Global Programs Office
Remaining Program Cost
Program Cost (includes Lodging, some meals, excursions, cultural visits, in-country transportation)
$7,000
CISI international health insurance $100
Administrative fee (Non-refundable billed separately upon confirmation, not insurable) $200
Global Program Fee (less administrative fee-billed separately) $300
Total Fee Postings from Halliburton Global Programs & Education Abroad Office $7,600
Additional Estimated Expense*
Tuition and fees (3 credits) for summer school tuition rate* $1,600+
International airfare $1,300+
Travel documents (passport and/or visa, if needed) $200+
Meals and incidentals (not included in Program Fee) $600
Cancel for Any Reason Insurance (recommended, not required insurance for program fee less the less the administration fee) $700+
Personal spending (estimated $50 - $200 per week) Varies
Additional Estimated Expense ~$4,400

*These suggested amounts may fluctuate depending on the options students choose. They will not be billed by the Halliburton Engineering Global Programs Office and should be taken into consideration when planning the finances of the program. Please refer to Student Business Services for the exact information regarding your course tuition and fees: Student Business Services Billing Explanations. For a tuition and fees estimate, please visit the Student Business Services Tuition Calculator page.

Contact Information

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Michael Moreno
Department of Mechanical Engineering
michael.moreno@tamu.edu

Program Coordinators

Engineering Global Programs
Zachry Engineering Education Complex
Suite 410
engineeringglobalprograms@tamu.edu