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Locations and Dates

  • Locations: Kigali, Rwanda
  • Dates: May 16-July 26, 2021
  • Term Offered: Summer 1
  • Applicable Majors: Biomedical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering
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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 which they will help develop medical devices and technologies that address critical needs, as well as provide desperately needed medical equipment repair services. Through the program, students immerse themselves in 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 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 of 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 in 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.

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 1 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.

Expense Cost
Fees Collected by Engineering World Health^^
Program cost (includes lodging, most meals, excursions, cultural visits, in-country transportation, textbook, project supplies, emergency insurance, language lessons, hospital site visits) ^Texas A&M University enrolled student receives special price with EWH (originally $7,700) $6,200^
CISI international health insurance $100
Education Abroad Administrative fee $100
Global Program Fee Total $6,400
Additional Estimated Expense
Tuition and fees (3 credits estimate part of summer tuition)* $1,500*
International airfare $1,300+
Travel documents (passport and/or Rwandan visa, if needed) $200
Meals and incidentals (not included in program fee) $600
Textbooks and supplies Varies
Personal spending (estimated $50-$200 per week) Varies
Additional Estimated Expense ~$3,600
Estimated Grand Total ~$10,000

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

Program Coordinators

Engineering Global Programs  
Zachry Engineering Education Complex
Suite 410