Engineering - Rwanda

The Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University is partnering with Engineering World Health to offer undergraduate engineering students the opportunity to participate in an intense and 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, where 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.

Locations and Dates

    • Locations: Kigali, Rwanda
    • Dates: June 3 - August 5, 2018 (Summer 10 weeks)

For more information contact

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Michael Moreno
Department of Mechanical Engineering | (979) 845-8500

Engineering Global Programs
Engineering Activities Building A

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Ms. Kelly Woodfine
Study Abroad Program Office
3262 TAMU | (979) 845-0544

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Courses Offered

BMEN 448: Health Care Technology in the Developing World (3 CR)

Prerequisites: MATH 152, PHYS 208, or approval of instructor

Possible technical elective for BMEN majors

Course will also count as a technical elective in BAEN, CHEN, MMET, MEEN and NUEN

BMEN 485 Directed Studies: Design Problem Identification (3 CR)

Possible technical elective for BMEN majors

Course will also count as a technical elective in BAEN, CHEN, MMET, MEEN and NUEN

ENGR 484: International Engineering Internship (0-3 CR)

Prerequisites: Approval of program chair

Application Process

Students must submit applications to both Engineering World Health (EWH) and the Texas A&M Study Abroad Programs Office. Both applications must be completed to be considered for the program. Only complete applications that meet all minimum admissions criteria will be accepted for evaluation.

Admission to this program is competitive, and availability is limited. Evaluation will be based on academic performance, application package materials and program goals. The earlier students apply, the earlier they will be notified of their admission status.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Open to all engineering majors
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Good academic standing with university
  • Approval of the professor

Location Information

Rwanda | Kigali

The Republic of Rwanda is a sovereign state in central and east Africa with a population of more than 11 million. Located a few degrees south of the equator and roughly the size of Maryland, Rwanda is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Its geography is dominated by mountains in the west, savanna in the east and numerous lakes throughout the country. Rwanda’s economy is based largely on subsistence agriculture, with about 90 percent of its working population engaged in farming.

Funding Opportunities

For complete information on funding opportunities, please visit the Study Abroad Program Office for financial resources:


There are two university level scholarships available to students:

  • By applying: The Study Abroad Programs Office offers scholarships based on merit and financial need.  Applications are available through Scholarships & Financial Aid and deadlines are listed on the website below.  The Continuing Student Scholarship application opens November 1st, 2017 and closes at 11:59 p.m. February 1st, 2018.
  • Guaranteed: The college of engineering offers scholarship for students that have a 2.5 or higher GPA at time of Application. There is no need to apply for the engineering scholarship, it is automatic if students meetall of the  requirements listed below:
    • Have a 2.5 or higher GPA at time of Application
    • Satisfy the course requirements for admission
    • Be admitted and confirmed by February 15th, 2018
    • Attend the Increasing your Cultural IQ Workshop before departing
    • Submit requested documents by deadlines 

Engineering World Health Financial Aid

Engineering World Health has a generous scholarship program primarily based on financial need. More than half of participants receive aid from EWH. Students who apply for EWH Financial Aid will be informed of their award amount when they are notified about their acceptance to the program. Apply for financial aid at the time of EWH application submission at:

Financial Aid

Federal and state financial aid and some scholarships may often be used toward the cost of TAMU study abroad programs. Students can contact the faculty leader to obtain a copy of a Budget Request Form. Students that need financial aid are encouraged to schedule a meeting with a Financial Aid Counselor in the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid (2nd Floor Pavilion) or 979-845-3236.


The following chart estimates the total out of pocket expenses a student may have participating in this program.
Cost subject to change.

Estimated Program Fee (subject to change)Cost
Paid to EWH - Housing, breakfasts and dinners for the first month, coordination and administration, faculty expenses, in-country staff available 24/7, language and technical training, textbooks, lab supplies, tool kit, in-country mobile phones, organized group excursion, and t-shirt $6,950
Paid to Texas A&M – Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI), SAPO Administrative Fee $200
Additional Expenses (not included in program fee) 
Tuition & Fees (in-state resident for 6 credit hours)* $2,100
International Airfare $2,000
Passport (if not previously obtained) $145
Lunches $200
Optional excursions, transportation and souvenirs $500
COE Competitive Scholarship (guaranteed) for students with a 2.5 GPA at time of application $500
Total Estimated Cost$11,595

*Check the Student Business Services website ( for exact tuition/fee amount as it varies per student.