Carter Crockett, first visited Rwanda in March of 2009, and moved there to live with his family from June, 2009 to July, 2013. During this time, he co-founded a social enterprise known as Karisimbi Business Partners, a management consulting firm that has served every sector of the economy and many of the primarily government agencies and leaders over the past four years. While living and working in Kigali, Rwanda, Dr. Crockett developed respect and familiarity among a broad cross-section of like-minded social entrepreneurs in this small, rapidly developing country.

CURRICULUM:  ISE291: Developing Enterprises in Rwanda

This seminar in developing enterprises will:

  • Introduce students to the people, organizations and pressing issues of one of the most hopeful and promising countries on the development frontier
  • Immerse students in the concepts and movement categorized by the term ‘social enterprise’
  • Allow students the chance to engage and compare over a dozen different contexts and organizations for possible vocation and service in an accessible, safe and relatively small African country
  • Provide students with a solid grasp of what the emerging field of social entrepreneurship is all about
  • Illustrate the power of entrepreneurial thinking across all segments of development
  • Invite students to critically consider, and learn how to reasonably respond to, real-world challenges in context
  • Foster the empathy and the capacity to listen in order to take in, evaluate and articulately engage in individual and group discussions and projects
  • Navigate sensitively the emotional, moral and social concerns involved when working in emerging markets and with marginalized people.

In addition to visits to organizations, service projects and a short 'internship', students will be responsible for readings, essays & journals, class presentations and participation.

On campus: 4 preparatory class meetings; assigned readings & discussion.

On the ground:

  • Week 1-2: students spend each morning in a class seminar hosted by faculty, followed by one or two guest speakers. In the afternoons, the group will travel to key organizations and cultural locations in and around Kigali.
  • Week 3: students will intern at one organization they had been introduced to in the prior weeks, based on the students’ interest.


Registration for international seminars is handled by the GEO. After accepted students have paid their deposit to the GEO, the GEO register seminar participants.


Students wishing to fulfill Global Understanding core through participation in the Rwanda Seminar must:

  • Participate in COR210 & 211 New Perspectives in Global Understanding 1 and 2 (0-credit) Lab fees apply
  • Register with the GEO for April's COR210 class & for September's COR211. Lab fees apply


The seminar will meet with individuals and organizations that work in various areas of development throughout the country. Click below for a map of where the seminar will go. Examples of organizations the seminar will visit/hear from include:

Health Care Rwanda Ventures Partners in Health
Farming TechnoServe One Acre Fund
Micro-Enterprise Hope International Urwego Opportunity Bank
Public Policy Laterite Consulting Ministry of Commerce & Industry
Legal Structures International Justice Mission Ministry of Justice
Accounting & Investing Acacia Accounting Services Fusion Capital
Business Management Karisimbi Business Partners Asili Natural Oils
Education Wellspring Academy IEE
Ministry ATN World Vision




Total program cost including non-refundable deposit is approximately $5,300. This covers:

  • tuition for 4 credits
  • program costs including:
    • room
    • board
    • entrance fees
    • course reader
    • in-country transportation
    • international medical & emergency insurance
  • roundtrip airfare (approximately $1950)

A $30 non-refundable application fee must accompany the application. A $450 non-refundable program deposit (which counts against tuition) will be due with the application by April 1.  The remainder will be billed to student accounts. full details available from Student Financial Services

Students are responsible for obtaining their passports well in advance of the seminar. (Passport numbers required for travel reservations in APRIL)

Students are also responsible for securing any needed immunizations. Go to the CDC website for Rwanda.




Please note, applications will be considered for acceptance in the order received. Applicants should:

  • Have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Complete online application
  • Submit a non-refundable $30 application fee
  • Submit a $450 program deposit (deposit will be returned if course does not run or if student in not accepted)
  • Non-Gordon students interested in applying to ISE291, should email  for additional information. 



For further information contact:
The Global Education Office
P 978 867 4399


Carter Crockett, Ph.D. 
Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership
Emery Hall 221