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CIEE Arts and Sciences in Gaborone, Botswana
Gaborone, Botswana
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 02/25/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/25/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Africana Studies, Biology, Economics, Environmental Science, General Business, History, Political Science Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Academic Level: Sophomore Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Dorms, Host Family
Program Description:

Experience Botswana! The Arts and Sciences study abroad program in Gaborone offers students from a wide range of academic disciplines the opportunity to live and study in Botswana, learning firsthand about the country and its people, while pursuing an intensive curriculum in classes with local students.

Through coursework, a variety of community engagement and field-based research opportunities, study abroad participants will explore Botswana and examine its role in the Southern African region.

Study abroad in Gaborone and you will:
  • Choose from direct enrollment courses in social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, and engineering and technology
  • Enhance your learning through a language and culture practicum to build a bridge between language and experiential learning
  • Participate in a weeklong rural homestay to get an understanding of the interaction between traditional and modern issues in Botswana today
  • Learn about Botswana’s rich history and biodiversity through excursions to the Gaborone Game Reserve, National Museum, and the Okavango Delta

The CIEE Difference


Enroll directly in classes at the University of Botswana and become fully integrated into the campus community. Take advantage of extensive study abroad subject offerings, from education and public health, to business, engineering, African languages, and Media Studies.

Cultural Immersion

Active engagement with the local culture through homestays, internships, and volunteer options with non-governmental organizations provide you with a unique and profound intercultural study abroad experience in Botswana.
During weeklong rural homestay you’ll live with a host family in order to learn firsthand about the challenges facing rural Batswana, today. You’ll meet with village leaders and are typically invited to participate in family gatherings, festivals, and traditional cultural activities.

There are also numerous options for community engagement. These may include a Work- Camp Association in which on-campus groups build houses during a two-week program; UB Human Rights Organization; SAHA (Students Against HIV/AIDS) which is ideal for students in the health sciences; and various local United Nations agencies.


Study abroad students participate in a variety of local and regional excursions. These may include trips to the Gaborone Game Reserve, the National Museum, the Kolobeng Ruins (the remains of David Livingstone’s 1840 mission), the Jwaneng diamond mine, and the Kalahari Desert. A multi-day safari to either the Okavango River Delta or Chobe National Park is a highlight of the program each semester.

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester is 15–17 semester/22.5–25.5 quarter hours. + (EXPAND)

Most University of Botswana courses are 45 contact hours with recommended credit of 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours but may range from 2–4 semester/3–6 quarter hours and 30–60 contact hours per class.

Program Requirements

Study abroad students enroll in the CIEE Language and Culture Practicum, and 4 or 5 regular University courses, one of which must have a focus on Botswana or Southern Africa. With prior approval, students may substitute a for-credit CIEE Internship for one University of Botswana course.

Students may also enroll in the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning for 2 semester/3 quarter credits in place of one University of Botswana course.

About Gaborone

Botswana is one of Africa’s most stable countries, and a multiparty democracy. It is unusual in that the majority of its population is from a single ethnic group, the Tswana. Gaborone, its capital and one of Africa’s fastest growing cities, lies in southeastern Botswana, close to the border of South Africa. In addition to the main campus of the University of Botswana, Gaborone also hosts the headquarters of the 14-nation Southern African Development Community, which focuses on regional development, economic growth, and poverty alleviation.

Where You’ll Study

The University of Ghana

As the oldest and largest of the six public universities in Ghana, the University of Ghana has an enrollment of more than 28,000 students and a faculty of over 900. The University comprises faculties of agriculture and consumer sciences, arts, law, medicine, science, and social sciences; schools of business, nursing, and public health; and three agricultural research stations. The University also has institutes for African studies; international relations; journalism and communication; population studies; and statistical, social, and economic research, among others.

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the program fee. Study abroad students have the choice of two housing options:

On-Campus Dormitory—Students are placed in a University of Ghana dormitory on campus that is shared with either a CIEE, Ghanaian, or  other international student. The students share double rooms and basic kitchen facilities. Meals are not included in the dormitory option. Students can prepare their own meals with the limited cooking facilities in the dormitory or eat at establishments on or off campus. Students living on campus can expect fewer amenities and more basic accommodations but do benefit from close interaction with Ghanaian and other African peers. The dormitories are a short walk from the CIEE Study Center.

Homestay with Ghanaian Family—This option provides an excellent opportunity for immersion into the local culture and is strongly recommended for students who wish to take full advantage of their study abroad experience in Ghana. Breakfast and dinner are provided during the week; breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided on weekends. Lunches during the week are the responsibility of the student. Since homestay families are located throughout greater Accra (beyond Legon), in most cases students are required to utilize public transportation to and from the University, a  30- to  40-minutes commute.

Academic Program

At the CIEE Study Center at the University of Botswana in Gaborone, students have the opportunity to become fully integrated into the campus community. In addition to developing their Setswana language skills, participants benefit from unique academic courses in various disciplines that focus on Botswana and Southern Africa. Through the CIEE coordinated volunteer opportunities and excursions, students take important steps towards becoming members of the local community. And through specialized courses and integrated extracurricular activities, students are also able to gain a greater understanding of contemporary Botswana culture and its role in Southern Africa.
In addition to regular University of Botswana classes, students can do a for-credit internship with a local organization.

Academic Culture

Study abroad students choose from courses in any faculties and departments for which they have the necessary prerequisites. They are required to undertake a full program of courses and complete all prescribed assignments and written examinations. University classes normally involve a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and laboratories.

Students often notice striking differences between their home educational system and that of the University of Botswana. The University’s academic environment is part of the challenge of studying abroad in Botswana. Following the British model, this system offers a less structured environment that requires students to take greater responsibility and initiative. Professors expect a great deal of individual study.

Learning by rote is the model most often used in classes. This entails professors reading from notes or books, with the expectation that students copy word for word their recitation. Most University classes are very large, thus making classroom interaction with the professor very rare. For example, lectures may involve as many as 100 students, while tutorials and seminars have smaller class sizes, ranging from 15 to 25 students. The system is geared toward the serious student who is motivated and self-sufficient.

For semester participants, the study abroad program includes one week of orientation, fourteen teaching weeks, a one week mid-semester break, and two weeks of examinations. For academic year participants, the program includes one week of orientation, followed by two semesters; there is a break of approximately four weeks between the fall and spring semesters.

The CIEE Study Center follows the University of Botswana academic calendar, with additional time for orientation at the start of the semester. The fall semester runs from late July to early December and the spring from early January to early May.