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07/28/2014 - 12/09/2014
Deadlines:
04/01/2014
Credit:
15 - 17 semester / 22.5 - 25.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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01/12/2014 - 05/24/2014
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Extended to: 11/15/2013
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15 - 17 semester / 22.5 - 25.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Eligibility:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Ready to learn in the heart of southern Africa, a land of diverse and vibrant beauty? In Botswana with CIEE, you’ll experience the friendly people and beautiful nature of one of the Earth’s most untouched habitats. Learn firsthand about the country’s rich history, fast-growing economy, and biodiversity. CIEE’s program is full of interaction with the people of this special country. Take classes with local students, learn the Setswana language, go on excursions, live with a local family, and so much more.

Study abroad in Gaborone and you'll:

  • 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 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 Okavango Delta
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Robert B. Bailey Scholarship
  • Robert B. Bailey Scholarship

    The Bailey Scholarship is awarded to students who self-identify as a member of a group that has traditionally been underrepresented in study abroad, especially ethnic minority students. Award amounts are $1,500 for semester or yearlong programs and $1000 for summer programs, applied toward the awardee’s CIEE program fee.

  • John E. Bowman Travel Grants
  • John E. Bowman Travel Grants

    The Bowman Travel Grants are awarded to students participating in CIEE study abroad programs in non-traditional locations and are meant to help to defray the costs of travel. All awards are $1,000 and are issued directly to the awardee, after all other program fees have been paid. For students whose school is billed for all fees, the award will be released within four weeks of award notification.

  • CIEE International Study Programs (CIEE-ISP) Scholarships
  • CIEE International Study Programs (CIEE-ISP) Scholarships

    In an effort to make study abroad opportunities available to the widest possible audience, CIEE-ISP Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate both academic excellence and financial need. $2,000 for semester or yearlong programs and $1,000 for summer programs, applied toward the awardee's CIEE program fee.

  • GAIN
  • GAIN

    CIEE created the Global Access Initiative (GAIN) to help students overcome the major barriers to studying abroad, namely costs and curriculum requirements. GAIN aids in the diversification of study abroad by providing overseas opportunities for students who are economically challenged. The award is $1500 towards an airline ticket with any remaining funds distributed to the student in the form of a check.

  • Kathleen McDermott Scholarship
  • Kathleen McDermott Scholarship

    The McDermott Scholarship is awarded to students with demonstrated financial need, and who are either a Public Health or Nursing major, and/or are participating in a CIEE Community Public Health study abroad program. Awards range from $1000-$2500, depending on duration of study and financial need, and are applied toward the awardee's CIEE program fee.

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

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 biological sciences to business, engineering, African languages, and media studies.

Cultural Immersion

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Active engagement with the local culture ensures a unique and profound intercultural study abroad experience in Botswana. On campus, meet your peers and pursue your passion by joining a student group, such as the Human Rights Organization, Work-Camp Association, or Students Against HIV/AIDS. Gain professional experience with internship at an international development organization, the Mokolodi Nature Reserve, the I Am Special School, or another local business. Or get out and make a difference in the local community by volunteering. You might help cook food for children from Gaborone’s most impoverished neighborhood or provide entertainment at the Teen Club at Baylor Children’s Clinic.

During a week-long rural homestay you’ll live with a host family to learn firsthand about the challenges facing rural Batswana today. You’ll have the chance to meet with village leaders and participate in family gatherings, festivals, and traditional cultural activities.

Excursions

What’s it like to camp in the bush and take part in a game drive? You’ll find out in Gaborone. You might also go on a mokoro (a traditional canoe trip), spend a night in a Bushman village in the Kalahari, and explore an animal sanctuary. You will participate in a variety of local and regional excursions. In the past students have gone to the National Museum, Kolobeng Ruins (the remains of David Livingstone’s 1840 mission), andJwaneng diamond mine. A multi-day safari to either the Okavango River Delta or Chobe National Park is a highlight of the program each semester.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2014 (19 wks)
04/01/2014
07/28/2014
12/09/2014
$14,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,248
Housing ***
$1,200
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** students placed in homestays have two meals per day provided as part of the program fee

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,200
International Airfare **
$1,650
Local Transportation
$150
Books & Supplies
$250
Personal expenses
$1,500

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for residence hall students; homestay students only need to budget for lunches, estimated at $400 per semester

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2014 (19 wks)
Extended to: 11/15/2013
01/12/2014
05/24/2014
$14,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,248
Housing ***
$1,200
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** students placed in homestays have two meals per day provided as part of the program fee

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,200
International Airfare **
$1,650
Local Transportation
$150
Books & Supplies
$250
Personal expenses
$1,500

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for residence hall students; homestay students only need to budget for lunches, estimated at $400 per semester

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2015
11/01/2014
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Academic year 2014-2015
04/01/2014
07/28/2014
TBA
$28,200

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$25,398
Housing ***
$2,400
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Students placed in homestays have two meals per day provided as part of the program fee. No meals are included in the residence option.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,400
International Airfare **
$1,650
Local Transportation
$300
Books & Supplies
$500
Personal expenses
$3,000
Expenses during break ***
$550

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for residence hall students; homestay students only need to budget for lunches, estimated at $400 per semester

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

*** academic year students are responsible for housing and meals during the semester break

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

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

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.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Study abroad students enroll in the CIEE Language and Culture Practicum, and four or five 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 in Gaborone for 2 semester / 3 quarter credits in place of one University of Botswana course.

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About the City

About The City

Sunny Gaborone is the capital and largest city in Botswana. Located on the Notwane River close to the border of South Africa, Gaborone is home to numerous companies, the country’s stock exchange, and the Botswana Red Cross Society. Botswana is one of Africa’s most stable countries, and a multi-party democracy. It is unusual in that the majority of its population is from a single ethnic group, the Tswana. 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. Gaborone also offers several parks, game and nature reserves, and an ecological park that promotes sustainable environmental protection.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Basetsana Maposa

Resident Director

Basetsana Maposa returned to Botswana in 2008 after spending 10 years living in the U.S. She has extensive experience working in health, youth leadership, human rights, and educational development. She joined CIEE after working at Research Triangle Institute International, Botswana’sMost-At-Risk Population HIV Prevention Program, and Academy for Educational Development Capable Partners Program Center on AIDS and Community Health, where she worked with national and local partners on Peace Corps grants. Additionally, Basetsana worked with the Botswana Ministry of Health, where she implemented school health programs and youth interventions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mansfield University, as well as two master’s degrees in public health and international affairs from Ohio University.

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Tanya Phiri

Program Assistant

Tanya Phiri is the full-time program assistant at the CIEE Study Center in Gaborone. Previously, she was a student assistant with CIEE for two years, consistently receiving positive feedback from CIEE students. She was born in Malawi and raised in Gaborone. Tanya completed her bachelor’s degree in economics and statistics from the University of Botswana in 2012.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Established in 1982, the University of Botswana has a student population of 15,000 and a staff of over 2,000. The University’s vision is to be a leading center of academic excellence in Africa and the world. Its mission is to improve economic and social conditions for the nation, while advancing itself as a distinctively African university with a regional and international outlook. The university is committed to its students, academic freedom and integrity, cultural authenticity, and internationalism.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

study abroad in Botswana

Most students live in residence halls on the University of Botswana campus. Students typically share double rooms with local undergraduate students. Restrooms and shower facilities are shared. A limited number of study abroad homestays are also available. Students are placed with carefully selected families in the greater Gaborone area.

For students living on campus in the University residence hall, meals are not included in the program fee (except during the one-week rural family stay) and are the responsibility of the student. Students eat at two dining halls on campus and can purchase a meal plan or purchase individual meals. Additional meals can be purchased at local restaurants and cafés. Students living with homestay families receive two meals per day and should budget for daily lunches.

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Orientations

Orientations

study abroad in Botswana

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Gaborone even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident director shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple – to help you understand more about the program, and to identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals.

The mandatory week-long orientation session conducted in Gaborone at the beginning of the program introduces you to the city, country, culture, and academic program, as well as provides practical information about living in Botswana. Ongoing discussions and a re-entry workshop at the end of the semester are designed to help you with cross-cultural adjustment and adaptation.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop and an Ethernet cable. You may have a wired Internet connection in your residence hall room, wireless at certain parts of campus and Internet cafés around Gaborone. You’ll also have access to computers in the university library and within the various academic faculties. The library includes a study area that is open 24 hours a day. Homestays do not have Internet but a USB 3G modem is available for purchase.

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Academics

Academics

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. Through CIEE-coordinated volunteer opportunities and excursions, students become members of the local community. 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 courses 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, 14 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.

Nature of Classes

CIEE students are taught alongside University of Botswana undergraduates and other international students in all University of Botswana courses. The CIEE Language and Culture Practicum is for CIEE students only.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

Although English is one of the national languages in Botswana and all courses are taught in English, students are encouraged to develop and use Setswana on campus and in the community. As students gain conversational skills in Setswana and use the language in everyday settings, the more the culture opens up to them and the more they learn about issues in Botswana. It is therefore imperative that students participate in and outside of class in a way that facilitates a mutually beneficial relationship with the wider Botswana society.

Grading System

Most courses at the University of Botswana utilize a continuous assessment model that includes written assignments, projects, research exercises, essays, and written and oral examinations. Courses are assessed on a percentage scale, letter grade (A–F), and grade point.

Language of Instruction

English

Faculty

With the exception of the CIEE Language and Culture Practicum, all courses are taught by University of Botswana faculty.

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Course Description

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Required CIEE Course

AFST 1001 BOTS

CIEE Setswana Language and Culture Practicum
This course is designed to help students practice and interact in Setswana during visits to local historical and cultural sites, while engaged in various community-based learning projects. This is a task-based course and requires students to take the lead to complete tasks or research projects of personal interest. This course also serves as a language clinic, so that students can have all of their questions related to Setswana learning answered. Contact hours: 30. Recommended credit: 2 semester / 3 quarter hours.

CIEE Electives

INSH 3003 BOTS

Internship
Students may enroll in an internship based at a non-governmental organization involved in community development, public health, social welfare, women’s rights, environmental protection, or education. Students record their experiences in a journal, which is evaluated weekly during the internship, and complete a final research paper and oral presentation that includes what they have learned during their experience at the organization. Pre-approval for enrollment in an internship must be obtained from the resident director and the student’s home institution prior to the start of the semester.

University of Botswana Courses


Students may select from a variety of courses. This is a sample list of courses offered:

African Languages and Literature
Fall
Politics and Southern African Poetry-ALL351
Post-colonial Theory and African Literature-ALL455
Rites of Passage: A Study of Social Dramas-ALL252
Studies in African Aesthetics-ALL451
Spring
Introduction to African novel –ALL153
Theory of Humor in Africa-ALL154

Business and Economics
Fall
Development Economics-ECO411
Economics of Botswana and Southern Africa-ECO463
Entrepreneurship and New Business-MGT303
Environmental Economics-ECO451
International Trade-ECO421
Money and Banking-ECO469
Spring
Agricultural Policy and Rural Development-ECO442
Health Economics-ECO474
Resource Economics-ECO452
Tour Operations Management-THM202

Education
Fall
Rural Development and Rural Extension-DAE208
Spring
Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education-EPI432
Contemporary Issues in Teacher Education in Botswana-EPS400

Engineering and Technology
Design for Sustainable Development-DTB415
Digital Cartography-CGB223
Engineering Materials-CCB211
Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics-CCB322
Infrastructure Planning and Management-URP203
Water Engineering-CCB412

English
Botswana Literature-ENG373
Currents of Thought in the Literature of the African Diaspora: African-American Literature-ENG393
Gender Issues in African Literature-ENG463

Environmental Health and Environmental Science
Fall
Environmental Issues-ENV301
Urbanization in the Developing World-ENV321
Spring
Sustainable Development-ENV312
Tourism I: Principles and Practices-ENV309

History
Fall
African Cultures and Civilisation-HIS201
African Diaspora in the Islamic World and Asia-HIS331
Historiography of Botswana-HIS305
Trade and Politics in Central African Kingdoms-HIS343
Spring
African Diaspora in the Caribbean and the Americas-HIS332
Modern Anglophone, Francophone, and Lusophone West Africa-HIS342
Research Project: Field Work and Preliminary Report-ARC471
Slavery to Colonialism in West Africa-HIS341
The Roots of Crisis in Modern Central Africa-HIS344

Media Studies
Fall
Media in Botswana-BMS111

Political Science and Administrative Studies
Fall
Africa in World Politics-POL406
Politics in Botswana-POL201
Politics of South Africa-POL302
Spring
Contemporary Africa-POL203
Politics and Management of Natural Resources-POL308
Politics of Poverty in Southern Africa-POL309
Public Administration in Botswana-PAD202

Science
Fall
Applications of Thermodynamic and Electrochemistry-CHE341
Dynamics of Savanna Ecosystems-BIO313
Geology of Africa-GEO404
Parasitology for Health Sciences-BIO223
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics-PHY352
Wetlands Ecology and Management-BIO411
Spring
Diversity of Animals and Plants-BIO112
Geology of Botswana-GEO409
Physical Organic Chemistry-CHE332
Wildlife Biology of Southern Africa-BIO408

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