Botswana has one of the most vibrant healthcare systems in Africa. With CIEE, you’ll explore the country’s healthcare delivery system and learn the successes and challenges from firsthand experience. You will observe the multifaceted response to a variety of healthcare issues in clinics, public health non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and hospitals. Engaging coursework, Setswana-language learning, homestays, and more will immerse you in this inspirational country and help you gain an understanding of its people. Your work in the classroom and engagement in the community offer you a unique insight into healthcare in Botswana and a profound intercultural summer study abroad experience.
Study abroad in Botswana and you will:
- Observe in local healthcare service providers and organizations
- Give back to the community through volunteerism
- Explore rural public health issues and the relationship between modern and traditional medicine through a multi-day stay in a rural village
- Discover Gaborone and the area through excursions to places such as the Mokolodi Nature Reserve, or Chobe National Park
Your work in the classroom and engagement in the community will offer you a unique insight into healthcare in Botswana and a profound intercultural experience.
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:
To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
While in Botswana, your curriculum will promote theory, cultural integration, and practical application:
- Identify social and biological factors related to health/disease in Pre Professional and Health care Issues in Botswana.
- Shadow local healthcare practitioners in and around Gaborone in the Community Health Practicum
- Practice and interact in Setswana during visits to local historical and cultural sites, while engaging in various community-based learning projects
Learn firsthand about your host community while giving back to it. The practicum is a critical component to the Summer Community Public Health program in Botswana and one of the most rewarding. You are required to shadow healthcare service providers in government-sponsored clinics as well as other public health-focused non-governmental organizations (NGOs). By the end of your practicum, you’ll have gained a deeper appreciation and holistic understanding of the country’s healthcare system.
Through visits to sites of historic and cultural importance in and around Gaborone, students gain a greater appreciation for the rich culture in Botswana. Excursions to Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Bahurutshe Cultural Village and Mokolodi Nature Reserve are highlights of the summer program.
In addition, you'll have the opportunity to participate in an optional multi-day safari to the beautiful Chobe National Park in the northern parts of the country. You could track lions on a hunt on a morning game drive, and watch elephants playing in the Chobe River in the afternoon. This optional field trip occurs at the end of the program and requires an additional fee. If you are interested in this optional safari, you should plan to spend approximately five additional days in Botswana after the conclusion of the regular academic study abroad program.
Volunteering opportunities are numerous with local NGOs. Past volunteers have worked with environmental organizations, orphanages, people with disabilities, hospice groups, soup kitchens, game reserves, and women’s shelters, to name a few.
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
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Program Date Notes
Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.
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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
Educational Costs **
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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
*** includes two meals a day and all meals on weekends for students in homestays; no meals are included for other housing options
Estimated Additional Costs
Meals not included in program fee *
International Airfare **
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.
* amount for students staying in university residences; students placed in homestays should budget $175 for weekday lunches
** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure
- Overall GPA 2.75
- College-level coursework in public health recommended.
Total credit for the summer program is 10 semester/15 quarter hours.
Contact hours for two of the courses are 45 hours and 3 semester / 4.5 quarter credits for each course. The third course is 60 hours and 4 semester / 6 quarter credits.
Students on the study abroad Gaborone program are required to take all three courses: Setswana Language and Culture Practicum, Public and Environmental Health Issues in Botswana, and Community Health Practicum.
About the City
About The City
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. Gaborone, the capital city, is one of Africa’s fastest-growing cities and lies in south-eastern 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. Botswana is renowned for its amazing biodiversity and diverse landscapes.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Basetsana Maposa returned to Botswana in 2008 after spending 10 years living in the United States. 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 the 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.
Lesego Pampiri fondly known as Mma Bianca is the Center’s Homestay Coordinator. Mma Bianca was born in Lobatse and raised in Gaborone, Botswana. She was first a CIEE host mother before she was hired as a homestay coordinator in 2012. Mma Bianca assists in the coordination of all homestays. Her role and responsibility among others include identifying families for students and placing students. She also manages any issues that may arise during the homestay experience.
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. 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 and is currently pursuing a Masters in Development Practice. Tanya assists with the coordination of all student affairs in-country including orientation, student life experiences, issues and concerns (e.g. adjustment, housing, personal, visas etc.) as well as pre-departure activities.
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.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Housing is included in the program fee. Students live in single room, apartment-style residences on the University of Botswana campus, or with study abroad homestay families within the immediate neighborhoods of campus.
Meals are not included in the program fee for those living in a University residence. Students who live in residences can either cook in their apartment or eat at local restaurants and cafés. Students who live in homestays take their meals at their place of residence. Lunches during the week are not included in the homestay option and are the responsibility of the student.
One week of the program is spent in a rural village where students live with local host families.
A four-day orientation session at the beginning of the study abroad program introduces you to the city of Gaborone, the country of Botswana, and the program. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.
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 are available around Gaborone. You will 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.
This program consists of five weeks of coursework, including Community Public Health courses and a Setswana Language and Culture Practicum, and a week-long visit to public health facilities in a rural village. Students also engage in organized volunteer activities in and around Gaborone as part of the academic curriculum. Students gain a holistic appreciation and understanding of health and healthcare, and obstacles impeding the successful development of sustainable public healthcare. In addition, the program helps equip students with basic Setswana-speaking skills.
All coursework is conducted in English with the exception of the Setswana Language and Culture Practicum. The instruction for the Pre Professional Health Care Issues in Botswana course is taught through a combination of approaches: i.e. direct instruction, field trips and students will also actively engage course material through in-class discussions and review of public health related current events. The set of assigned readings and written assignments will broaden the student’s understanding of topics covered in class and reinforce the concept of multidisciplinary integration in public health. Assessment is based on group projects, presentations and exams.
The Community Health Practicum uses classroom discussions to contextualize students’ experiences in the public health facilities, and includes a week of shadowing public health practitioners in a rural village. The practicum grade is based on independent research, journal writing, and presentations.. Both courses also feature guest lecturers from representatives from relevant public health organizations around Gaborone.
Nature of Classes
Participants take classes with other CIEE students only.
UB courses typically utilize a continuous assessment model that includes written assignments, projects, research exercises, essays, and written and oral examinations. Students are graded on a percentage scale, letter grade (A-F), and grade point scale.
Language of Instruction
The Community Health Practicum and Pre Professional Health Care Issues in Botswana courses are taught by faculty from the University of Botswana. The Language and Culture Practicum is taught by CIEE staff.
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 canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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AFST 1001 BOTU
Setswana Language and Culture Practicum
This course introduces students to the history, culture, and language of Botswana and is designed to give students an opportunity to engage the local community in a variety of ways. In addition to providing students basic Setswana language training, the course utilizes a combination of classroom and field-based activities to help students develop a deeper and more meaningful understanding and appreciation of the local society, as well as some of the health issues that Botswana is grappling with today.
PUBH 3001 BOTU
Pre Professional Public Health Issues in Botswana
This course addresses basic social determinants of population health (social, cultural, economic and environmental factors), basic principles of epidemiology (rates, incidence, prevalence as well as risk factors, disease determinants, causation and public health surveillance), the fundamentals of tropical diseases (causes, symptomology, transmission, prevention and control), communicable disease particularly HIV and AIDS, TB and STI’s, chronic and neglected diseases as well as traditional medical approaches to health. The analysis of these topics is from the perspective of global issues and local practices and challenges. Students will address various medical-sociology topics, with emphasis on their particular manifestation in Botswana, Southern Africa, Africa and a broader global perspective. Instructor: Baemedi Letsholo, University of Botswana
PUBH 3002 GCPH
Community Health Practicum
This course introduces students to the multidimensional nature of health, health and preventive medicine programs, and primary healthcare administration through involvement in health-related community service. Students are assigned field placements with local health promoters in neighborhoods in and around Gaborone. Through observation and discussions with local healthcare professionals, students gain a better understanding of current health problems and hazards in Botswana, assist with the organization and coordination of public health outreach programs, and help assess the impact of environmental factors, including waste and water supply management, on human health. Toward the end of the program, students spend a week at a rural clinic for purposes of investigation, observation, and community education. A final project is based in part upon the two field experiences. Instructor: Professor Nthabiseng Phaladze, University of Botswana