Study Abroad in Gaborone

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Explore Gaborone, Africa

Gaborone is the economic, political, and cultural capital of Botswana and reputedly one of Africa’s more low-key capitals – possibly because it hosts two well-known game reserves filled with diverse wildlife that offer a peaceful respite from the bustling city.

Study abroad students smiling in Gaborone, Botswana
Study abroad festival in Gaborone, Botswana

Every CIEE semester program has frequent cultural excursions and a multi-day study tour uniquely designed to complement the program’s academics and enhance students’ cultural immersion. In Gaborone, past study tours and excursions have included: 

  • Trips to the National Museum and Khama Rhino Sanctuary
  • Excursions to Bahurutshe Cultural Village and Mokolodi Nature Reserve
  • Visits to villages to discover public health challenges faced in rural settings 
Study abroad students in lerato dresses in Gaborone, Botswana

Where Students Study

CIEE Botswana
Located on the campus of University of Botswana. 

University of Botswana
Established in 1982, the university strives to improve economic and social conditions for the nation, while advancing as an African university with a regional and international outlook. With 15,000 students and a staff of more than 2,000, the university is committed to academic freedom and integrity, cultural authenticity, and internationalism.

Study abroad student volunteering in Gaborone, Botswana

Internships & Volunteering

Depending on their program of study and availability, students may be able to participate in an internship or volunteer. In Gaborone, students can make a tangible difference by donating time and energy at an environmental organization, orphanage, hospice group, soup kitchen, game reserve, or women’s shelter. In addition, students can intern at a community-based organization, such as the Mokolodi Nature Reserve, Project Concern International, or a local business.

Study Abroad in Gaborone

Pocket Guide to Gaborone

  • Currency

    Spoken Languages
    Setswana, English, Kalanga

    Available Transportation

    Famous Local
    Kgosi Gaborone, Motswana chief

  • Climate
    Semi-arid climate

    Places to Explore
    Mokolodi Nature Reserve – private game reserve with reptile park, crocodile pond, permaculture garden, and animal sanctuary

  • Airport
    Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE)

    Social Norms
    Hunting wildebeest in November or December is believed to cause the harvest to fail

    What to Pack
    Backpack, comfortable shoes, Setswana/English dictionary, sunscreen, insect repellent

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What People are Saying

  • "CIEE has a strong support team that does a good job in exposing students to diverse experiences."

    Ja'Na B., DePauw University