Gaborone, Botswana

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Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 29 – Dec 5, 2019 (18 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 17 semester hours / 22.5 - 25.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.75 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jul 27 – Dec 3, 2020 (18 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 - 17 semester hours / 22.5 - 25.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.75 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2019
  • Dates: Jan 20 – May 28, 2020 (18 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 17 semester hours / 22.5 - 25.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.75 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 29, 2019 – May 28, 2020 (43 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 17 semester hours / 22.5 - 25.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.75 Overall GPA

Overview

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With an array of courses in African languages, biological and environmental sciences, business, education, engineering, media studies, and more, Gaborone – or Gab as it’s locally known – is a fantastic place to advance your academics and connect with the people of Botswana. Take courses, in English, at CIEE’s partner school, University of Botswana, as well as at CIEE Gaborone. You can also choose a for-credit internship at a local business or make a real difference by volunteering at a local organization. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

Unique Experiences

  • ENJOY LIFE AS A VILLAGER

    and be exposed to different socio-economic space in modern day Botswana during a three-day stay in rural Botswana

  • EXPLORE A WILDLIFE SANTUARY

    with 30 animal species and more than 230 species of birds

  • PRACTICE SETSWANA

    while you lead a research or community project that’s close to your heart

  • miles from the South African border

    9.3
  • of Botswana’s population living in Gaborone

    10%
  • elephants roam Chobe National Park

    12K

Location & Culture

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Run by multiparty democracy, Botswana is one of Africa’s most stable countries. Most of its people belong to a single ethnic group, the Tswana, and the country is well known for its rich biodiversity and diverse landscapes. The capital Gaborone is one of Africa’s fastest-growing cities, located in the south, close to the South African border. Gaborone hosts the headquarters of the 14-nation Southern African Development Community, which focuses on regional development, economic growth, and poverty relief.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Meet students by joining a campus sports team or student group, such as the Human Rights Organization, or Students Against HIV/AIDS.
  • Expand your view of Africa with local and regional excursions to places like the National Museum, and the Khama Rhino Sanctuary.
  • Discover Botswana’s rich history and biodiversity with excursions to Bahurutshe Cultural Village and Mokolodi Game Reserve.

PROJECTS

Volunteering. Make a tangible difference by donating time and energy at an environmental organization, orphanage, hospice group, soup kitchen, game reserve, or women’s shelter.

Internships. Get experience for life after college with an internship at a community-based organization such as the Mokolodi Nature Reserve, Project Concern International, Nkaikela Youth Group, or a local business.

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Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Homestays: Maximize immersion by staying with a carefully-selected host family in greater Gaborone.

    Residence Halls: Students can also live on campus in a university residence hall, sharing double rooms with local undergraduate students. Halls have shared bathrooms.

  • MEALS

    Homestays: Host families provide two meals a day. Students are responsible for lunch.

    Residence Halls: Students are responsible for meals. There are dining halls on campus, as well as local restaurants and cafés.

Gaborone, Botswana

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE GABORONE

    Gaborone

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    UNIVERSITY OF BOTSWANA

    Gaborone

What People are Saying

  • "Studying abroad is an amazing experience and the CIEE staff I worked with did a great job being involved in the transition to Botswana."

    Student, Spring 2018
  • "There was a lot of support and it was organized. I had a great experience."

    Student, Spring 2018
  • "My most memorable experience was performing traditional setswana dance with UB's traditional dance team."

    Student, Spring 2018

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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

This program invites students of all majors to earn credits toward their degree with cutting-edge courses at University of Botswana and CIEE Gaborone. In addition, students volunteer and participate in unique excursions designed to immerse themselves in the community. Together, these pieces give students a solid understanding of contemporary Botswana culture and its role in Southern Africa. A typical course load is five classes a semester. Students choose courses from a range of options and must include one that focuses on Botswana or Southern Africa.

University of Botswana was established in 1982 with the goal of improving economic and social conditions for the nation. 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. The University of Botswana offers state-of-the-art facilities including a newly built medical school and sports facilities open to all students. Expect for the CIEE Language and Culture Practicum, all courses are taught by University of Botswana’s faculty.

CIEE Gaborone is located in an ultra-modern building on the University of Botswana campus, and features faculty offices, classrooms, and computer labs.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    University classes involve a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and laboratories. Lectures may include up to 100 students. Tutorials and seminars range from 15 to 25 students.

  • GRADING

    Most courses at the University of Botswana use a continuous assessment model that includes written assignments, projects, research exercises, essays, and written and oral exams. Assessment is done with percentage scale, letter grade (A-F), and grade point.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    The educational system is different, and students notice striking differences. Following the British model, this system offers less structure and asks students to take greater responsibility and initiative. Professors expect a great deal of individual study. Students are expected to take a full program of courses and complete all prescribed assignments and exams. Learning by rote is common. Professors read from notes or books, expecting students to copy their recitations word for word. Most professors are eager to give extra help during office hours.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.75.

Curriculum

Program Credit
Total credit: 15-17 U.S. semester/22.5-25.5 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  • CIEE Internship: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 seminar hours, 100-120 internship placement hours
  • University of Botswana courses: 2-4 U.S. semester/3-6 quarter credits; 30-60 contact hours

Language of Instruction
English

Requirements
Five classes from the University of Botswana and/or CIEE electives

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.

FALL 2019 COURSES

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CIEE COURSES

UNIVERSITY OF BOTSWANA COURSES

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

African Languages and Literature
Politics and Southern African Poetry
Epic Performance in Africa
Popular Culture in Africa
Women’s Literature in Botswana
The Perception and Transcription of African Language Sounds
Studies in African Aesthetics

Business and Economics
Development Economics
Economics of Botswana and Southern Africa
Econometrics I
Environmental Economics
Industrial Relations
Development Problems and Policy

Education
Rural Development and Rural Extension

Engineering and Technology
Design for Sustainability
Design Fundamentals
Engineering Mathematics I
Engineering Materials

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

Environmental Health and Environmental Science
Environment and Disease
Urbanization and Environment
Energy and Environment
Rural Development Theory and Practice
Ecotourism

History
African Cultures and Civilization
African Diaspora in the Islamic World and Asia
Historiography of Botswana
Trade and Politics in Central African Kingdoms

Media Studies
Media in Botswana
Current Issues in African Media
Economics and Social Issues in PR and Advertising
Media Law
Basics of TV Production
Introduction to PR and Advertising

Political Science and Administrative Studies
Africa in World Politics
Politics in Botswana
Politics of South Africa
Botswana in the Region Context

Science
Applications of Thermodynamic and Electrochemistry
Dynamics of Savanna Ecosystems
Regional Geology of Southern Africa
Parasitology for Health Sciences
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
Biology of Flowering Plants
Chemical Informatics
General Geology

SPRING 2020 COURSES

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CIEE COURSES (Electives)

UNIVERSITY OF BOTSWANA COURSES

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

African Languages and Literature
Introduction to African Novel
Theory of Humor in Africa

Business and Economics
Agricultural Policy and Rural Development
Health Economics
Resource Economics
Tour Operations Management

Education
Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education
Contemporary Issues in Teacher Education in Botswana

Engineering and Technology
Design for Sustainable Development
Digital Cartography
Engineering Materials
Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics
Infrastructure Planning and Management
Water Engineering

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

Environment and Tourism
Environmental Health and Environmental Science
Sustainable Development
Tourism I: Principles and Practices

History and Political Science
African Diaspora in the Caribbean and the Americas
Modern Anglophone, Francophone, and Lusophone West Africa
Research Project: Field Work and Preliminary Report
Slavery to Colonialism in West Africa
The Roots of Crisis in Modern Central Africa
Political Science and Administrative Studies
Contemporary Africa
Politics and Management of Natural Resources
Politics of Poverty in Southern Africa
Public Administration in Botswana

Science
Diversity of Animals and Plants
Geology of Botswana
Physical Organic Chemistry
Wildlife Biology of Southern Africa

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • One-week orientation – an introduction to local culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

No Hidden Fees

Program

Application Due

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Fees & Housing

Fall 2019 18 weeks Deadline Passed Jul 29, 2019 Dec 5, 2019
Academic year 2019-2020 43 weeks Deadline Passed Jul 29, 2019 May 28, 2020
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Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Expenses during break = $1,500

Total Estimated Costs = $1,500

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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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.

academic year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

Spring 2020 18 weeks Nov 1, 2019 Jan 20, 2020 May 28, 2020
$17,950
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $15,208 **

Housing = $2,275 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $17,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,200

International Airfare = $1,750 ††

Local Transportation = $200

Books & Supplies = $250

Personal expenses = $1,500

Total Estimated Costs = $4,900

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

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.

* 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

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

Fall 2020 18 weeks Apr 1, 2020 Jul 27, 2020* Dec 3, 2020*
$17,950
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $15,208 **

Housing = $2,275 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $17,950

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

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.

* 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

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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