Gaborone, Botswana

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Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 30 – Dec 6, 2018 (18 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 17 semester hours / 22.5 - 25.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.75 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative 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

November 1, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2018
  • Dates: Jan 21 – May 25, 2019 (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 30, 2018 – May 25, 2019 (43 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 17 semester hours / 22.5 - 25.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.75 Overall GPA

Overview

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With friendly faces and an array of university courses in biological sciences, business, engineering, African languages, media studies, and more, Gaborone – or Gab as it’s locally known – is a fine place to connect with the people of Botswana. Cultural activities, community projects, and adventures that reveal the country’s unforgettable beauty make this a stand-out study-abroad experience.

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, the Mokolodi Nature Reserve, Project Concern International, or a local business.

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

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What you need to know

The program details

Students can take courses at the University of Botswana in addition to volunteering and going on unique excursions. Each helps students get to know the community and its residents and together, these experiences give students a solid understanding of contemporary Botswana and its role in southern Africa.

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.

Except for the CIEE Language and Culture Practicum, courses are taught by faculty from the University of Botswana. Semester schedule: One week of orientation, 14 weeks of classes, a one-week break, and two weeks of examinations. Academic year schedule: As above, with a four-week break between the fall and spring semesters. CIEE follows the University of Botswana academic calendar, with additional time for orientation.

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, semester: 15-17 semester/22.5-25.5 quarter hours
  • Contact hours: Most courses: 45; credit – 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours
  • Range includes: 30-60; credit – 2-4 semester/3-6 quarter hours

Students take five classes a semester, choosing from two CIEE courses and a range of options at the University of Botswana.

Program Requirements

Students take five classes a semester, choosing from a range of options at the University of Botswana. Students have the option to enroll in the CIEE Setswana Language and Practicum class or an internship for credit.  

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.

SPRING 2019 COURSES

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CIEE COURSES (OPTIONAL)

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

FALL 2018 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
Post-Colonial Theory and African Literature
Studies in African Aesthetics

Business and Economics
Development Economics
Economics of Botswana and Southern Africa
Environmental Economics
International Trade
Money and Banking
Agricultural Policy and Rural Development
Industrial Relations
Development Problems and Policy
Health Economics

Education
Rural Development and Rural Extension

Engineering and Technology
Design for Sustainable Development
Digital Cartography
Engineering Materials
Water Engineering

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
Urbanization in the Developing World
Urbanization and Environment
Energy and Environment
Rural Development Theory and Practice
African Environment

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

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

Science
Applications of Thermodynamic and Electrochemistry
Dynamics of Savanna Ecosystems
Geology of Southern Africa
Parasitology for Health Sciences
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

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, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & 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
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

No Hidden Fees

Program

Application Due

Start Date

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Fees & Housing

Fall 2018 18 weeks Jul 30, 2018 Dec 6, 2018
$16,850
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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 = $14,108 **

Housing = $2,275 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $16,850

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 = $150

Books & Supplies = $250

Personal expenses = $1,500

Total Estimated Costs = $4,850

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching 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.

* 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

Academic year 2018-2019 43 weeks Jul 30, 2018 May 25, 2019
$32,585
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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 = $27,568 **

Housing = $4,550 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $32,585

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 = $2,400

International Airfare = $1,750 ††

Local Transportation = $300

Books & Supplies = $500

Personal expenses = $3,000

Expenses during break = $1,500

Total Estimated Costs = $9,450

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching 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. No meals are included in the residence option.

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

Spring 2019 18 weeks Nov 1, 2018 Jan 21, 2019 May 25, 2019
$17,450
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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 = $14,708 **

Housing = $2,275 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $17,450

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 = $150

Books & Supplies = $250

Personal expenses = $1,500

Total Estimated Costs = $4,850

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching 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

Fall 2019 18 weeks Apr 1, 2019 Jul 29, 2019* Dec 5, 2019*

*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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