Gaborone, Botswana

Arts + Sciences

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Information for term Arts + Sciences

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2022

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jul 25 – Dec 2, 2022 (19 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 - 17 semester hours / 22.5 - 25.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.75 Overall GPA


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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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

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Unique Experiences


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


    with 30 animal species and more than 230 species of birds


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

  • miles from the South African border

  • of Botswana’s population living in Gaborone

  • elephants roam Chobe National Park


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.

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Gaborone.

The Culture


  • 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.


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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    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.


    Homestays: Host families provide breakfast and dinner during the week and all meals on weekends.

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

Gaborone, Botswana

Where You'll Study

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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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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.



Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Program Requirements

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

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

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

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.

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.


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.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction


Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


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Course Information


Host Institution Courses

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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

Rural Development and Rural Extension

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

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

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

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

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.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers 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:

  • Wollitzer Merit Scholarships in Area or Comparative Studies
  • 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.


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Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Fall 2022 19 weeks Apr 1, 2022 Jul 25, 2022* Dec 2, 2022*
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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 = $15,681 **

Housing = $2,275 ***

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $18,450

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 = $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.

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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 by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's 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

*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, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

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What's Included

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What's Included

Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city
On-site Staff
Full-time program leadership and support in your city
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Excursions and/or Study Tours
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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