Gaborone, Botswana

Community Public Health

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Information for term Community Public Health

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: 17 -18 semester hours / 25.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.75 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2019
  • Dates: Jul 16 – Nov 24, 2019 (19 weeks)
  • Credit: 17 -18 semester hours / 25.5 - 27 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: 17 -18 semester hours / 25.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.75 Overall GPA

Overview

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With one of Africa’s most vital health care systems, Botswana is an ideal place to explore regional, social, and scientific health issues. Learn from successes and failures as you visit and assist at clinics, public health, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and hospitals. Coursework, community outreach, language learning, homestays, and more will open this inspirational country to you, and stay with you always.

Unique Experiences

  • Shadow healthcare providers

    to experience how healthcare is delivered in and around Gaborone.

  • See how modern and traditional medicine

    impact each other with a stay in a rural village.

  • Go on safari

    where elephants, hippos, crocs, lions, leopards, and a mind-boggling number of birds wander free.

  • 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

  • Visit a village for a long weekend to learn about the health issues faced in rural settings.
  • Practice your skills in Setswana language as you explore historical and cultural sites.
  • Get out of the classroom with community-based learning projects.
  • Discover Botswana’s rich history and biodiversity with excursions to Mokolodi Game Reserve.

PROJECTS

Practicum. Shadow healthcare service providers in government-sponsored clinics and the like, learning about scientific and social health issues, and Botswana’s healthcare system.

Research. Investigate the impact of gender roles and the HIV/AIDS epidemic, social hierarchies among children, or other public health issues.

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.

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

    Botswana

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    UNIVERSITY OF BOTSWANA

    Garobone

What People are Saying

  • “Our trip to Kanye was good exposure to clinics outside of Gaborone and the difference in culture between Gaborone and cities/villages outside of the capital.”

    Student, Fall 2017
  • “The staff was one of the best parts of my experience. They were able to help me with my registration issues and support me through all stages of my experience as staff but also as my friends. I can't say enough good things about the program volunteers and how they eased my transition during the first few weeks of my stay here.”

    Student, Fall 2017

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What you need to know

The program details

This program focuses on public and environmental health issues in Botswana. Students join the campus community and enroll in both required CIEE courses and courses at the University of Botswana. Students learn about health care delivery and related challenges, as well as basic Setswana speaking skills. The more students practice these skills, the more they will understand Botswana’s health issues.

Students can stay for a year by enrolling in the CIEE Arts and Sciences program for a second semester.

University of Botswana. Established in 1982, the university strives to improve economic and social conditions for the nation, and maintain 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 Setswana Language and Culture Practicum, courses are taught by faculty from the University of Botswana.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    University classes are open to students from Botswana and other nations. They 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. CIEE classes are only open to CIEE 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. Grades are given on a percentage scale, letter grade (A-F), and grade point scale.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    Students notice striking differences in the educational system here. Following the British model, there is less structure and students 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 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. Semester schedule: One week of orientation, 14 weeks of classes, a one-week break, and two weeks of examinations. CIEE Gaborone follows the University of Botswana academic calendar, with additional time for orientation.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.75.

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total credit, semester: 17-18 semester/22.5-27 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 the following courses:

  • CIEE Setswana Language and Culture Practicum (2 semester/3 quarter hours)
  • CIEE Public and Environmental Health Issues in Botswana (3 semester/4.5 quarter hours)
  • CIEE Community Health Practicum (3 semester/4.5quarter hours)
  • 3 elective courses at University of Botswana, one of which must be in public and environmental health

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 2018 Courses

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REQUIRED CIEE COURSES

UNIVERSITY OF BOTSWANA ELECTIVE COURSES

Students select three University of Botswana courses chosen from the offerings listed below. One of the three elective courses must be Public and Environmental Health related. It is not guaranteed that the classes below will be offered, so we recommend choosing backup courses.

PUBLIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

Students enrolled in this program must select at least one course from this list.

Fall
Basic Nursing Concepts and Skills in Health Sciences
Basic Toxicology
Gender Reproductive Health and Development
HIV/AIDS Education, Prevention and control in Botswana
Introduction to Community Health Nursing
Parasitology for Health Sciences
Social Problems in Southern Africa

ADDITIONAL UNIVERSITY OF BOTSWANA COURSES

African Languages and Literature
Politics and Southern African Poetry
Post-Colonial Theory and African Literature
Rites of Passage: A Study of Social Dramas
Studies in African Aesthetics

Business and Economics
Development Economics
Economics of Botswana and Southern Africa
Entrepreneurship and New Business
Environmental Economics
International Trade
Money and Banking

Education
Rural Development and Rural Extension

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

Environmental Health and Environmental Science
Environmental Issues
Urbanization in the Developing World

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

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 Africa
Parasitology for Health Sciences
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
Wetlands Ecology and Management

SPRING 2019 COURSES

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REQUIRED CIEE COURSES

UNIVERSITY OF BOTSWANA ELECTIVE COURSES

Students select three University of Botswana courses chosen from the offerings listed below. One of the three elective courses must be Public and Environmental Health related. It is not guaranteed that the classes below will be offered, so we recommend choosing backup courses.

PUBLIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

Students enrolled in this program must select at least one course from this list.

Community Mental Health Nursing
Adolescent Health and Development
Community Health Nursing Practicum
Demographic Aspects of HIV/AIDS Epidemic
Demographic Dimensions of Poverty
Ethics and Law in Health Care
Primary Health Care: Individuals, Groups, and Community
Principles and Practice of Community Health Nursing
Traditional and Alternative Medical Systems

ADDITIONAL UNIVERSITY OF BOTSWANA COURSES

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

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

History
African Diaspora in the Caribbean and the Americas
Modern Anglophone, Francophone, and Lusophone West Africa
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

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
  • McDermott Health Sciences, Nursing, and Public Health Merit Scholarships
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • 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

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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

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 19 weeks Apr 1, 2019 Jul 16, 2019 Nov 24, 2019

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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