Gaborone, Botswana

Community Public Health

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Information for term Community Public Health

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 -18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.75 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 17 – May 26, 2022 (18 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.75 Overall GPA


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With one of Africa’s most vital healthcare systems, Botswana is an ideal place to explore regional, social, and scientific health issues. Gain hands-on experience and further your understanding of biology, development, medicine, and public health with courses at CIEE’s partner school, University of Botswana, as well as at CIEE Gaborone. Get firsthand experience visiting clinics, public health, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and hospitals and use your skills volunteering at local organizations. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

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

  • 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.

The Culture


  • 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.


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

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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

  • “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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This program focuses on public and environmental health issues in Botswana. Students join the campus community and enroll in three required CIEE courses and three electives from CIEE Gaborone and/or  University of Botswana courses. Students learn about healthcare 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



Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

Fall 2019: Students take three required CIEE courses and select from a range of options at the University of Botswana.

Spring 2020: Students take three required CIEE courses and select three electives from CIEE Gaborone and/or a range of options at the University of Botswana.

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

  • Three required CIEE courses
  • Three elective courses at the University of Botswana, one of which must be in public and environmental health 

Program Credit

Total credit: 15-18 U.S. semester/22.5-27 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 2-3 U.S. semester/3-4.5 quarter credits; 30-45 contact 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

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.

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.


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.

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

Effective Spring 2020, CIEE will offer COMM 3301 GABO: Intercultural Communication and Leadership course as an additional elective option.

Spring 2022 CIEE Courses

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Academic Projects

Semester Credit

Health Professions and Related Programs

Semester Credit

Languages and Cultural Studies

Semester Credit

Host Institution Courses

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Students select three University of Botswana courses 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.


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

Community Mental Health Nursing
Principles and Practice of Community Health Nursing
Traditional and Alternative Medical Systems
Demographic Aspects of HIV/AIDS Epidemic
Basic Nursing Concepts and Skills in Health Sciences
Basic Toxicology
HIV/AIDS Education, Prevention and Control in Botswana
Introduction to Community Health Nursing
Parasitology for Health Sciences


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

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

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

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

Applications of Thermodynamic and Electrochemistry
Dynamics of Savanna Ecosystems
Geology of Africa
Parasitology for Health Sciences
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
Wetlands Ecology and Management

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:

  • 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 & 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.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Spring 2022 18 weeks Nov 1, 2021 Jan 17, 2022* May 26, 2022*
Fall 2022 19 weeks Apr 1, 2022 Jul 25, 2022* Dec 2, 2022*

*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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