Gaborone, Botswana

Summer Community Public Health

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Information for term Summer Community Public Health

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: May 31 – Jul 23, 2022 (8 weeks)
  • Credit: 10 semester hours / 15 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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With one of Africa’s most vital health care systems, Botswana is an engaging place to explore regional social and scientific health issues. You will also have an opportunity to visit public health non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and hospitals to further learn about the country’s health delivery system. Engaging coursework, community outreach, language learning, homestays, and more will open this inspirational country to you, and stay with you long past summer.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

CIEE is requiring all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before traveling on programs. Read more ›

Unique Experiences

  • Shadow healthcare providers

    to experience how care is delivered in and around Gaborone.

  • Stay in a rural village

    and gain insight into the resident's public health challenges there.

  • Visit Mokolodi Nature Reserve

    full of celebrated African wildlife, like giraffes, rhinos, and big cats.

  • 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 a 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


  • Profile a community in rural Botswana and implement a community health outreach activity   to learn about the health issues facing communities 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.
  • Explore Bahurutshe Cultural Village, and Mokolodi Nature Reserve – always highlights.


Practicum: Participate in controlled weekly visits precepted by UB Family Medicine and Public Health Medicine Resident in government-sponsored clinics and the like, learning about scientific and social health issues, and Botswana’s health care system.

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: Some students stay with host families all over Gaborone.

    Residence Halls: Students can also live on campus in an apartment-style university residence hall with single rooms.


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

    Residence Hall: Students are responsible for meals. There are cooking facilities in the graduate dorms Additionally, there are dining halls on campus, as well as local restaurants and cafés.

Gaborone, Botswana

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This program includes seven weeks of coursework and an opportunity for students to profile a community in rural Botswna and implement community health outreach activity to learn about health issues facing communities in rural Botswana.

Students also participate in organized volunteer activities in and around Gaborone as part of the academic curriculum. Students gain a holistic understanding of health and healthcare, the challenges of developing sustainable public healthcare, and basic Setswana-speaking skills. Courses are taught in English at CIEE Gaborone.

CIEE Gaborone is located in an ultra-modern building on the University of Botswana campus.  

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.



Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.


College-level coursework in public health is recommended.

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

Students enroll in three required courses.

Program Credit

Total credit: 10 U.S. semester/15 quarter credits

Course Credit

CIEE courses: 3-4 U.S. semester/4.5-6 quarter credits; 45-60 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.

Class Format

Coursework is conducted in English, except for the Setswana Language and Culture Practicum. The Professional Healthcare Issues course includes direct instruction, field trips, course material, class discussions and reviews of public health-related current events. The Community Health Practicum uses classroom discussions to contextualize visits to health facilities and includes a week of shadowing practitioners in a rural village. Both courses feature guest lecturers from public health organizations around Gaborone. Courses are open only to CIEE students.


Most courses use a continuous assessment model that includes written assignments, group projects, research exercises, essays, presentations, 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


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
  • McDermott Health Sciences, Nursing, and Public Health Merit Scholarships
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Stem Scholarship

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.

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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