Gaborone, Botswana

Summer Community Public Health

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Information for term Summer Community Public Health

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2019

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2019
  • Dates: Jun 3 – Jul 26, 2019 (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. Learn from successes and failures as you visit and assist at clinics. 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.

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.

The Culture


  • Visit a village to discover public health challenges 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.
  • Explore Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Bahurutshe Cultural Village, and Mokolodi Nature Reserve – always highlights.


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

Daily Life

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    Homestays: Some students stay with host families in the neighborhoods around the University of Botswana campus.

    Residence Halls: Students can also live on campus in an apartment-style university residence hall with single rooms. Rural stay students live with host families in a rural village for one week of the program


    Homestay: Host families provide two meals a day. Students are responsible for lunch. Residence hall: Students are responsible for meals. There are dining halls on campus, as well as local restaurants and cafés.

    Residence Hall: Students are responsible for meals. There are cooking facilities in the graduate dorms but students bring/buy their own utensils. Additionally, there are dining halls on campus, as well as local restaurants and cafés.

Gaborone, Botswana

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The program details

This program includes of six weeks of coursework and a one-week visit to public health facilities in a rural village. 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, and the challenges of developing sustainable public healthcare, along with basic Setswana-speaking skills.

Students attend classes at CIEE Gaborone, based at the University of Botswana.

University of Botswana.
Established in 1982, the university has 15,000 students and a staff of more than 2,000, and is committed to academic freedom and integrity, cultural authenticity, and internationalism.


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    Coursework is conducted in English, except for the Setswana Language and Culture Practicum. The Health Care 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.


    Late May to late July (7 weeks)



    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5. 


    College-level coursework in public health is recommended.


Program Credit

  • Total credit: 10 semester/15 quarter hours
  • Contact hours: Setswana Language; Community Health Practicum: 45; credit – 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours
  • Public Health Issues: 60; credit – 4 semester/6 quarter hours

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.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in 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, 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.


  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Four-day orientation – an introduction to West African 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


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Summer 2019 8 weeks Apr 1, 2019 Jun 3, 2019 Jul 26, 2019
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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 = $5,543 **

Housing = $1,140 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $7,150

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 = $700

International Airfare = $1,560

Local Transportation = $75

Books & Supplies = $75

Personal expenses = $700

Total Estimated Costs = $3,110

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

*** includes two meals a day and all meals on weekends for students in homestays; no meals are included for other housing options

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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