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, 2022

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2022
  • Dates: May 30 – 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. 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.

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.

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.

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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

Where You'll Study

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What People are Saying

  • "The CIEE staff in Gaborone were wonderful and always responsive to our many questions and requests.  I know that they worked so hard to make sure we were having a great time."

    Student, Summer 2018
  • "I loved my on-site staff! They were welcoming, helpful, and really good friends! Basetsana is a great mentor and director, the program would not be the same without her."

    Student, Summer 2018
  • "This experience will push your limits. Allows you to become comfortable with the uncomfortable."

    Student, Summer 2018


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This program includes 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, 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 and features faculty offices, classrooms, and computer labs.

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:

  • 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

Summer 2022 8 weeks Apr 1, 2022 May 30, 2022 Jul 23, 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 = $5,816 **

Housing = $1,140 ***

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $7,450

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 = $400

International Airfare = $1,800

Local Transportation = $150

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $200

Other = $100 ††

Total Estimated Costs = $2,750

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

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

Round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†† Covid test to enter the US, if required

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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