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  • Locations: Gaborone, Botswana
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CIEE 
  • Who Approved: Tulane applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/03/2018 09/28/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Major: African and African Diaspora Studies, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, History, International Development, International Relations, Political Economy, Political Science, Public Health
Program Description:

CIEE Gaborone: Arts & Sciences

Gaborone, Botswana


About the Program | Gaborone,Botswana | Eligibility 
 Fields of Study | Academic Culture | Student Life | Housing | Helpful Links
About the Program
With friendly faces and an array of university courses in biological sciences, business, engineering, African languages, media studies, and more, Gaborone – or Gab as it’s locally known – is a fine place to connect with the people of Botswana. Homestays, community projects, and adventures that reveal the country’s unforgettable beauty make this a stand-out study-abroad experience.

Gaborone, Botswana
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.

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Coursework with African content strongly recommended, particularly ADST 2000 "Intro to Africa & African Diaspora" and HISB 4210 "History of Development in Africa"
Fields of Study
African and African Diaspora Studies, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, History, International Development, International Relations, Political Economy, Political Science

Academic Culture
This program helps students join the campus community as they develop Setswana language skills and take unique courses. Volunteer opportunities and excursions help students get to know community members. Together, these pieces give students a solid understanding of contemporary Botswana culture and its role in southern Africa.

Established in 1982, the university strives to improve economic and social conditions for the nation, while advancing as an African university with 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 CEE Language and Culture Practicum, courses are taught by faculty from the University of Botswana.

University classes 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. 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. Assessment is done with percentage scale, letter grade (A-F), and grade point. The Botswana educational system is different, and students notice striking differences. Following the British model, this system offers less structure and asks students to 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 prescribed assignments and exams. Learning by rote is common. Professors read from notes or books, expecting students 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. Academic year schedule: As above, with a four-week break between the fall and spring semesters. The CIEE Study Center follows the University of Botswana academic calendar, with additional time for orientation.

Student Life
You'll begin your study abroad experience in Gaborone even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online predeparture orientation. The Director of Student Services meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. When you arrive in Botswana you will participate in an on-site orientation program. The goal is to introduce you to the country, culture, and academic program, and provide practical information about living in Gaborone. You also will be introduced to the academic requirements of the university, and are shown how to make the best use of campus facilities and services. Sessions include lectures on African history, politics, geography, safety, and “survival skills” for visiting students. During orientation, local university students assist the international students. The services provided during orientation are maintained on an individual and group basis throughout the program. 
Students have the option to maximize immersion by staying with a carefully-selected host family in greater Gaborone. Alternatively, students can also live on campus in a university residence hall, sharing double rooms with local undergraduate students. Halls have shared bathrooms. Host families provide two meals a day. Students are responsible for lunch, whereas, in residence halls, students are responsible for meals. There are dining halls on campus, as well as local restaurants and cafés.

Helpful Links 
CIEE Gaborone Arts and Sciences at the University of Botswana Program

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