- Good academic and disciplinary standing
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- Students are encouraged to have completed a course focusing on Africa prior to participating in the program.
In addition to your myGUABROAD application materials, you must complete the CIEE application by the OGE deadline.
If you do not meet these eligibility requirements, please meet with the OGE Regional Advisor for this program early in the process to discuss your options.
About the Program
CIEE’s Arts and Sciences program is located at the University of Botswana, the first institution of higher education in Botswana. Originally part of University of Bechuanaland (UB), the university was founded in 1964 to reduce Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland's reliance on South Africa for university studies under the apartheid regime. UB became fully independent in 1984. The university has four campuses and nearly 16,000 students.
CIEE 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 local students. Together, these pieces give students a good understanding of contemporary Botswana culture and its role in southern Africa. Except for the CIEE Language and Culture Practicum, courses are taught by faculty from the University of Botswana.
CIEE’s Arts and Sciences program is located in Gaborone, Botswana. 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.
- Full year: late July to late May
- Fall: late July to early December
- Spring: late January to late May
*This is a southern hemisphere program; program dates are according to academic calendars of local institutions.
Fields of Study
Languages of instruction are English and Setswana.
Fields of study include: African Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Education, English, Environmental Studies, Government/Political Science, Health Sciences, History, Literature, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Public Health, Religion/Theology, Social Work, Sociology
This list is not exhaustive. Please make an appointment to speak with the OGE Regional Advisor to further discuss available coursework on this program/at this university.
You may access the undergraduate academic calendar (course catalog) here
You are required to enroll in a full courseload and complete all exams and assignments associated with the course regardless of the credit you wish to receive on the program. Withdrawal from a course or failure to take/complete a final will be regarded as an unauthorized reduction in courseload and a violation of the academic policy.
A full courseload for this program is: 17 credits, 5 course equivalents
You must complete the 2-credit CIEE Setswana Language Practicum and a minimum of 225 hours of university coursework (generally five courses).
The minimum passing grade is: C
You are required to live in program housing.
You have two housing options:
- Student residences: Self-catered, apartment-style living with single or twin bedrooms, shared kitchens and living and bathroom facilities. No meals are included.
- Homestays: You receive two meals per day; lunches are not included.
We are committed to making study abroad accessible to all interested and eligible students. We hope that students with accessibility needs will pursue study abroad opportunities and use the available support services on campus for assistance and advice when necessary.
With over 200 approved-programs, we are confident that you will find a program that fits your interests and goals. Programs offer varying degrees of academic and lifestyle support. Please make an appointment with your OGE advisor to discuss how to best support any special needs you might have on programs that may interest you.
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. Additional support can be found on the Mobility International website