Study Abroad Program Overview
Study abroad in Botswana to learn about this young nation's notable democratic and legal foundations, and strong economic development in which diamonds, tourism and technology all play key roles.
Through study in Gaborone, you will
- gain African perspectives on current topics through regular university courses taught by local and international faculty members
- develop understanding of Botswana, its history, opportunities and challenges
- familiarize yourself with Southern Africa, the region, its preservation initiatives, and resource development
- engage in service learning or an internship in the community.
Your learning may be enhanced through volunteer service in which you shadow a practitioner or conduct a research project with a local expert in your field.
A special track in community health focuses on public and environmental health issues in Botswana, both in the classroom and in the local community.
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for program highlights!
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
Setswana language study is available.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
late July to early December
Previous participants have appreciated the community public health internship and unique Setswana language practicum.
Live in residence halls on campus in double rooms with University of Botswana students. A limited number of homestays are also available. More information on housing
Activities include a weeklong rural homestay and excursions within Botswana. Past excursions have been to the National Museum, Khama Rhino Sanctuary, and Chobe National Park.
UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of study abroad offices at every UC campus and partnerships with host universities throughout the world. CIEE resident staff abroad help students integrate into the culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
This program offers coursework in two tracks.
- The community public health track offers coursework in health sciences, environmental sciences, and biology. Opportunities for service learning in the field supplement classroom instruction.
- The arts and sciences track provides coursework in the areas of African languages, literature, and culture; business and economics; education; environmental studies; history; media studies; political science; and sociology.
University of Botswana classes normally involve a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and labs. Higher education in Botswana offers a less structured environment which requires students to take responsibility and self initiative with their studies -- independent work habits that professors expect from all students. Some university classes are very large, in which interaction with the professor may be somewhat limited, while others are smaller seminars.
Courses are also provided by partner CIEE; these will be smaller and more familiar in instruction and format for UC students.
Use the following resources to learn more:
This program is affiliated with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) and the University of Botswana. Program participants enroll directly in the University of Botswana and take courses offered through CIEE
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad; 22.5-25.5 quarter/15–17 semester UC units (usually six courses).
Research and Independent Study
Independent research, service-learning and volunteer opportunities are possible and arranged in consultation with local staff.
University of Botswana
Established in 1982 as the first institution of higher education through an act of parliament, the University of Botswana is a young national university with a student population of 15,000. It is organized in six faculties, a School of Graduate Studies, and five academic centers.
The main campus of the University of Botswana is located in the national capital of Gaborone, which is also the headquarters of the 14-nation Southern African Development Community that focuses on regional development, economic growth, and improved social policies and priorities.
This UCEAP program is affiliated with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). CIEE was founded in 1947 as a nonprofit, non-governmental organization with the mission “to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.”
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
Please note-Current internship offerings may vary; you may do your own research to find additional internship opportunities.
- Public health experience in work with non-governmental service organizations
- Teaching English to children in rural Gaborone
- Pre-med and clinical experience with local healthcare providers
- Observation and work with southern African wildlife at the Mokolodi Nature Reserve
Setting Up Your Internship
- All internships are secured once you are on-site.
Angie Alonso was a UC Davis International Agricultural Development senior and UCEAP Botswana returnee. On her internship in Botswana: "I feel like I gained skills that will help me, in the future, apply for funds..." Watch her video.
“Three days a week, and sometimes four, I get to spend my afternoon in the middle of a nature reserve, surrounded by the incredible southern African wildlife. When I get to work, I jump in the back of a truck and head into the park for the day’s work. Some days are spent clearing bush, while the reptile park and feeding birds or monkeys occupy other days.” -CIEE blog
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2016-17. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2016-17 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
- Round-trip transportation from California
- UC fees
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Program excursions
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Pell Grant recipients may be eligible for a Gilman Scholarship! The Gilman program gives additional funding for students who will study in Botswana. Application information can be found on the Gilman International Scholarship
Study abroad scholarships through the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
CIEE offers scholarships for students attending CIEE-affiliated UCEAP programs, based on academic merit and/or need-based scholarships. Find out more.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
2.75 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by CIEE.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: