Witness the unfolding mixture of global influences with traditional culture in the national capital of Gaborone as you:
- develop an understanding of contemporary Botswana, its opportunities and challenges
- become familiar with the Southern Africa region and resources
- gain African perspectives on historic and contemporary issues through direct enrollment in University of Botswana courses
- take advantage of service learning and internship opportunities in the community.
Learning is enhanced through community service and field research opportunities where you work with local experts in the field.
A special track in community public health focuses on public and environmental health issues in Botswana, both within and outside the classroom.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
Setswana language study is required.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
late July to early December
Most students live in residence halls on campus in double rooms with local undergraduate students. A limited number of homestays are also available.
Activities include a weeklong rural homestay, excursions to Gaborone Game Reserve, National Museum, and the Okavango Delta.
EAP students are supported by UC’s network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with host universities throughout the world. Local CIEE staff abroad help students integrate into the culture of Botswana and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
See the CIEE Program Handbook
(PDF) for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
University of Botswana
Established in 1982, the University of Botswana is a relatively young university with a student population of 15,000. It is organized in six faculties, a School of Graduate Studies, and five academic centers.
Botswana’s national capital, Gaborone, is home to the main campus of the University of Botswana and the headquarters of the 14-nation Southern African Development Community that focuses on regional development, economic growth, and improved social policies and priorities.
This EAP 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.”
This program offers coursework in two tracks. 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; and political science.
The community public health track offers coursework in health sciences, environmental sciences, biology, and other subject areas. Opportunities for service learning in the field supplement classroom learning.
University classes normally involve a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and labs. This system offers a less structured environment that requires students to take responsibility and initiative with their studies—traits that professors expect from their students. Some university classes are very large; interaction with the professor may be somewhat limited.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on EAP:
- EAP Program Search provides information on general areas of study.
- Host institution online catalogs or course listings:
- MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. Additional courses may be available and not all courses may still be offered.
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 units (usually six courses).
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Internships, independent research, service-learning and volunteer opportunities are arranged by local staff.
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 Non Resident 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 2012-13. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2012-13 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. 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
- Accident and medical insurance
- 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
Scholarships from CIEE are available to eligible students on CIEE affiliated programs in Botswana. Application information can be found on the CIEE website
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.
Application Information and Deadlines
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental predeparture 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 EAP Office for more information: