CIEE - Botswana (Summer)

CIEE - Botswana (Summer)
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd Date
SummerApril 15Late MayMid July
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.75
  • Language of Instruction
  • English, Setswana
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • Transfer Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Homestay, Residence Hall
  • Program Type
  • Third-party provider
Program Overview

The CIEE Community Public Health program is designed for students with an interest in public health issues in developing countries; the governmental, societal, and environmental factors that influence healthcare; and international health issues. Students learn about overcoming challenges in healthcare from the context of a developing nation.


The program consists of coursework, a language and culture practicum and a week-long field placement in a rural clinic.  Students also engage in an urban community service practicum in and around Gaborone as part of the academic curriculum.  Students gain a holistic appreciation and understanding of health and healthcare and obstacles to achieving it in Botswana.  Additionally the program aims to equip students with basic Setswana speaking skills. 

Participants take all three of the following courses:

Setswana Language and Culture Practicum - This course introduces students to the history, culture, and language of Botswana and is designed to provide students with an opportunity to engage the local community in a variety of ways.  In addition to providing students  with basic Setswana  language training, the course utilizes a combination of classroom and field-based activities to help students develop a deeper and more meaningful understanding and appreciation of the local society, and some of the heal issues with which Botswana is grappling today.

Public and Environmental Health Issues in Botswana - This course addresses scientific and social problems of health and illness, both generally and in Botswana in particular.  It covers concepts of public health with a focus on the health /illness process and its relation to health management, policies, and coverage.  Also discussed are the technical and scientific tools used to study health, the social and biological factors involved in illness. Doctor/patient relations, and international health issues.

Community Health Practicum - This course introduces students to the multidimensional nature of health, health and preventive medicine programs, and primary health care administration through involvement in health-related community services.  Students are assigned field placements with local health promoters in marginalized neighborhoods in and around Gaborone.  Through observation and discussions with local health care professionals, students gain a better understanding of current health problems and hazard in Botswana, assist with the organization and coordination of public health outreach programs, and help assess the impact of environmental factors, including waste and water supply management, on human health.  Toward the end of the program, students spend a week at a rural clinic for purposes o investigation, observation, and community education.


Established in 1982, the University of Botswana has a student population of 15,000 and a staff of over 2,000. The University's vision is to be a leading center of academic excellence in Africa and the world; its mission is to improve economic and social conditions for the Nation, while advancing itself as a distinctively African university with a regional and international outlook. The University is committed to its students, to academic freedom and integrity, to cultural authenticity, and to internationalism.

Botswana is located in Southern Africa, and is bordered by Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. With a land area of 581,730 sq/km and a population of about 1.8 million people, it is roughly the size of France. The country is a multi-party democracy and is known in the region for its stability since its independence, in 1966, from Britain. Botswana's capital city, Gaborone, affectionately known as "Gabs"  (population approx. 250,000), is both the industrial and commercial center of the country and is found in the southeast, close to the South African border. 


Students live in single room, apartment-style residences on the University of Botswana campus, or with homestay families within the immediate neighborhoods of campus.

Students who live in University of Botswana residences can either cook in their apartment or eat at local restaurants and cafés. Meals are not included in the program fee for those living in a University residence. Students who live in homestays take their meals at their place of residence. Lunches during the week are not included in the homestay option and are the responsibility of the student.

One week of the program is spent in a rural village where students live with local host families.

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Program Costs

To find the costs of the program you are interested in, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the CIEE website on "Study Abroad in Gaborone: Summer Community Public Health".
  2. Scroll down to the "Dates, Deadlines & Fees" section and click on the (+) next to the program cost to expand the list of expenses.
  3. Find your program's estimated expenses both under "Program Fees" AND "Estimated Additional Costs".
  4. Last, add the "Study Abroad Fee", which is $600 for a summer program.
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