University of Botswana

University of Botswana
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
Academic YearApril 15Mid JulyMid MayBudget
FallApril 15Mid JulyEarly DecBudget
SpringOct 15Mid JanuaryLate MayBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.7
  • Language of Instruction
  • English
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • Transfer Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Graduate, Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Residence Hall
  • Program Type
  • Exchange
Program Overview

The University of Botswana (UB) is closely involved in the national development process of Botswana and maintains a rich history of high academic standards and social progressivism.  Students on this exchange study with local students on the roughly 15,000 student UB campus.  Classes are offered in English across all academic disciplines.


Originally founded in 1946 as a colonial Catholic vocational training university, the University of Botswana has undergone several structural and identity transformations over the years. In 1966, upon the independence of Botswana and Lesotho, the university became a joint, cross-national place of higher education with shared responsibility and membership between Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland. The University of Botswana became autonomous in 1982 and has become closely involved in the national development process of Botswana while maintaining its rich history of high academic standards and social progressivism.

The campus has many amenities, among them one of the largest university libraries in Africa, sports facilities, a large student union, and a student medical center.  The University of Botswana has a student population of approximately 15,000 students and offers one of the widest and most varied course catalogs among all African universities.  Students may choose classes from the following faculties:

Faculty of Business - Departments of Accounting and Finance, Management, and Marketing

Faculty of Education - Departments of Adult Education, Educational Foundations, Educational Technology, Home Economics Education, Languages and Social Sciences Education, Mathematics and Science Education, Physical Education, and Primary Education

Faculty of Engineering and Technology - Departments of Architecture and Planning, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Design and Technology, and Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Health Sciences -Departments of Environment Health and Nursing Education and School of Medicine

Faculty of Humanities - Departments of African Languages and Literature, English, French, History, Library and Information Studies, Media Studies, and Theology and Religious Studies

Faculty of Science - Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Geology, Mathematics, and Physics

Faculty of Social Sciences - Departments of Economics, Law, Political and Administrative Studies, Population Studies, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, and Statistics


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 double occupancy rooms in campus housing.  Meals are taken on campus at one of the student cafeterias.

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