Study Abroad

CIEE Gaborone

  • Location: Gaborone, Botswana
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors


COVID-19 Protocols and Travel Warnings

  • You can read about this program’s COVID-19 safety protocols at this link and this link, then read the CDC Travel Warning and U.S. State Department Travel Advisory at the respective links. For more information about Haverford College Study Abroad and the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, read the Study Abroad homepage here.
  • CIEE requires all study abroad students to be fully vaccinated before they can participate in any CIEE program. 

Gaborone, the capital city, is one of Africa’s fastest-growing cities and lies in southeastern Botswana, close to the border of South Africa. In addition to the main campus of the University of Botswana, Gaborone also hosts the headquarters of the 10 nation Southern African Development Community, (SADC) which focuses on regional development, economic growth, and poverty alleviation. The older part of Gaborone, the old “Village”, is steeped in colonial history. A large dam on the Ngotwane River provides for sailing water sports. Down river and till within the confines of the city is the Gaborone Game Reserve.

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    Non-US citizens should consult with CIEE and the Office of International Student Support  before applying to the program.

    Study Abroad & Applying for OPT Policy 

  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payments to the program. Students pay room and board fees directly to CIEE.

Students take a Setswana Language and Culture Practicum course and regular university courses. These courses can be chosen from the CIEE program electives and courses offered by the University of Botswana. The CIEE Study Center follows the University of Botswana’s calendar, similar to the North American calendar. This differs from many other Southern African universities that operate on the Southern Hemisphere academic calendar.

Academic Credit

Students are expected to take 15-17 credit hours per semester, usually 4-5 University classes plus the required language course. Students in the Arts & Sciences program take a mandatory Setswana Language and Culture Practicum course, and 4-5 other electives.

Students in the Community Public Health program take the mandatory Setswana Language and Culture Practicum course, 3 mandatory Public and Environmental Health Courses, and 1-2 other electives.

Fulfills Haverford’s language requirement. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


There are two CIEE programs students may participate in: Arts & Sciences or Community Public Health. Students in the both programs may take courses in African Languages and Literature, Business, Economics, Education, Engineering & Technology, English, Environmental Health and Science, History, Media Studies, Political Science & Administrative Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Geology, Health Sciences, Physics, and Setswana Language. Students in the Community Public Health program also take additional courses in Public and Environmental Health.

Course Highlights

African Literature, Art History, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Cities, Ecology, Economics, Education, Engineering & Technology, English, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Feminist and Gender Studies, Geology, Health Studies, History, International Relations, Literature, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Urban Studies

Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

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An online pre-departure orientation to meet the Resident Director, plus a week-long orientation in Gaborone to introduce students to the city, country, culture, and academic programs.

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Housing/Meal Plans

University residence halls or homestay. CIEE students living on-campus live in double rooms in apartment-style residences with local and other international students. Meals are not included in the program fee. Students who live with homestays are provided two meals per day. Students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program.


Gain Travel Grant – The CIEE Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grant helps cover airfare to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate financial need. Pell-eligible students are guaranteed a GAIN Grant if they submit their CIEE scholarships application by October 15 for spring programs, or by April 1 for fall programs. GAIN Grants are available on a first-come first-served basis to students with a wider range of need. Students can be awarded $750-$2,000 toward airfare. The award amount depends on CIEE program location.

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  • Semester
  • Fulfills Language Requirement


  • Semester I: Late July to early December
  • Semester II: Mid-January to late May

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: March 5
  • Semester II: October 15

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