CIEE Gaborone

  • Location: Gaborone, Botswana
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Minimum GPA: 2.7
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors and seniors.


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 conUines of the city is the Gaborone Game Reserve.

  • Visa:

    Not required.

  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition and room to Haverford College if they live in university residence halls and tutition, room, and partial board to Haverford College if they live in a homestay. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payments to the program.

  • Requirements

    Students take a Setswana Language and Culture Practicum course and regular university courses totaling an additional 13-15 semester hours. 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, Ecology, Economics, Education, Engineering & Technology, English, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Feminist and Gender Studies, Geology, Health Studies, History, International Relations, Literature, Math, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health

    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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  • Non-Academic Overview

    Orientation: 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.

    Number of Students: This program was created in the 2007-08 academic year. It hosted 2 students during its first semester and 10 during the second.

    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.

    Opportunities / Cultural Events

    Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of local and regional excursions. These may include the Gaborone Game Reserve, the National Museum, the Kokobeng Ruins (the remains of David Livingstone’s 1840 mission), the Jwaneng diamond mine, the Kalahari Desert, and the Okavango River Delta.

    Internships: Students in the Arts & Sciences program have the option of replacing one of their elective credits with an internship. Students may enroll in an internship based at a non-governmental organization involved in community development, public health, social welfare, women’s rights, environmental protection, or education. Students record their experiences in a journal, which is evaluated weekly during the internship, and complete a Uinal research paper and oral presentation that includes what they have learned during their experience at the organization. Pre-approval for enrollment in an internship must be obtained from the resident director and the student’s home institution prior to the start of the semester.

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  • Semester/Year
  • Fulfills Language Requirement
  • Semester I: Late July to early December
  • Semester II: Early January to mid-May
  • Year: Late July to mid-May
Application Deadlines
  • Semester I: March 5
  • Semester II: October 5
  • Year: March 5
Faculty Contact

Zolani Ngwane,