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Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences

Explore African perspectives on development and tradition alongside local students at the University of Botswana through the Community Public Health program. You can focus on public and environmental health issues in Botswana, both in the classroom and in the local community. You will take coursework in health sciences, environmental sciences, and biology as well as conduct service learning in the field as a supplement to classroom instruction.

Unique study opportunities

  • Explore preventive health services, biodiversity in the Kalahari Desert, African history, literature, sociology, and other topics.
  • Shadow a local healthcare provider and see modern and traditional medicine in action in a rural village.
  • Practice Setswana as you lead a rewarding community service project.


Language of Instruction: English

Language Study: Required

The program includes a required Setswana language class.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: 22.5–27 quarter/15–18 semester UC units; six courses
    • Three required CIEE courses
    • Three courses at the University of Botswana
  • You can take up to one-third (33%) of your total unit load on a pass/no pass basis.
Current Program Courses
  • Required CIEE courses:
    • Setswana Language and Culture Practicum
    • Public and Environmental Health Issues in Botswana
    • Community Health Practicum
  • Three elective courses at the University of Botswana, one of which must be in public and environmental health.

Catalogs and resources

  • Community Public Health: Review program highlights and current courses (scroll to the bottom) on the CIEE website.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses students have taken on this program. This is not a current representation of course offerings on this program. Reference the above links to review recent course offerings. 
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location.

Academic culture

University of Botswana classes are open to students from Botswana and other nations. Classes normally involve a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and labs. Following the British academic model, the learning environment is driven by your own initiative. Professors expect a great deal of responsibility and independent study habits. Similar to UC, lectures can be large with up to 100 students while smaller tutorials and seminars range from 15-25 students.

Courses provided by CIEE, an affiliate of UCEAP, are smaller with an instruction format more familiar to UC students.


You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Grades for the fall semester are typically available by March.