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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 in one of two exciting track choices:

  • Community public health: Focus on public and environmental health issues in Botswana, both in the classroom and in the local community. Take coursework in health sciences, environmental sciences, and biology and conduct service learning in the field as a supplement to classroom instruction.
  • Arts and sciences: Explore African languages, literature, and ​culture along with coursework in business and economics, education, environmental studies, history, media studies, political science, and sociology.

Unique study opportunities

  • Conduct research in preventive health services, biodiversity in the Kalahari Desert, African history, literature or sociology, or any other topic that interests you.
  • Shadow a local healthcare provider and see modern and traditional medicine in action in a rural village.
  • Work with an expert in your field of study in an academic internship.
  • Visit and assist at clinics, NGOs, and hospitals in the public health track.
  • Practice Setswana as you lead a rewarding community service project.


Language of Instruction: English

Setswana Language Study: Optional for Arts and Sciences track, required for the Community and Public Health track.

Setswana language study is available as an option. Otherwise all instruction is English.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Five to six courses for a total of 22.5–27 quarter/15–18 semester UC units.
  • Complete all assignments and exams.

Current Program Courses

Depending on your program track, you’ll join the campus community at the University of Botswana and take a combination of university courses, CIEE courses, unique excursions, and special projects like volunteering, an internship, or practicum.

Community Public Health Track
  • CIEE Setswana Language and Culture Practicum
  • CIEE Public and Environmental Health Issues in Botswana
  • CIEE Community Health Practicum
  • Three elective courses at University of Botswana, one of which must be in public and environmental health
Arts and Sciences Track

You’ll take five classes a semester choosing from a range of options at the University of Botswana. You also have the option to enroll in the CIEE Setswana Language and Practicum class or an internship for credit.

Catalogs and resources

  • Arts and Sciences: Review program highlights and current courses (scroll to the bottom) on the CIEE website.
  • 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 UC students have taken on this program.
  • 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 entirely driven by your own initiative. Professors expect a great deal 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 a more familiar instruction format to UC.


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