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Gaborone is the economic, political, and cultural capital of Botswana and reputedly one of Africa’s more low-key capitals – possibly because it hosts two well-known game reserves filled with diverse wildlife that offer a peaceful respite from the bustling city.
Students take courses at the University of Botswana in addition to volunteering and participating in unique excursions designed to immerse them in the community. Together, these experiences give students a solid understanding of contemporary Botswana culture and its role in Southern Africa.
Courses are available in English and Setswana.
- CIEE Gaborone is located in a modern building on the University of Botswana campus, and features faculty offices, classrooms, and computer labs.
- Trips to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary – a community wildlife project established to save the rhinoceros – to see white and black rhinos, 30 other animal species, and 230 species of birds.
- Excursions to Bahurutshe Cultural Village to learn about local traditional dance, music, and games, how to pound and grind sorghum, talk with village elders, visit the kraal, and sleep in traditional huts.
- Depending on their program of study and availability, students may be able to participate in an internship or volunteer.
Explore the intersection of conservation with society and culture through CIEE co-curricular activities and extensive field trips to nature reserves, rangelands, rural communities, and the capital city of Gaborone.
With an array of courses in African languages, biological and environmental sciences, business, education, engineering, media studies, and more, Gaborone – or Gab as it’s locally known – is a fantastic place to advance your academics and connect with the people of Botswana.
CIEE Scholarships and Grants
CIEE’s need-based grants offer support to students who face financial barriers to studying abroad. CIEE awards need-based grants based on students’ EFCs and program selection. The Gilman Go Global Grant offers students $750-$2,000 toward airfare, plus $2,500 toward semester program costs, or $1,000 toward summer program costs.