CIEE Arts and Sciences Program in Gaborone, Botswana
With friendly faces and an array of university courses in biological sciences, business, engineering, African languages, media studies, and more, Gaborone – or Gab as it’s locally known – is a fine place to connect with the people of Botswana. Homestays, community projects, and adventures that reveal the country’s unforgettable beauty make this a stand-out study-abroad experience.
Study abroad in Gaborone and you'll:
- Meet with village leaders and join family gatherings and cultural traditions during a three-day stay in rural Botswana.
- Safari in Chobe National Park, where elephants, hippos, crocs, lions, leopards, and a mind-boggling number of birds roam free.
- Practice Setswana while you lead research or a community project that’s close to your heart.
This program helps students join the campus community as they develop Setswana language skills and take unique courses. Volunteer opportunities and excursions help students get to know community members. Together, these pieces give students a solid understanding of contemporary Botswana culture and its role in southern Africa.
University of Botswana. Established in 1982, the university strives to improve economic and social conditions for the nation, while advancing as an African university with a regional and international outlook. With 15,000 students and a staff of more than 2,000, the university is committed to academic freedom and integrity, cultural authenticity, and internationalism. Except for the CIEE Language and Culture Practicum, courses are taught by faculty from the University of Botswana.
Find out more.
Please check the CIEE website for final program dates, and speak with your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor prior to booking airfare.
Fall Dates- Late July to Early December
Spring Dates- Early January to Early May
This Madison College sponsored program is run by the Council for International Education Exchange (CIEE). Students will apply to Madison College and to CIEE for acceptance on the program.
In addition to the CIEE course offerings and requirements, all students accepted into a semester-long Study Abroad program are required to take the Madison College one credit online course titled "Perspectives on Study Abroad". This course is designed as an introduction to and support of residence and study in another country. Students will learn cultural theories, learning styles, cross-cultural communication skills, and strategies for development of cross-cultural competencies. Students will participate in activities designed to increase their cultural awareness, cross-cultural sensitivity, and own adaptability to another culture. The course will facilitate the intense learning process that occurs when individuals are placed in a new cultural context and will challenge students to explore their own cultural assumptions. The CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning may be substituted for this course.
A passport is required for U.S. citizens traveling abroad. If you need to apply for a passport, it is advised to allow at least 6 weeks for standard processing.
All students are required to attend two pre-departure orientations. These orientations provide information on health and safety, packing, trip planning, flight logistics, and other essential information.
Program fees will be paid directly to CIEE. Please visit the CIEE webpage for specific program costs. http://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/botswana/gaborone/arts-sciences/
There is a $200 required fee to Madison College that covers Madison College orientation, the academic equivalent process, support before, during, and after Study Abroad, and all associated services.
For More Information
If you would like to know more about studying abroad through Madison College, please email us or call 608-246-6201 to schedule an appointment.