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Short Term | Exploring Botswana: Culture and Community
Gaborone, Botswana; Pretoria, South Africa (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer C
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer A
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Education Housing Options: Homestay, Student Housing
Language of Instruction:
English Minimum GPA: 2.5
Minimum Number of Credit Hours: 03 Academic Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Program Type: Short Term
Program Description:
Exploring Botswana: Culture and Community

Summer C 2017
May 27, 2017 - June 21, 2017

Students must arrive at Johannesburg International Airport by 11:00AM on 28 May. Students will depart out of Johannesburg on the evening of 21 June. 

Application deadline: February 9
Commitment deadline: February 16


Program Description:

The College of Education and Human Performance has developed a transformational and life-changing experience in one of the most progressive and democratic nations in Sub-Saharan Africa; Botswana!  For one month (28 days in-country) you will have the opportunity to meet a cross section of Botswana citizens, including rural farmers, herders on cattle posts, primary and secondary school teachers and students, as well as highly educated urban dwellers.  After arrival in Johannesburg, South Africa and an overnight in Pretoria, you will travel by chartered bus to Gaborone, the capital of Botswana where you will engage in a week of academic and cultural activities at the University of Botswana and surrounding areas.  Then, after a chartered bus trip through the Kalahari Desert, you will arrive at Ghanzi, where you will participate in a two-week homestay while engaging in service-learning activities at one of Botswana’s Remote Area Dweller Schools.  This will provide you with a unique opportunity to experience, first-hand, the challenges of providing education to all children within Botswana, regardless of their mother tongue, location, socioeconomic class, or ethnicity.  During your final week in Botswana you will tour one of the most beautiful and diverse regions in Botswana; the Okavango Delta.  This will include a cruise on the Okavango Delta, where you are likely to encounter a hippopotamus herd or numerous crocodiles, and a full-day game park ride where you will see some of Botswana’s most treasured natural resources; its elephants, lions, giraffes, wildebeest, etc.  Your month in Botswana will conclude with a chartered bus trip from Maun, through the town of Francistown, and then back to Gaborone and Johannesburg, where you will catch your flight home.  (Disclaimer:  The above program description is representative of the experiences you will encounter in Botswana, though some details and locations may vary.  A final, confirmed itinerary will be available by October 31st.)

This program is open to all Undergraduate and Graduate Students (all majors are welcome to apply)

Students interested in this program go to the program page at For best consideration, submit your application as soon as possible, and preferably before October 31st the COEHP will begin interviewing and selecting students in late October.  They will continue to review applications until all positions are filled.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Enhanced participant knowledge of Botswana, their educational system, and an understanding of the challenges inherent in the provision of equitable education for the marginalized.
  • Enrichment of participants' pedagogy and their ability to ameliorate patterns of inequitable educational access for marginalized students in the USA and elsewhere.

Program Courses:
  • EDG4954: International Education Field Experience (3 credits)
  • EDF6775: Exploring Global Educational Issues in International Contexts (3 credits)
*Please note that all participants must enroll in one of these courses and pay associated tuition to be a part of the program

Course Syllabus:
Program fee: $3,300
For details on what the program fee includes please see program Budget Sheet

Payment 1: $1,000
Payment 2: $2,300

Please see Education's website for additional details:

Program Leader: Karen Biraimah
Program Leader email:

This program is currently not accepting applications.