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Read a story by an ISEP student who studied abroad at the University of Botswana.

Got questions? Contact the Program Officer for Africa for the latest information on the University of Botswana.

IMPORTANT: Exchange at the Unviersity of Botswana is NOW OPEN for SPRING 2017. The DIRECT option is OPEN, but no longer includes a meal stipend as of Spring 2016. Please see the updated prices for DIRECT below. For more information regarding this program, please contact Lindsay Moats or check out her blog.

UB is located in the heart of Botswana’s capital city, Gaborone (est. population 300,000). The campus is within walking distance of government buildings, retail centers, night clubs, the national museum, and the national soccer stadium. The city has excellent public transportation networks. Also, students can travel throughout the country and around southern Africa on buses which leave daily from the central bus station.

While the Batswana people are the majority population in the country, there are numerous other ethnic groups ranging from the San or Bushman, who were hunter gatherers, to a number of other Bantu groups including the Kalanga and the Bayei, plus a substantial number of persons from ethnic groups in Zimbabwe. English is widely spoken in the country since all education is conducted in English beginning in the fourth year of elementary school. Political freedom insures that frank and intense debates occur on regular basis concerned with issues related to economic, social and political development.

ISEP Exchange: academic semester
ISEP Direct: academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Very Limited.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Very Limited.
Students wishing to be considered for reciprocal exchange placement either during fall or spring must submit their applications by the February priority deadline.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

ISEP Direct chance of placement is Good.

Program Dates
Academic year: late-July to early May; Semester 1: late-July to late November; Semester 2: Early January to early May

Information about ISEP Direct fees and deadlines

The ISEP-Direct program fee includes the benefit package for: Tuition, Housing, and Insurance

ISEP-Direct Program fees:
Regular Programs
Full Year 16-17: $16,500
Semester 1 16-17: $9,500
Semester 2 16-17: $9,500

Science and Engineering
Full Year 16-17: $18,950
Semester 1 16-17: $10,500
Semester 2 16-17: $10,500

For priority consideration, applications for the following semester should be received before February 15 and September 1 unless otherwise noted. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct before these final application deadlines:
SM1: May 30, 2016
SM2: November 30, 2016

Fast Facts
Gaborone, Botswana (pop. 208,411)
Student Enrollment: 15,000
Language of instruction: English
University Home Page
Faculties and Schools (Please see below: "Hints for Researching Courses")
Office of International Education and Partnerships (OIEP)
Botswana Visiting International Student Application

Humanities: African Languages and Literature,* African Studies*, Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Chinese, English*, French, History*, Library and Information Studies*, Linguistics, Media Studies, Portuguese, Theology & Religious studies, Setswana.
Science: Biology*, Chemistry*, Computer Science and Information Studies*, Geology*, Mathematics*, Natural Resource Management*, Physics, Environmental Science*, Computer Science
Social Studies: Economics, Geography, International Relations*, Political Science*, Population Studies*, Sociology*, Social Work*, Statistics*, Public Administration*, Women’s Studies.
Business: Accounting*, Business Administration, Finance*, Information Systems*, Management*, Marketing*, Tourism and Hospitality.
Education: Educational Foundations, Educational Technology, Social Science and Language Education, Mathematics and Science Education, Home Economics, Physical Education*, Special education.
Engineering: Chemical, Civil, Computer, Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial Design*, Mining, Technology*
Health Sciences: Environmental Health, Nursing*

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
Courses listed above with an asterisk (*) may also be available at the graduate level. Contact ISEP for further information.

Academic Notes
The most appropriate fields are African studies, environmental science, humanities, and social sciences. The science and engineering departments have well equipped laboratory facilities which are comparable to those found in the developed world.
***Please note that students must have course flexibility when choosing to study abroad at the Unviersity of Botswana. Course request lists cannot be guaranteed.


Transcripts are typically issued within one to two months after final exams. Students who wish to have additional copies of transcripts for graduate school or other post-baccalaureate programs should notify the coordinator. Transcripts will be forwarded to ISEP, and then to the student’s home institution. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
All coursework at the University of Botswana is taught in English and students should have a good grasp of the language. REQUIREMENTS FOR NON-NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS TAKING COURSES IN ENGLISH:
ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for official score? Yes
TOEFL: 525
Institutional TOEFL accepted? No
English as a Foreign Language courses available?: No

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special Academic Conditions
  • Minimum GPA requirement for ISEP applicants is 2.75
  • Some courses may have prerequisites and may require permission from the heads of department for enrollment.
  • Potential ISEP medical students need to check with OIEP as to the availability of specific courses, internships and residencies.
  • Costs for laboratory supplies may not be included in exchange benefits for exchnage students enrolled in Science & Engineering courses.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
All applicants must also complete a Botswana Visiting International Student Application in addition to their ISEP application. The original UB application form and one additional copy of the form should be included with the ISEP application. ISEP applicants need not submit any further evidence beyond what is already included in the ISEP application.

Hints for Researching Courses
1. The specific courses offered in each of these subject areas at the undergraduate and postgraduate level can be found in the Faculties and Schools section of the University of Botswana website. You can either click directly on the Faculties and Schools tab, or move your mouse over it to see the various schools, faculties and departments. If you do click on the Faculties and Schools tab, you will find in the highlight section, the "Course Guide" box. This will take you to another page with diploma, undergraduate and graduate degrees, where you can click on such degrees to find courses. There are no descritions, however to serve as a guide, you can refer to this Botswana Course Catalog . Things in this catalogue may have changed, they are only to serve as guidance, any specific question should please be directed to us, so that we can provide the best advise we can.

Housing and Meals
EXCHANGE: Students are housed in the on-campus undergraduate dorms with other international students. A meal stipend will be provided.

DIRECT: Students are housing on-campus undergraduate dorms with other international students. Students must provide their own meals.

ESTIMATED PERSONAL EXPENSES You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: fees not required of all participants (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: US $200 minimal; $400 comfortable

There will be an orientation for all international students dealing with social, cultural, travel, safety, etiquette and lifestyle issues. There will be visits to places of interest including a Gaborone City Tour which includes shopping areas, places of entertainment and recreation, and the local combie transport system. University-wide orientation is only held at the beginning of the academic year, therefore information on immigration, education, registration, security, library, computers, university life, historical and cultural information on Botswana will be covered during the International student orientation for those students coming in for the January to May semester.

ARRIVAL INFORMATION Airport pickup is offered. Please contact the ISEP Coordinator at UB for more information.

Student Activities
ISEP students are welcome to participate in over 100 student clubs, and to join team sports such as basketball, volleyball, track, and soccer. Participation on sports teams often includes travel to other southern African countries.

The OIEP occasionally sponsors an optional fee-paid trip to selected Botswana wildlife areas during the week-long break at half-term.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
Independent Study, Volunteer and internship opportunities are available in Botswana. OIEP staff and some of your instructors will help set these up for you. There are several NGOs in Botswana that you may be able to work with. In the field of Gender and Development, you may be able to work with an NGO focusing on safety and legal rights for women; if you are interested in environmental issues you may want to work on conservation or forestry projects. There are also opportunities in the creative arts, health (such as HIV/AIDS support), human rights, economic development (such as micro-finance projects), and children/youth NGOs. A list of potential opportunities can be requested from the ISEP Coordinator.

The University of Botswana was founded in 1982. It has grown rapidly to an institution with 12,000 full-time undergraduates, 2,000 part-time students and 1,000 graduate students. The University is a comprehensive institution offering courses in both the liberal arts and sciences and a number of professional programs, including business, education, engineering and medicine. A majority of the academic staff members are from Botswana; however, many instructors also come from Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, or other parts of the world.