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  • Locations: Gaborone, Botswana
  • Program Terms: Fall, Fall Back-Up, Full Year, Full Year Back-Up, Split Year Spring, SpltYr Spring BackUp, Spring, Spring Back-Up
  • Restrictions: GU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Budget
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Language Prerequisite: No
Language(s): English, Setswana Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Direct Matriculation, Nursing
Non-GU Students May Apply: No Housing Options: Homestay, Local Roommates, Student Residence
Level of Support: Medium (Moderate onsite support) Application Deadlines: February, October
OGE Advisor: Jason Sanderson Engagement Opportunities: Field Work, Service: Credit, Student Organizations
Program Description:

Bird's-eye view of city
Community Public Health (CIEE)

Gaborone, Botswana



  • Good academic and disciplinary standing
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Students are highly encouraged to have completed a course focusing on Africa prior to participating in the program.
In addition to your myGUABROAD application materials, you must complete the CIEE application by the OGE deadline.

*If you do not meet these eligibility requirements, please meet with the OGE Regional Advisor for this program early in the process to discuss your options.

About the Program

CIEE’s Community Public Health program offers students a view into one of Africa’s most vital health care systems. Botswana is an ideal place to explore regional social and scientific health issues. Learn from successes and failures as students visit and assist at clinics, public health non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and hospitals. Coursework, community outreach, language learning, homestays, and more will open this inspirational country to students’ interests and practical learning styles.


CIEE’s Community Public Health program is located in Botswana’s capital, Gaborone. It is one of Africa’s fastest-growing cities, located in the south and close to the South African border. Gaborone hosts the headquarters of the 14-nation Southern African Development Community, which focuses on regional development, economic growth, and poverty relief.

Academic Calendar

  • Full year: late July to late May*
  • Fall: late July to early December*
  • Spring: late January to late May*
*This is a southern hemisphere program, program dates are according to academic calendars of local institutions.

Fields of Study

Languages of Instruction are English and Setswana.

Fields of study include: African Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Education, English, Environmental Studies, Government/Political Science, Health Sciences, History, Literature, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Public Health, Religion/Theology, Social Work, Sociology

This list is not exhaustive. Please make an appointment to speak with the OGE Regional Advisor to further discuss available coursework on this program.

Course information for the required CIEE courses as well as available University of Botswana courses may be found on the Academics tab of the CIEE program page.


You are required to enroll in a full courseload and complete all exams and assignments associated with the course regardless of the credit you wish to receive on the program. Withdrawal from a course or failure to take/complete a final will be regarded as an unauthorized reduction in courseload and a violation of the academic policy.

A full courseload for this program is: 17 credits and 5 course equivalents

You will complete the 2-credit CIEE Setswana Language Practicum, the 3-credit core course "Public and Environmental and Health Issues in Botswana," a 3-credit Community Health Practicum and a minimum of 135 hours of university coursework (generally three courses). At least one university course must focus on community or environmental health.

The minimum passing grade for this program is: C

You are required to live in program housing.

You have two housing options:
  • Student residences: self-catered, apartment-style living with single or twin bedrooms, shared kitchens and living and bathroom facilities. No meals are included.
  • Homestays: you live with a host family and receive two meals per day. Lunch is not included.

Program Budget

Community Public Health in Gaborone, Botswana (CIEE) Program Budget


We advise students to research and pursue a wide range of funding opportunities. To find scholarships applicable to your program, browse the scholarships section of OGE’s website.

We are committed to making study abroad accessible to all interested and eligible students. We hope that students with accessibility needs will pursue study abroad opportunities and use the available support services on campus for assistance and advice when necessary.

With over 200 approved-programs, we are confident that you will find a program that fits your interests and goals. Programs offer varying degrees of academic and lifestyle support. Please make an appointment with your OGE advisor to discuss how to best support any special needs you might have on programs that may interest you.

To learn more about the resources for students on campus and also for advice on how to request accommodations overseas, please visit the Georgetown Academic Resource Center’s website. Additional support can be found on the Mobility International website.

Open Application Deadlines & Dates
Open Application Deadlines & Dates
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 10/12/2019 TBA TBA