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University of Botswana

University of Botswana
Nestled in the city of Gaborone, the University of Botswana offers excellent programs in Education, Business, Engineering, Science, Social Science and Medicine among other subjects.
Gaborone, Botswana
Language of Instruction: 
Academic Year
Academic Disciplines: 
Political Science
Global & International Studies
African/African American Studies
Environmental Studies
Program Type: 
Semester or Academic Year
  • Study environmental studies and humanities in Botswana
  • Engage in research at the University of Botswana's field station in the Okavango Delta, one of Africa's most biologically diverse regions
  • Complement your coursework by volunteering with local NGOs in the fields of human rights, environmental conservation, and health
Program Summary: 

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.

University of Botswana


Formerly a British Protectorate, the Republic of Botswana attained Independence in 1966 and has become one of the most politically stable and financially successful countries in Africa.

Nestled in the city of Gaborone, the University of Botswana offers excellent programs in Education, Business, Engineering, Science, Social Science and Medicine among other subjects. Short day-trips from Gaborone include the ancient rock-paintings of Mmashele’s cave, game-viewing at Moremi Game Reserve, and the magical Okavango Delta. Whether one wants to enjoy the urban recreation of Gaborone or the natural splendor of the surrounding country-side, the University of Botswana offers educational and extra-curricular learning opportunities.

Academic Information: 

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.

International students may opt to enroll in 3 credit hours of research including at UB’s major research station on the Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world with a unique ecosystem that spreads over 15,000 square kilometers of the Kalahari.

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Students are housed in the on-campus undergraduate dorms with other international students. A stipend is provided to purchase meals in the cafeteria and in restaurants near the campus. 

Life Abroad: 

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.

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.

Further Reading: 

Contact Melody Stratton for more information at melodystratton@ku.edu.

ISEP website


Deadlines Extended for Summer, Fall and Academic Year Programs.

See list of programs below:


Study Abroad Financial Advising

The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00-5:00 pm and Thursday afternoons from 12:30-1:30 pm in room 203 Lippincott Hall.  For those that can not attend the weekly Info Sessions, we also offer individualized study abroad financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

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