Study Abroad in Botswana
- Spend a month in one of the most peaceful and progressive democratic countries in Africa.
- Learn about Botswana's History, Geography, Culture, Politics and Education System.
- Visit the Animal Reserves, Ancient Salt Pans, Mokolodi Nature Reserve, Bahurutshe Cultural Village, Domboshaba (Ancient Great Zimbabwe Empire Rock Ruins), Remote Area Dweller Schools and much more.
- Estimated Student Costs: Estimated at $2,800-$3,200 for a month-long program:
Includes, round-trip air fare (Johannesburg, South Africa to Gaborone, Botswana), all land transport, accommodations, lectures, guide fees, admissions, tours, driver's gratuity, and most meals in Botswana, and an extensive pre-departure face-2-face and online orientation during Spring 2018.
- Program Cost Does Not Include: Round-trip airfare between student's home and Johannesburg, South Africa, about 20 meals, passport application fees (if necessary), immunizations, tuition (1- or 3-semester hour course) and incidentals.
- Program open to all majors; graduates and undergraduates.
Join us for a transformational and life-changing experience in one of the most progressive and democratic nations in sub-Saharan Africa; Botswana. For one month you will have the opportunity to meet a cross-section of Botswana's citizens; primary and secondary school teachers and students, university faculty as well as diverse rural and urban dwellers.
You will be met in Johannesburg, South Africa and flown to Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, where you will engage in a week of academic, cultural and historical activities at the University of Botswana and its environs. During this time you will explore Gaborone, nature reserves, museums and cultural wonders such as the Matsieng Foot Prints and the Bahurutshe Cultural Village. In dramatic contrast to the modern city of Gaborone, you will then travel to one of three Remote Area Dweller Schools, where for two weeks you will be accommodated in teacher housing while you assist both teachers and students in their classrooms, as well as engaging with students in a variety of sports, games and other student activities. For the last week, you will continue to explore the diversity of Botswana as you participate in game drives through the animal reserves, tour the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, visit Domboshaba (ruins of Great Zimbabwe Empire), attend a village Kgotla (traditional "town hall" gathering) and experience and learn Kalanga dances. (Please access draft itinerary for more details.) Throughout Botswana your travels will be on a modern chartered bus, and when not staying at the schools, you will be accommodated in University of Botswana dormitories or Botswana Tourism Board approved hotels. At the conclusion of the program, you will be flown from Gaborone to Johannesburg, where you will connect with your individual flight home.
*Please be advised that all applicants must register with the Study Abroad office for this trip in addition to submitting the above application, studyabroad.ucf.edu.
Click here to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship.
The Summer program applications open in January 2018. If won, this scholarship could cover a significant percentage of the cost for this trip.
For other financial assistance and scholarship opportunities please visit the UCF Study Abroad website, studyabroad.ucf.edu and click on Finance in the sidebar. There are many scholarship opportunities listed.