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  • Locations: Gaborone, Botswana
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: GT applicants only
  • Estimated Program Costs: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 01/15/2020 05/31/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Level: Undergraduate Program Type: University Exchange
Credit Hours: 12 Weeks per term: 19
Language of Instruction: English Academic Disciplines: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Preferred Participating Majors (Exchange Programs): Housing Type: Homestay, On-Campus Residence Hall
Advisor: Cassy McInnis International Service Learning: No
Affiliated with GT Serve-Learn-Sustain: No
Program Description:
location informationEligibilityacademic infocredit transferprogram costsvisa and passport info

Location Information


This university is located in Gaborone, Botswana.  Botswana is one of Africa’s most stable countries, and a multiparty democracy. It is unusual in that the majority of its population is from a single ethnic group, the Tswana. Gaborone, its capital and one of Africa’s fastest growing cities, lies in southeastern Botswana, close to the border of South Africa. In addition to the main campus of the University of Botswana, Gaborone also hosts the headquarters of the 14-nation Southern African Development Community, which focuses on regional development, economic growth, and poverty alleviation. To learn more about this city and country, please visit:


Established in 1982, the University of Botswana has a student population of 15,000 and a staff of over 2,000. The University’s vision is to be a leading center of academic excellence in Africa and the world; its mission is to improve economic and social conditions for the Nation, while advancing itself as a distinctively African university with a regional and international outlook. The University is committed to its students, to academic freedom and integrity, to cultural authenticity, and to internationalism.


Most students live in residence halls on the University of Botswana campus. Students typically share double rooms with local undergraduate students. Restrooms and shower facilities are shared. A limited number of study abroad homestays are also available. Students are placed with carefully selected families in the greater Gaborone area.


For students living on campus in the University residence hall, meals are not included in the program fee (except during the one-week rural family stay) and are the responsibility of the student. Students can take their meals in the two dining halls on campus and choose to purchase a meal plan or purchase individual meals. Additional meals can be purchased at local restaurants and cafés. Students living with homestay families receive two meals per day and should budget for daily lunches.?

  • Georgia Tech degree-seeking student.
  • Good Academic Standing with a 3.0* (or higher) GPA at time of application
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two full-time semesters of study at GT. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program's departure date
  • Be able to stay at the host university for the duration of their semester, INCLUDING through their exam period
  • Be in Good Standing with the Office of Student Affairs and Housing
  • All Non-U.S. Citizens are welcome to apply to participate in an exchange outside of their home country only. This rule applies to all who do not have a U.S. passport, including U.S. Permanent Residents.
  • All study abroad participants are required to have a passport prior to any visa deadline dates, and any needed visas prior to departure date (Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations prior to departure).

Academic Info
You will enroll directly in classes at the University of Botswana and become fully integrated into the campus community. You will take advantage of extensive study abroad subject offerings, from education and public health, to business, engineering, African languages, and media studies.  Study abroad students enroll in a CIEE Language and Culture Practicum, and four or five regular University courses, one of which must have a focus on Botswana or Southern Africa.

Study abroad students choose from courses in any faculties and departments for which they have the necessary prerequisites. They are required to undertake a full program of courses and complete all prescribed assignments and written examinations. University classes normally involve a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and laboratories.

Students often notice striking differences between their home educational system and that of the University of Botswana. The University’s academic environment is part of the challenge of studying abroad in Botswana. Following the British model, this system offers a less structured environment that requires students to take greater responsibility and initiative. Professors expect a great deal of individual study.  Learning by rote is the model most often used in classes. This entails professors reading from notes or books, with the expectation that students copy word for word their recitation. Most University classes are very large, thus making classroom interaction with the professor very rare. For example, lectures may involve as many as 100 students, while tutorials and seminars have smaller class sizes, ranging from 15 to 25 students. The system is geared toward the serious student who is motivated and self-sufficient.

For semester participants, the study abroad program includes one week of orientation, 14 teaching weeks, a one-week mid-semester break, and two weeks of examinations. For academic year participants, the program includes one week of orientation, followed by two semesters; there is a break of approximately four weeks between the fall and spring semesters.

Note: Course numbers will end either in an “F” or “S” (for fall or spring semester).  However, since Botswana is located in the southern hemisphere, the seasons in Botswana are opposite from the seasons in the U.S.  Therefore, the fall semester at UB is February-July and the spring semester at UB is July-November.  YOU MUST SELECT CLASSES FOR THE APPROPRIATE SEMESTER
Credit for courses taken as a part of exchange programs is received by transferring the credits back to Georgia Tech. For more information about this, click here.  Here you will find the foreign credit approval form, the foreign credit approval form instructions, and a link to the registrar's Equivalency Table.
Credit for courses taken as a part of exchange programs is received by transferring the credits back to Georgia Tech. For more information about this, click here.  Here you will find the foreign credit approval form, the foreign credit approval form instructions, and a link to the registrar's Equivalency Table.

40-45 UB hours = 3 GT credits

Most courses at the University of Botswana utilize a continuous assessment model that includes written assignments, projects, research exercises, essays, and written and oral examinations. Courses are assessed on a percentage scale, letter grade (A–F), and grade point.
Program Costs (Estimated)
  • For most exchange programs, participants must pay GT tuition, GT campus fees, and study abroad insurance to the GT Bursar for each GT semester they are abroad. No other expenses associated with this program are paid to GT; instead, these expenses are paid on site.
  • Keep in mind the costs of books, health insurance, food, living expenses, and travel money, as well as pre-departure costs like your passport and visa.
  • Following are cost estimates for one semester at the exchange program school that may help you prepare for your term(s) abroad. All costs are in USD.
 In-state Tuition $14,187 
 Out-of-state Tuition $14,187 
 GT Mandatory Fees $        0 
 Additional Language Instruction $        0 
 Books and Supplies $    250 
 Admin/Application Fees $    640 
 Miscellaneous $     477
 Round-trip Airfare $ 1,750 
 Room and Board $ 2,450 
 Mandatory Insurance $    180 
 In-state Total $19,934
 Out-of-state Total $19,934

∗ Includes passport/visa fees, required field trips, local transportation, and incidentals.

Costs in the preceding chart are estimates for GT students based on tuition rates posted by the GT Bursar.  Guaranteed tuition rates, graduate tuition rates, and MBA tuition rates vary. Please check the GT Bursar's web site to confirm actual tuition rates based on degree, term, or level of study. Insurance rates are subject to change. Actual costs may be higher or lower than those listed above, depending on the exchange rate and personal spending habits/needs.


  • Complete information about how to apply for or renew a U.S. passport is available here.
  • You must obtain all proper immigration documents, such as an official passport and a visa if required. Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations. For visa information visit the U.S. State Department website here.

Essential Functions of Study Abroad

OIE is committed to supporting students with disabilities who plan to embark on an international experience. Along with this one of a kind experience comes with the knowledge that there are different cultural viewpoints and legal standards for disabilities throughout the world. Contact your study abroad advisor for additional details about the essential functions of this particular study abroad program. Notify the Office of International Education and the Office of Disability Services about your accommodation needs as soon as possible, but at a minimum, we suggest at least six months before your expected departure. Please note, that depending on your needs, it may take longer to determine if accommodations are in place for the program that you have chosen.
Experiences of Former Students
Want to hear from former study abroad students about the realities of daily life at the host school? Want to see snapshots from around the world - taken by former study abroad participants? Check out these helpful links: Peer Advisors and Study Abroad Photo Contest.

Can't find a student perspective for your particular program? Contact this program's Exchange Abroad Advisor for a list of recent participants who are eager to tell other GT students about studying abroad.
Advisor Information
Cassy McInnis