Study Abroad Student Handbook
Botswana Botswana
Center for Global Education

Why Learn a Language?

Commonly regarded by anthropologists and historians as the birthplace of mankind, Africa is a land of ancient beauty and intense contradictions. Its cultures have remained distinct despite the smoothing effects of time and, as a result, Africa has become one of the most diverse and culturally rich continents on earth. Nowhere is this diversity more exemplified than by its broad linguistic tradition, which spans over 2500 languages in only 55 countries. Although having to choose from so many languages may seem daunting, choosing one to learn from an area that interests you can be extremely rewarding. It can allow you to delve more deeply into the people and culture with whom and in which you will be studying.

Botswana was established in 1966 when the country gained independence from British Colonial rule and the former name of Bechuanaland. While English remains the official language, a wide percentage - 78% of the population - speak Setswana. English only comprises about 2% of the spoken languages, therefore, it is important to learn other languages as well. Other top languages in Botswana also includes Kalanga and Sekgalagadi.

The ability to speak an African language and gain a deeper insight into Botswana culture by studying abroad in Botswana will enhance a student

Aside from the job world, you may also use the African language class credits you earned while abroad to add a major or minor back at your home campus. Each program has its own specific language level requirements. Requirements range from no prior language instruction in an African language, to the highest language level, which is nearly bilingual. Check to see what prior level of language skill your program requires so that you can start or continue learning the language in the U.S.

Read on – Why Study Abroad and find answers how study abroad can affect your personal growth and career path.

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