Study Abroad Student Handbook
Botswana Botswana
Center for Global Education

Why Study Abroad?

Similar in size as Kenya or Texas, Botswana's conservation practices and extensive nature preserves are leading reasons to study and visit this South African country. There is plenty to learn from Botswana's progressive social policies and capital investment that have created one of the most bustling economies in Africa. Well-known for diamond mining, the country now exemplifies Africa's economic stability, education, and health care. the roadless wilderness remains a landlocked paradise of savannas, deserts and reserves.

The Kalahari, or sandy valleys, covers nearly 85% of the Botswana. Maun serves as a top, accessible area for ferries, planes, and other travel. In Northern Botswana, you can find the Okavango River flowing in from Namibia. You will alsofind vast savannas with wildlife that are protected and preserved in the beautiful plains of South African safaris. Once you visit the world-famous Chobe National Park, you will gain an unparalleled understanding of wildlife preservation and the beauty of finding rivers, deltas, and wild herds of zebra and wildebeests are present at the Chobe River's year-round water supply.

An ideal place to study African languages and literature, economics, and environmental health and science, Botswana has come a long way since their 1966 Independence. With a multi-party democracy led by Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, Botswana has a rich history concerning the economy and ecology, apartheid, and the dominance of the Botswana Democratic Party. Botswana is also known for the hardships regarding the AIDS pandemic and environmental problems, making Botswana one of the most versatile places to learn about a wide spectrum of academics that you could not find in other parts of the world. While the country faces environmental and economic problems due to these issues, Botswana also presents impressive solutions in educational development for the problems.

Music, visual arts, and cuisine marks an influential area of Botswana culture. Setswana is used to describe the cultural traditions and language of Botswana. String instruments are used heavily in Tswana music, as well as folk music guitar for a more modern touch. Crafting baskets, pottery, and paintings are traditional art forms where women from the Etsha and Gumare villages are notable for their basket crafting skills. With different types of baskets with various sizes and usages, the baskets represent the artistry and improving nature of the Botswana culture and people as a whole.

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