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|Restrictions:||UR applicants only|
|Program Type:||Exchange / Direct Enroll||Minimum GPA:||2.75|
|Language of Instruction:||English||Housing Options:||Residence hall or dormitory|
|About the Program||Dates and Costs|
Scholarship for Spring 2014 participants
The capital city of Botswana, Gabarone (pronounced "ha-ba-ro'-nay") has a population of about 200,000. The city was initially built in the mid 1960s to serve as the capital of the newly-independent Botswana. It is served by an international airport and a major rail line. It is located on the Notwane River in the south-east corner of Botswana and is just nine miles from the border with South Africa. Click here to see a video of the main mall in Gabarone.
The University of Botswana was originally part of a larger, trans-national institution and took its present form in 1982. It has an enrollment of about 16,000 and is composed of eight faculties (Business, Education, Engineering & Technology, Humanities, Health Sciences, Science, Social Sciences and Graduate Studies.) Click here to visit their website.
- 2.75 GPA required
- It is strongly recommended that students who apply to this program have taken course work on Africa.
The UB offers a wide variety of classes (all taught in English) in subjects as diverse as History, English, Environmental Studies, Economics, Sociology, Political Science, African Studies and Pre-Med. Click Botswana Student Calendar 2011 2012.pdf for a PDF of the most recent course catalogue.
In the U. of Botswana system, a minimum full-time semester is 15 credits, and the normal workload is 15-18 credits per semester. To convert from Botswana credits to UR units, divide the credits assigned to each Botswana course by 3.5 then round up to the nearest tenth. So a 3-credit class in the Botswana system would be 0.9 UR units, and a 4-credit class in the Botswana system would be 1.2 UR units.
Please see this page on the website of the Registrar for an explanation of how academic credit earned abroad is converted to UR units.
Robins School of Business students may transfer back credit from only one (1) business course taken while enrolled on this program to count towards their business degree. Specific course approval must be given by Dr. Tom Cossé. RSB students may transfer courses back from non-business subjects to count towards any non-business majors/minors and general education requirements (pending departmental approval) and towards the total units needed for graduation.
Botswana grade / UR equivalency
90-100 (A) A
85-89.9 (A) A
80-84.9 (A-) A -
75-79 (B+) B +
70-74.9 (B) B
65-69.9 (B-) B-
60-64.9 (C+) C +
55-59.9 (C) C (min required for credit transfer)
50-54.9(C-) C -
45-49.9 (D+) D +
40-44.9 (D) D
35-39.9 (D-) D -
0-34.9 (E) F
Students stay in dorms on the UB campus. Meals are available at very reasonable prices in the university cafeterias ("refectories"), and there are many affordable restaurants within walking distance of the campus. Click here to read about housing, and here to read about dining.
- "Las Vegas" residence halls, U. of Botswana
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Students pay UR tuition, and pay room & board to the University of Botswana.
Click here to see Dates & Costs for U. of Botswana program.
NOTE: Travel allowances, reimbursements, health insurance premiums and other payments above tuition costs paid by Richmond on behalf of its semester and year abroad students are available only to Richmond degree-seeking students accepted to participate on UR-affiliated abroad programs.
US citizens (and citizens of many other countries) do not need a visa to enter Botswana. Click here to read about the immigration requirements that apply to you.
Contact Chris Klein in the Office of International Education.
* Students are reminded that this award is pending review by the Financial Aid Office and may impact any current need-based financial aid received from the University of Richmond. Federal regulations do not allow the total amount of all aid received, regardless of the source of funding, to exceed the demonstrated eligibility for need-based aid. Funding is also contingent upon maintaining full-time enrollment while abroad. Upon receipt of your final financial aid award package, if you still have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office.
This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.