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Botswana ISEP Academics

To apply you must be a currently-enrolled, degree-seeking undergraduate UW-Eau Claire student. You must be in good academic standing and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. You must maintain enrollment and continue to meet the academic standing and GPA requirements the semester prior to departure.

ISEP-Direct students typically take 4-5 classes/semester. All courses are taught in English.  All ISEP participants are expected to enroll in a beginner level Setswana language course (5 hours/week) during their time in Botswana which may be taken for credit (3 hours) or for no credit. In addition, students can choose from courses across the University of Botswana provided they meet the necessary pre-requisites. The University of Botswana offers programs in the humanities, sciences, social studies, business, education, engineering, and health sciences. The most appropriate fields are African studies, business, environmental science, health science, humanities, and social sciences. The science and engineering departments have well equipped laboratory facilities which are comparable to those found in the developed world. To learn more about the courses offered at the University of Botswana, please visit the ISEP-Direct site: . Click on the Academics tab.

Internship and volunteer/service learning opportunities are available in Botswana. Staff in the Office of International Education and Partnerships (OIEP) can assist you in setting up these opportunities. In particular, there are several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in Gaborone with which you might be able to work. Areas for possible NGO work include: gender and development, environmental conservation and forestry projects, creative arts, HIV/AID and health, human rights, youth development, and economic development. For more information, please contact the ISEP-Bostwana coordinator at UW-Eau Claire.

As the Botswana program is relatively new,  there are only a few courses at the University of Botswana that have been evaluated for UW-Eau Claire credit.  To find courses that have been evaluated for U of Botswana,  you will go to the Transfer Wizard site:

Please keep in mind that this is a historical record of past course equivalences. There is no guarantee that the same courses will be offered in the future, or that they will be offered during the term in which you are abroad.

  1. Choose Botswana in from the “Country” pull down menu, then hit “Search”*
  2. Select “Univ of Botswana” by clicking the link.
  3. You can see the first 300 equivalencies by simply hitting the “Search” button without putting in a subject. The first 300 courses will appear. As there have not been many courses evaluated this is the easiest way to look at past equivalencies. Please be aware that U of Botswana does not use course codes and numbers on their transcripts so you will need to try to match the title in the U of Botswana course catalogue to the one listed on the Transfer Wizard "School Course Title".

This program fulfills the complete Foreign Culture requirement upon successful completion.  Please email Degree Review at after completion of the program to update your degree audit. (Students earning a B.A., B.F.A. or B.M degree in the College of Arts & Sciences cannot use study abroad to fulfill their foreign language/foreign culture requirement. See the university catalog for details.)

Fall semester runs late July to late November; spring semester is early January to to early May.

updated 12/03/2013 oz

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