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University of Botswana
Gaborone, Botswana
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/24/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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:
 Program Type:
Direct Enroll Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: On-Campus Dormitory
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Program Advisor: Lisa Brown, Study Abroad Advisor
Courses Offered: Accounting, Arts, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, General Engineering, Management, Marketing, Nursing, Pre-Med, Psychology
Program Description:

About the University of Botswana:

About UB

The University of Botswana was established on 1st July 1982 by an Act of Parliament. The University campus consists of that part of the two former universities (UBLS and UBS – see Historical Note) which was situated in Botswana and was sometimes referred to as the Gaborone Campus. The University is closely involved in the national development process of Botswana. In this regard the special functions of the University are to engage in improving the quality and in expanding the quantity of the human resources needed for development, and to act as the repository of the collective knowledge and experience of the nation and the world. The fi rst of these functions is fulfi lled through the teaching programmes offered by the University and its affi liated institutions, leading to the award of degrees, diplomas and certifi cates. The second function is carried out individually and collectively by the staff of the University and its affi liated institutions, through the research and development, consultancies and information services which they undertake. Like any other complex organisation, the University has established certain patterns of authority and specialisation, systems, and rules of procedure, in order to perform its functions in an orderly and effective manner. These regulate day-today work within the University.

The Council
The governing body of the University is the Council, which has the ultimate responsibility for the work and progress of the University towards the achievement of its goals. Its membership includes leading fi gures from the national and international community as well as senior personnel within the University. The Council has wide powers to make statutes, lay down policy, approve programmes and plans, and to establish working procedures governing the organisational life of the University. It also provides and controls the resources required to support both the academic activities and the physical development and maintenance of the University. But as a mainly policy-making body the Council cannot, and should not, be engaged in the day-to-day administration of the University. Clearly it could not carry out effi ciently all its wide responsibilities by itself. On academic matters it consults the Senate; on many other matters, while retaining overall control and responsibility, it delegates much of the detailed work to the offi cers and committees.

The Senate
The chief academic authority of the University is the Senate, whose membership includes the VC, DVCs, Faculty Deans, Faculty representatives and Heads of academic support units as well as student representatives. Under the Council, the Senate has the responsibility for the general control and direction of teaching and research activities, examinations, the conferment of degrees and award of diplomas and certifi cates. Much of its statutory authority is exercised through its approval and, from time to time, amendment of various sets of academic regulations, all of which are published for general information in the later sections of this Calendar. They include general and special academic regulations, admissions and examination procedures, degree structures, programmes of study, syllabuses, library regulations, etcetera. Regulations in any organisation may appear to restrict freedom of action, but are necessary for the orderly conduct of affairs. Additionally, in a University context, the regulations are the means by which the Senate ensures that the academic standards and quality of teaching are acceptable not only to the University and the nation, but also to the wider academic community of the world. Senate also delegates much of its detailed work to committees, reviewing the recommendations they bring forward for its approval.

Faculties and Departments
Below the level of the Vice Chancellor’s office, the University is divided broadly into three types of specialised work: academic affairs, finance and administration, and student affairs. The academic division is represented by the Senate, Faculties, Schools, Departments and Institutes. Specialisation and the best use of staff expertise are achieved on the basis of the division of the academic areas into departments. Each department has a special focus, involving it in teaching and research in particular subjects or disciplines. These departments are responsible for the day-to-day teaching and research work of the University, and they formulate the programmes of study. A number of departments and similar or related disciplines are grouped together to constitute a Faculty. At present there are seven established Faculties: Business, Education, Engineering and Technology, Humanities, Science, Social Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences and the School of Graduate Studies. In general, departments in the same Faculty work closely together in offering Degree, Diploma and Certificate Programmes. In many cases there is a similar cooperation between Faculties. Faculties are headed by Deans, who represent the Faculty on other bodies and who have general responsibility for coordinating the work of the Faculty. Faculties work through their Faculty Boards and a variety of committees established by the Boards. Proposals from departments are brought to Faculty Boards for discussion and may then be submitted to Senate and, when necessary, to Council. Decisions and directions are then transmitted back to departments through the same channels.


Faculty of Humanities
The Faculty of Humanities concentrates mainly on those studies that specialize in deepening our understanding of what it means to be human. It is concerned with the spiritual and cultural issues that arise as the result of the processes of development and change both at the local and global levels.
In doing so the Departments of the Faculty of Humanities place particular emphasis on people in Africa and endeavor to see their situation in relation to that of other people in the rest of the world. Departments in the faculty thus have a prime role to play in the discovery and heritage of the societies of Africa in general and of Southern Africa and Botswana in particular.

Faculty of Business
The Faculty of Business was established in 1997 and is one of the fast growing faculties in the University. 
The University of Botswana’s new strategic plan “A Strategy for Excellence” has identified a  strong vision for the University “To be a leading academic centre of excellence in Africa and the World” and identifies six strategic priority areas through which the Vision and Mission is to be accomplished. They comprise, Expanding Access and Participation, Providing Relevant and high quality programmes, Intensifying Research Performance, Strengthening Engagement, Improving student experience and Enhancing Human Resources to achieve excellence in Delivery.
In line with the above, the Faculty of Business has positioned itself to become one of the leading business schools in Africa and the rest of the world. We are very actively involved in addressing the strategic priority areas to achieve our vision. The Faculty has currently four academic departments, viz. Department of Accounting and Finance, Department of Management, Department of Marketing and Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management. These departments run undergraduate programmes in Accountancy, Finance, Business Information Systems, Business Management, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Management, Marketing, International Business and Tourism and Hospitality Management. In addition the Faculty offers Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with specialization streams in Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Management, Information Systems and Tourism and Hospitality Management. These are market driven programmes that produce industry-ready graduates who will meet the expectations of our stakeholders. To expand the access and participation in these programmes, the Faculty offers most of these programmes on full time, part-time, modular and distance learning modes. The Faculty also continues to offer the Diploma in Accounting and Business Studies on part-time basis to cater to the training needs in the area of business.
The establishment of UB Graduate School of Business (GSB) in the Faculty of Business provides a landmark in the effort of UB and of the Faculty to expand access and participation. With the vision to become one the pre-eminent Business Schools in the International Business School arena, the GSB will focus on graduate programme development, enhancement of research and offer a wide range of consultancy and executive education programmes.

Our PhD programme in Business and the membership of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) to represent Botswana in the largest research consortium worldwide, clearly illustrates our contribution to make UB a research intensive university in the very near future. The Faculty is also on its way to establish a Centre for Entrepreneurial Development within the Faculty of Business. This will enable the Faculty to produce more industry ready graduates by making entrepreneurship education more effective. Students will have meaningful interactions with entrepreneurs, will be involved in actual entrepreneurial projects, work in multi-disciplinary   project teams and will be evaluated by entrepreneurs and investors as well as by academic staff. At present, the functions of the proposed Center is partially covered by the Business Clinic which is a unit working under the Faculty of Business. It provides entrepreneurship awareness and training to the students and gives them the opportunity to gain relevant practical business experience. Other activities in which the Business Clinic is engaged include training, counseling and advice to entrepreneurs, research and consultancy services.

Faculty of Business is also enthusiastic to enhance engagement with our stakeholders by playing an important role in capacity building through executive development programmes. We regularly run business skill development programmes both for private and public sectors. I also wish to add that UB has established linkages and partnerships with a number of top ranking Universities to strengthen its international and regional engagements. Prominent business schools use international partnerships to enhance their academic programmes, research, consultancy capacity and executive education and to attract qualified visiting faculty. We are actively engaged in partnership activities with Wharton Business School (University of Pennsylvania), Marshall School of Business (University of Southern California), Ohio University College of Business, Shanghai Normal University, Chartered Institute of Purchase and Supply, Bourse Africa and with Cresta Marakanelo in Botswana.
We are currently working in a climate of growth and change. This is exciting, challenging and rewarding. It also provides opportunity for both personal growth and the chance to influence the future of the faculty. Our culture is collaborative, friendly and informal, yet professional and hardworking. The remarkable building offers a unique environment to work in.

Faculty of Education
The Faculty of Education is one of the oldest faculties in the University of Botswana. The Faculty currently consists of eight (9) departments. The Faculty offers both undergraduate and graduate programme, including doctoral degrees. The Faculty has also established a strong research tradition which is evidenced by the excellent research and publications record of its academic staff. Academic staff of the Faculty does not only serve in national committees, but also in different international bodies. This has not only boosted the international profile of the Faculty, but also that of the University of Botswana.

Faculty of Health Sciences
The School of Public Health was established in January 2012. Currently, the school consists of only one department, the Department of Environmental Health. However, the Public Health Unit within the School of Medicine will shortly be relocated to the School of Public Health.

Faculty of Science
The Faculty provides learning and teaching in Mathematics and the Sciences based in the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Geology, Physics and Mathematics.
Research is conducted in these and related disciplines, supported by facilities that include high tech equipment such as the Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope, X-Ray Diffractometer, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Mass Spectrometers and others.
All departments offer both undergraduate and post graduate degree programmes with a significant number of students studying for the PhD degree.
The Faculty strategic plan is aligned to the University of Botswana’s Strategy for Excellence which is set to meet the relevant human resources requirements and the innovations emanating from research and knowledge development.

Faculty of Social Sciences
The Faculty of Social Sciences is one of the oldest faculties in the University of Botswana. It currently comprises eight departments which offer undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs in various fields. With its 2,300 students, 180 full-time academic staff, and wide array of programs and research centers, the Faculty of Social Sciences plays a key role at the heart of the University of Botswana. It is headed by a Dean who is assisted by a Deputy Dean of the faculty. Its graduate students are supervised by excellent researchers and undertake cutting-edge research in the Faculty's Masters, Mphil and Ph.D. programs. The Departments under the Faculty of Social Sciences are Economics, Law, Political Science and Public Administrative Studies, Population Studies, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology and Statistics. Students admitted into the BA (social sciences) programme are allowed, with the permission of the relevant heads of department, to pursue a combined major in two subjects from some departments across the faculty as well as selected departments in other faculties. Degree programmes offered in the faculty include Bachelor of law, Bachelor of Social Sciences, Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Criminal Justice. Whether you are a prospective student, a current student in need of academic advising, or a graduate or alumnus, explore our website to find what you are looking for. More details about our programmes can be found in the particular Department’s section of this website which you are encouraged to visit.

Student Life:

Living & Learning Communities (LLC)
The University, through the Department of Student Welfare continuously engages on initiatives aimed at improving the students experience at UB. One of such initiatives is the implementation of the Living & Learning Communities (LLC) program. Attached are details on the LLC manual. For a snap short of what the LLC programme is all about, kindly check out our LLC brochure.  The community is invited to join the Department to ensure the success of this initiative.

UB Stadium
The 10 000 seater University Stadium, one of the most imposing and outstanding land mark facilities, has been functional for some time and is being put to use for educational purposes for which it was primarily intended.  It is also used as sport and recreational facility and for national and international sporting activities upon payment of a modest fee. It boasts of a soccer pitch, which meets international standards, and all basic field and track athletic facilities built to international standards.  The UB Stadium has added greater impetus and urgency to competitive sport in the country as demand for it is fast growing to meet the needs of national and international sporting events.  The Stadium is also used for major UB events, including the annual graduation ceremony.
Sports Courts
The new state of the art sports courts near UB Stadium also add to the aesthetic view of the UB landscape. They are some of the most modern in the country, whose primary function is educational to support academic programmes in physical education and the use of staff and students for sports and recreational activities.   The facility has five courts for tennis, one for handball and two each for volleyball, basketball and netball.  The courts have flood lights, which are turned on and off automatically at convenient times of the day/night.  They are built to international standards.
Olympic-size Swimming Pool
The Olympic size swimming pool built to international standards is in full swing and is used for leisure and therapeutic training as well as competition. Like the rest of the facilities, the pool supports growing academic programmes (in swimming, lifesaving and aquatics in general)of the University.
The Department has two units: the Culture and Arts and Sports and Recreation units headed by Managers all under the general leadership of the Director.
The department works closely with other departments in the Student Affairs division, the SRC, and registered student clubs and organizations to coordinate many activities for the benefit of the university community.
Major cultural and sporting activities include the annual Fresher's ball, RAG pageant, cultural events, intervarsity games, and various sporting activities in codes such as netball, soccer, tennis, aquatics, basketball, volleyball and rugby among others.
Highlights of activities planned for this academic year include; photographic exhibitions, choral festival, sponsored walks, intra la liga, interfaculty Games and sports wellness programmes.
Entertainment Arena
The new open-air entertainment arena complex next to the UB Stadium is a multi-purpose facility for culture and arts activities.  It is complete with a performance stage, attached change rooms and an audience floor that can accommodate 1500 standing or 800 seating spectators also meant primarily to support students arts, cultural and entertainment activities
Catering Services
Undergraduate students have a choice of taking meals at any of the two refectories on campus during the semester; One is located at the new undergraduate dormitories known as “Las Vegas” and the other one is on the eastern side of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Block 240.
Fees for meals: Can be checked on the annual UB calendar.

Life in Botswana:

Botswana game reserves....

The various Botswana attractions and adventure include numerous game reserves found in the country.

The Botswana game reserves account for 10% of the country's 17% set aside as protected land for parks and reserves.

The game reserves have been set aside to ensure the maintenance of wildlife for tourism and hunting purposes.

Some of the game reserves found in Botswana are:

Central Kalahari Game Reserve: the second largest reserve in the world.
Moremi Game Reserve: within the Okavango Delta. It is considered the most beautiful game reserve in Africa with its diverse habitat, floodplains and lagoons.
Makgadikgadi Pan Game Reserve: lies in a fossil lake, the reserve is popular for safari especially that for quad bikes.
Botswana national parks....
The Botswana national parks are found in protected areas for animal safety, recreation and education.

Unlike game reserves, national parks have tight protection rules and hunting is prohibited.

Some of the national parks in Botswana are:

Chobe National Park: has the largest concentration of game than anywhere else in the world.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park: the merger of Gemsbok National park in Botswana and Kalahari Gemsbok national park in South Africa. Now animals move freely over a large area.