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  • Locations: Gaborone, Botswana
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
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  • Restrictions: CMC applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
fall 2019 02/12/2019 ** 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:
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Housing: Home Stay Language Pre-Requisites: None
Language of Instruction: English CMC GPA Requirement: 9.0 for Fall Study and 8.5 for Spring Study
Program GPA Requirement: Must meet CMC minimum GPA Internships Available: Internships are not offered on this program.
Class Status: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Subjects Offered: African Studies, Culture, Independent Study
On-site semester-long required language course: Setswana Additional Pre-Requisites: none
Program Description:
The program is based in Botswana where students spend a total of two and a half months, and also includes extended study trips in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Students live with host families, study local cultures, and work with local scholars and experts in each country. Participants experience first-hand the concept and life of Ubuntu, the notion that defines the communal nature of the cultural values of the South African, Batswana and Zimbabwean peoples. It embraces the notion in their greetings that proclaims, “I am well if you are well,” and “my destiny is intricately intertwined with yours.” This idea was at the heart of the post-colonial reconciliation process of Zimbabwe that became a model for South Africa’s post-Apartheid government strategy and its celebrated Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Additionally, the program provides students with an opportunity to learn about the multiple ways governments, NGOs and local communities in the region choose to approach issues that are common across borders, such as the colonial legacy, development, race, power, human rights and reconciliation, big game conservation, ecology and tourism, health care, education, and poverty. During the final month of the program, students pick one topic to pursue in depth for an independent study project, culminating in a major paper.

http://pitweb.pitzer.edu/study-abroad/pitzer-students/botswana/