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ACM Botswana: Development in Southern Africa
Gaborone, Botswana (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring
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Program Sponsor: Associated Colleges of the Midwest 
Restrictions: Gustavus applicants only
Budget Sheets Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/15/2018 ** 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 Provider:
ACM - Associated Colleges of the Midwest
Program Term(s):
Semester only
Minimum Class Standing:
Minimum GPA:
Previous Language Study Req?:
Language of Instruction:
Language courses offered:
Housing Options:
Residence Hall
Areas of Study:
African Studies, Anthropology/Ethnography, Art History, Business Adminstration, Developmental Sciences, Economics, Environmental Studies, Health and Human Services, History, International Studies, Political Science, Public Health
Program Design: Direct Enroll, Faculty led, Group based, Hybrid, Set Curriculum
Additional Program Options:
Community Engagement, Independent Study, Volunteer
Program Description:
Botswana header
While rich with cultural, linguistic, and political diversity, African nations grapple with the challenges of economic development and globalization. The nation of Botswana, in southern Africa, is illustrative of both this diversity and of successful approaches to these challenges.

Botswana photoThe country boasts one of the most dynamic economies on the continent and the government has developed substantial initiatives for confronting and managing issues such as rural-to-urban migration, poverty, and high rates of HIV/AIDS infection.

On the ACM Botswana: Development in Southern Africa program, you'll live and learn alongside local students at the University of Botswana (UB) in Gaborone, the nation’s capital.

You will take courses at UB and pursue an independent project in your area of interest, and also have opportunities to volunteer with local community organizations. The program's numerous field trips range from a weekend in Johannesburg, South Africa to a safari, a homestay in a rural village, and a visit to a diamond mine.

  • Setswana Language: Study of the fundamentals of the national language of Botswana with local instructors.
  • Elective Course(s): Select one or two courses offered by UB faculty.
  • Program Director’s Course: Taught by the ACM Program Director, topics vary and focus on Africa and development.
  • Independent Study Project: Engage in a project under the supervision of the ACM Program Director.
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Note: Gustavus is an affiliated college with ACM, so Gustavus students will pay the rate for students from affiliated colleges (the middle tier).

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