Africa

Botswana

Gabarone
Program Sponsor Pitzer College
Program Name Pitzer in Botswana
Program Type Cultural immersion
Location Botswana, home to 1.5 million residents, is one of Africa’s most politically and economically stable countries. The University of Botswana is located in the city of Gabarone.
Program/University Size 15/10,000
Languages English and Setswana
Fields of Study Area studies
Academics Students enroll in four classes totaling 16 units. The program consists of lectures, seminars, fieldwork and independent study. During the spring semester, engineering majors may take an E102 course that will satisfy the requirements for the Harvey Mudd E102 course.
Program Eligibility 3.0 GPA
Housing Students live with a local host family.
Terms Fall (early Aug. to mid Dec.); spring (mid Jan. to late May/early June)
Comments Engineering option is spring only.
Did you know … An individual citizen of Botswana is called “Motswana.” If referring to the people as a whole, “Batswana” is used.

South Africa

Cape Town
Program Sponsor The Council of International Education Exchange (CIEE)
Program Name University of Cape Town, South Africa (UCT)
Program Type Direct enrollment
Location South Africa’s oldest university, UCT is located near the city of Cape Town, a cultural melting pot derived from indigenous African cultures as well as Indonesian, French, Dutch, British and German settlers.
Program/University Size 100/23,500
Languages English
Fields of Study Full curriculum, all STEM majors
Academics Students enroll in four classes totaling 16 units.
Program Eligibility 3.0 GPA
Housing Students live in university residence halls or student apartments or with a local host family.
Terms Fall (early June to mid Nov.); spring (late Jan. to mid June)
Did you know … Afrikaans is the most widely spoken language in Cape Town, followed by Xhosa and English.
Kruger National Park
Program Sponsor Duke University
Program Name Organization of Tropical Studies (OTS): African Ecology and Conservation
Program Type Experiential field-based
Location Kruger is home to over 150 mammal species, 2,000 plant species (including 300 different types of trees), 49 fish species, 34 amphibian species, 166 reptilian species, 505 bird species and countless insects.
Program Size  32
Languages English
Fields of Study Biology, environmental studies
Academics Students enroll in four classes totaling 16 units.
Program Eligibility 3.0 GPA; two semesters of college-level biology or ecology required
Housing Students travel throughout South Africa, staying in shared rooms of two to four people. Students also spend three days with a local family in a South African village community.
Terms Fall (late Aug. to late Nov.); spring (late Jan. to early May)
Notes The program is physically and intellectually demanding, stressing full immersion that includes hands-on scientific and cultural studies.
Did you know … The Kruger National Park is home to the “Big Five”: the lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and black rhino. These five are named so because of the difficulty in hunting them, rather than their size.

Tanzania

Tanzania
Program Sponsor School for International Training (SIT)
Program Name Tanzania Wildlife Ecology and Political Ecology
Program Type Experiential field-based
Location Home to Serengeti National Park, the site of the largest wildlife migration on earth, Tanzania features tropical, temperate and montane forests.
Program Size 25
Languages English and Kiswahili
Fields of Study Biology, environmental studies
Academics Students enroll in four classes totaling 16 units.
Program Eligibility 2.5 GPA; previous coursework and/or preparation in environmental studies, ecology, biology or related field desired
Housing Students live with a local host family in the peri-urban community of Bangata, a local family in a Maasai village, as well as hostels, private homes, hotels and outdoor campsites.
Terms Fall (late Aug. to early Dec.); spring (late Jan. to early May)
Did you know … Mpingo trees (aka Africa blackwood trees), commonly seen in Tanzania, are the most expensive hardwood tree in the world.