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  • Locations: Gaborone, Botswana
  • Program Terms: Fall, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2025 03/15/2025 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2025 04/01/2025 ** Rolling Admission 06/03/2025 07/25/2025

** 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:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Homestay, Residence Hall Areas of Study: Child Development, Health Science, Humanities, Sciences
Program Type: Study
Program Description:

Summer Wildlife Ecology + Conservation


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Program Overview

The CIEE Gaborone Summer Wildlife Ecology & Conservation program offers students the opportunity to study African wildlife in Botswana’s largest extant native habitat alongside the country’s growing human population. Students take biology and environmental science electives in animal behavior, ecology, and conservation. All courses are delivered by CIEE faculty and draw on local experts and stakeholders, including many from the University of Botswana.  In addition, students explore the intersection of conservation with society and culture through CIEE co-curricular activities and extensive field trips to nature reserves, rangelands, rural communities, and the capital city of Gaborone.

Students will:

  1. Observe and study wildlife animal behavior and ecology in large expanses of intact habitat.
  2. Compare how wildlife behavior and ecology change outside of protected areas, particularly those near human populations.
  3. Diagnose complex conservation and other environmental issues using current scientific methods and literature.
  4. Observe firsthand how African ecosystems operate and how it is compromised by humans.
  5. Perform original research on the natural history, behavior, and conservation of African wildlife using contemporary tools and theory of wildlife management.
  6. Critique and construct solutions to conserve African wildlife biodiversity and abundance.
  7. Assess initiatives to build a more sustainable future with lower environmental impact while improving the wellbeing of humans.

Unique Experiences


building an imbedded research project involving wildlife behavior, ecology, or conservation.


traveling to Botswana’s protected wildlife areas such as Central Kalahari Game Reserve or Okavango Delta


interacting with the local community to learn about human-wildlife conflict and its impact on sustainable wildlife conservation efforts

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  • Travel to Okavango Delta, Central Kalahari Game reserve and engage in face to face discussion with villagers on issues of human wildlife conflict and conservation.
  • Discover Botswana’s rich history during excursions to Bahurutshe Cultural Village.
  • Practice your skills in Setswana as you explore cultural and environmental sites.
  • Enjoy the famous Chobe National Park which features four major ecosystems and the most abundant wildlife concentration in all of Africa.

What's Included

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • One-week orientation – an introduction to local culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

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  • iNext travel insurance included


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