The University of Botswana was founded in 1982. It has grown rapidly to an institution with about 18,000 students. The university is a comprehensive institution offering courses in both the liberal arts and sciences and a number of professional programs, including business, education, engineering and medicine. A majority of the academic staff members are from Botswana; however, many instructors also come from Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe or other parts of the world.
Gaborone CampusGaborone, Botswana5,000 - 20,000 on Campus100,000 - 250,000 residents in GaboroneLanguage(s) spoken on campus: English
UB is located in the heart of Botswana’s capital city, Gaborone. The campus is within walking distance of government buildings, retail centers, night clubs, the national museum and the national soccer stadium. The city has excellent public transportation networks. Also, students can travel throughout the country and around southern Africa on buses which leave daily from the central bus station.
While the Batswana people are the majority population in the country, there are numerous other ethnic groups ranging from the San or Bushman, who were hunter gatherers, to a number of other Bantu groups including the Kalanga and the Bayei, plus a substantial number of people from ethnic groups in Zimbabwe. English is widely spoken in the country since all education is conducted in English beginning in the fourth year of elementary school. Political freedom insures that frank and intense debates occur on regular basis concerned with issues related to economic, social and political development.
ISEP students are welcome to participate in over 100 student clubs, and to join team sports such as basketball, volleyball, track and soccer. Participation on sports teams often includes travel to other southern African countries.
The OIEP occasionally sponsors an optional fee-paid trip to selected Botswana wildlife areas during the week-long break at half-term.