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Botswana: A Counseling and Higher Education View

Sunset, Botswana, Okavango Delta

The Patton College of Education at Ohio University provides learning-centered experiences that foster a diverse academic community. The College strives to promote and teach diversity in its educational offerings and interactions across the professional field. This program will foster this goal by preparing students and educators to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds. 

Taking a cross-cultural approach to learning about higher education topics will help participants to understand the topic of culture and how it influences higher education practices. Participants will increase their multicultural competencies and learn to embrace diversity, one of the core values of Patton College.

This 24-day cultural institute will bring together undergraduates, graduates, counselors, counselor educators, teachers, administrators ,clergy and community members for an immersive experience that will increase participants' global competencies vital to their profession. Participants will complete NBCC International (NBCC-I) Mental Health Facilitator ASAP (MHF-ASAP) program. The curriculum is developed by NBCC-I and will be delivered by Dr. Mona Robinson and Dr. Adrienne Erby of Ohio University. A shared learning and cultural environment allows participants to exchange information related to mental health issues in Botswana and the U.S.

Participants will engage in a variety of activities including presentations, lectures, workshops, guest speakers, and excursions. Planned cultural activities in Botswana include an art tou, visits to the Botswana National Museum, and a safari in the Gaborone Game Reserve.

Undergraduate and graduate participants will enroll in OHIO credit for this experience. Professional participants such as counselors, teachers, staff, administrators, and other higher education professionals will receive Continuing Education Units (CEs) for their participation. 

Program Dates

July 6-29, 2019
Note: This program runs every other year (odd years)

Application Deadlines  

February 1, 2019
Extended deadline: February 15, 2019


Program is open to graduate and undergraduate students as well as counselors, teachers, staff, administrators, and other higher education and teaching professionals.  Graduate students must have at least a 3.0 GPA, while undergraduate applicants must be above 2.25 GPA. Please check below for application procedures.

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a disciplinary offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy.

Application process

  • OHIO students, submit your application through the  Office of Global Opportunities.  
  • Non-OHIO students should first contact the OGO program coordinator for application instructions.  
  • Current teachers or other in-service professionals should apply through the  Office of Global Opportunities. Select the "Non-Ohio University Student" option and submit the entire application in one log-in session.

Living Arrangements 

Participants will stay in University of Botswana graduate housing throughout the study abroad program. Participants will have single rooms with shared bathrooms, living space and kitchen.


Courses and Credits 

  • EDCE 4000 Special Topics: Cross-Cultural Studies (3 credits)
  • EDCE 6900 Special Topics: Cross-Cultural Studies (3 credits)
  • EDCE 8900 Special Topics: Cross-Cultural Studies (3 credits)

Program Costs

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet, summer 2019
Graduate Student Budget Worksheet, summer 2019
Non-Credit Participant Budget Worksheet, summer 2019

* Please note that students cannot join as non-credit participants on this program, but will be registered for OHIO credit. Non-OHIO students should contact the program coordinator prior to applying.

Additional Information on Botswana

To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the  CIA World Factbook  

Health and Safety


Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the  Centers for Disease Control  for healthy travel to your destination. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

Refer to the  State Department site  for information related to safety and security at this destination.

Also refer to  International SOS  for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.


Requesting accomodation for disabilities 

If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the  Office of Student Accessibility Services  to schedule an appointment to complete an  Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form . We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.

Entry and Exit Requirements

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your  passport. Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements for Botswana can be found  here.

U.S. citizens   do not   need a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this program. You may need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program. 

For more specific visa related information please visit OGO’s  Visa Information Page    
Information for NON-US citizens can be found  here.


For more information, contact:

Dr. Mona Robinson
Program Director

Dr. Adrienne Erby
Program Assistant

Kirsten Dabelko
Program Coordinator






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