Ohio University

Botswana: A Counseling and Higher Education View

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Program Term


Program Type

OHIO Credit

Academic Focus


For more information, contact:

Dr. Mona Robinson
Program Director

Dr. Adrienne Erby
Program Assistant

Kirsten Dabelko
Program Coordinator




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 allow 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 tour, 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.  

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. 

Program Dates 

July 6-29, 2019 

Note: This program runs every other year (odd years) 


Students will earn a total of 3 credit hours. 

  • 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) 


The program fee for this program includes: Student accommodations, meals for 14 days, student services fee, orientation with morning tea, tourist activities and international medical health insurance

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 3 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

Student Budget Worksheet for Summer 2021 - Forthcoming

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 

Funding Opportunities

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.

Eligibility and Requirements 

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 conduct 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 

This program accepts NON-OHIO students. For more information about this process visit the Non-OHIO student page.   

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.

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. 

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  now. Some countries also require a visa to legally enter or reside in the country.

U.S. citizens  will not  need a visa or other special document to enter the country for the length of this program. 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 this program. 

For more specific visa related information, please visit OGO’s  Visa Information Page 

Information for  Non-U.S. citizens  can be found  here