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Program Type

  • OHIO Credit

Academic Focus

  • Health Sciences

Program Feature

  • Field Work


  • Botswana

Program Term

  • Summer

For more information, please contact:

Michele Courtney, PT/CLT, PhD, MBA

Janice Howman, PT MEd

Kalyn McDonald, AuD

Rebecca Meier, AuD CCC-A FAAA

Janice Wright, MA Speech Pathology


Global Health Initiative







Students will have the opportunity to explore rehabilitation services in under-resourced areas and co-treat with physiotherapists and speech-language pathologists/audiologists at Camphill Community Trust, Princess Marina Hospital, Mariri Speech Therapists and Audiologists and Progressive Physiotherapy Clinic in Gaborone and Francistown.

As a part of their involvement, students will assist faculty in the development of a workshop on rehabilitation services for health professionals and educators in Botswana.

Check out this blog detailing the 2019 program!

Highlights and Excursions 

Students will have the opportunity to participate in day and weekend excursions to the Botswana National Museum, the local craft area, the Main Mall, the Gaborone Game Reserve and the Ladies #1 Detective Agency Tour.


Study Away and COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, participation in study away and abroad involves real and potential personal, financial, and academic risk. The CDC advises that you should delay travel until you are vaccinated. Note that entry to some countries and participation in local program and free-time activities, including in the U.S., may be severely restricted or potentially unavailable to unvaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated travelers should additionally expect to incur extra expenses and onsite logistical challenges due to onsite testing requirements. For further information, contact ogoriskmanagement@ohio.edu

Living Arrangements 

Students will be housed at self-catering locations in Gaborone and Francistown.

Program Dates 

This program will next be offered during summer 2021.Check back for updated program dates coming soon!

Note: program dates may be adjusted slightly. Do not book flights until instructed to do so by program directors. 

Study Away and COVID-19  

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, participation in study away and abroad involves real and potential personal, financial and academic risk. Please click here to read information related to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Students register for 4 credits of graduate credit. Students choose one of the following:   

  • PT7930 Independent Study (4 OHIO Credits)
  • CSD7930 Independent Study (4 OHIO Credits)


The program fee for this program includes: Student accommodations, excursions, airport pickup, and international medical health insurance.

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 4 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

Please monitor this webpage for updates on 2021 costs.

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. 

College of Health Sciences and Professions students are invited to apply for a Global Health Travel Award for this program. 

Eligibility and Requirements 

Open to graduate students in the School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences. 

Admission to this program is by a rolling admission procedure, meaning that applications are reviewed by the program director as they are received.    

All participants are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of $500 (to be credited to student’s program fees) as part of the acceptance process.  

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.

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. Entry and exit requirements can be found  here

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.  


Post-Nomination Checklist

Please refer to the Global Health Program Checklist PDF for instructions on submitting additional information once you have been nominated for a program. This checklist also includes information on course registration for programs.