Botswana Program (ACM): Development in Southern Africa

Photo of Mochudi, Botswana
Early App Deadline: 
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Final App Deadline: 
Monday, October 1, 2018
Language Requirement: 
Lewis Fortner
Winter, Spring

Sponsored by the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM)

Please note: Only students registered in the undergraduate College of the University of Chicago may apply to ACM-sponsored programs through Chicago. Students at other ACM colleges should apply through their home institution. Students at non-ACM colleges should contact the Chicago office of the ACM (Phone: 312.263.5000; email: to inquire about submitting an application.

The College of the University of Chicago works with the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM), to sponsor programs in Tanzania and Botswana. These programs are available, by application, to Chicago students and are considered officially to be Chicago-sponsored programs in terms of credit transfer, registration, billing and financial aid.

“Development in Southern Africa” runs from early January to mid-May. It is successor to ACM’s fall-term “Ecology and Human Origins” program in Tanzania and, like that earlier program, offers students an opportunity to study and observe a relatively new African nation standing on the shoulders of a much older culture. Various academic exercises, such as classroom work, language study (Setswana), field trips and independent study are combined with on-the-ground observations and interactions to create an intense and valuable learning environment. The program is headquartered at the University of Botswana, a modern and well-equipped institution. Students have the opportunity of living with a local family or in a graduate residence hall at the University. Because this is a Spring semester program, bridging both Winter and Spring quarters, students will not return to Chicago for Spring quarter. Students will be registered for Winter quarter only and pay tuition at a rate slightly higher than Chicago’s one-quarter tuition.

Credits and Registration

Study abroad students remain registered as full-time students in the College. They receive full credit for their work in the ACM Botswana program. Course titles, units of credit and grades are placed on the College transcript. Since the use of these credits in a specific degree program is variable, students should consult with their academic adviser and program chair to determine the exact distribution of credits.


Students who participate in this one-semester program will pay tuition at a rate slightly higher than Chicago’s one-quarter tuition. They would then pay one third of the annual tuition for each quarter that they are back on the home Chicago campus. The tuition is paid in conformity with the home campus payment schedule. All participants pay the non-refundable study abroad administrative fee when accepting a place in a program. Finally, program participants pay a program fee that covers room and board and related expenses. Precise figures for the ACM Botswana program for the 2016-17 year are listed below:

Winter tuition: $17,600 (Winter 2018 tuition TBD)

Study abroad administrative fee: $650

Please note that an additional $400 is required to be paid by students as a deposit directly to ACM. (2017-18 figure TBD)

Botswana program fee: $400 (2017-18 program fee TBD)

Out-of-pocket expenses include:
round-trip airfare to and from the program site
transportation on site
some meals
course materials
personal entertainment and travel
communications (most students bring or buy a cell phone)
health insurance and upfront payments for care
other miscellaneous expenses

Study abroad students retain their financial aid eligibility. For more information about financial aid resources, please see our Tuition, Fees, and Funding section.

Eligibility and Application

Students who are registered and in good academic standing at Chicago may apply to the ACM-sponsored Botswana Program. In addition to meeting ACM’s specific eligibility requirements, they are asked to present cogent academic reasons for taking part in this program, as well as a solid academic record. In general this program is open to second-, third-, and fourth-year students.

Chicago students are directed complete the profile portion of Chicago’s online application and to download the PDF version of the Botswana application from ACM’s Botswana website and submit the completed application to UChicago Study Abroad by Chicago’s deadline (two weeks earlier than ACM’s). They should not complete ACM’s online application. The application is reviewed by a Chicago committee, which decides whether it should be forwarded to ACM. Assuming that it is forwarded, the final admission decision is made by ACM.

Further Information

To discuss the Botswana Program (ACM): Development in Southern Africa program and the possibility of participating in it, please contact Lewis Fortner. Syllabi for ACM courses are available by calling ACM at 312.263.5000.

What you’ll see: 

Photo of wedding in Gabane, BotswanaPhoto of wedding in Gabane, BotswanaPhoto of students about to board a plane in GaboronePhoto of Chobe, BotswanaPhoto of Mochudi, BotswanaPhoto of Okavango Delta, BotswanaPhoto of Okavango Delta, BotswanaPhoto of Okavango Delta, BotswanaPhoto of Tugela Falls, Drakensberg Mountains, South AfricaPhoto of Tugela Falls, Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa