International Students

8 July 2018, 11:13 pm Written by 
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Botho University aspires to be the regional hub of academic excellence. In this regard the University has started attracting students beyond Botswana borders from countries such as Zimbabwe, Zambia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Liberia and Namibia. International students bring uniqueness to the student community at Botho University. An international student complement allows for cross-cultural enrichment producing a truly global graduate. At Botho University, the Student and Alumni Affairs Department (SAAD) is dedicated to the general welfare of international students. The Admissions department is responsible for international student recruitment and enrolment providing all assistance in this regard from application to registration as a student. Once an international student has been successfully enrolled, they can read the FAQs below for any further information. In addition, the SAAD can provide information to them for the following:

  1. Visa and Student Permits Processing
  2. Medical aid and Health insurance
  3. Emergency Assist Contacts i.e Botswana Police,Medics, e.t.c
  4. Accommodation during their study at Botho University
  5. Transport during their study at Botho University
  6. Welcome at the Airport/Bus Rank if required (needs to be arranged prior)
  7. Campus tour on their first day on campus
  8. General Welfare matters
  9. Student Grievances and Counselling
  10. Student Life at Botho including Clubs and Activities
  11. Meeting the Student Representative Council (SRC) / Student Union


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

  • How can I apply to Botho University?

           https://botswana.bothouniversity.com/


         International students applying to study in Lesotho:

         https://lesotho.bothouniversity.com/


         International students applying to study in Eswatini:

        https://swaziland.bothouniversity.com

  •  Where can I find information about the Fees for the various programmes?

           Fee details for all campus learning programmes are available by clicking on the following links. The fees given here are applicable for international students:

          For International students applying to study in Botswana:

          http://www.botswana.bothouniversity.com/images/Botswana_Campus_Learning_Fees_Structure.pdf

           For International students applying to study in Lesotho:

           http://www.bothouniversity.com/pics/downloads/Lesotho%20Fees%20Structure%202018.pdf

           For International students applying to study in Eswatini:

           https://swaziland.bothouniversity.com/files/documents/Fee%20Structure-Eswatini%202019-FINALAug13%20-1-.pdf

  • Do I need a visa to enter your country?

         Depending on your passport, you may or may not need a visa to enter the country but please check the following links:

         For Visa requirements to Botswana:

         http://www.gov.bw/en/Ministries--Authorities/Ministries/Ministry-of-Labour--Home-Affairs-MLHA/Tools--Services/Services--Forms/Requirements-for-VISA-application/

         For Visa Requirements to Lesotho:

         http://evisalesotho.com/

          For Visa Requirements to Eswatini:

         http://www.thekingdomofeswatini.com/visa-guide/

  •  Will I be provided accommodation at Botho University as an international student? For international students applying to study in Botswana: International Students to our Campus in Botswana have the option of staying at our student accommodation. Botho University is committed to providing international students safe and clean and comfortable accommodation. The institution is currently able to provide accommodation to a very limited number of students on first-come, first-serve basis. The University has taken up a residential complex comprising of two bedroom houses to cater for the accommodation requirements of those who may apply for the same. There is 24-hour power and water supply provided. The rooms are provided on a sharing basis with other students to enable cross-cultural learning. Each room is furnished with a table, chair, a built in cupboard and single bed. There is limited access to internet facilities at the student accommodation and occupants are encouraged to utilise the internet facilities on campus. The occupant is expected to bring his or her own mattress, pillows and sheets for personal hygiene requirements. There is a kitchen, which the occupants of each house are expected to share. The kitchens are furnished with a gas stove and connection for basic cooking; no utensils are provided. There is a warden for the student accommodation for general administration and welfare of occupants. There is also a 24-hour security guard to ensure that the occupants feel safe and secure at all times. To apply for student accommodation, please enquire with the Admissions department at the time of application.

         For International Students studying to apply in Lesotho:

         Botho University currently does not offer student accommodation in Lesotho.

  •  What is the mode of transport available locally?

For international students in Botswana: Mini vans called “combis” are the most common mode of transport for the public. These are very reasonably priced and are quite frequent on all the common routes. There are also cab services available which need to be booked and can be much more expensive. Buses are available for long distance travel. On arrival, the Student and Alumni Affairs Department can assist international students with the common routes and information required for their day to day transport to campus.

For international students in Lesotho: Cabs and taxis are the most common forms of transport and are reasonably priced.. Buses are available for long distance travel. On arrival, the Student and Alumni Affairs Department can assist international students with the common routes and information required for their day to day transport to camp

  •  What is the language of instruction at Botho University?

            English is the main language of instruction at all Botho University campuses.

Are international students provided any welcome on their arrival in the country?

Depending on the mode of travel (whether air/road), international students can arrange beforehand by sending an email to the Student and Alumni Affairs Department for being received on their arrival. Once an international student is successfully enrolled, the Admissions department can provide the contact information for the Student and Alumni Affairs Department (SAAD) representative who can assist with all these arrangements.

What is the local currency?

For Botswana: The currency is called Botswana Pula (BWP). 1 USD = 11 BWP (approx.)
For Lesotho: The currency is called Lesotho Maloti (LSL). 1 USD = 15 LSL (approx.)

Can international students get sim cards and cellphone airtime on arrival?

All airports have local cell phone providers that provide you with information and easy cellphone airtime packages and sim cards. Local shops and road side vendors also provide Sim cards and airtime packages for easy recharge.

Do International Students receive an orientation on arrival to campus?

The Student and Alumni Affairs Department (SAAD) is responsible for welcome and general welfare of international students at any Botho University campus. The SAAD representative will contact you and organise for an orientation, campus tour and answer any queries you may have. On arrival at campus, you can also drop into the SAAD office and seek help in person. SAAD also organises an International Students Open day where the relevant embassies, consulates and other important stakeholders are also invited to welcome and brief our international students on local regulations, services and facilities available to them.

Do you offer programmes in Distance Learning mode?

Yes. For more information please visit https://online.bothouniversity.com/

 

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