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  • Locations: Botswana, Botswana
  • Program Terms: May Experience
  • Restrictions: Furman applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: May Experience
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
May Experience 2019 10/29/2018 11/14/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Areas of Study: Biology, Health Sciences, Poverty Studies, Pre-medical Studies and Health Care, Public Health, Sociology
Faculty Director or Program Advisor: Kristy Maher - Sociology, Maggie Milat - Administration Applicable Financial Aid: Study Away Scholarship
Prerequisites: No Type of Course Credit: Furman course credit
Credit Hours Per Term: 2 credits Housing: Tents
Program Description:

Program-Specific Info Session: Wednesday, November 1st at 4:30pm in Johns 101

Botswana Paradox


Botswana Elephant Sunset  Botswana Lion



This program involves a study away in Botswana which will explore the issue of the “Botswana Paradox”. The “Botswana Paradox” refers to the fact that the Botswana government has mounted one of Africa's most comprehensive programs of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care, yet it has one of the highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the world. We will explore the possible reasons for this paradox by visiting several agencies and organizations working to ameliorate the crisis (e.g. Baylor University’s program at Princess Marina Hospital working with HIV+ teens, BONELA – an AIDS Activism organization representing Botswana Civil Society, BOTUSA – Center for Disease Control, US Embassy). Attention will be paid to cultural factors influencing the spread of disease and the role of aid in managing disease. A few days will be spent on campus prior to approximately two weeks of travel in Botswana. While in Botswana we will be camping the entire time spending one week in the capital, Gaborone (Mokolodi Nature Reserve), and one week traveling around more rural areas of the country (Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Moremi Game Reserve). Student work will be evaluated based on quizzes, presentations, participation and a reflective journal submitted at the conclusion of the program.

To learn more academic, environmental, physical and health expectations for this program view our Botswana Program Inventory.


Course Title: Botswana Paradox
Course Number: MXP 260
Course Description: Examination of cultural factors affecting HIV/AIDS and a variety of programs in Botswana designed to prevent its spread and provide treatment. Exploration into the possible reasons for the paradox, where the government is actively involved in abating the virus, but the rate of infection is still one of the highest in the world, will include visits to several agencies and organizations working to ameliorate the crisis. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.


May Experience programs are open to Furman University students of all majors, subject to any course prerequisites. Successful applicants will demonstrate a marked academic, vocational, or personal interest in the topic of the course. The faculty directors of this program will read all applications and admit the most qualified individuals. All things being equal, preference is given to upperclassmen who have not participated in a study away program previously.


The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education reviews all study away programs on an annual basis, and more frequently as needed, to plan for and mitigate risks associated with the health and safety of participants while traveling. In this day and age, nothing is risk-free. Students and faculty are instructed to remain vigilant and cautious at all times and will receive additional instructions during a pre-departure orientation session and on-site orientation programming. When students commit to a study away program, they are asked to self-disclose personal information - which may include allergies, medications, disabilities, mental health conditions, medical concerns, and past medical histories. This information is shared with the faculty directors and study away staff for use during medical emergencies, and in an effort to be aware of and plan for situations that may arise or accommodations that are needed while students are away from Furman's campus resources. It is extremely important for students to be transparent and forthcoming about their concerns, needs, and medical histories prior to the start of the program as well as during the program. Furman University contracts with Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators (EIIA) to provide medical and emergency services to students while traveling abroad on Furman study away programs. Students participating in study away programs in the United States are required to show proof of medical insurance.


To confirm participation in a study away program, a non-refundable $500 deposit is due two weeks after acceptance. The final payment deadline is in early to mid-March and will be specified in the Financial Agreement associated with the program.

Study Away Need-Based Scholarships
Need-based study away scholarships are available. Priority is given to students who have not previously participated in a study away program. Students who apply by the May Experience scholarship deadline will receive a scholarship amount estimate ahead of the program deposit deadline. Townes, Duke, and Hollingsworth Scholars should alert the Rinker Center for Study Away to apply their one-time study away stipend to their study away program.

May Experience Study Away Program Fee Inclusions
        Roundtrip airfare from a designated city (for international destinations)
        Transportation for domestic study away programs varies by program
Tourist visas (if required)
Lodging for the duration of the program
Ground transportation for program-related activities/events (outside of Greenville)
Entrance fees to programmed activities/events/venues
Tours included in the study away program
Group meals (students will know ahead of time how many group meals will be provided)
Emergency Medical Insurance (on international programs)

Program Fee Exclusions
Transportation to the designated departure city (for international programs)
Transportation for domestic study away programs varies by program
Meals not included in program fee (will vary by program)
Required books/materials/supplies/equipment/gear
Passport fees

Optional Program Expenses
Site-seeing during free time
International cell phone plan
Trip cancellation or interruption insurance 
Personal expenses and souvenirs

Please see May Experience Budget Sheet at the top of this page for estimated program costs.