We have created a FREE guidebook for international students from Botswana: Studying in the U.S.A. – A Guidebook for Students from Botswana.
This truly unique guidebook provides a step-by-step guide to the college process for Botswanan students: from applying to universities to finding the right institution to receiving a student visa. This guide also provides invaluable advice on everything from U.S. banking and medical care to everyday conversation with an American. The guide also provides document and packing checklists, so that a student always carries the right paperwork. The guide additionally breaks down significant differences between the cultures of Botswana and America.
The rise in Botswanan students studying in the U.S. is likely to grow. This guidebook makes the process more streamlined and straightforward than ever before. Receiving a U.S. degree from a world-renowned university is not simply a dream; it is a reality for many Botswanan students every year. It can be your reality, too, with this free guide from EB5 Affiliate Network.
Botswana’s Presence in the Global Economy
As of 2019, Botswana has an estimated population of 2.3 million people. Botswana is a mining and tourism hub in southern Africa, with GDP growth reaching 4.3% in 2016. Mineral extraction has historically bolstered Botswana’s economy but recently tourism has accelerated due to the country’s extensive nature preserves.
Background on International Students From Botswana
Botswana is one of the top southern African nations for the number of students receiving a university or college education in the United States.
The number of Botswanan students enrolled in U.S. higher education is higher than many other countries in southern Africa. The Institute of International Education reports that there were approximately 250 students from Botswana enrolled in U.S. higher education institutions in 2020.
Trend of Botswana Students Studying Abroad in the U.S.
Out of its population of 2.3 million, it is estimated that approximately 250 students currently study abroad in the U.S. This implies that about 0.0001% of the population of Botswana is studying abroad in the United States.
The number of students from Botswana enrolled has remained high despite an expansion in higher education opportunities in Botswana and online educational opportunities offered by higher learning platforms including Coursera.com, edx.org, and udemy.com. Universities in Gaborone are even drawing their own international students from all over southern Africa.
How Can International Students from Botswana Lower Tuition Costs?
One stopping block for many international students from Botswana is the cost of a U.S. education, which has substantially increased over the past 20 years. The Wall Street Journal reports that U.S. university tuition has increased 500% since 1987. The number of international students attending U.S. universities has also skyrocketed 85% from 2005 to 2015.
The cost of a four-year undergraduate degree from a state college or university in the United States ranges from $22,000 per year for a public university to $50,000 for a private university, for international students. Both public and private institutions charge on average between 3 to 4 times higher tuition for international students when compared to U.S. permanent residents (Green Cardholders) and citizens.
Permanent residency status conferred by an EB-5 immigrant visa can cause the cost of a U.S. education for a Botswanan student to drastically decrease from the international tuition rates to the local “in-state” rates at both public and private universities.
Permanent residency status also provides Botswanan students with substantially increased admission rates for both undergraduate and graduate programs in addition to select scholarship awards and grants.
Botswanan students should never give up hope. No matter what visa option they choose, if they hope to receive a world-class education in the United States, EB5 Affiliate Network can help.