Botswana Open University (BOU): courses, fees, portal, admissions

Botswana Open University (BOU): courses, fees, portal, admissions

Undoubtedly, higher education is essential and has many benefits. With higher education, you can have a prosperous career, financial security, increased opportunities, and improved quality of life. One of the top tertiary schools you can get your higher education in Botswana is the Botswana Open University (BOU).

Botswana Open University
Botswana Open University logo. Photo: @BotswanaOpenUni
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Botswana Open University offers its students accredited and quality programs. The programmes comprise management and professional courses at postgraduate, degree, diploma, and certificate levels.

Botswana Open University courses

When was Botswana Open University established? It was established on 20th July 2017. The accrediting body verifies BOU programs in the country. They include:

1. School of Education

  • Bachelor of Education in Special & Inclusive Education (BEd-SIE)
  • Bachelor of Education in Integrated Early Childhood Development (BEd IECD)
  • Bachelor of Education in Primary (BEd-Pri)
  • Certificate for Distance Education Practitioners (CDEP)
  • Diploma in Integrated Early Childhood Development (DIECD)
  • Master of Education Educational Leadership (MEd-EL)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Quality Assurance in Education (PGCQAE)

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2. School of Science and Technology

Bachelor of Technology in Information Systems (B Tech - IS)

  • Huawei Certified ICT Associate Course
  • Huawei ICT Academy
  • Microsoft Office (MSO)

3. School of Social Sciences

  • BSc in Youth Development Work (YDW)
  • BSc Public Health
  • Certificate in Community Based Work with Children and Youth (CBWCY)
  • Commonwealth Executive Masters in Public Administration – CEMPA
  • Master of Science in Climate Change and Sustainable Development (MSc. CCSD), Department of Environmental Studies

4. School of Business and Management Studies

  • Bachelor in Business Administration-Leadership and Change Management – BBA (LCM)
  • Bachelor of Business and Entrepreneurship (BBE)
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations – BCOM HR and IR
  • Certificate in Basic Computing Skills
  • Certificate in Disaster Management - CDM

5. Short courses

Botswana Open University courses
Botswana Open University students during a group discussion session. Photo: @BotswanaOpenUni
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  • Customer Care
  • Financial Management for Non-Profit Making Organisations
  • Public Relations
  • Curriculum Design
  • Leadership
  • Social Marketing
  • Strategic Planning
  • Economics I
  • Economics II
  • Human Resources Management
  • Research Methods
  • Taxation
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Principles of Guest House Management

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How do I apply to Botswana Open University?

Applications to BOU are entirely made online. You will not need to interact with anyone or manually take your forms to the university. So, how do I register online with Botswana Open University?

Use the steps below:

  1. Connect to the internet: Go to your network settings and enable access to the internet via your tablet data, hotspot, LAN connection, or Bluetooth tethering. The connection must be stable to upload soft copies to Botswana Open University Portal.
  2. Open your browser: Go to your gadget’s start menu, scroll or search for your favourite browser. Double-click on its icon to launch it.
  3. Go to myOnline Services portal: Use the official address to access the Botswana Open University online registration portal.
  4. Click on “New Application”: If this is your first time accessing the portal, click the button shown below. If you have ever accessed the portal, you need to log in using your previously created credentials.
  5. Submit your biographical information: You will be asked for details such as names, gender, marital status, and date of birth.
  6. Click on the “Save” button: Verify the accuracy of the information provided before doing so. Once you have saved your information, you will be issued a reference number.
  7. Create a PIN: Click on the “Create Pin” button and enter your preferred 5-digit PIN. Do not start with a zero.
  8. Make payment: Under the main menu, click on “E-Payments”, tap on “Submit Payment” and enter your card information. Confirm if your account has the payable amount.
  9. Read and accept application rules: Click on “Academic Applications”, read and accept the rules and regulations. Click on the "Next Step" button to continue.
  10. Provide your academic records: Enter all the schools you have ever attended and their respective years. Save the information.
  11. Specify your school leaving subjects and grades: You need a minimum of 6 subjects. List them as they appear in your school leaving certificate. Save each entry.
  12. Upload academic documents: Once done with filling the subjects, tap “Load/view documents to upload” and upload your educational records in PDF format here.
  13. Provide any previous qualifications you have: Ensure a PDF upload backs up any information entered here.
  14. List any disabilities you have: Enter your disabilities in this field and save them.
  15. Choose your preferred programme: Tap “Choice of Programme/Qualification” and search for the course you want to take at BOU.
  16. View your completed application: See the programme you have applied to and check whether you have skipped any step or entered the wrong information.

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Botswana Open University 2021 Intake deadlines

Botswana Open University portal
Botswana Open University students during graduation. Photo: @BotswanaOpenUni
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Make sure you submit your applications for tertiary programmes before 21st May 2021.

Short courses and other non-tertiary courses do not have an application deadline.

Once you have submitted your application, wait for about ten weeks, then come back to the application website to check your admission status. To do so:

  • Click on “Student Inquiry” from the main menu.
  • Tap “Academic Admission Status” to view whether you have been accepted to fill any Botswana Open University vacancies.

Botswana Open University courses and fees 2021

If you have been admitted to the university, you will pay the following amounts for the listed courses as fees:

1. BGSCE and JS

For citizens:

  • Registration fee - BWP25
  • JC - BWP50
  • BGCSE - BWP65
  • Repeater JC per subject - BWP55
  • Repeater BGCSE per subject - BWP70
  • Post office transaction fee - 18% of the total amount

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For non-citizens:

Registration fee - BWP45

  • JC - P95
  • BGCSE - BWP125
  • Repeater JC per subject - BWP105
  • Repeater BGCSE per subject - BWP135
  • Post office transaction fee - 18% of the total amount

2. Certificate Programmes

  • Microsoft Office (MSO) - BWP605
  • Certificate in Purchasing & Supply Tutorials (CIPS) - BWP990
  • Interactive Communication (ICI) - BWP1,210
  • Small Scale Business Management (SSBMS) - BWP1,320
  • English for Professional Purposes (EPP) - BWP1,540

3. Post Graduate Certificate

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Quality Assurance- BWP8,800

4. Diploma Programmes

  • Diploma in Business Management (DBM) - BWP5,830
  • Diploma in Human Resources Management (DHRM) - BWP5,830
  • Diploma in Integrated Early Childhood Development (DIECD) - BWP7,260
  • Diploma in Integrated Early Childhood Development (DIECD)-Old Syllabus - BWP5,104

5. Degree Programmes

  • Bachelors in Business Entrepreneurship (BBE) - BWP41,580
  • Bachelor of Commerce & Human Resource (BCOM-HR) - BWP41,580
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA-LC) - BW41,580
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Bed-Pri) - BWP30,443
  • Bachelor of Education Special and Inclusive - BWP28,413
  • Bachelor of Education in Integrated Early Childhood Development (BEIECD) - BWP30,442.50

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6. Masters Level Programmes

  • Master of Education (Educational Leadership) (MEDEL) - BWP17,600
  • Commonwealth Masters in Business Administration(CEMBA) - BWP31,680
  • Commonwealth Masters in Public Administration (CEMPA) - BWP31,680

Botswana Open University contacts

Botswana Open University contacts
Botswana Open University building. Photo: @BotswanaOpenUni
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For any inquiries, reach out via the following contact details:

  • Physical location: Garemotlhose Junction, Western Bye-Pass, Block 6, Plot 39972, Gaborone
  • Postal address: Private Bag BO187, Bontleng
  • Phone: +267 3646000
  • Fax: +267 3191089/3181473
  • Email:

The above are the programs Botswana Open University offers together with their requirements. To apply for any of the courses, you need to check whether you are qualified, pay the application fee, and provide all the required details.

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