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Republic of Kenya

Capital: Nairobi
Located in East Africa

Higher Education in Kenya

Types of Universities:
Kenya has a number of universities and other institutions of higher learning. There are 22 public universities, 14 chartered private universities and 13 universities with Letter of Interim Authority (LIA). These universities are established through institutional Acts of Parliament under the Universities Act, 2012 which provides for the development of university education, the establishment, accreditation and governance of universities. According to a 2004 report on reforming higher education in Kenya, the rapid expansion of university education in the country was a spontaneous response to the increasing demand for higher education necessitated by the increasing flow of students from schools. From July 2014, all government and private institutions offering technical and vocational education and training were put under TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training).

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Types of Universities:
Kenya has a number of universities and other institutions of higher learning. There are 22 public universities, 14 chartered private universities and 13 universities with Letter of Interim Authority (LIA). These universities are established through institutional Acts of Parliament under the Universities Act, 2012 which provides for the development of university education, the establishment, accreditation and governance of universities. According to a 2004 report on reforming higher education in Kenya, the rapid expansion of university education in the country was a spontaneous response to the increasing demand for higher education necessitated by the increasing flow of students from schools. From July 2014, all government and private institutions offering technical and vocational education and training were put under TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training).

Academic Year:
In Kenya, for K-12 education, the calendar year starts in January and ends in November. The academic year is divided into 3 terms as follows:

  1. Term 1: Early January – Late March
  2. Term 2: Early May – Late July
  3. Term 3: Early September – Early/Mid November

April, August and December are usually school holidays.

There is no standard academic calendar for universities as each university is free to set its own calendar.

International schools tend to follow the Northern Hemisphere academic calendar.

General Application Requirements:
For admission into an undergraduate degree, Kenyan universities generally require you to present proof of completing one of the following requirements:
1. Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE);
2. Higher or Advanced or Technical Diploma;
3. A-Levels or International Baccalaureate or West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE);
4. The relevant senior secondary or high school certificate from your country

Note: Applicants with certain college/university diplomas may be eligible for advance standing.

For postgraduate programs, the entry requirements are:

-A good second class honors degree from a recognized institution for admission into a Masters Program or a postgraduate diploma.

-A good Masters degree for admission into a PhD program.

For certain courses like an MBA program, work experience might also be required.

Programme Duration:
Certificate Programme: usually takes 1 month to 1 year to complete.
Higher Diploma: usually takes 1-2 years to complete.
Bachelors Degree: usually takes 4 years to complete.
Masters Degree: Usually takes 2 years after a Bachelor’s degree.
Doctorate Degree (PhD): usually takes 3 years after a Master’s degree.

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Schools / universities in Kenya

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  • About Kenya

    Overview:

    Kenya’s territory lies on the equator and overlies the East African Rift, covering a diverse and expansive terrain that extends roughly from Lake Victoria to Lake Turkana and further south-east to the Indian Ocean. It is bordered by Tanzania to.. more

    Kenya’s territory lies on the equator and overlies the East African Rift, covering a diverse and expansive terrain that extends roughly from Lake Victoria to Lake Turkana and further south-east to the Indian Ocean. It is bordered by Tanzania to the south and south-west, Uganda to the west, South Sudan to the north-west, Ethiopia to the north and Somalia to the north-east.  At 580,367 km2 Kenya is the world’s forty-seventh largest country. From the coast on the Indian Ocean, the low plains rise to central highlands. The highlands are bisected by the Great Rift Valley, with a fertile plateau lying to the east.

    The Kenyan Highlands are one of the most successful agricultural production regions in Africa. The highlands are the site of the highest point in Kenya and the second highest peak on the continent: Mount Kenya, which reaches 5,199 m (17,057 ft) and is the site of glaciers. Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895 m or 19,341 ft) can be seen from Kenya to the south of the Tanzanian border.

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    Fees & Living Costs:

    -Tuition Fees-

    Academic fees generally vary widely from one degree program to the other and from one university to another. Private education institutions are generally more expensive than the public ones. Tuition fees at Kenyan universities are between 1,380 USD – 5,000 USD per year. Accor.. more

    -Tuition Fees-

    Academic fees generally vary widely from one degree program to the other and from one university to another. Private education institutions are generally more expensive than the public ones. Tuition fees at Kenyan universities are between 1,380 USD – 5,000 USD per year. According to the latest regulations from Kenya, international students are not allowed to work.

    -Cost of Living-

    The cost of living in Kenya is much cheaper. For one person, per month:
    Food: $80 (if you buy groceries and cook for yourself and as an example, a loaf of fresh white bread (500g) will cost $0.52)
    Transport: Public transport would cost around $20 but that would again depend on distance of commute. (Monthly Pass $29.76)
    A meal in a good restaurant per person would cost $10. Cinema ticket costs about $7.  Again, everything really depends on you and how much you spend.

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    Student Visas:

    Study Permits are issued to any Non-Kenyan. The Permits issued by the Department are classified from A to M inclusive. They are issued under Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act 2011 of Laws of Kenya. The following are the various classes of Permits and their r.. more

    Study Permits are issued to any Non-Kenyan. The Permits issued by the Department are classified from A to M inclusive. They are issued under Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act 2011 of Laws of Kenya. The following are the various classes of Permits and their respective requirements:

    1.Application form(form 8) dully filled signed and stamped
    2.Cover/forwarding letter from school stating the course and course duration
    3.Copy of the passport • bio-data pages • visa page
    4.Two passport size photos
    5.Commitment letter from parent/legal guardian/sponsor
    6.The institution applying must be registered as an educational establishment. If the institution is relatively new a copy of registration must be submitted together with the application.
    7. Proof of payment of health insurance and a letter confirming that this payment will be renewed annually for the duration of your studies in Kenya.
    8. Medical report from within last six months.

    Fee for student passes: About$50 per year or part thereof.

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    Interesting Facts:

    1. The nation takes its name from Mt. Kenya, its highest mountain and the second highest mountain in Africa after Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro.
    2. Scientists have estimated that the Great Rift Valley found in Kenya was formed over 20 million years ago when the Earth’s crust began to split.
    3. There are over 40 ethnic groups that reside in .. more
    1. The nation takes its name from Mt. Kenya, its highest mountain and the second highest mountain in Africa after Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro.
    2. Scientists have estimated that the Great Rift Valley found in Kenya was formed over 20 million years ago when the Earth’s crust began to split.
    3. There are over 40 ethnic groups that reside in Kenya.
    4. Wangari Maathai, the first African woman and Kenyan environmentalist to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
    5. Kenya has over 400 historical sites ranging from prehistoric fossils and petrified forests, to 14th century slave trading settlements, Islamic ruins and 16th century Portuguese forts.
    6. You can experience the wildebeest migration at the Masaai Mara of Kenya which is considered the 7th wonder of the world.
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