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Republic of Rwanda

Capital: Kigali
Located in East Africa

Higher Education in Rwanda

Types of Universities: As at December 2015, there are 34 institutions of higher education in Rwanda, 11 public and 23 private. In 2013, the government of Rwanda merged all public universities, leading to one public university, University of Rwanda, with six colleges. There are public integrated polytechnics and colleges, Public nursing schools too. Many students study business, social sciences, and medicine. However, there is also a strong demand for technology based education, the arts, and humanities.

Academic Year: This varies from one University to another. However, in general, at the University level, the academic year starts from October to July.

The academic year is divided into 2 semesters as follows:

  1. Semester 1: From October to February
  2. Semester 2: From March to July.

However, there is no standard academic calendar for universities as each university i.. more

Types of Universities: As at December 2015, there are 34 institutions of higher education in Rwanda, 11 public and 23 private. In 2013, the government of Rwanda merged all public universities, leading to one public university, University of Rwanda, with six colleges. There are public integrated polytechnics and colleges, Public nursing schools too. Many students study business, social sciences, and medicine. However, there is also a strong demand for technology based education, the arts, and humanities.

Academic Year: This varies from one University to another. However, in general, at the University level, the academic year starts from October to July.

The academic year is divided into 2 semesters as follows:

  1. Semester 1: From October to February
  2. Semester 2: From March to July.

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

General Application Requirements:

  1. Before applying, obtain an equivalence of your certificates from Rwanda Education Board (REB) for general secondary education or Workforce Development Authority (WDA) for vocation training and Higher Education Council for Tertiary Education Qualifications.
  2. Complete Personal information & generate reference number and pin from the university website
  3. Pay application fee to any of the Bank accounts mentioned as per university policy, using the reference number generated from the system. You will wait for at least 24 hours for your payment to be activated in the system and then proceed with application.
  4. Certified copy of your Senior Six (S6) certificate and transcripts of your last year of Advanced General Certificate of Secondary Education,
  5. Copy of your National ID card or valid passport
  6. Certified copy of the equivalence with the Rwandan system ( only for applicants with foreign qualifications)

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.

Program 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.

Post Graduate Opportunities:

After graduation from Rwanda, one can move to the career as per the track one chose in the university. The best is to become a Doctor, Assistant to CEO, Computer Engineer, Lawyer, statisticians , Auditor,  Software Engineer, Electrical/Civil Engineers, Architect etc- all these jobs are of the high demand in Rwanda with very handsome salaries.

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Schools / universities in Rwanda

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  • About Rwanda

    Overview:

    At 26,338 square kilometers (10,169 sq mi), Rwanda is the world’s 149th-largest country and the fourth smallest on the African mainland after Gambia, Swaziland, and Djibouti. It is comparable in size to Burundi, Haiti and Albania. The entire country is at a high altitude: the lo.. more

    At 26,338 square kilometers (10,169 sq mi), Rwanda is the world’s 149th-largest country and the fourth smallest on the African mainland after Gambia, Swaziland, and Djibouti. It is comparable in size to Burundi, Haiti and Albania. The entire country is at a high altitude: the lowest point is the Rusizi River at 950 meters (3,117 ft) above sea level. Rwanda is located in Central/Eastern Africa, and is bordered by the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, Uganda to the north, Tanzania to the east, and Burundi to the south. It lies a few degrees south of the equator and is landlocked. The capital, Kigali, is located near the centre of Rwanda.

    The watershed between the major Congo and Nile drainage basins runs from north to south through Rwanda, with around 80 percent of the country’s area draining into the Nile and 20 percent into the Congo via the Rusizi River. The country’s longest river is the Nyabarongo, which rises in the south-west, flows north, east, and southeast before merging with the Akanyaru to form the Akagera; the Akagera then flows due north along the eastern border with Tanzania. The Nyabarongo-Akagera eventually drains into Lake Victoria, and its source in Nyungwe Forest is a contender for the as-yet undetermined overall source of the Nile.

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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. Tuition fees at Rwandan universities are very cheap ranging between about 1,500 USD – 2,500 USD per year.

    -Cost of Living- Living in Rwanda doesn’t c.. more

    -Tuition Fees-Academic fees generally vary widely from one degree program to the other and from one university to another. Tuition fees at Rwandan universities are very cheap ranging between about 1,500 USD – 2,500 USD per year.

    -Cost of Living- Living in Rwanda doesn’t cost a student very much. For instance, a meal in an inexpensive restaurant would cost them around $2.26. Transportation expenses are quite low as well. Students need to spend only $0.34 for a one-way ticket on local transport, and around $18.63 for an unlimited monthly pass. The prices of an apartment (1 bedroom) in the city centre are around $270.91 and $115.70 for an apartment (1 bedroom) outside the city centre. If you want to go to a fitness club, monthly fee for 1 adult is $31.98

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    Student Visas:

    In order for a person to study in Rwanda, the prospective student should first have:

    1. Letter of Acceptance from a recognized school in Rwanda.
    2. Letter from your school acknowledging the student’s trip to Rwanda and eventually guaranteei.. more

    In order for a person to study in Rwanda, the prospective student should first have:

    1. Letter of Acceptance from a recognized school in Rwanda.
    2. Letter from your school acknowledging the student’s trip to Rwanda and eventually guaranteeing financial and legal responsibilities for the student while in Rwanda.
    3. Two recent, identical, 2 x 2 passport photographs, in color, front view and with a plain/light background.
    4. Vaccinations -Copy of a International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever required.
    5. Please Send Two Completed and Signed Application Forms. All applications MUST be typed, handwritten visa applications will NOT be accepted by the Embassy of Rwanda.

    If accepted, students are given permission to reside in Rwanda for the extent of their term in school.

    No matter what nationality the student is from the following requirements must be met before a Student Visa for Rwanda will be issued:

    *One colored passport size photo with white background recently taken without glasses, caps and scurf.  The photo should be attached to the application form by use of glue stick. Stapling and clipping the photo to the application form is not advisable.
    * A completed application form
    *An application letter addressed to the Director General of Immigration and Emigration.
    *School admission letter
    *CV Sometimes, financial statements are needed as per the demand of university council.

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    Interesting Facts:

    * At Rwanda, Mount Karisimbi is an inactive volcano in the Virunga Mountains It is the highest mountain in Rwanda rising to a height of 4,507 meters (14,787 feet) above sea level.

    * Rwanda is also known as the Land of a Thousand Hills because most of the country is covered by rolling, grassy hills.

    * Lake Kivu, Lake Muhazi, Lake Ihema, Lake Buler.. more

    * At Rwanda, Mount Karisimbi is an inactive volcano in the Virunga Mountains It is the highest mountain in Rwanda rising to a height of 4,507 meters (14,787 feet) above sea level.

    * Rwanda is also known as the Land of a Thousand Hills because most of the country is covered by rolling, grassy hills.

    * Lake Kivu, Lake Muhazi, Lake Ihema, Lake Bulera, Lake Ruhondo and Lake Mugesera are the main water bodies in Rwanda.

    * Rwanda is largely a rural country with about 90% of the population involved in agricultural, agro-processing and mineral work.

    * Rwanda has world’s record of highest representation of women in parliament, as over 60% of parliament members are women.

    * Rwanda grows coffee, tea, bananas and pyrethrum and rears livestock.

    * Rwanda also exports coffee, tea, hides and tin ore.

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