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Republic of Zambia

Capital: Lusaka
Located in Southern Africa

Higher Education in Zambia

Types of Universities:
Higher education in Zambia has improved in the recent years due to the increase of private universities and colleges. The biggest university is the public University of Zambia, which is located in the capital Lusaka. Then there are many other smaller universities, some public others private including Copperbelt University, Zambia Open University, European University Zambia Zambia Catholic University, Cavendish University, Zambia Adventist University, Northrise University, University of Lusaka, Lusaka Apex Medical University, Woodlands University College, Copperstone University College, University of Africa, Information and Communication University, Mulungushi University, Kwame Nkrumah University of Education and there are various Health training Institutes offering Diplomas in clinical medicine, Registered Nursing.

Academic Year:
In Zambia, for University education, t.. more

Types of Universities:
Higher education in Zambia has improved in the recent years due to the increase of private universities and colleges. The biggest university is the public University of Zambia, which is located in the capital Lusaka. Then there are many other smaller universities, some public others private including Copperbelt University, Zambia Open University, European University Zambia Zambia Catholic University, Cavendish University, Zambia Adventist University, Northrise University, University of Lusaka, Lusaka Apex Medical University, Woodlands University College, Copperstone University College, University of Africa, Information and Communication University, Mulungushi University, Kwame Nkrumah University of Education and there are various Health training Institutes offering Diplomas in clinical medicine, Registered Nursing.

Academic Year:
In Zambia, for University education, the calendar year starts in January and ends in December. The academic year is divided into 2 terms as follows:

  1. Semester One: January to June
  2. Semester Two: July to December

Semester One Holiday Break: Mid June to mid July.

General Application Requirements:
For admission into a tertiary education, Zambian universities generally require you to present proof of completing one of the following requirements. Applicant should have:

  1. Regular admission to a Bachelor degree programme requires a High School Leaving Certificate with an aggregate score of 60 or “C” or “Credit”, or equivalent.
  2. Applicants with a Diploma or Advanced Diploma in a relevant area may be considered for credit transfer
  3. Applicants with at least 2 years post-secondary relevant experience may be considered for entry
  4. Recognized proof of English proficiency
  5. Up to date CV
  6. Copy of Passport of National ID

Also, they would be asked to show their higher secondary mark sheet for verifying their competency in their desired field of study in Zambia. This is also applicable for the students of masters and PhD. However, any university may demand additional documents as per their rules and regulation.

Program Duration:

*Higher Certificate: usually takes 1 year to complete.
*National Diploma: usually takes 2 years to complete.
*Bachelors Degree: usually takes 1- 3 years to complete.
*Honors Degree (Bachelors with Honors): usually takes 4 years to complete. It is a bachelor’s degree plus an extra year of study.
*Masters Degree: Usually takes 1-2 years after an Honors degree.
*Doctorate Degree (PhD): usually takes 3-5 years after a Master’s degree.

POST GRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES-

ZCCM Investments Holdings ex-Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Ltd., CEC, Chambishi, Chilanga Cement, Public institution, Zanaco (Zambia National Commercial Bank), etc companies are leading the country with greatest opportunities for the postgraduate students.  Promising sectors of the Zambian economy includes Tourism, Agriculture, Industry and manufacturing, Transport, Mining and petroleum etc.

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Schools / universities in Zambia

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  • About Zambia

    Overview:

    Zambia is a landlocked country in south-central Africa neighboring the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Tanzania to the north-east, Malawi to the east, Mozambique to the southeast, Zimbabwe and Botswana to the south, Namibia to the southwest, and Angola to the west. The .. more

    Zambia is a landlocked country in south-central Africa neighboring the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Tanzania to the north-east, Malawi to the east, Mozambique to the southeast, Zimbabwe and Botswana to the south, Namibia to the southwest, and Angola to the west. The capital city is Lusaka, in the south-central part of Zambia. The population is concentrated mainly around Lusaka in the south and the Copperbelt Province to the northwest, the core economic hubs of the country.

    The terrain of Zambia is mostly high plateau, with some hills and mountains. The lowest point is the Zambezi river, at 329 m (1,079 ft) above sea level, with the highest being Mafinga Central in the Mafinga Hills, at 2,339 m (7,674 ft) above sea level.

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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 Zambian universities are very low, ranging between 1,500USD – 7,000 U.. 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 Zambian universities are very low, ranging between 1,500USD – 7,000 USD per year.

    -Cost of Living-

    The cost of living in Zambia is much cheaper if you come from the first world. For one person, per month:
    Food: $75 (if you buy groceries and cook for yourself and as an example, a loaf of fresh white bread (500g) will cost $0.85)
    Transport: Public transport would cost around $20 but that would again depend on distance of commute. (Monthly Pass $29.10)
    Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center will cost $420.05 and outside city centre will cost $290.95.
    A meal in a good restaurant per person would cost $4.85. Cinema ticket costs about $3.39. Again, everything really depends on you and how much you spend.

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    Student Visas:

    Any foreign national intending to enter into Zambia for purposes of study should:

    1. Obtain Zambian visa (if visa prone) to facilitate his /her entry into the country.
    2. Present valid passport to the Immigration officer at port of entry.
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    Any foreign national intending to enter into Zambia for purposes of study should:

    1. Obtain Zambian visa (if visa prone) to facilitate his /her entry into the country.
    2. Present valid passport to the Immigration officer at port of entry.
    3. Declare purpose of entry into Zambia and intended institution of training.
    4. Proceed to designated immigration office after entry and obtain student pass for study in Zambia.

    And now to get the student pass, one will have to:

    1. Complete application form 20 of the Zambia study permit
    2. Submit two recent passport size photographs;
    3. Submit a police clearance certificate from the study permit applicant’s country of permanent residence if over 18;
    4. A photocopy of the current passport;
    5. The acceptance letter from the registered learning institution the student wishes to study at;
    6. The status of the host, parent or guardian if any;
    7. Chest X-Ray report;
    8. A cover letter to Chief Immigration Officer.
    9. Proof of English efficiency (IELTS) as per university demand.

    NOTE:

    1. All immigrants in Zambia should respect and oblige with national immigration laws, guidelines and formalities.
    2. Visas & Student passes do not permit gainful or voluntary employment in Zambia.
    3. All East African Community nationals studying or seeking to study in Zambia must obtain student passes from designated immigration offices.
    4. Student Passes for EAC nationals are issued at NO COST. Other nationals should pay the Visa fees in the bank.
    5. Study must be undertaken from only approved and licensed training establishments.
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    Interesting Facts:

    1. Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is an UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to one half of the Mosi-oa-Tunya — ‘The Smoke Which Thunders’ — known worldwide as Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River.
    2. The country’s name Zambia was taken from the name of the Zambezi River.
    3. Because of the Victoria Falls’ spray, the forest beside .. more
    1. Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is an UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to one half of the Mosi-oa-Tunya — ‘The Smoke Which Thunders’ — known worldwide as Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River.
    2. The country’s name Zambia was taken from the name of the Zambezi River.
    3. Because of the Victoria Falls’ spray, the forest beside it receives “rain” 24 hours a day, seven days a week!
    4. That archaic humans were present in Zambia at least 200,000 years ago was shown by the discovery of the Broken Hill skull in Kabwe in 1921 – this was the first human fossil ever discovered in Africa.
    5. In 2017, Zambia hosted and won the Pan-African football tournament U-20 African Cup of Nation for players age 20 and under.
    6. The nearest ocean to Zambia is 600 miles away.
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