There are 7 higher education institutions in Burkina Faso which include approximately 37’000 students. The first university established in Burkina Faso is the University of Ouagadougou, which was founded in 1974. There are public and private universities in Burkina Faso. Private universities are independently funded, whereas public universities are funded by the government and partially through tuition. Higher education institutions in Burkina Faso are open to international students. Currently, there are approximately 3200 foreign students enrolled. For any additional information, please refer to the official government website for higher education: https://www.mesrsi.gov.bf/accueil.
The higher education system in Burkina Faso is based on the LMD system. Therefore, students begin by acquiring a license (Bachelor’s), followed by a Master’s and then a Doctorate. However, Engineer’s Diplomas are also offered. These are broad engineering degrees which take 5 years to complete, with a specialization in the last two years. They are equivalent internationally to a Master’s. Their difference is that modules do not necessarily need to be taken in the given order and can be modified depending on the student’s circumstances.
There is no centralized body of administration for all universities in Burkina Faso, meaning that students must apply directly to individual universities. However, students applying to public universities for a Bachelor’s degree can apply through CampusFaso directly. For Master’s and Doctorates, applications must be done through the university itself instead. All internationally recognized diplomas are accepted such as the French Baccalaureate and the English A levels. The language of instruction in Burkina Faso is French.
Tuition fees vary from public to private universities. For instance, public school tuition costs between 25 euros to 100 euros, whereas private tuition ranges costs approximately 500 euros. However, students who receive income from work must pay three times the amount of tuition than non-working students do.