There are approximately 35 higher education institutions in the Ivory Coast. Of these, there are about ten public universities and the rest are private or specialized higher education institutions. Public universities are funded by the government and partly through tuition whereas private universities are privately funded. 10% of students enrolled in universities in the Ivory Coast are international. For more information, please refer to the official government website: http://www.enseignement.gouv.ci/index.php?open=recherche&rec=uivoiro.
Studies in the Ivory Coast follow the traditional path of a Bachelor’s (License), followed by a Master’s and a PhD. Bachelor’s typically take three years to complete. Master’s take two years and Doctorate take three years. Degrees from the Ivory Coast are transferrable and recognized internationally to allow for mobility. Medical degrees differ slightly from the norm. Dentistry degrees take six years to complete, Pharmacy degrees take seven years and medical degrees take eight years to complete. Moreover, students must pass specific national exams in order to move forward in their degrees.
There is no centralized administration for application to universities in the Ivory Coast. Local and international students must apply directly through the individual higher education institutions. Each university has different requirements for admission but all valid secondary school diplomas such as the French baccalaureate are accepted. The main language of instruction is French.
On average, the cost of courses in the Ivory Coast is 300 euros for one year of the Bachelor’s and 750 euros for one year of Master’s.