Equatorial Guinea is a country on the west coast of Sub-Saharan Africa with its higher education system overseen by the Ministry of Education and Science (MEC). Although the country suffers from inequalities based on gender, income, and area, high repetition and dropout rates, most of its budget is aimed at improving such issues with much emphasis on their tertiary education. In fact, more than 500,000 students have received scholarships to study in HEIs across the country over the past 40 years. There is only one main public institution established in the Spanish colonial period: The National University of Equatorial Guinea (UNGE). Private education is also offered in universities, colleges, institutes and Catholic centers. Since 2006, enrollment rates in HEIs have risen fivefold reaching 7,971 students in 2015. For further information on the higher education system of Equatorial Guinea, the official website of the government is available at https://www.guineaecuatorialpress.com/.
The higher education system is completed in three cycles: Bachelor’s (Licenciatura), Master’s (Master) and PhD programs (Doctorado). Initially, students obtain a Bachelor’s degree after a four-year cycle and move on to Master’s (for two years) and Doctorate (for three years). Currently, students have the opportunity to only study Licentiaturas in Equatorial Guinea or enroll in technical and professional training with an initial two-year program followed by an advanced two-year cycle. The latter is awarded with a Technician Diploma. The academic year is divided into two semesters for 18 weeks. The first semester begins its academic work in September and the second academic semester in February. Courses are taught in Spanish.
Entrance to the university is assessed based on the Prueba de Selectividad national entrance exam, applied at the end of the secondary school, Bachillerato sequence (there are two types of secondary education). Foreign students should provide equivalent certificates and proof of language capabilities.
Information for International Students
International students should make sure they possess a student visa before arriving in Equatorial Guinea. Candidates must provide a letter of acceptance to the course, evidence of enough funds to support themselves, evidence of having paid the course in full, private medical insurance and evident intention to return to their own country at the end of the study period. Accommodation is offered at the National University of Equatorial Guinea and renting an 85 m2 flat in a normal area is about $1,200 per month. You can find a list of some scholarships available here.