Eswatini, formerly Swaziland, is a kingdom in Southern Africa. Eswatini has appointed the Eswatini Higher Education Council (ESHEC) in 2015 to regulate tertiary education in the country. Although 83 institutions have applied for recognition, only 42 have been assessed to date and 35 of these have been granted recognition. These institutions are recognized as universities, colleges, academies, training schools and centres, colleges and institutes. Most of these institutions only offer diplomas or certificates but have been assured that they implement quality education in Eswatini’s higher education system. The main provided of tertiary education is the public University of Eswatini (UNESWA). In 2015 10,362 students were enrolled in the country’s 4 main universities (before ESHEC came into effect). For further information, the ESHEC’s website is available at http://www.shec.org.sz/.
The education system in Eswatini follows the British one. In tertiary education, HEIs offer qualifications such as Diplomas, Certificates, Bachelor’s and Master’s diplomas. Pre-undergraduate programmes are usually shorter in length and provide the opportunity to prepare for further education. Bachelor’s degrees usually last for four year and Master’s degrees for 1-2 years. There are very little PhDs courses offered at the moment which last for 3 years.
Applications to higher education should be personally send to institutions. Prospective students should have evidence of 12 years of schooling and an adequate secondary school certificate. In Eswatini, pupils receive the Swaziland General Certificate of Education (SGCSE) or the International General Certificate of Education (IGCSE). Admission to postgraduate courses is permitted on condition of an awarded Bachelor’s degree. The official language in the country is Swati, but higher education is provided in English. Therefore, international students should make sure they can provide evidence of language proficiency.
Tuition fees should be personally verified before applying to a course since they differ substantially. For example, at the University of Eswatini for undergraduate studies you are expected to pay between $790 to $2,507, for a Master’s between $1,118 to $3,685, and for a PhD between $1,400 to $3,419. The institution has different numbers for citizen and non-citizen students, so tuition fees are more expensive for foreign students. Students are offered both tuition loans and scholarships for which more information can be found here.
Information for International Students
Cost of living in the country is considerably affordable compares to the United States, for reference. Rent is almost 78% lower, and you can live in the city centre in a 1-bedroom apartment for $227 in monthly payments or outside of it for $170 per month. International students need to apply for a temporary residence visa in Eswatini after they have been accepted into a course.