There are around sixty higher education institutions in Gabon, seven of them being public. For public establishments, the tuition is mostly funded by the state; enrolment, however, is conditional on payment of admission fees. The private establishments charge fees for tuition as well as admission. Language of instruction is French for most of the degrees, and the educational system is strongly influenced by the French educational framework (with some modifications, see below). Conditions for international students are subject to individual universities’ regulations as well as visa and residency requirements. The Omar Bongo University, which is the largest of the Gabonese institutions, welcomes approximately 15 000 students. For more information please refer to http://www.enseignement-superieur.gouv.ga/.
The Gabonese educational system is strongly influenced by French educational framework, with some substantial modifications, however. While it follows the ‘bachelor's master's doctorate system’ – or ‘L-M-D’ in French – the length of Bachelor’s degree (or Licence) is nonetheless shorter than in the Hexagon, usually comprising only two years. It is followed by a Master’s typically lasting two years, culminating in a Doctoral degree of two years, a shorter period than on the continent. Enrolment into Bachelor’s programs is conditional on possession of a baccalaureate degree or an equivalent qualification. To be accepted to a Master’s program, students must have a relevant Bachelor degree or a recognized equivalent. An intermediate level of proficiency in French (B2) is commonly required, as language of instruction is French for most programs.
In terms of financing your studies, most universities charge a fee for one year of enrollment. For students coming from Economic Community of Central African States countries (CEMAC), fees vary between approximately £50 for a Bachelor’s degree and £110 for a Doctoral degree. For international students, the corresponding fees are between £255 and £540 respectively. The Gabonese government also provides various stipends for home students designed to encourage enrolment, most popular of which is “La Bourse” program.
Information for International Students
Gabonese higher education institutions strive to create a wide network of international cooperation all around the world, with most institutional ties being maintained with French institutions.
The admission process is usually administered by the university of one’s choice. A portion of admissions is carried out via Parcoursup, though to a much lesser extent than in France. Nonetheless requirements of proof of previous education and language capabilities form an integral part of virtually each admission process. For international citizens, relevant residency requirements also apply.
Living costs have been estimated at approximately £530 per month, excluding rent, which has been estimated at around £1000 per month for a one-bedroom apartment in the city center. Food is relatively inexpensive, with many universities providing on-site meals for students costing around p60 per meal.