Tuition in Haiti is provided by both public universities and other private institutions. There are 13 universities in Haiti of which more than half have religious affiliations. The 4 regional public universities, and the 4 public universities associated with their respective ministries, are all funded by the state, nonetheless enrolment is subject to a payment of an annual fee nonetheless (see below). Estimates on the number of students enrolled in higher education vary greatly from 100,000 to 180,000, out of which between 40% to 80% of students pursue education with the private sector. Many private universities and institutions have emerged in the last 30 years and in total there are around 200, 80% of which are in the capital, Port-au-Prince. 54 out of these 200 schools are officially approved by MENFP.
The State University of Haiti, which is the largest of Haiti’s public institutions, houses approximately 13 000 students. For more information please refer to http://menfp.gouv.ht/#/documents/official.
The Haitian educational system is modelled on the French education framework. It follows the ‘bachelor's master's doctorate system’ (or ‘L-M-D’ in French), with Bachelor’s (or Licence) usually comprising four to five years, followed by a Master’s typically lasting one to three years and culminating in a Doctoral degree of two years. Enrolment into Bachelor’s programs is conditional on possession of a baccalaureate degree or an equivalent qualification such as A levels or the International Baccalaureate. To be accepted to a Master’s program, students must have a relevant Bachelor degree from an institution accredited by the Haitian government or a recognized equivalent. It is very common that the institution administers its own admission process and needs to be contacted directly. As the main language of instruction is French, an intermediate level of proficiency in French (B2) is also commonly required; nonetheless some of the courses are offered in English as well.
In terms of financing your studies, most universities charge a fee for enrollment. For home based students, public universities require an annual fee of 3,000 gourdes, which is approximately £40. In terms of international enrolment costs, Haitian public institutions charge approximately £800 per year for Bachelor’s, Master’s as well as Doctoral degrees. Nonetheless, home based students from low-income families can apply for funding to assist them with tuition and living expenses.
Information for International Students
The admission is specified by the university of one’s choice. Since Haitian public institutions in particular are highly competitive due to domestic demand, entrance examinations are a common part of the admission process. Nonetheless requirements for proof of previous education and language capabilities form a part of virtually each admission process. There is no centralized platform administering admission, thus the institution of choice needs to be contacted directly.
Living costs are approximately 77% of those in the UK, with monthly rent costing usually something in between £250 and £448. Food is also a bit cheaper than in the Anglo-Saxon world, with a basic lunchtime menu costing approximately £4.