Due to political instabilities inside the country, it is difficult to obtain an accurate number of all Libyan HEIs. However, there are 23 public universities, 1 public academy, 1 public higher institute, and 7 private universities accredited by the National Center for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Education Institutions. In addition, there are also vocational and technical schools and their number claimed to be over 100. Currently, the University of Tripoli is the best ranked university in the country, being in top 100 African HEIs, closely followed by the Libyan International Medical University and Misurata University. Enrolment rates continue to increase every year at an average annual rate of 22.31%. For further information on Libyan higher education, you can access the Ministry of Education’s website at https://moe.gov.ly/.
Tertiary education in Libya is provided in three cycles: Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD. For admission to undergraduate studies, a Secondary Education Certificate above 65% is required. International students should provide relevant equivalent certificates. A Bachelor’s degree (الليسانس/ لبكالوريوس) is awarded after 4 to 6 years of schooling, depending on the course. Medicine related subjects are generally organised as integrated courses. If one wishes to continue their studies into postgraduate degrees, they will need evidence of relevant previous higher education. For a Master’s degree (العالية االجازة/ لماجستير), students will have to study between 2 to 3 years. This degree allows progression to the PhD level study. A Doctorate degree is called a Doctor of Philosophy (الدقيقة االجازة / الدكتوراه) and requires between 2 to 4 years of studying and research in Arabic, Social Studies or Humanities. There is currently no PhD offered in subjects like Science, Technology or Engineering. Other certificates available are the Higher Diploma, offered at technical schools, and the Postgraduate Diploma, which allows progression to a Master’s degree. Teaching is mainly provided in Arabic or English.
Tuition fees are managed by every institution and undergraduate studies are free for citizens of Libya At the University of Tripoli, international students pay between 500 to 1000 LYD (354-708 USD). Postgraduate studies are between 600 to 2500 LYB (424-1416 USD) for all students. All numbers provided correspond to one year of studying.
Information for International Students
Getting a visa for Libya is known to be tedious and applicants wait months before their application is accepted. Therefore, as soon as you get accepted into a place, you should head to the nearest Libyan embassy and register for a visa. In terms of living costs, one person needs around $1,662 in monthly expenses with monthly renting prices ranging between $707 to $1,084.