Mali, located in West Africa, is the continent’s 8th largest country. Its higher education system is centered around two public universities, the University of Bamako, located in the capital, and the University of Timbuktu. The latter is one of the world’s oldest universities, dating back to the 15th century. About 60000 students are currently enrolled in one of these facilities.
Since Mali used to be a French colony, French influence is quite prevalent in many aspects of the country. Similarly, to French teenagers, high school students in Mali take the Baccalaureat, the school leaving exam of the country before progressing to tertiary education. After, they and others wishing to study in the country can take part in university education based on the Bologna system, progressing from Bachelor, through master’s and culminating in a PhD. More information about the country’s educational system can be found at http://www.education.gouv.ml/index.aspx, the official government site.
Public tertiary education in the country is free for citizens, barring administrative fees and other associated, small costs of enrolment. For international students, fees are generally between 500$ and 700$.
Information for international students
Cost of living in Mali is relatively inexpensive. The biggest cost is housing, a one bedroom flat in a nice area of either Bamako or Timbuktu can cost up to 600$ but can usually be found for much 400-500$. The price of food and other items is very low, a person’s daily budget can be as low as 5$ and still be able to afford a rather nice lifestyle.