Rwanda is developing its tertiary education system at a high pace. There are 2 public institutions and 29 private institutions of higher education in the whole country. They are overseen by Higher Education Council which supports the transformation of Rwandan higher education system into one that is more internationally credible. Rwanda’s tertiary institutions enroll over 44,000 students in undergraduate, graduate, certificate, and diploma programs in a full range of academic and professional fields. The number of international degree-seeking students in Rwanda quadrupled from 778 students in 2015 to 3,052 in 2018. Most international students are from other East African countries; more than two-thirds come from neighboring DRC, Burundi and Uganda. For more information regarding the higher education system in Rwanda visit this website: http://hec.gov.rw/.
Rwandan system of tertiary education follows the standardized structure – Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and PhD. The length of Bachelor’s degree is usually 3 to 4 years, Master’s degree is 1 to 2 years while a PhD program requires at least 3 years of research. Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery and Bachelor of Dental Surgery last for 5 years while a graduate medical course takes 4 additional years of training. Most of the courses require a proof of English proficiency and are conducted in English language. Admission into university programs requires at least the Advanced General Certificate of Secondary Education with two passes in principal subjects plus demonstrated competency in English (the Advanced Certificate of Technical Secondary Education may also be accepted). Beyond that, requirements vary by institution and program. Admission to UR requires applicants to have passing scores on the general paper and two or more principal passes in major-related subjects with a total of 18 points for arts and social science programs, and 24 points for science, technology, and medical programs. All applicants must also pass an English language proficiency exam
For University of Rwanda, which is the only public university in the country, the tuition fees for Bachelor’s degrees vary from 520,000 FRw (around 510 Euros) to 2,000,000 FRw (around 2,000 Euros) for the whole course, while for Master’s degrees it varies from 420,000 FRw (around 410 Euros) to 1,020,000 (around 1,000 Euros) FRw per semester with the most expensive being the medical programs. The tuition fees are the same for both domestic and international students.
Information for International Students
Rwanda is one of the fastest growing economies in Africa over the last few years. What follows is that its higher education system is being developed and modernized. According to Numbeo, the costs of renting a one bedroom apartment varies from 143,000 FRw (140 Euros) outside of city centre to 378,000 FRw (370 Euros) in city centre per month. An average meal costs 1,500 FRw (1.50 Euros) while a loaf of bread costs around 950 FRw (0.94 Euros).