Higher education institutions in Senegal consist of public and private universities. The Ministry of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation is the government authority responsible for the country’s higher education. Senegal has the most foreign students among the French-speaking areas in Africa, with Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD) in Dakar being the highest ranked French language university in Africa. For more information, please visit the Ministry website at

Educational Structure
Senegal’s education system follows the path of a Bachelor’s (Diplome/Licence), Master’s, then Doctorate degree. Bachelor’s is typically 2 to 3 years, Master’s is 1 to 2 years, and Doctorate is 2 years. University education is taught in French. 

Students must apply directly to the institution and meet the academic requirements set. Most universities will request for baccalaureate transcripts. Applicants for medicine programmes must be at least 18 years old, and at least 22 years old for dentistry and pharmacy programmes. 

Students must register at the institution once their admission has been confirmed. Registration fees are around 150,000 CFA for universities and 300,000 for postgraduate schools. 

Information for International Students
International students planning to study in Senegal should contact universities as soon as possible to gain admission and must obtain a visa.