Sierra Leone

Higher education institutions in Sierra Leone include universities, teacher training colleges, polytechnics, and Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutes. The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) is the main regulatory body in charge of the monitoring and accreditation of private and public and private universities. For more information, please visit

Educational Structure
Universities offer English-taught Bachelor’s programmes that usually last 4 years and Master’s programmes that typically last 2 years. Students apply directly to each university. Admission to undergraduate programmes generally requires a specific number of credits from the General Certificate Examination (GCE) ’O’ Level or West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). Faculties or departments might also have their own specific grade requirements. A Bachelor’s degree is needed to apply for a Master’s programme.

Tuition fees vary for each university and programme. Bachelor’s programmes can cost 1,700,00 to 3,600,000 leones per year while Master’s programmes fees can range from 7,000,00 to 9,000,000 leones per year.

Information for International Students
International students require a visa to study in Sierra Leone. Results from an English test such as IELTS or TOEFL might also be required of students whose first language is not English.