There are 77 higher education institutions in Somalia. 10.2% of students are enrolled in Mogadishu University, 7.8% at the University of Somalia, and 7.6% at the Amoud University. Over 56% of students are enrolled in eight universities. Though most universities, while public, depend tuition from students. Higher education institutions in Somalia range from universities, to polytechnic schools, to teacher colleges and vocational schools. Universities offer a range of courses across all subjects. Polytechnic, teacher colleges, and vocational schools offer a few degrees in a specialized field such as education or engineering. For more information, please refer to the official government website: http://moesomalia.net/ .
The higher education system in Somali follows the traditional path of a Bachelors, followed by a Masters, and then a Doctorate. Bachelor programs at vocational schools take between three to four years to complete. Bachelor programs at universities take four years whereas Masters degrees take two years to complete. Doctoral programs take three to five years to complete.
There is no centralized system for administration in Somalia, meaning that students are required to apply to their desired university directly. Prospective Bachelors students are required to have completed a secondary school certificate in order to be accepted. Students may also be accepted based on an entrance exam. Foreign secondary school certificates may also be accepted. For instance, the International Baccalaureate and Swiss Maturity are accepted.
All students are required to pay tuition fees, though fees at public higher education institutions are lower. Private higher education institutions charge tuition fees for both local and international students.
Information for International Students
International students are required to obtain a visa; however requirements differ depending on the country. Therefore, students are advised to contact their local embassies to acquire more information. Students are also required to acquire their own medical insurance. The official language of instruction is Somali, therefore international students may be required to pass a language test.