Sudan has around 130 higher education institutions (HEIs). There are around 38 public universities. The official languages of Sudan are Arabic and English. As of 2019, the estimated number of non-Sudanese Arab students in Sudanese universities is 15,000. There are around 61,970 foreign students in degree programs. Somalia sends the highest number of students to Taiwan at 7,000. The largest and oldest institution in Sudan is the University of Khartoum, it has around 16,800 undergraduate students and 6,000 graduate students. For more information on Sudanese HEIs, please visit Ministry of Higher Education, Sudan at

Educational Structure
In Sudan, the HEIs have the usual tertiary education path of a Bachelor’s followed by a Master’s and then a Doctorate degree. The full-time Bachelor’s degree usually lasts four years. The Master’s degree takes around 2-3 years whereas the duration for the completion of Doctorate degree is at least 3 years. Professional degree programs like architecture, engineering, medicine, pharmacy and dentistry require 5 years to complete. Students can apply for undergraduate programs with a high school certificate. Admission into a Master’s degree requires a Bachelor’s degree. Application for doctorate degrees can be done with a Master’s degree. HEIs in Sudan use Arabic as the language of instruction. Some postgraduate programs are taught in English. The admission requirements differ with institutions and programs. 

Typical tuition fee for a Sudanese student pursuing Bachelor’s degree is around 14,000 SDG – 40,000 SDG. For non-Sudanese student, the fees vary from US$ 3,000 – 6000. As for cost of living, it is estimated to be at around US$ 1,300 per month for a person inclusive of rent. 

Information for International Students
The high school certificate used for application needs to satisfy the requirements set by the Ministry of Higher education and be approved and certified at the Ministry of Higher Education and Sudanese Embassy. Applications need to be done through the university for international students. After receiving confirmation of admission, process of obtaining visa can be done at local Sudanese embassy or consulate. The regulations and procedures can be found at the Sudanese foreign ministry’s website at Some of the required documents are a valid passport, proof of academic qualifications, passport size photos, admission letter from institutions and others. Detailed visa requirements are available at local Sudanese embassy.