There are four higher education institutions in Togo — the public University of Lome and University of Kara, and the private Catholic University of West Africa and the University of Science and Technology of Togo. Togo’s government has committed to develop quality secondary, vocational and higher education and to decrease the country’s illiteracy rate by 2025. The University of Lome is the country’s largest university and was founded in 1970 as the University of Benin. An estimated 40,000 students currently attend the university. The University of Kara is the country’s second university and opened in early 2004. An estimated 16,000 students currently attend the university. The private Catholic University of Togo is affiliated to the larger Catholic University of West Africa and opened in 2008. The University of Science and Technology and Togo is a private university based in Lome and was established in 2012. For further information please should consult the website of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research at https://edusup.gouv.tg.
The public universities offer Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD programmes in a variety of subjects. International students are advised to contact the university directly for further information. An American space was opened at the University of Kara in 2017 in collaboration with the US embassy and provides students with a language lab and a computer space to learn about and develop links with the US. The catholic university has two campuses and offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Lastly, the University of Science and Technology offers students a variety of Bachelor’s degrees, mostly in STEM disciplines. The language of instruction in Togo is French and international students will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in the language before being admitted to a university programme. The admission process for local students is based on school examination results,
Tuition fees in the country’s universities are relatively low. For example, at the University of Lome both international students and local residents can expect to pay about $1,000 in tuition fees per academic year. The government in Togo is able to fund only a small portion of university tuition fees, which has led to a drop in completion and enrolment levels in the country’s universities.
Information for International Students
International students may require a visa to study in Togo. Students are advised to contact the embassy or consulate of Togo in their home country for more information, but will likely need to provide their passport, a completed application form and two passport photographs. They may also be required to provide international certificates of vaccination. International students are not legally required to register with immigration authorities upon arrival in the country, however, they are advised to register with the embassy or consulate of their home country for security reasons. International students are advised to contact their institution of choice directly for further information.