Makere University in Uganda is the oldest university in East Africa as it was established in 1922. It remained the only publicly funded university in East Africa until 1950. There are approximately 220 higher education institutions in Uganda. These are comprised of universities, institutions such as teacher education colleges and polytechnics, and institutes. Universities offer a range of subjects across all fields, at all levels of education. Institutions offer specialized professional degrees for students who aim to go straight into work. Institutes are specialized and offer degrees in a specific field such as business, agriculture or law. For more information, please refer to the official government website:

Educational Structure 
The educational structure in Uganda follows the traditional path of a Bachelor’s, followed by a Master’s, and then a Doctorate. Bachelor’s degrees take three years to complete. However, medical and veterinary degrees take four years to complete. Master’s degrees take approximately two years to complete and doctoral degrees take three years. 

Prospective undergraduate students are required to have passed the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education which is also referred to as ‘A levels’. Students who receive a ‘High Pass’ on their examinations are considered first for their chosen degree. Foreign certificates such as the French Baccalaureate or the International Baccalaureate are also accepted. Master’s students are required to have a Bachelor’s degree when applying. Doctoral students are required to have a Master’s degree in a related field in order to be accepted. 

Ugandan nationals are not required to pay tuition fees at public universities, including for their accommodation. International students are required to pay 6’000$ a year. Doctoral students are required to pay between 5’000$ and 7’000$ excluding accommodation, travel and research equipment. 

Information for International Students 
There is accommodation on campus at certain universities which can be mixed between men and women or women-only. Most international European students will be required to get a vaccine for Yellow Fever which is mandatory upon arrival to Uganda. For more information, please refer to this international students guide: