In Zambia, the Ministry of Higher Education oversees university and vocational, training, science, technology and innovation and is headed by the Minister of Higher Education. All information on tertiary education can be found on the official website for higher education in Zambia here. Higher education institutions in Zambia are classified as either Public Higher Institutions (HEIs), Private Higher Institutions or Public Tevet Institutions. There are seven (7) public higher institutions in Zambia. Information on these institutions can be found here. The University of Zambia Lusaka was the first higher education institution in Zambia and was established in 1966.
There are fifty-five (55) registered Private Higher Institutions in Zambia and details of these institutions can be found here. Further, there are 26 public Tevet institutions, more details on these institution can be found here. These Tevet training institutions specialise in technical, vocational and entrepreneurship training offering programs of up to 3 years, and Trades Training Institutes offering programs of up to 2 years) affiliated with both the Ministry of Higher Education and the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Vocational Training (MSTVT).
At the university level, degree programmes can be completed on an average of four years and Bachelor’s degree awarded to students after completion of their study. Clinical Master’s degree programmes (medicine and veterinary) are offered on a part-time basis with the minimum study period of four years and a maximum of eight years. Full-time postgraduate diplomas are awarded after a two-year study period. Full-time Master’s degree programmes can be completed in four semesters while part-time master’s degree programmes can be completed in six semesters. Doctoral programmes require a minimum of three years for full-time studies and six years for part-time studies. English language is the medium of instruction and examination in all higher institutions in Zambia. As at 2010, universities in Zambia had a total enrolment of 24,425 students.
For entry requirements at most universities in Zambia, students wishing to study undergraduate courses are required to have a General Certificate of Education (GCE) or a Zambian School Certificate with a minimum of five (5) subjects, including English, with level Pass. A Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited University in a subject or subjects relevant to the course applied for is the entry requirement for a Master’s degree course and a PhD degree programme requires applicants to be holders of Master’s degree in a relevant field of study. For international Students, there is a language requirement for admission into universities. International students are expected to be proficient in English Language and where this is not the case, international students can take English language courses at the university.
For international students, in the University of Zambia for instance, fees are waived for exchange students while other international students are required to pay K46,694.00 (£2,565) per year for Art courses at undergraduate levels (science and medical courses have higher tuition fees). The average tuition fees for Zambian students for Art courses at undergraduate level per year is K23,462.00 (£1,289), K14,674.00 (£861) for Master’s degree courses and K15,822.00 (£869) for Doctor of Philosophy programmes.