In Zimbabwe, the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education is responsible for overseeing education activities at tertiary education institutions. The University of Zimbabwe formerly known as the University College of Rhodesia and Nyasaland was the first tertiary institution in Zimbabwe and was established in 1957. All information on higher education can be found in the official website for the Ministry of Higher Education here.
Tertiary education in Zambia are offered at universities, teacher training colleges and technical and vocational college. Tertiary education institutions are further classified as public government-owned institutions and private education institutions managed by private individuals and organisations. In 2017, there were sixteen (16) universities in Zimbabwe.
Universities offer degree courses leading to awards of Bachelors, Master’s, diplomas and doctorate degrees. The duration of courses is dependent of the course of study but typically, full-time undergraduate students can obtain a Bachelor’s degree after four years of study. The duration for full-time postgraduate Master’s and Doctorate courses is one year and three years respectively. Teacher training colleges prepare students for teaching careers in primary and secondary education institutions. The duration of study is two years and upon completion, students are awarded a diploma in Education. There are fourteen (14) Teacher training colleges in Zimbabwe. Technical and Vocational colleges offer a variety of short and long term courses. Students are awarded diplomas upon completion. Polytechnic colleges typically award the Higher National Diploma upon completion of study however, some polytechnics also award a Bachelor of Technology degree to students.
All courses and degrees in higher education institutions in Zimbabwe are taught in English language. For entry requirements at most universities in Zimbabwe, students wishing to study undergraduate courses are required to have good A-levels results. The entry requirements for teacher training colleges are good passes at ‘O’ or ‘A’ level. 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 but also have the option of taking English language courses at the university.
The cost of tuition in higher institutions in Zimbabwe is dependent on the type of institution. Public universities usually charge lower tuition fees when compared to private universities. Local students at the University of Zimbabwe for instance pay an average tuition fee of US $600 (£460) per academic semester at undergraduate level while the cost of tuition for international students per academic semester is US $2,500 (£1921).
Information for International Students
International students are required to fill and submit an application form for their desired course of study available on the university’s website as an entry requirement. If admission into the university is granted, new international students join the buddy programme where local students assist new international students in getting familiar with the culture of the university and city. There are also arrangements are made for international students to secure accommodation in University students’ halls of residence.