Why study a Bachelor or Master in Uganda

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About Uganda


Uganda is a country in Africa that is one of the few ones praised by the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the international financial community for its economic policies and currency reform. This makes it a great study destination, especially for students who want to study economics. 


Another fun fact is that the  country is unofficially named the Matooke republic. When you study in Uganda, the most common food you will hear locals talk about is Matooke. This is a great sense of pride for locals. 


Read on to learn more about what it’s like to study in Uganda and what the process is to apply for universities there. 


The official languages spoken in Uganda are English and Swahili. 


The official currency used in Uganda is the Ugandan shilling. The Ugandan shilling is equal to 0.00028 United States Dollar. 

Geographical information

Uganda is a country stuck in the middle of lands, lying 800 kilometers from the Indian Ocean. Uganda’s geography is made up of volcanic hills, mountains, and lakes. The country is an average of 900 meters above sea level. The eastern and western sides of Uganda have mountain ranges. 


In Uganda, Christianity is the faith that most people follow, with over 84 per cent of the nation identifying as Christians. The next biggest sector of the population is Muslims, with 14 per cent of people adhering to the religion.

Political stance

Politically, Uganda is considered a presidential republic. In this republic, the President of Uganda is the head of state and the prime minister is the head of the government. There is a multi-party system for the government, who also has executive power. .


Top touristic places to visit are Kampala, which was the head of the Buganda kingdom and is also the capital today. It has many interesting sights to visit from the Kasubi Tombs to the markets and more. Another place to visit is the  Kibale National Park, which is full of wild chimpanzee packs and other types of game that you can take a safari and explore. 


Famous Ugandan food include Luwombo, which is slow cooked chicken, goat or beef meat, cooked in banana leaves. Peanut sauce is also added to the dish. 

Study in Uganda

Why should you study in Uganda?

There are several reasons to study in Uganda:

  • Great city life
  • Love for academics
  • Best tourist attractions to visit
  • Cultural immersion 


How much does it cost?

In order to study in Uganda, it will cost you around 100 dollars per semester to pursue an undergraduate degree and 150 dollars per semester for a master’s degree. A PhD, however, is more expensive and will cost you around 1500 dollars per semester to study in Uganda. 


Living in Uganda


When it comes to accommodation, remting a one bedroom apartment in the city centre will cost you around 300 dollars a month, while renting one outside of the city centre will cost you about 140 dollars a month. There’s also the option to share the apartment with fellow students and share the costs between you. Some universities also offer accomodation, but you’ll have to check with the university you are applying to if they have any dorms associated with it. 

Other costs of living

Other costs of living to take into consideration are monthly transport passes which will cost you around 30 dollars a month, basic utilities which will cost you around 50 dollars a month and internet which will cost you around 70 dollars a month. 

Universities in Uganda

There are several top ranked universities in Uganda that are worth looking into if you want to study there. Read on to learn about the best universities there so you know exactly where to apply. 

Top-ranked universities

Here are some of the top universities in Uganda that international students apply to:

Makerere University

Founded in 1922, Makerere University is one of the oldest and most renowned Universities in Africa. It was originally a technical university, open for students who wanted to study Carpentry, Building and Mechanics but now has many degree programs for potential students. 

Kampala University

Kampala University is a private higher education institute, founded in the year 1999 by Badru Kateregga. It has the stunning lake Victoria in the background and offers a lot of degree programs and opportunities for international students. 


Mbarara University of Science and Technology

Mbarara University of Science and Technology is a university that specializes in offering the study of the sciences at a high level. It was founded in the year 1989 by the Uganda Government. It offers many degree programs to students in the fields of science and technology.

Student Visa - Uganda

If you want to study in Uganda, you’ll need to apply for a study visa. When applying for a study visa, you’ll need to hand some requirements in face to face and others you can submit online. Read on to learn more about this process. 

In person requirements 

The requirements you’ll need to hand in face to face are the following documents:

  • Certified copies of academic papers. These copies should be certificate by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Valid clearance from Interpol
  • Proof that you are able to pay your tuition fees
  • Letter of sponsorship with your ID number and bank statement of sponsor 
  • Admission letter from a Uganda University
  • Proof you have paid visa fees of 100 USD 
  • Copies of previous education diplomas and transcripts


Online requirements 

Here are the documents you’ll need to scan and submit online with your application: 

  • Recent passport size photo
  • Supporting letter from university
  • Copy of passport
  • Valid admission letter from university
  • Proof that you have paid 100 USD visa fee


How to apply - Uganda

When it comes to applying to universities in Uganda, you apply on the website of each program separately, as there is no centralized portal. You’ll need to hand in requirements to prove you are eligible to the programs. Read on to learn what the documents are that you need to hand in for undergraduate and postgraduate programs. 


Bachelor Program Requirements

Required documents when applying for a bachelor Program are as follows: 

  • Secondary/High School Certificate
  • Filled out online application form, signed
  • Health report
  • Secondary/ High school transcript with results 

Masters Program Requirements

When applying to a master’s program, you’ll need to hand in the following documents: 

  • Bachelor’s certificate
  • Undergraduate program academic transcripts
  • Passport or other valid travel document
  • Health report 

PhD Program Requirements

When applying for a PhD Program, you’ll need to hand in the following documents: 

  • Masters degree diploma
  • Bachelor’s degree diploma
  • Masters program transcripts
  • Bachelor’s program transcripts
  • International passport or valid travel document
  • CV and work samples
  • Health report
  • Further interview carried out by admissions board 

Scholarship in Uganda

When applying to study in Uganda, you might need financial aid to be able to finance your studies. Luckily, there are several good scholarships that you can apply to when you want to study there.


Here are some of the best scholarships to apply to: 

  • Makerere University International Fully-Funded PhD Scholarship: this scholarship offers a full funding for PhD students who want to study in Uganda. Any students who want to study their doctorate in Uganda are eligible for this scholarship. 
  • Good Shepherd foundation grants: this scholarship is offered for students who want to study any academic or vocational degree program at a university in Uganda so it’s worth looking into!
  •  African Sports Scholarship at International University of East Africa: this scholarship is a sports scholarship for students who have a talent in sports and want to study an undergraduate degree in Uganda. If this sounds like you, it’s worth applying to the scholarship to see if you can get some financial aid.