International Students

Our Mandate

The Office of Alumni, Internationalisation & Church Relations is tasked with supporting the academic and personal success of international students. Its mandate includes assisting with admissions, providing orientation programs, offering immigration support, guiding academic advising, assisting with housing, providing language support, addressing cultural adjustment, and promoting overall health and wellness. The ISO aims to create a supportive environment that helps international students integrate into the university community and succeed in their academic endeavors.

Goal 1

Advising international students on Zimbabwean immigration laws and on matters of personal and cultural adjustment.

Goal 2

Helping, developing and implementing programs designed to enhance the overall experience of Africa University’s international students.

Goal 3

Playing an active role in the integration of the culturally diverse community of Africa University and promoting the spirit of Ubuntu and Pan- Africanism.

Are you applying as an
International Student?

Here are some quick guidelines on what you need to study at Africa
University in a few steps.

Entry Requirements

The information provided here is only a guideline and is not exhaustive. Should your country information not appear on this page, please contact the Africa University Admissions Office for more guidance as to whether the qualifications you possess are sufficient for your course of study.

A Secondary School Leaving Certificate is sufficient with an Overall Average of 10 marks or better. For programmes which require competence in secondary education Mathematics  an average of 10 marks or better at  Grade 12 satisfies the Mathematical requirement.

Zambia School Certificate

This is acceptable at grades 1–6 in lieu of GCSE on a subject for subject basis however it would need to be supplemented by a bridging course.

Grade Description
1-2 distinction
3-4 merit
5-6 credit/ minimum acceptable performance level formerly required for a GCE O level pass
7-8 satisfactory
9 Unsatisfactory

Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE)

This is acceptable at grades 1–6 in lieu of GCSE on a subject for subject basis.

Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE)

This certificate is acceptable at grades A–E in lieu of GCE A level on a subject for subject basis.

Grade Description
1-2 distinction
3-6 credit/ minimum acceptable pass
7-8 pass
9 fail


  1. A–E pass
  2. F fail

Sudan School Certificate (SSC)

This is acceptable at 50% or better in lieu of GCSE on a subject for subject basis (except English language). You would need to supplement this with a bridging course.

Grade Percentages
A 100-80
B 79-70
C 69-60
D 59-50
F 49-0

You are required to have attained at an average grade between 4 and 7 to be considered for a program at Africa University.

Grade Percentages
7 100-80
6 79-70
5 69-60
4 59-50
3 49-40
2 39-30
1 29-0

You must have acquired a Secondary Education Advanced Level Examination Certificate with grades C or better.
Percentages Grade Description
85 – 100 11 A excellent
80-84 10 A-
75 – 79 9B+ very good
70 – 74 8B
65 – 69 7B-
60 – 64 6C+ merit
55 – 59 5C
50 – 54 4C-
40 – 49 3, 2 D+, D pass
0-39 1, 2 F fail

Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE)

These are acceptable at grades 1–6 in lieu of GCSE (grades A, B, C) on a subject for subject basis. Depending on your course of study you may be required to take a bridging course before proceeding for your degree program.

Grades Description
1-2 A distinction
3-4 B credit
5-6 C credit
7 D ordinary pass
8 E ordinary pass
9 F fail

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)

You are required to have attained a pass of C or above per subject to be considered for admission.

West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE)

If you are from this region, to gain entry to Africa University you are required to have a grade “good” or better.

Grades Description
A1 excellent
A2 very good
B3 good
C4-6 credit| minimum acceptable pass
D7 pass
E8 pass
F9 Fail

Ethiopian General Education Certificate Examination (EGSLCE)

This is considered to be below GCSE standard. You will be required to take a bridging course with Africa University if this is your only school leaving certificate. You will need to have achieved a grade “Satisfactory” or better

Grade Symbol Percentages Description
A 100-90 excellent
B 89-80 very good
C 79-60 satisfactory
D 59-50 avarage
E below 50 fail


Ethiopian Higher Education Entrance Examination (EHEEE)

This is sufficient to proceed to your degree program provided you have achieved a grade “Good” or better. Please note that depending on the course you have selected you may need to take a bridging course before you proceed for your degree program.

Grades Description
301-400 excellent
251-300 very good
201-250 good
101-200 satisfactory
0-100 poor

You are required to have completed the Diplôme d’Etat d’Etudes Secondaires du Cycle Long with a grade C or above (including Mathematics)

This is acceptable as group qualification satisfying general entrance requirements provided that an overall grade of at least ‘Bien’ has been achieved.

Cameroon GCE Ordinary Level Acceptable at grade C or better in lieu of GCSE on a subject for subject basis.

Cameroon GCE Advanced Level Acceptable at grades A–E in lieu of GCE A level on a subject for subject basis.

Grades Description
20-18 excellent (excellent)
17-16 très bien (very good)
15-14 bien (good)
13-12 assez bien (fair)
11-10 passable/moyen (pass)
9-0 insuffisant (fail)


Cameroon GCE Ordinary level A–C (pass), D–F (fail)

Cameroon GCE Advanced level A–E (pass), F (fail)

BGCSE/IGCSE (Grade C or better in at least five subjects with English and Mathematics)

If this is the only school leaving certificate you possess, you will have to attend a two -year bridging course with Africa University before embarking on your program.

We accept two years at University of Botswana (part one of a degree course, e.g. BSC part one) as equivalent to A level for entry purposes – that is to say if you have done part one of a degree course at University of Botswana you may proceed straight to your degree program without the need to do the bridging course.

If you have Botswana A levels these are also acceptable.

A Secondary School Leaving Certificate is sufficiet with a C grade average. For mathematical courses a pass at grade 14 or above in your final year of schooling satisfies the Mathematical requirement in the College of Business, Peace, Leadership and Governance.

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English Language Requirements

Africa University is a multilingual campus community; however, all lectures and tools for assessment are in English. Students from the following countries who have achieved a grade C or better (or its equivalent in their home countries) do not need to take any English proficiency tests or produce IELTS/TOEFEL certificates to be accepted for their chosen degree programs as English is a common medium of communication and instruction in their regions

Those from predominantly French, Portuguese, Arab, Swahili and other languages native to their regions are required to enroll for the one-year Intensive English course at Africa University that teaches English for communication and academic purposes. Some of these countries include:

Already took an English course elsewhere?

If you have taken an English course elsewhere, you will need to produce a certificate proving your proficiency/level of understanding of English or you may be given a short examination by the University to assess your ability to speak, understand and use English.

Visa Requirements

All international students intending to study at Africa University regardless of nationality are required by law to apply for a study permit before travelling to Zimbabwe to take up their studies. All study permits should be applied for while you are in your country of residence and you can only then proceed to travel to Zimbabwe once you have been granted a pre-clearance certificate or a study permit. To begin your application, please scan the following documents to the International Students Advisor (ISA) and copy the Dean of Students Affairs

  • Residence Application Form (Filled in and then certified by a Commissioner of Oaths - download here)
  • Immigration Declaration Form (Filled in and Complete- download here) Statutory Fee of USD 200 (Deposited into the University Account with a scanned copy of the deposit slip emailed to the ISA along with your other documents).
  • Bio metric data page of your passport (Passport to be submitted to the ISA upon arrival in Zimbabwe).
  • X-Ray Report (Filled in and Complete- download here) (Original to be submitted to the ISA once in Zimbabwe) JPEG format attachment of Passport Size Photograph
  • Police Clearance Report (Original to be submitted to the ISA once in Zimbabwe)

If you are a student coming to Zimbabwe with dependents, this classification referring to a wife, husband, or a child, you are required to apply for a dependent permit which is separate from the study permit.
To apply you will need to provide to the International Students Advisor:

  • Two photocopies of the biometric data page of the dependent’s passport and Identity Card (if they have one).
  • A letter written by the applicant or on the applicant’s behalf addressed to the Principal Immigration Director of Zimbabwe clearly expressing the desire to apply for the dependant permit and a request for consideration.
  • $300 dependent permit fee (Charged per dependent)

International Student Support

The Office of Alumni, Internationalisation & Church Relations Office plays a crucial role in creating a supportive and inclusive environment for international students, aiming to enhance their overall university experience and success.

Financial Assistance
Vacation Relief Programme

Other support services

Spiritual Life
Student Health
Sports and Recreation
Career Services
Acacia Bucketlist
Clubs and Communities

How do these services support international students?
  • Cultural Adjustment Support: Offering resources, workshops, and counseling services to help international students adapt to the new cultural and academic environment. Addressing challenges related to language barriers, homesickness, and cultural differences.
  • Academic Advising: Providing academic guidance and support to help international students navigate the academic system, choose appropriate courses, and address any academic challenges they may encounter.
  • Housing Assistance: Assisting international students in finding suitable housing options, whether on-campus or off-campus. Providing information on accommodation facilities, leases, and connecting students with relevant housing resources.
  • Language Support: Offering language assistance programs, such as English as a Second Language (ESL) courses or language labs, to help improve language proficiency and academic communication skills.
  • Health and Wellness Services: Providing information about healthcare options, facilitating access to medical services, and addressing the health and well-being concerns of international students.
  • Cultural and Social Integration: Organizing events, workshops, and cultural exchange programs to promote interaction and understanding among international and domestic students. Fostering a sense of community and belonging.
  • Employment and Career Services: Offering guidance on international students' employment options, including on-campus work regulations, internships, and post-graduation employment opportunities. Providing support for career development.
  • Legal Compliance: Ensuring that international students are aware of and comply with local laws and regulations. Offering guidance on matters such as work permits, extensions of stay, and other legal requirements.

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