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Do you wish to study in Senegal? Here is some information on conditions and formalities to be met.

Foreigners wishing to study in Senegal have nothing to worry about. Senegal is one of Africa's most advanced countries in terms of higher education. The education level is comparable to what is available in European and American countries. Moreover, diplomas delivered in Senegal are equivalent to those delivered in many other countries.

Higher education system

Senegal hosts many universities, namely in Dakar, St Louis, Thies and Ziguinchor Bambey, as well as many private and graduate training schools. Note that foreigners wishing to register in one of these universities do not have to take part in any entry examination, unlike locals, but within the delay imposed and availability of seats, except in the case of 3rd grad. In fact, you will be admissible upon the presentation of required documents.

Admission

The admission application has to be made at the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar and Gaston Berger in Saint-Louis. Note that the university administration will request a transcript of your baccalaureate results. The latter will also proceed with the examination of your request once you have submitted all related documents, so as to determine if whether you are admissible or not.

Registration

If your admission has been confirmed, you will have to register in person at the Senegalese university you have chosen. This step is mandatory. The registration file then has to be submitted to the selected university's Education Rectory Service before the 30th of September of the registration year. Make sure to have completed related procedures before the deadline. Note that registration starts as at the 1st of August of each year for a semester starting as at the 1st of October. Registration is required each year for every student.

Documents to be produced are the following:

  • the original of your bachelor's degree or a recognized equivalent
  • a handwritten application addressed to the Rector, specifying the option chosen
  • a certified photocopy of your results transcripts (up to Baccalaureate)
  • a certified photocopy of the Bachelor certificate
  • an original birth certificate (issued less than 3 months earlier)
  • a nationality certificate
  • a cover letter from your Embassy or Consulate.

 Important:

Candidates wishing to study medical specialties such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy have to be 18 years old at the most and less than 22 years old in the case of pharmacy or dental surgery studies. They should also have scored an average in mathematics, natural sciences and physical sciences and be among the best students ranked after the intake capacity selection.

Visa

Senegal has signed a reciprocal agreement with countries where its nationals are not required to obtain a visa. Unless you come from one of these countries, you will have to produce a passport, as well as a biometric visa

Accommodation

If you are looking for student accommodation, you can opt for the housing units provided by some public and private universities and other educational institutions. Rent generally costs some CFA 250,000. For instance, the University of St. Louis has a CROUS, while others provide COUD.

 Good to know:

Candidates at the École Supérieure Polytechnique can apply directly at the institution's education service. University fees are settled at the Accountant's office. A receipt is issued in exchange. Note that registration fees amount to CFA 150,000 for this institution, against CFA 300,000 for national schools and other academic institutions.

 Useful links:

Expat.com - Senegal Study Forum 
Ministry of Higher Education and Research www.mesr.gouv.sn
CIEE www.ciee.org
Study Abroad studyabroad.sit.edu

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