Updated 2 years ago

Looking forward to continue your higher studies in Tunisia? Here are some useful tips to guide you through relating formalities.

If you are looking forward to continue your higher studies in a North African country, you might turn to Tunisia. Thanks to its particularly charming environment, modern infrastructure, as well as its pleasant climate and hospitable population, the country attracts thousands of foreign students every year. Indeed, according to official statistics, the university year 2014-2015 has marked a record of around 8,000 enrollments in private higher education. So if you wish to move there, take the time to inquire on relating formalities and conditions.


Besides its pleasant climate and its warm population, Tunisia offers various advantages to foreign students wishing to move there:

  • a more affordable cost of living compared to many European countries for instance
  • a modern and comfortable lifestyle
  • a multicultural and multilingual environment
  • dynamic and very promising universities
  • a tradition of excellence (some 80,000 students graduate every year from Tunisian universities)
  • diplomas delivered are recognized worldwide
  • proximity with Europe.


Tunisia has signed conventions with several friendly countries so as to allow foreign students enroll in its universities, whether at the 1st, 2nd or 3rd level. In general, enrollments, except in the case of local students, depends on the Direction Générale de la Coopération Internationale. As regards registration in State Universities, candidates have to seek the assistance of their university's international cooperation bureau.


First of all, you are required to pre register in the university of your choice by filling the form provided in the university's brochure or on its website. You are also required to settle the fees applied.

You then have to produce the following documents:

  • an extract of your birth certificate (issued less than 3 months ago and translated into French)
  • a certified copy of your titles or diploma allowing you to apply for the selected program (you may also produce a certified copy of your past years' result slips)
  • proof of payment of the first installment or of any scholarship received.

You will then receive:

  • proof of registration
  • proof of payment of fees
  • a visa application form if it applies.

If you come from a country whose nationals have to apply to a visa to move to Tunisia, you will have to produce the following:

  • 2 passport-size identity photos
  • copies of your passport's first 3 pages
  • a copy of your pre registration certificate issued by the university
  • 3 duly filled and signed application forms
  • proof of sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in the country (whether a scholarship or any other type of financial support).

 Good to know:

Nationals of the Maghreb region, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria and Senegal do not require a visa to move to Tunisia.

On your arrival

Once you have obtained your visa, you can proceed with university enrollment at the university's education service by producing the following documents:

  • a duly filled and signed registration form (provided on the spot)
  • 2 copies of your national identity card or passport
  • 2 passport-size identity photos with your name written at the back
  • 2 extracts of your birth certificate
  • 2 certified copies of your baccalaureate or any other equivalent diploma
  • 2 certified copies of your result slips for regarding your baccalaureate or any other equivalent diploma
  • 2 certified copies of university result slips for each year in the case of students having completed one or more years of studies
  • 3 copies of diplomas and result slips for each completed year in the case of Masters students.

Once this final step has been accomplished, you will received original registration certificates along with a payment receipt. You can then apply for a resident permit which will allow you to receive a student card.


In general, university fees vary according to the selected study program and the level of studies. The official fees chart for the Tunis Open University is available here: www.ult-tunisie.com (document in French). You are hence advised to inquire about relating fees directly with your university. Note, however, that the 1st installment has to be paid before the beginning of the university year, the 2nd installment has to be settled before the 31st December of the current year and the 3rd installment has to be paid at the latest on the 31st March of the current year.

 Useful links:

Expat.com – Study in Tunisia Forum 
Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research www.mes.tn
Tunisian Agency for Technical Cooperation www.tunisie-competences.nat.tn
Tunis Open University www.ult-tunisie.com
Directory of Higher Education Institutions in Tunisia www.fsegs.rnu.tn

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