Rwanda is an amazing country to consider when listing out places one would want to study in Africa. In this article, you would see the reasons why Rwanda is a unique choice. But, before we go further, let’s take a glance at Rwanda.
This landlocked country with Kigali as its capital is bordered by Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is a small country, in fact, it is one of the smallest countries on the African mainland.
Rwanda has one major cultural and linguistic group – the Banyarwanda which is divided into three other subgroups – the Hutu, Tutsi, and Twa. The country’s population is young and predominantly rural and uses the Rwanda Franc (RWF) as its official currency.
The official languages in Rwanda are English, French, Kinyarwanda, and Swahili, although, the country uses Kinyarwanda for primary education (for primary 1 – 3 classes) and English for primary 4 to the tertiary level. French and Swahili are also taught as an elective subject at primary and secondary levels.
Rwanda educational system is similar to Nigeria’s educational system which is a 6-3-3-4 system:
- Primary School – 6 years
- Junior Secondary School – 3 years
- Senior Secondary School – 3 years
- Tertiary Education (University Bachelor’s degree) – 4 years
The tertiary institutions in Rwanda enroll over 44,000 students for undergraduate, graduate, certificate, and diploma programmes in academic and professional fields.
Why You Should Study in Rwanda?
1. Friendly culture and amazing locals: As an international student, Rwanda has a welcoming, rich and friendly culture to foreigners. The three main cultural groups are the Hutu, Tutsi, and the Twa.
Music and dance are very essential in Rwandan ceremonies, celebrations, social gatherings, and storytelling. Rwandans are also known to be very accommodating and friendly to foreigners.
2. Beautiful Landscape to Explore and Abundant Recreational Facilities and Spots: In Rwanda, there are a lot of beautiful, serene, amazing, and ‘mouth-opening’ places to explore, have fun, and relax after a stressful lecture day.
Rwanda is home to some of the world’s most beautiful national parks, one of which is the Volcanoes National Park.
3. Wide Varieties and Internationally Recognized Courses: Aspiring students who intend to study in Rwanda would have a lot of courses to make a pick from. Courses offered in Rwandan tertiary institutions have gained a lot of international recognition over the years.
4. Political Stability: Unlike other African countries, Rwanda has a stable political system that would not affect its educational sector.
5. Safe and Creative Environment: Rwanda has one of the safest environments in Africa. Students also have the opportunity of expanding their horizons and realizing their potential.
6. Use of English for Learning: Learning is done in the English language.
7. Standard and Quality Educational System: Rwanda is known to maintain a standard educational system with well-trained, competent, and qualified teachers. The standards of learning in Rwanda has international recognition.
8. Easy Visa Application: Unlike advance and developed countries, getting visas mostly for educational purposes is quite easy in Rwanda.
9. Affordable Tuition: The cost of education in Rwanda is quite affordable. For example, the tuition for an undergraduate degree at the University of Rwanda for an international student is $2,150, while for a postgraduate student is $3,500.