Since the turn of the 21st century, Rwanda has slowly become one of the safest, least corruptible, and forward-thinking nations in Africa. It has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world as well as pioneering environmental policies that include a total ban on the production and use of plastic bags and a series of protective measures for its sweeping national parks. A lot of the progress that the country has made in recent years can be attributed to its Vision 2020 plan, a series of objectives set out in 2000 to transform Rwanda into “a knowledge-based, middle-income country” by 2020.
One of the stated aims of Vision 2020 was to make Rwanda an attractive place to do business – the success of which is evident in the fact that the country now ranks #29 in the World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index, the highest-ranked country in Africa by far. All of these factors mean that studying in Rwanda is an increasingly popular option for international students. Both tuition fees and living costs are extremely affordable within a global context, while increased investment in the country’s higher education sector is resulting in rapid improvements in teaching standards, facilities, and international prestige.
The cost of studying in Rwanda is generally very affordable compared to most countries. A Master in Rwanda can cost up to EUR€30,000 in tuition fees. As one of the least expensive countries in the world, the estimated monthly costs for an international student in Rwanda is around RWF440,000 (US$430).
If you are from an African country, you will be issued a visa, free of charge upon arrival in Rwanda. The duration of your visa can range from 90 days to six months depending on your country of origin. International students coming from outside Africa will need to apply for a visa at the Rwanda Embassy in their home country. Rwanda does not offer any specific student visa and you will need to apply for a travel visa instead. You will be issued a 90-day travel East Africa visa which you can renew in Rwanda. The cost of a visa depends on the country you are from. US citizens pay about US$100 for a visa. It is best to contact the Rwanda embassy in your country for more specific information.
Rwanda’s higher education sector is still developing, so you are unlikely to come across the country’s universities in global rankings. However, with rising domestic and foreign investment into both higher education and business, this situation is likely to change in the coming years.
In such a rapidly-expanding economy, graduates holding a Master are likely to find themselves at the front of the queue when it comes to employment opportunities. Working in Rwanda also provides graduates with an incredible opportunity to power the economic growth of an emerging country and continent.
Given its reputation as a safe and politically-stable nation with affordable study costs, more and more international students are now choosing to study in Rwanda. Continued investment into the higher education sector means that the international student market is expected to grow in the coming years.
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