Makerere University welcomes International students who satisfy the minimum entry requirement which include:
* At least an "O" level Certificate or and equivalent qualification (secured at the same sitting) and
* At least two principle passes at "A" level or an equivalent qualification (secured at the same sititing)
Applicants should note that to be eligible for admission, the last examination must have been sat during the year in which admission is being sought or not more than two years previously.
At its discretion and on the advise of the Academic Unit concerned, the University may consider for admission to a degree Programme a candidate with only "O" Level qualifications provided that he/she has been registered at another University (prior to applying), for a Degree Programme and has successfully completed at least one year of University education. They must however submit the University transcript(s).
Please note that the requirements described above are only minimum academic requirements for admission into the University. There is no guarantee that fulfillment of them will automatically make one entitled to admission into the University. The possession of the minimum entry qualifications only makes one eligible for consideration for admission.
Established in 1922 as a humble technical school, Makerere University is one of the oldest and most prestigious Universities in Africa. In January of that year, the school, which was later renamed Uganda Technical College, opened its doors to 14 day students who began studying Carpentry, Building and Mechanics. The College soon began offering various other courses in Medical Care, Agriculture, Veterinary Sciences and Teacher Training. It expanded over the years to become a Center for Higher Education in East Africa in 1935. In 1937, the College started developing into an institution of higher education, offering post-school certificate courses. In 1949, it became a University College affiliated to the University College of London. In 1963 it became the University of East Africa, offering courses leading to general degrees of the University of London.
With the establishment of the University of East Africa on 29th June 1963, the special relationship with the University of London came to a close and degrees of the University of East Africa were instituted. On July 1, 1970, Makerere became an independent national university of the Republic of Uganda, offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses leading to its own awards.
How it looks todayToday Makerere University has twenty-two faculties/institutes/schools offering not only day but also evening and external study programmes to a student body of about 30,000 undergraduates and 3,000 postgraduates (both Ugandan and foreign). It is also a very active centre for research.