Admission Process Overrview
rIn Kenya both private and public universities have got almost the same requirements that is; a minimum grade of C+ of 66 points on a KCSE having passed also in both English and mathematics.
For any student to be admitted into Kenyan university, one has to attain the grade required by Joint Admission Board [JAB] in Kenya, however, grades might vary as per the university offering the chosen course.
The 8-4-4 system was adopted in Kenya a few decades ago and up-to-date the system is still functional. In a few years back it was evident that only few student were able to join the university but since then things have changed and every student in Kenya is qualified to the university level with almost 70% admissions to both private and public university within Kenya at every given year.
rrFor one to be considered in any university in Kenya, you have to fall under any of the following three categories:r
- rrrThe JAB [Joint Admission Board in Kenya] admitted student.r
For a student to be admitted through JAB, he/she has to attain the grade required by the Joint Admission Board in Kenya where the grades varies in accordance to students performance in a particular year as well as how much the public universities can accommodate on that given year.
- Those learning through the parallel degree program in Kenya.
To be accepted to do a parallel degree program, here one has to attain a minimum grade of c+ on a KCSE exam and must pass in mathematics and English. Most Kenyan universities may require a grade of C in the mentioned subjects where some consider a pass mark of C+ and at least C+ on one of the sciences.
Also,r take note that some courses in Kenya might require a higher grade than the mentioned ones. For example, a student has to attain a min grade of B+ in order to pursue a degree course in medicine in the University of Nairobi.
Studying in Private University in Kenya
The requirement here is almost the same with the above-mentioned categories. However, at a private university, a chance is given to bridge the failed subjects during the KCSE exam. Although the minimum grade required here is also C+, it is all about money to be sincere considering that private universities are expensive due to their features and also requirements standards.
It is recommended that before you choose a degree to pursue in Kenyan university to first check on the requirements in the particular university offering the course in Kenya. This information can found from the respective university website, catalogues or on the daily newspapers in Kenya.
Whether a student is a self or government-sponsored, the different disciplines opted for will depend on one’s subject clusters. The cluster subjects mean those subjects one has to pursue in high school in order to pursue a certain program or course in a particular university.
For example; in the case of medicine course, one must have taken the three compulsory subjects i.e English, Kiswahili, and Mathematics, all the three sciences, and two other subjects. An engineering course and other related courses consider a subject of physics a must in order to pursue in the career. So always check on cluster subjects before dealing with the cut of points.
Another important point to consider before starting the process of admission is one own interest in the field of specification. Many students fall in trap of ending being unhappy with the career due to influence from maybe the family, friends and teachers. So a student should consider a career that will lead him/her closer to his/her interests.
After matching your grades with the requirements of your chosen course in the respective university then go on with the process of application. The process starts by filling out the application form after collecting it from the university or downloading from the university website. A non-refundable fee may be required which range from ksh.2500 to ksh.5000 depending on your university of choice.
If your application has been accepted, you get informed on the day of admission to the university in Kenya which usually takes no too long.
For international students the process is almost the same however there are few things to consider before starting the process. You should note that Kenyan universities recognize the London GCE, ‘A’ level qualifications or their equivalents; International Baccalaureate, any final secondary or high school examination approved by the Kenya National Examination Council [KNEC] or any international recognized examination body.
Kenya’s admission cycle runs on January, May and September of every year. The guidelines for any international student wishing to have his/her academic certificate equated by the Kenya National Examination Council [KNEC] may visit the KNEC website: knec.ac.ke.
The law requires all foreign/international students admitted to any university in Kenya to acquire pupils pass from the Department of Immigration and should not take up studies before owning the document. The fees to be paid by international students varies depending on the degree program from each university and is payable in US dollars.
Tough measures have also been imposed in Kenya since the year of 2018 for international students getting into the country. The rules were amended to curb incidents of foreigners engaging in criminal conduct in Kenya, including trafficking in drugs, fraud, rape, and robberies.
Interrnational Students in Kenya
Every year Kenya takes in many international students ranging from 4,000-5,000 mainly in private institutions where large numbers are from the eastern African region. Hence for an international student looking forward learning in Kenya must prepare the following documents alongside academic papers; certificate of “good conduct” indicating that they have not been involved in criminal activities such as assault, fraud, drug peddling or any kind of abuse, police clearance certificate, passport and relevant letters from sponsors paying their fees.
Finally, since Kenya is a multilingual country: the Bantu Swahili language and English, the latter being inherited from colonial rule are widely spoken as lingua franca. The two languages serves as official working languages where Swahili speakers are more than English speakers.
In this case, students from international countries may be asked to present internationally recognized English language qualifications such as IELTS. In the process of admission, the Kenyan certificate of secondary education [KCSE], English at grade B or GCSE/IGCSE at grade C or above are also accepted in place of IELTS or equivalent.