Higher Education in Zimbabwe
An interesting note about Zimbabwe is that they have a 90%+ adult literacy rate. This places them among the very highest adult literacy rates on the continent. Although the rate rises and declines over time, it has, at times, placed as the very top country in Africa for adult literacy.
The country is notable for its high concentration of Christian colleges, including St. George's and Saint Ignatius, a full time boarding school with ties to the Saint Ignatius College in England.
The higher educational system in Zimbabwe is currently headed by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education. This government group, responsible for universities, polytechnics, and colleges, is headed by incumbent minister Stan Mudenge, and his deputy minister Lutho Tapela. The group oversees the National Council for Higher Education, the parastatal responsible for accreditation of Zimbabwean universities.
Zimbabwe tuition fees have historically been very low, although colleges and universities have suffered sharp tuition spikes in the past, with a single uniform costing more than USD $200 in some instances and government enforced raises in fees, with schools reluctant to raise tuition in light of record inflation and unemployment. That said, the tuitions paid at Zimbabwean schools have leveled off a bit in recent years.
Many travel to Zimbabwe for technical education, such as pursuing a four year engineering degree, but the big draw for students looking to study abroad in Zimbabwe is the life experience. Whether you're from the US, Australia, Europe or Japan, four years spent studying in Zimbabwe looks excellent on a resume. Beyond this, the personal experience of studying in Zimbabwe can be eye opening.
Obtaining a student visa is, obviously, an important step on the way to a higher education in Zimbabwe. Unfortunately, a student visa is not a guarantee of entry. In some cases, a student may be denied entry even after obtaining their visa. That said, these cases are relatively few and far between.
The first step to obtaining your visa is to contact the embassy in your nation and to talk with them about the specific requirements for qualifying for a student visa. You can find much of this information listed here.