Mauritius is a volcanic island nation located in the Indian Ocean which is popular for its golden beaches, reefs, and lagoons. It comprises of the Black River Gorges National Park, the gorgeous rainforests, exotic waterfalls and native fauna like the flying fox. The white sandy beaches surround the island country along with having lagoons, which are secured from the open sea with the world third largest coral reef that surrounds the island. Besides, Mauritius is one of the world’s best luxury tourism destinations. It possesses a wide range of natural and manmade attractions, clear warm sea waters, attractive beaches complemented by a multi-ethnic and cultural population.
Studying and Cost of Living in Mauritius
Mauritius has two categories of universities which are private and public universities run by government. Fees for government universities are not that expensive while fees for private universities are a bit expensive.
The cost of tuition fees is not the same among universities and this will leave you with a decision to make when choosing and selecting a university to study.
Mauritius Education Cost
The cost of education in Mauritius is affordable; however, the cost would depend upon the choice of college or course you have chosen. There are more than 700 courses available in Mauritius. On an average, the cost of tuition fees for various programs can range from 1500 to 15500 USD per annum.
The student has four options available, they include;
- Living in a hostel
- Rent an apartment which could cost $750
- Rent a room in the students hall for around $300-$500
- Be a paying guest and receive food for around $600
Also there are other daily expenses such as feeding, entertainment and others which could cost around $400-$700 every month depending on the spending habit of the student.
Scholarships in Mauritius
The government of Mauritius offers scholarships to outstanding students who will like to study in the country but do not have the funds to do so. Scholarships are offered after a screening exercise as well as interviews have been done.
Scholarships are awarded based on academic results, family income and social security benefits. Students must be enrolled in full time courses and should not be involved with any other scholarship program while applying.
Post Graduate Scholarships
Scholarships are given to the best students in each faculty. Scholarships are also offered to those who wish to further their education. There are also post-doctoral scholarships available for PHD and those conducting research in a particular area.
Several open scholarships are offered by world organizations for Common wealth and SADC countries. The government regularly advertises for scholarship during breaks in the academic calendar.
Below is a List of Top and Low Tuition Universities in Mauritius
- University of Technology, Mauritius
- University of Mauritius
- Open University of Mauritius
- African Leadership University
- Amity Global Business School, Mauritius
- Aberystwyth University, Mauritius
- Middlesex University, Mauritius
Visa Application for Mauritius
Mauritius requires that the institution in which a student is enrolled apply to the Passport and Immigration Office (PIO) in Mauritius for the visa on the student’s behalf. The application process takes 2-3 weeks. Once the application has been approved, the PIO issues permission for provisional entry permit valid for three months to enable them to travel to Mauritius.
Once the student is in Mauritius, they are required to do a series of medical checks (stool and urine samples, chest x-ray and blood samples) to ensure that the student is not suffering from any contagious diseases specifically, HIV, Hepatitis B or chest infection.
There are two potential outcomes of this medical assessment;
If the medical certificate proves that the student is infected with a contagious disease, his/her provisional entry permit would be cancelled and he/she would be required to leave Mauritius within two weeks.
If the medical certificate is clear, the student will be issued with a permanent student visa which will be valid for the full period of study with ALU.
At the beginning of each subsequent academic year, ALU will submit documentary evidence to the PIO to confirm that the student is pursuing his studies under the same programme.
To avoid a student being denied stay in Mauritius we encourage all applicants to conduct the abovementioned medical checks prior to their arrival in Mauritius. Should your medical check prove positive for any of the abovementioned conditions, please contact us immediately so we can discuss next steps.
To avoid being denied stay in Mauritius, students MUST conduct the above mentioned medical checks prior to their arrival in Mauritius. Should your medical check prove positive for any of the above mentioned conditions, please contact us immediately so we can discuss further. The Mauritius authorities will still require you to re-take these tests when you arrive, however, in order to avoid unnecessary surprises we require that you take the tests in your home country as well.
How to apply for a provisional entry permit to Mauritius
The following documents are required to apply for an entry permit to Mauritius;
- Application form
- Passport photos (only colour photos will be accepted)
- Copy of passport (valid for period of study)
- Acceptance form signed by the student
- 3-months bank statement verified (stamped and signed) by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your country
- Results of medical checks (for the school verification only)
For students 18 years of age and below, the following additional documents are required;
- Signed parent/guardian consent form
- Scanned copy of parent/guardian’s passport
- A scanned copy of student’s birth certificate
These forms and requirements will be provided on the admitted student portal. For any further queries regarding student permits, please contact the Admissions team.