University of Arusha
Admission & Registration Policies

Admission of students to a degree programme at UoA will be based on meeting requirements for admission as will be determined by the academic board. It is important to mention that the college administration should commission the drafting of the University Academic Charter (UAC), as a matter of urgency, which is expected to contain details of full admission policies and requirements. Presently, UoA has an open admission policy, which extends the admission privilege to any student who wishes to obtain a quality education in a Christian environment and express willingness to co-operate with the college policies.

Upon receipt of an official application, aspiring students are furnished with application. forms together with information on finances, admission requirement and major courses offered among others. To facilitate the registration process, a non-refundable application fee is charged. Tanzania students are required to submit cash payment of Tsh.15,000 while foreign students submit US$ 30.

Entrance requirements; The entrance requirements discussed below are specific to academic qualifications and adopts an integrated British - American system of Education where students gain university admission on completion of Advance Level (A-Level) and Secondary education (form four). According to the recommendation of the college academic board, there are three distinct categories for admission to degree and diploma courses.

a) The first category; extends admission to secondary school graduates (O-Level) with at least five credits including English. More specific requirements are also in place for example, those willing to join Business Department must have a credit in Mathematics.

b) The second category; is designed for those who fall below the requirement of the first category. Such students are considered through mature age entrance examination and must have at least 3 credits in O-Level. The category also restricts the age limit to at least 25 years of age.

c) The Third category; is designed for students joining Diploma in Secretarial Science. The requirement demands at least three credit in O-Level including English.

d) The fourth category; are students who join after A-Level. In this category the students are awarded upto 15 credit hours for each A-Level credit.

Course Load

The programme will maintain its course load, which is expressed in credits and normally accumulated to 15-16 credits per semester. In this system a four-credit course meets four times (four regular class periods) a week. However, a special case like laboratory period of say three hours is considered equal to one regular class period.

Transferred Credits

Like other universities, UoA will remain flexible on issues of transfers. Students who will be willing to transfer to the campus must be from approved institutions of higher education. Such students may have credits earned from those institutions accepted without a validating examination by submitting complete official transcripts. In addition, the credits must meet the minimum requirement of Grade C (Grade Point Average of 2). A detailed presentation on transfer frameworks will be continued in the academic charter.

Examination (Certification)

a) Examination

The University will run its examination through the Examination Committee (EC). All students are required to sit for their final examination as scheduled in the academic calendar. On special occasions students may be allowed to take final examination on other non-scheduled dates but with the authorization of the academic dean. A similar case happens with cases whereby instructors have valid reasons to change the time and dates for final examinations. It is important to mention that the university authority may wish to levy a minimal fee for special examination.

Waiver examinations can be awarded to students who may want to earn credits but wish to waiver certain requirements that are otherwise required to complete a course. It should be noted that waiver examinations earn no credit but will be used to facilitate the advancement of students to higher courses. For such examinations the university will accept a minimum grade of C.

Challenge examinations will also be provided especially for students who are competent and want to get exempted from junior courses. A grade of B and above will be accepted and will earn no more that 8 credits. Another category, supplementary examination will be given to students who earned a grade of C- in a major course, to enable them mark up to the minimum requirement of grade B-.