The State of University of Zanzibar

January 21, 2014 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Africa,East Africa,Tanzania Universities

About us

Founded in 1999 and started its academic activities in 2001, SUZA has quickly placed itself among the icons of academic quality and excellence in the region. As a public university, it focuses on delivering relevant education targeted at speeding up social changes and positive transformation to contribute to socio-economic development of the country.

SUZA consists of various campuses that are found at equally beautiful but different locations within the island. Inherited from the first Teacher Training College in East Africa comes Beit-el-Rasi campus. Located along the coast of the Indian Ocean 5 km from the stone town, this is a unique and unparalleled campus in the region that is constantly and naturally decorated by glittering blue sea and white beach along the perimeter of the campus. Here, our students enjoy very enriching learning environment along with the sea breezes.

The Vuga campus is at the heart of the famous and historic stone town. Zanzibar is proud of this very magnificently conserved UNESCO World heritage site that vividly manifests rich culture and history of Zanzibar and its people. The Vuga campus therefore is composed of old but well kept historic structures that are surrounded by social amenities and public offices. SUZA will soon expand to its new third campus, called Tunguu Campus. Located around 12 km from the stone town, this brand new green field campus offers cutting-edge infrastructure of world standard. The campus will give to students a local alternative to some of the world’s attractive learning environments. These three campuses are all located in Unguja island. More new campuses, that will house new schools, are planned to be built in the next five years in accordance with the university strategic plan. These will be located in both, Unguja and the sister island of Pemba.

Programs Offered

Postgraduate Programs

  • PhD in Kiswahili

Department of Natural Sciences



Department of Kiswahili

  • BA in Kiswahili with Education

Department of Computer Science and Information Technology

  • BSc Computer Science
  • BSc Information Technology Application and Management

Department of Natural Sciences

Department of Social Sciences

  • BA Geography and Environmental Studies
  • BA History and Archeology

Department of Educational Foundation, Instruction & Leadership (DEFIL)

  • BA with Education


Dilpoma Programs

Department of Kiswahili

  • Diploma of Languages and Education

Department of Computer Science and Information Technology

  • Diploma in Computer Science
  • Diploma in Information Technology

Department of Natural Sciences

  • Diploma in Science with Education

Department of Social Sciences

  • Diploma in Social Works
  • Diploma in Heritage Management and Tourism

Department of Educational Foundation, Instruction & Leadership (DEFIL)

  • Diploma in Science with Education
  • Diploma in Educational Leadership and Management

Certificate Programs

Department of Computer Science and Information Technology

  • Certificate in Computer Science
  • Certificate in Information Technology

Department of Sciences

  • Certificate in Laboratory Technology

Department of Professional Skills

  • Certificate in Librarianship
  • Certificate in Banking

Department of Advanced Secondary School

  • UQF (6) Certificates


Short Course

Department of Professional Skills

  • English and Study Skills
  • Special English Courses
  • Cisco – CCNA
  • Cisco – IT Essential
  • Computer Application
  • English Course for Pro Poor Tourism Stategies


Department of Kiswahili for Foreigners

  • Beginner Course
  • Intermediate Course
  • Advanced Course
  • Special Course

Admissions and Applications

Fee Structure for New Programs

ProgramsTuition Fees TzsTuition Fees USD
PhD in Kiswahili6,000,000.004,000
Masters of Chemistry3,000,000.002,000
Masters of Science in Environmental Science2,500,000.001,600
Degree of Science in Environmental Health3,000,000.002,000
Bachelor Degree of Information Application and Management1,500,000.001,200
Bachelor Degree of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies1,500,000.001,200
Bachelor Degree of History 1,500,000.001,200
Doctor of Medicine (MD)3,000,000.002,000
Diploma of Cultural Management and Tourism800,000.00600
Diploma in Library and Information Studies800,000.00600


Fees for Kiswahili for Foreigners
There are registration and admission fee of US $ 20 for each student which is the same for all courses. Classes are held for four hours a day, from Monday to Friday. Fees are charged at the rate of US $ 10 per student per hour. For a group of students more than 9 there will be a discount of US $ 2 per student per hour. The weekly rate per course is as follows:


US $ per StudentHoursDaysUS $ Total per week
1045200 for Individual
845160 for a group exceeding 9 students


Residence Permit
Foreign students have to pay US $ 250 for Residence Permit Class C (Multiple entries) or Carrying Temporary Assignment (CTA) US $ 200 (Single entry).

The Department of Kiswahili for Foreigners can provide host families for those who are interested to stay with a local family; this will reinforce further their language and cultural skills. Student will be provided with a nice room with fan and writing table, along with breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Current rates are US $ 20 per day.