Frequently Asked Questions
Where is University of Malawi located?
The University is located in Zomba, the old capital city of Malawi. The University and the city have become so intertwined over the years that the city is now seen as a University town. Zomba is a short drive away from Blantyre, Malawi’s largest commercial city. Being located in the city means students have easy access to various shops, and can also take time to visit the famous Zomba mountain, home to the Napolo myth.
What kinds of qualifications does University of Malawi offer?
There are a variety of programmes offered by the different faculties at University of Malawi. The main qualifications offered are Bachelor’s degrees in a range of disciplines. These programmes normally take 4 years to complete. Additionally, the various faculties and departments also offer a range of postgraduate programmes, both at Masters and PhD level. Finally, there are also opportunities to enrol for short training courses in a number of areas, upon completion of which candidates are awarded certificates.
Is there accommodation provided for new students?
All students are accepted on non-residential basis. Students have to apply for the limited number of University run rooms in a number of hostels. Room allocation is done through a random mechanism, with preference only given to students with disabilities. If students are unable to secure University accommodation, they are free to apply for accommodation at several surrounding privately owned flats and houses.
Where can students access food?
There are a number of places that offer food on campus. The main dining facility is the University cafeteria. Students may purchase food here at an affordable price. However, there are other privately run restaurants around campus.
Are there opportunities for student internment at University of Malawi?
Yes. Occasionally, various faculties and departments offer students opportunities to be attached to selected organisations in Malawi during the vacation period. Students may also have the opportunity to assist in research projects run by members of staff at University of Malawi. Occasionally, organisations may invite applications from students for attachment opportunities.
How can I contact University of Malawi?
The main location for getting in touch with University of Malawi management is the University website https://unima.ac.mw. Additionally, interested parties can contact the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org. The University reception can be reached telephonically at (265)1-524-222.
Does the University offer counselling services for students?
Yes. University of Malawi management realises that he rigors of academic and social life can result in all forms of stress. Counselling services can be accessed at three different locations. Students can consult the University Chaplain to discuss any matter, especially those of a spiritual nature. Additionally, students are free to consult the Dean of Students to discuss any issue pertaining to their welfare. Finally, the Psychology Department offers counselling services for any students that may be suffering from any form of mental anguish. These offices are available for students who have problems emanating from any aspect of their lives at University of Malawi.
Does the University of Malawi accept students with disabilities?
Yes. University of Malawi is one of the few institutions of higher learning in Malawi that accommodates students with disabilities. Over the recent years, the University has seen a change in infrastructure aimed at improving accessibility for students with physical disabilities. The University also features a Special Needs centre, which is aimed at ensuring that students with disabilities are not disadvantaged in access to information. Among other things, this special needs centre ensures the production of materials in Braille for students with visual impairment. Additionally, staff and students are sensitized on ways in which they can avoid discrimination against students with disabilities.
At what time are lectures offered at University of Malawi?
The official periods of operation at University of Malawi are from 7.30am to 4.30pm, from Monday to Friday. However, the University also offers a number of weekend courses. Additionally, staff and students can arrange for lectures and discussions outside these hours.
Does the University offer opportunities for bursaries and scholarships?
As a potential student from outside Malawi, what do I need to be admitted at University of Malawi?