The University of Seychelles opened its doors to its first students in September 2009. It has the dual vision of becoming a recognised knowledge hub in the Indian Ocean, delivering solutions to the challenges of the 21st century; and being the university of choice for local as well as for international students.
There is a current student population of about 500 undergraduate and postgraduate students, and a much larger number attending in-service, professional courses. To date, all of these students are recruited locally.
Earlier this year, the university’s second Strategic Plan was launched, looking ahead to new developments over the next three years. One aspect of the plan is to attract international students to the university. The reasons for this international dimension are twofold: to bring more interest to the classroom, through inter-cultural dialogue, and to make the classes more viable in terms of numbers.
The attractions for international students are many and varied:
- UniSey offers a wide range of courses, many of them awarded directly by the University of London. All of our courses are open to international students.
- Our fees are lower, so it’s a cheaper option for students than studying the same courses in Europe;
- UniSey is a new university therefore the numbers are still small and there’s no fear of being lost in the crowd, as is the case in many modern universities.
- Another advantage of small numbers is that class sizes themselves are small, so that everyone gets plenty of attention.
- Our academics are all well qualified and active in research as well as teaching.
- Our support staffs are friendly and helpful, and international students will soon find their way around.
- The main campus environment at Anse Royale (where international students will be located) is in a coastal village in a beautiful part of Mahé, but also on a bus route to the capital, Victoria.
- With a tropical climate and protected environment, Seychelles is one of the world’s most attractive locations to live and study.
- Seychelles is a stable nation, and its people are used to welcoming visitors.
We are planning to admit our first international students in September 2014.