Completing your Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) is a huge milestone in a student’s life. A sense of achievement, growth, and certainty about oneself is all an add on to complete this milestone and mind you this could be only done by getting a university admission.

But then the biggest question looming in front of those finishing their A-Level are – What Next? Which path to pursue? And how and where to Pursue?

Getting the right University Admission to the right course that suits your career aspirations is a task that’s easier said than done.

And this experience of going through uncertainty and dilemma is quite common to all students who are on a very important threshold in their lives. High scoring students or mid-level scorers, all students and even their families are all in the same boat. Until they have gone through with the right university admission, they cannot breathe a sigh of relief.

With an intention to aid them in this process of choosing, we have collated factors to consider before going in for University Admissions.

The right university for the right course 

One of the important decision to be taken or you might have made up your mind already is about what you are going to study? The discipline that will define your career, help you land good jobs and in the broad spectrum of the things help you achieve your career and life ambitions.

But, we would like to sound a little warning, there are many courses that might interest you now, but pursuing them as mainstream education may not be lucrative in the future.

In Uganda, currently, there is a lot of demand for public health professionals. Keeping pace with the demand, many universities are offering public health courses in Uganda at various levels like Bachelor of Science in public health and master of public health.

These degrees will help you embark on a sustainable and long-standing lucrative career.

Then there are the popular options of computer sciences, law, journalism and administrative studies in many streams.

Choosing the right course at the right university could help you design your life.

Do you hold all the necessary requirements for the course?

You might have chosen the right course, but you need to be eligible to take these courses. Many of the Diploma or degree courses have a strict requirement of scores at the A-Levels or the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE). But, if you don’t meet these criteria, there is no need to lose heart. There are certain universities in Uganda, like the Cavendish University, that offer foundational programs to help you tide over the low score. On completing the foundational course with the right score, you will be eligible and ready to take on the same discipline at a diploma or degree level course.

Do you want a traditional campus learning or Distance learning?

Technology has brought in a lot of advancement in the education sector, and it has changed the way you could get your diploma or degree certification. The limitation of campus learning is a thing of the past. Agreed, that there is a definite advantage to being on campus and learning with fellow students who can become your lifetime friends and influencers. But it could be a pricy affair, staying in campus accommodation, the lifestyle of university students and the indulgences with many co-curricular activities. But, if your intention is to obtain a university-level certification while you are pursuing another interim job then distance learning is your best bet. You get to study the subject of your choice and never put your education on hold for the lack of better finances. Cavendish university in Uganda offers a plethora of options at Diploma, Under Graduate and Post Graduate levels as part of their distance learning program. Even degree in Public health is offered as part of the program. 

The Finances of getting a University Admission

All said and done, it all comes down to the cost of University Admissions. There is a lot to factor in when you get through wit your admission and go for making your University fee payment. Everything comes at a cost, tuition fees, books, accommodation, food and others. You could learn to be thrifty and choose to share your accommodation and cut cost wherever possible, but you need to be prepared for fees. Best to get to know the entirety of the universities fees beforehand.

A silver lining to this dilemma is the scholarship program offered by universities to students who fulfil the eligibility criteria. In return for involvement with university activities. Some universities like Cavendish University offer almost a 100% scholarship on tuition fees and a discount on referrals as well.