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International Students

Welcome to Mount Kenya University (MKU),  a fully fledged chartered university committed to a broad-based, wholistic and inclusive system of education. The university also offers a wide-range of academic and professional courses, through various flexible modes that include E-learning, evening classes, weekend classes and Distance and Institution Based E-Learning (DIBeL).

We have the following campuses and study centers in Kenya:
1.    Main Campus, Thika
2.    Nairobi Campus
3.    Nakuru Campus
4.    Mombasa Campus
5.    Kakamega Campus
6.    Eldoret Campus
7.    Nkubu/Meru Campus
8.    Kisii Campus
9.    Malindi Center
10.    Kericho Center
11.    Kisumu Center
12.    Nyeri Center
Mount Kenya University also has presence in  Rwanda, Uganda, Somaliland and Burundi

Summary of International Students who are currently in session at MKU

  1. South Sudan    273Our PresenceOur Presence
  2. Somalia    256
  3. Uganda    248
  4. India    198
  5. Rwanda    78
  6. Tanzania    63
  7. Somaliland    51
  8. Nigeria    47
  9. Burundi    41
  10. Sudan    31
  11. Congo    17
  12. Bangladesh    17
  13. Malawi    13
  14. Philippines    11
  15. Cameroon    9
  16. Zambia    8
  17. Djibouti    3
  18. Somalia (Puntland)    3
  19. Egypt    2
  20. China, Comoros, Eritrea, Yemen    4
  21.  Saudi Arabia    1

VisaVisaVisa Information

All foreign students need to note that they need a Kenyan Visa to travel to Kenya for studies, therefore if the Visa expires before the pupil’s pass is processed; the student is required to renew the visa at the Immigration department.

 

Kenya Student pass
This is a document issued to applicants (foreign students) (section 30(1) of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Regulations 2012, who wish to purse their education in Kenya's Education or Training Institutions where they have been accepted or admitted. The applicant (foreign student) must be accepted as a student by an approved Educational or Training Establishment.

Students passStudents passKenya student's pass requirement

  1. A duly filled, signed and stamped application Form 30, by the institution's authorized personel (Both new and renewal cases) . You will print out the form at the end of the application for a Student pass. In case you want to reprint your application form, you can do so by going to "My Applications" section here
  2. Detailed and Signed Cover letter addressed to the Director of Immigration Services from the institution indicating the course to be pursued and the duration - both new and renewal cases
  3. Signed commitment letter from the sponsor - both new and renewal cases
  4. National passport copy of the sponsor - both new and renewal cases
  5. Proof of funds for self-sponsored students - both new and renewal cases
  6. For minors, consent letter from the parent - both new and renewal cases
  7. Copy of parent's national passport and copy of birth certificate of the minor should be attached as proof of relationship (for minors). - both new and renewal cases
  8. Copy of a valid national passport both new and renewal cases (the bio-data page)
  9. Current immigration status for the pupil/student- both new and renewal cases (If in the country)
  10. Two (2) recent passport size color photos. - both new and renewal cases
  11. Duly certified Copies of basic academic certificates for those joining Tertiary Institutions and Universities -new cases  Documents in foreign languages should be translated into English by either the Embassy, Public Notary, or authorized /recognized institution -both new and renewal cases
  12. Copy of the school's/college registration certificate from the Ministry of Education - new cases
  13. Clearance letter from Department of Refugee Affairs for refugees. - both new and renewal cases
  14. Certified copies of progress report/transcripts obtained(by the issuing institution) -for renewal cases
  15. Copy of student's pass previously held -for renewal cases
  16. For minor attach a copy of parent's kenya residence permit if not a boarder.
  17. Police Clearance Certificate from the country of origin, or if a resident, from the Kenya Police Service


 Kenya Internship/Research pass
This is a document issued to person(s) seeking to enter and remain in Kenya for the purpose of undertaking Internship or an academic research within Kenya. The applicant must be accepted as an intern or researcher in an institution within Kenya.

Kenya Internship / Research Pass Requirements

  1. A duly filled, signed and stamped application Form 30, by the institution's authorized personnel (Both new and renewal cases) . You will print out the form at the end of the application for a Student pass. In case you want to reprint your application form, you can do so by going to "My Applications" section here
  2. Detailed and Signed cover letter from the institution indicating the internship or research topic to be pursued and the duration and should be addressed to the Director of Immigration Services
  3. Copy of a valid national passport (the bio-data page)
  4. Current immigration status of the pupil/student(if in the country)
  5. Two (2) recent passport size color photos
  6. Duly certified copies of academic certificates and CV
  7. Documents in foreign languages should be translated into English by either the Embassy, Public Notary, or authorized /recognized institution
  8. Copy of research permit from the National Council for science and Technology for those undertaking research programs
  9. Police Clearance Certificate from the country of origin, or if a resident, from the Kenya Police Service

Things you should be aware of

Keep in mind the following:

  1. It is an offence for a person to knowingly mislead an Immigration Officer.
  2. Notification of approval is not an authority to engage in business, profession, employment or residence without first obtaining the student's Pass.
  3. It is an offence while in possession of a student's pass to engage in any form of trade or employment either for gain or not.

 

How to apply

You need to:

  1. Create a log in account within the Government of Kenya Single Sign On portal
  2. Log in using the account you have created above to access eFNS portal
  3. Once logged in the eFNS portal, select the "Apply now" Link
  4. Click on the "Submit Applications" tab and select the Student pass tab. If you are already logged in to eFNS, you can click here to make an application.
  5. After your application is approved, an invoice will be generated which you can see by clicking on "Dashboard" then "Payments" Tab. If you have already logged in eFNS, you can click here to make a payment.
  6. If unable to pay using any of the online modes, print your invoice by clicking on "Dashboard" then "Payments" Tab (If you have already logged in eFNS, you can click here to print your invoice). Present your invoice and Banker's cheque at the Immigration Counter at Nyayo House, Nairobi for payments
  7. You shall receive automatic notifications via email and on your online account about the progress of your application
    1. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
    2. Engaging in any form of business or employment without a requisite permit or pass is an offence.
    3. Application print-outs must be presented to the Immigration headquarters
    4. It is an offence to receive education or training at any educational or training establishment within Kenya without a pupil's / student's pass (section 30 (7) of the Kenya citizenship and Immigration Regulations,2012)

 

Contact MKU International Students Coordinating office

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