University of Nairobi, Kenya

University of Nairobi is a research-based institution located in Nairobi, Kenya. It is one of the largest universities in the country. Its history dates back to 1956 when it was known as Royal Technical College. It was a constituent college of the university of East Africa.

It became an independent university when the University of East Africa was split into three: University of  Dar es Salam in Tanzania, Makerere University in Uganda, and University of Nairobi in Kenya. It was the first national university in Kenya. By 2011, the university had enrolled 69, 912 students. 49,488 of the enrolled students were undergraduates while 12, 424 were postgraduates. 

University at a Glance:

Established: Founded in 1956

University Type: Public University

Number of International Students: Not Available

Hostel Type: University Hostels

Climate: Warm and temperate

Yearly Tuition Fee: USD 5000 

Eligibility: TOEFL certificate

ECFMG Approval: Not Approved

Last Date to Apply: October every year

University Introduction:

University of Nairobi is ranked 7th in Africa. It was decentralized by administration in 1983, and 6 colleges were created. They are College of Architecture and Engineering, Biological and Physical Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, College of Education and College of External Studies and College of Health Sciences. The university has module II and module III programs where Kenyan students and foreigners seek admission on a payment basis. 


The school has the Faculty of Arts, Agriculture, and Veterinary Medicine.

The University Schools include; Arts and Design, Biological Sciences, Business, Computing and Informatics, Dental Sciences, Economics, Education, Engineering, Journalism Law, Mathematics, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Science, and Public Health.

Campus Life:

The university offers scholarships and bursaries to students. There is a student academic counselling, career advising and mentoring program. There are full time counsellors available who assist students going through personal or academic challenges. They also intervene when students face physical, behavioral or mental health challenges. There is a university chaplaincy that provide services of a spiritual nature to students. It is staffed by religious leaders (protestant, catholic and Muslim).


The university provides affordable and secure accommodation facilities to students through the student welfare authority. This is on a competitive basis. It has a bed capacity of 10,000. Students acquire rooms through the online room application system.

Why Should I Study at University of Nairobi?

  • It has notable alumni who became laureates and Government officials.
  • It has various research resources.
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