Study in Tunisia
Graduate programs in Tunisia
Tunisia is the smallest country in North Africa, but it’s also one of its brightest. Packed full of history, culture and natural beauty, Tunisia is also one of North Africa’s education powerhouses.
From archaeology to Arabic, environmental sciences to zoology, studying a graduate program in Tunisia will introduce you to this diverse and exciting country.
Higher education in Tunisia has undergone rapid development in the last ten years, with the number of students tripling from 100,000 to 365,000 between 1995 and 2005. Many universities are looking for international students to study in Tunisia, with scholarships and work programs on offer.
Tunisia is home to 20 universities where you can study a graduate program, as well as several institutes of technological studies and institutes of teacher training.
Graduate programs in Tunisia take two years to complete and are known as the Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies (DEA). To successfully complete the DEA, you will need to prepare and complete a thesis.
Many graduate programs in Tunisia are taught in French, so you may have to prove your language skills before being accepted onto a program.
Immigration and visas in Tunisia
Almost all nationalities will require a student visa in order to study a graduate program in Tunisia lasting more than three months. Different nationalities will have different requirements, so check with your local Tunisian embassy for more details.
It is likely you will have to demonstrate the following:
- You are studying in Tunisia on a graduate program lasting more than three months
- You are enrolled at an accredited university or institution
- You have proof of sufficient funds to cover your graduate program in Tunisia for its duration
You have health insurance cover
Life in Tunisia
Tunisia is a country slowly rebuilding after the Jasmine Revolution of 2010, which saw the eventual ousting of long time President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. While the country is still facing up to a politically uncertain future, day-to-day life continues and tourists are beginning to return to the country.
Tunisian culture is fairly conservative, with 98% of the population being Muslim. Family plays an important part in social gatherings, with extended family groups the norm. Eating out is a regular occurrence, but be warned – meals often start late and last into the night.
Working in Tunisia
Tunisia main industry comes from exports, agriculture and tourism. However, its small size doesn’t stop it from attracting major international companies and its proximity to Europe means it has excellent trade links with the EU.
International students in Tunisia cannot work under the terms of their student visas. However, job roles after graduation are available.
The cost of student accommodation in Tunisia depends on where you choose to study and the standard of accommodation you want.
There are two main types of accommodation while studying:
- University accommodation – such as halls of residence
Private accommodation – House and flat rentals
The majority of international students in Tunisia will opt to live in private accommodation, with other students. The easiest way to find somewhere to live is once you’re in the country.
Climate in Tunisia
Tunisia’s climate is divided between the Mediterranean north and desert south. The north is mountainous with hot dry summers and rainy winters. However, the further south you go, the more desert-like and arid the climate becomes.
Summer is at its hottest between June and August, with the coldest months in December and January.
Tunisia is a popular tourist destination and consequently has many international airports, an excellent motorway system and modern railways. You are most likely to enter Tunisia through the Tunis-Carthage international airport.
The currency of Tunisia is the Tunisian Dinar.
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