Admission requirements vary slightly according to the program the applicant is seeking admission for and/or individual circumstances. The school or department in which the applicant wishes to register may prescribe certain additional course requirements if the student is deemed to be deficient.
Undergraduate Degree Programs: A student needs to present to the Registrar’s Office
• O-level certificate with five credit passes in approved subjects, including a pass in English Language, or equivalent
• A-level certificate with two principal passes in relevant subjects or equivalent, or Higher Education Certificate (HEC) Accredited by NCHE with a minimum GPA of 2.8,
• A certificate of aptitude test pass (Mature Scheme Entry Exam) from the center officially recognized by the NCHE
• A diploma in a relevant subject from a recognized educational institution.
• For degree in Education, one must have a principal pass (or C+ or 55%) in each of the relevant teaching subject.
Diploma Programs: A student needs to present to the Registrar’s office
• O-level certificate with at least four passes in approved subjects, including a pass in English Language, or equivalent, and A-level certificate with at least one principal pass at A-level in a relevant subject or its equivalent
• Higher education Certificate (HEC) Accredited by NCHE with a minimum GPA of 2.5
• A certificate in a relevant subject from a recognized educational institution, OR For a Diploma in Secondary Education, one must have two principal passes or (C+or 55%) in each of the relevant teaching subject,
• For a Diploma in Primary Education, one must have a Grade III (or P1) Teacher’s Certificate from a recognized institution
Higher Education Certificate (HEC)
• UACE with at least two subsidiary passes or its equivalent as determined by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) in consultation with the Uganda National Examination Board, where one of the subsidiary passes must be from a principal subject or one principal pass
• Vocational qualifications at level 2 or level 3 of Uganda vocational qualifications Framework
• An Ordinary 2 years certificate from an institution recognized by NCHE
• Foreign secondary school qualifications that are not considered equivalent to UACE but permit admission in Higher Education in their countries, with at least five subjects with a minimum overall grade of C (or 55%) (equivalently a Ugandan Credit 5).
• O-level certificate with at least four passes in relevant subjects.
• HEC with a minimum GPA 2.0.
Mature Entry Examination
This is an aptitude test given to individuals who do not meet the minimum requirement for admissions to the University but have been exposed to adequate knowledge acquired formally or informally. The individual must be at least 25 years of age and the exam must be taken from the NCHE authorized centers only.
1. Obtain an application form from the Registrar’s office or from the liaison offices.
2. Fill the form correctly and attach copies of all your education certificates and documents along with the application fee as stipulated in the application form.
3.Return these documents promptly to the Registrar’s Office at least 3 weeks before the beginning of the new academic year.
If your application is accepted, you will receive a notification-of-acceptance letter from the Registrar. You may come to the university only if you have already received the acceptance letter.
Admission of International Students
International students may be admitted if they hold either comparable certification or university admission status in their own country. If you come from a country where the system of education does not have an A-level system; for example, Kenya, a student is expected to enroll for Higher Education Certificate.
Academic Documents for Admission
At the time of the student’s first registration, the student is required to present original documents. They will be certified and returned to the student. However, a student may be requested to present them again at the Registrar’s Office or to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Academics’ office should the need arise.
Upgrading from Diploma to Degree
Students wishing to upgrade from certificate to diploma or from diploma to degree should have the following:-
(i) Documents to show that the previous study is completed. This can be a certificate and a transcript or a completion letter and a partial transcript.
(ii) Recommendation from the Head of Department authorizing the student to join the next level.
Transferring to another Department
This is acceptable under the guidance of the department heads and the Registrar’s Office. A student wishing to transfer to another department or course may do so only after completing 18 credit hours, which is equivalent to one semester. The student must check with both the current and the new department to know whether they qualify for the transfer. If it is acceptable, the student must obtain Change of Major form from the Registrar’s Office and officially apply.
Students are required to report to the university on the scheduled date so that they may register on time and begin classes on time. Usually, one week is set apart for registration. During registration, new students are given orientation to the university and its programs and facilities.
There are five basic steps in the registration procedure is as follows:
At the Business Office, students need to
• Arrange financial payment
• Obtain financial clearance
At the student’s Academic Department, students need to
• Obtain a registration form,
• Pay departmental club fee,
• Be assigned to a faculty advisor,
• With the advisor, select courses in accordance with the recommended schedules published in this bulletin,
• Obtain approval for the courses selected from the department chairperson.
At the Dean of Student’s Office, students need to
• Obtain their residential status,
• Register for the Bugema University Student Association (BUSA), and
• Register and clear financial obligations to respective national and/or social clubs,
• Submit BUSA receipt for due approval..
At the Registrar’s Office, students need to
• Complete registration of student’s details, and
• Obtain Registration Cards printed from the database. Individual Registration Cards are necessary to gain entry when classes begin,
• Keep the registration card safe for day to day use.
Students who, for sound reason(s), arrive after the closing date of registration may be allowed to register. However, a fee that increases daily is charged for late registration. (Consult the financial section of this bulletin and business office staff for details). Late registration officially closes at the discretion of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs. The university may consider registration of students with special cases, such as accidents or death in the family but with consultation with the lecturer(s) to ascertain if courseworks (assignment and tests) have been done Identity Cards
The Registrar’s Office in collaboration with United Bank of Africa (UBA) prepares the student identity cards immediately after registration. Students are issued a card that is valid for duration of their academic program free of charge. The same card can be activated, but not compulsory, to act as a VISA card in case one wants to open an account with UBA according to the bank’s requirements. In the event that a BU identity card is lost or stolen, the student should report to the police and obtain a police report, which must be presented to the Registrar’s Office staff to process a new identity card at a fee.