Mauritius is fast developing as a major Educational Hub in this part of the Indian Ocean. With our modern infrastructure, state-of-the-art facilities and excellent social and political stability, coupled with our high standard of living, Mauritius is the place to be for students, investors and tourists. The island has much to offer and is home to several renowned educational institutions. Foreign students, especially from the Indian Ocean Islands and the African continent, find in Mauritius a cheap alternative to Europe, Canada or Australia. Mauritius is also targeting foreign students from as far as India or Europe for work placement to gain experience.
You are allowed to work part-time for up to 20 hours per week. Please see the section on guidelines for part-time employment.
There is a variety of apartments, guest houses, bedrooms and houses available to accommodate students with different price ranges. You may obtain more information from the institution where you intend to enroll. You may also consult local estate agencies (they charge commission fees) or the classified sections of local newspapers.
If you intend to be accompanied by dependents, you should apply for visas for the dependents and each application will be considered by the Passport and Immigration Office, on a case to case basis.
A test for HIV, Hepatitis B and a chest x-ray should be done at any private medical laboratory/clinic/hospital in Mauritius and the tests results and Chest x-ray report should be submitted to the Passport and Immigration Office not later than one month after arrival.
You should secure a seat in a higher- education institution recognised by the Tertiary Education Commission. You should to apply for a visa by submitting all required information (Please see Visa section).
Estimated cost of living (including accommodation, food and pocket money) for a student is US $250-$350 per month.
After obtaining your visa to study in Mauritius, you can open a bank account locally. There are several banks and branches around the country where you can open an account. ATM services are also available in different parts of the island.
Institutions are expected to have a Desk Officer to assist international students every step of the way from obtaining visa, work permit and National Transport Authority Card for free transport to a smooth transition to campus life and to ensure your academic and personal success.
Tuition fees in Mauritius are relatively lower than in western countries and are affordable. They vary from institution to institution.
African students can avail themselves of a new scholarship scheme for 50 deserving African students. International students may contact the tertiary education institutions as well to enquire about any scheme they may be operating. All students also benefit from free public transport.
If you hold a Driving Licence in your country and you have an International Driving Licence you are allowed to drive in Mauritius. After three years spent in Mauritius, you may convert your Driving Licence into a Mauritius Driving Licence. Please see the section on Other Services for more information on living in Mauritius.