FAQs

Is there an age requirement to apply?

No. Prospective applicants only need a secondary school diploma.

What are the requirements for admission?

  • Submit an online application form
  • Submit National Exam results with two principal passes
  • Successful completion of English assessment and interview
  • National ID (or passport for international applicants)

Do I need an English qualification or certificate to apply?

No. Applicants take an entrance exam to determine their eligibility.

Can I transfer to Akilah from another university with my credits?

The Akilah Institute does not currently accept transfer students from other universities; however, students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree may apply to study at Akilah. Acceptance to the Akilah Institute cannot be deferred to the following year.

Is Akilah accredited?

The Akilah Institute is accredited by the Rwandan Ministry of Education.

Why only women?

The Akilah Institute’s academic programs are female only. Akilah’s all-female student body creates an atmosphere where women can comfortably assert themselves and assume leadership positions. Students gain confidence leading others in a safe environment so that they can smoothly transition to leadership roles in society.

What is the academic schedule?

Day Program

Bridge Program: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Diploma Year 1: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Evening & Weekend Program

Bridge Program: Monday to Friday from 6-10 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Diploma Year 1: Monday to Friday from 6-10 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

What is the Bridge Program, and is it mandatory for me attend?

The Bridge Program is a two-month preparatory program beginning in July that every student must attend. During the Bridge Program, you’ll develop your English skills, review math and ICT, and meet your instructors and mentors. You’ll also begin to set career goals.

What is your attendance policy?

Attending class is necessary to earn a passing grade at Akilah. Day student are allowed a maximum of four absence days each trimester. Evening students are allowed a maximum of six absence days each trimester.

What is competency-based education?

Competency-based education (CBE) is a new model in education that uses learning, not time, as the metric of student success. In a CBE model, students receive proactive guidance and support from faculty and staff and earn degrees, diplomas, or other credentials by proving mastery of specific competencies instead of just completing credit hours. CBE is particularly effective for preparing graduates for the workforce because it focuses on what students know and can do.

The Akilah Institute developed its CBE curricula in collaboration with regional employers and tests for mastery of predefined skill sets and concepts. This ensures that students graduate with marketable expertise. The Akilah Institute’s CBE curricula is delivered in a “blended” learning format that combines online and offline learning to maximize student and faculty time in the classroom.

Does Akilah offer loans to help me pay for tuition?

CHANCEN International has partnered with the Akilah Institute to offer students a socially responsible loan called an Income Share Agreement (ISA). Students in the CHANCEN program pay 30% of their tuition fees to Akilah.

CHANCEN International pays the other 70% of their tuition. Once the student has graduated and starts earning a monthly income above RWF 80,000, she will start repayment. The payment amount is a percentage of each graduate’s salary for a specified period of time. Graduates who earn more will pay back more, and those who earn less will pay back less. The program allows graduates to repay their loans while covering their living costs. To learn more, visit CHANCEN's website. See Akilah’s full tuition and payment schedule here.

Does Akilah offer scholarships?

Yes, Akilah offers six merit-based scholarships each year. The scholarships are awarded to the top-performing students on Akliah’s English entrance exam and interview. The scholarships cover 50% of tuition. Scholarship recipients are still eligible for the loan program.

Does Akilah offer Evening & Weekend classes?

Akilah offers an Evening & Weekend Program that runs Monday to Friday from 6-10 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program is designed to accommodate working professionals and women with other commitments during the day. Evening & Weekend students receive all the same benefits as day students, including access to our career office, our extensive network of employer partners, extracurricular activities, and more. Tuition for the Evening & Weekend Program is the same as for our day program, and Evening & Weekend students are also eligible for students loans and scholarships.

Can I transfer between the Day Program and the Evening & Weekend Program?

Once an applicant has received an acceptance letter from Akilah, she has up until May 15 to contact the Akilah Admissions Manager by email or in person to change her diploma program schedule. The change will be completed at no charge for requests submitted before May 15. Any change of program schedule after May 15 will incur a fee of RWF 25,000 and depend on classroom availability.

How will Akilah help me find a job?

Akilah’s Careers Team provides students and alumnae with critical career development skills to simplify the internship- and job-search process. Students work with a Talent Advocate to prepare their CVs and cover letters and to fill out job applications. They also receive personalized career coaching on interviewing well and setting career goals. By the time they graduate, students know how to articulate their career goals and skills, pursue new career opportunities, build professional networks, and more.

Graduates have started their careers with companies such as Marriott International, Radisson Blu, Airtel, RwandAir, Ison BPO, Kenya Commercial Bank, Bollore Logistics, EcoBank, Off-Grid Electric, Serena Hotel, Bourbon Coffee, Banque Populaire du Rwanda, East African Breweries, Hotel des Mille Collines, Inyange Industries, City Blue Hotels, African Entrepreneur Collective, Inkomoko, One Acre Fund, Impact Hub, and many more. Graduates also start their own businesses.