Makerere University release guidelines for the academic year 2019/2020
Makerere University release guidelines for the academic year 2019/2020

Makerere University has confirmed that the first-year students will report on 3rd August, one week earlier than the continuing students.

During this week they will be introduced to the key facilities in the University as well as other important aspects of life at Makerere University.

In the same week on 6th August, the Academic Registrar, Mr Alfred Masikye-Namoah will address the freshers during an Orientation Talk with University and student leaders

Arrangements are also made to enable new entrants to acquaint themselves with such key facilities at the University like the Library, University Hospital, Games and Recreation Facilities.

Freshers are therefore expected to take advantage of the week to survey and acquaint themselves with the general Campus layout without forgetting, registration.

With registration set to commence on Tuesday 6 August, the University has also called on the students to ensure that they are registered first centrally and then with each of their respective colleges, schools, departments, halls, and the University hospital.

Registration Requirements

For a candidate to qualify to be a bonafide student of Makerere University, he/she must be registered. Registration is a mandatory requirement of the University which must be done within the first two (2) weeks from the beginning of the semester by every student.

Privately sponsored students will pick their original admission letters after payment of 60% tuition and all functional fees from their respective colleges.

For registration purposes, all first-year students MUST produce their original documents. Government-sponsored students shall pay the following fees to Makerere University Fees Collection Accounts.

a) University Rules Booklet – Shs. 2,645/=
b) Undergraduate Gown – Shs. 21,160/=
c) Identity Card – Shs. 45,000/=
d) Guild Subscription Fee (Per Year) – Shs. 13,225/=
e) Endowment Fee (Per Year) – Shs. 6,613/=
f) Senior Common Room fee (Per Year) – Shs. 6,613/=
g) Sports Contribution Fee (Per Year) – Shs. 19,838/=
h) Medical fee (Per Year) – Shs. 57,500/=

Total – Shs. 179,206/=


(i) The Fees Structure (bill) for either Government or Private is attached on your admission letter.
.(ii) Total functional fees for Government and Privately Sponsored Students are 179,206/= and 860,955/= respectively for Ugandans and East Africans.
.(iii) International students’ functional fee is 1,516,253/=.
.(iv) Students admitted to affiliated Institutions like Makerere University Business School (MUBS) and its Upcountry centres, Mulago Health Tutors College, Hospice Africa, Nsamizi Training School etc. are advised to pick their fees structure from their respective Colleges/Schools/Centres.

Other Fees

a) National Council for Higher Education fee (Per Year) – Shs. 20,000/= (Payable to the National Council for Higher Education Account in Stanbic Bank)
b) UNSA Subscription Fee (Per Year) – Shs. 2,000/= (payable to Stanbic Bank, City Branch, A/C 0140007248501)
Change of Programme/Subjects
(a) Change of Programme

Since selection for specific programmes was made according to each candidate’s performance and order of programme choices, taking into account the available subject combinations and time-table limitations, there is normally little need to change the programme of subjects.

However, some places become vacant when some of the students admitted do not take up the offers. Such places are filled through a change of programme/subjects.

Change of programme will be online. Each student who may wish to change his/her programme/subject is required to pay an application fee of Shs. 6,000/= plus the bank charges to Stanbic Bank, dfcu Bank, Post Bank, Centenary Bank, Post Bank and UBA Bank.
(b) Change of Subjects

Students in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Natural Sciences or the College of Education and External Studies may wish to change their subjects.

Change of Subject will be done online on payment of Shs. 6,000/=, to either Stanbic Bank, dfcu Bank, Post Bank, Centenary Bank, and UBA Bank.

Students should be aware that changing one subject may result in a change of College.

Before students apply to change their programmes, Colleges and Subjects, they are encouraged to seek advice on the cut-off point(s) for programmes, requirements for specific subjects and possible subject combinations.

Students are notified and warned that changing a programme or transferring to another subject or College without proper authority will lead to discontinuation from the University.

A student who has been permitted to change his/her programme or subject(s) is issued with a letter stating so, and on receipt of such a letter that student should complete the ACCEPTANCE FORM and return a copy to the Undergraduate Admissions and Records Office (Room 303), the former and the new College/School and ICT Office (Level 6, Room 615) Senate Building.

The change of programme/subjects will be done online from Monday 15 July 2019 to Friday 9 August 2019 at Level 3 in the Internet Cafe and Level 6, Room 612 Senate Building.

Meanwhile, it is advisable that only those students who meet the cut-off points for the desired programmes may apply.

Schedule summary

Saturday 3 August 2019 to Friday 9 August 2019 (7 Days) – Orientation Week
Semester One
Saturday 10 August 2019 to Saturday 7 December 2019 (17 Weeks)
Semester One Vacation
Saturday 7 December 2019 to Friday 17 January 2020 (17 Weeks)
Semester Two
Saturday 18 January 2020 to Saturday 16 May 2020 (17 Weeks)
Semester Two Vacation
Saturday 16 May 2020 to Saturday 25 July 2020 (10 Weeks)

By John Dalton Kigozi