• Freshman Applicants

    You should apply to ROU as a freshman if you are currently in secondary school or have graduated from secondary school but have not yet attended college.

    There really is no typical ROU student in terms of background, beliefs, or interests. ROU has a very diverse student body. However, that is not to say that ROU is for everybody. The most successful ROU students have a positive attitude toward learning, the desire to get involved in discovery learning, and a significant interest in developing professional potential.

  • International

    Royal Open University (ROU) attracts students from every corner of the world. The variety of backgrounds and perspectives represented in the ROU community enriches the living and learning experience for all.  As students interact on team-based projects, online communities and in day-to-day activities, they become enriched and better prepared for the opportunities and challenges of global interdependence.


An application for admission must be made using the online portal, available on the ROU website. Information on how to use this system can be obtained from any regional or coordination centre of ROU. Staff at regional centres can help you to upload your application. An application fee of Ug.sh 50,000 for local applicants of USD 30 for foreign applicants must be paid through the university bank account to enable one to upload their applications online. Please also visit our finance advisory page on www.openuniversity.ac.ug/admission/tuition-fees for more information.


Registration can only be considered if the University receives convincing evidence that the candidate will be adequately financed during his or her study at the University. Applicants from other countries who are in need of financial assistance to meet fees and other expenses are advised to apply for bursaries from their respective Governments, employers or other sponsoring agencies. Fees once paid will not be refunded for continuing students. Fees paid for one academic year cannot be deferred to another year unless the student has paid the complete programme fees. In extremely exceptional circumstances consideration of refund of paid fees may only be made to those who have withdrawn from studies, graduated and paid excess fees. Provided that where refund is applicable, the   University shall be entitled to charge 15% of the refunded amount deduct. The percent shall be set, announced and reviewed by university from time to time.   The deadline for change of academic programme and registration for all students will be four weeks from the first date of the orientation week conducted at the Regional centres, or as may be indicated in the Almanac. A fee of Ugsh 50,000/-will be charged for any request to change programme. Students may be allowed to change subject combinations after consultation with designated Deans and Directors of  Royal Open University.  

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