The beautiful country of Madagascar has exquisite scenery that students will not believe. As an island nation, the country has many native speakers who have moved to the island to create a great melting pot of diversity. International students will feel more at home knowing that they will run into someone who speaks their own country’s language.
We will cover what universities students should look at, what the tuition cost could be, and how much to budget month to month. While students don’t have to live on campus, sometimes that is the best option to cut down annual costs. However, Madagascar is reasonably affordable for international students.
We will also discuss why students should learn one of the two main languages spoken in the country. This honestly is a great idea and students should take on the challenge because learning and becoming fluent in another country’s language can open so many scholarship opportunities.
Universities in Madagascar:
- University of Antananarivo
- The Catholic University of Madagascar
- University of Toamasina
- Madagascar Institute of Political Studies
- University of Toliara
- College of Saint Michael, Amparibe
- Fisheries and Marine Sciences Institute
- SAMIS-ESIC School of Information and Communication
- Higher Vocational Agricultural School of Bevalala
- University of North Madagascar
- University of Mahajanga
Academic programs at the University of Antananarivo:
- Social Sciences
Student Cost of Living
With the average family of 4 cost amount revolving around $1,500 USD, that means a single student could very well survive off of $750 USD a month while living in Madagascar. Without the cost of tuition tied in, students could live quite comfortably in Madagascar and could find part-time work within the tourism or hospitability industry.
Cost of Tuition
With the university mentioned above, the University of Antananarivo has an annual tuition of $3,300 USD. For a medical or finance degree, students could expect an undergraduate tuition that would be more around $5,000 USD per year.
As students move on towards Master’s and a Postgraduate degree, students can expect the prices to double each year.
Languages Spoken in Madagascar
What languages are spoken in Madagascar, and which languages should students be learning before they end up studying in this country? First off, students should understand that Madagascar is the 4th largest island with over 27 million as the total population. Which means there will be many languages spoken on a daily basis.
The two official languages that are spoken are French and Malagasy. However, English, Chinese, and Arabic are spoken throughout the country as well. While it is not deemed necessary, students should take it upon themselves to start learning either French or Malagasy before arriving at their Madagascar University.
International students can look towards tuition price cuts when it comes to signing up for potential scholarship opportunities. In doing so, students will be asked to take a French fluency exam to help better understand what level the student is on, when it comes to understanding French. Normally, universities will cut some of the tuition cost off if a student can understand and speak a native language fluently.