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Guidelines for Freshers of 2019/2020 Academic Year



First Year students (Freshers) are by tradition given an “acclimatization” period of normally one week which is referred to as the “Orientation Week”. The Freshers report on Campus one week earlier than the Continuing students and during this week they are introduced to the key facilities in h University as well as other important aspects of life at the University.

Schedule of Semesters for Academic Year 2019/2020

Orientation Week:

Getting used to a new place can be pretty daunting, but that is what orientation week is all about; getting to know your surroundings, meeting students and staff members. This makes you feel comfortable enough to hit the ground running when the semester starts. It is a great chance for you to familiarize yourself with the University.

Saturday 3rd August, 2019 to Friday 9th August, 2019 (7 Days) – Orientation Week

Semester One

Saturday 10th August, 2019 to Saturday 7th December, 2019 (17 Weeks)

Semester One Vacation

Saturday 7th December, 2019 to Friday 17th January, 2020 (17 Weeks)

Semester Two

Saturday 18th January, 2020 to Saturday 16th May, 2020 (17 Weeks)

Semester Two Vacation

Saturday 16th May, 2020 to Saturday 25th July, 2020 (10 Weeks)

During this week, arrangements are made to enable the Freshers meet and be addressed by Key Officers, Wardens and Student Leaders who welcome the students centrally and at their respective Colleges and Schools.

Arrangements are also made to enable Freshers acquaint themselves with such key facilities at the University like the Library, University Hospital, Games and Recreation Facilities etc. Freshers are expected to take advantage of the week to survey and acquaint themselves with the general Campus lay out. Another major activity during the Orientation Week is Registration.

All Freshers must ensure that they are registered first centrally and then with each of their respective Colleges/Schools/Departments/Halls/University Hospital.


Saturday 3rd August, 2019

Resident Freshers report to their respective Halls of residence or private Hostels by 5:00pm. It is the responsibility of each student to make his/her own travel arrangements to the University or private hostel.

Monday 5th August, 2019

All Freshers slall report to the Freedom Square for a meeting with the University officials at 9:00am. The Freedom square is the open ground in front of the Main Administration Building where official functions of the University are normally performed. Freshers are expected to be seated by 9:00am.


For a candidate to qualify to be a bonafide student of the 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.

Registration will commence on Tuesday 6th August, 2019 starting at 9:00am each day.

Ensure that you complete all required registration formalities within the prescribed time in order to avoid disappointments later.

Registration Requirements

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).   (i) The Fees Structure (bill) for either Government or Private is attached on your admission letter.

(ii).  (ii) Total functional fees for Government and Privately Sponsored Students are 179,206/= and 860,955/= respectively for Ugandans and East Africans.

(iii).(iii) International students’ functional fee is 1,516,253/=.

(iv).(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)      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)     b) UNSA Subscription fee (Per Year) – Shs. 2,000/=  (payable to Stanbic Bank, City Branch, A/C 0140007248501)

Change of Programme/Subjects

(a)    (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 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)   (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 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 15th July, 2019 to Friday 9th August, 2019 at Level 3 in the Internet Cafe and Level 6, Room 612 Senate Building.

N.B: It is advisable that only those students who meet the cut-off points for the desired programmes may apply.


Alfred Masikye-Namoah


29th June, 2019

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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals



Mak-RIF 4 Awards and PhD Call For Proposals, 29th September 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM EAT.

Makerere University received funding from the Government of the Republic of Uganda, earmarked to support high impact Research and Innovations. This unique initiative arose after engagements between the top University Management and the Government of Uganda. This fund illustrates the increasing importance that the Government attaches to Research and Innovation as a driver of development and transformation. The objective of the fund is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda. 

In the Financial years 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 the Government of the Republic of Uganda through Mak-RIF has funded implementation of over 750 multidisciplinary research and innovations within the various Colleges, while engaging multiple stakeholders within and outside Makerere University. The Grants Management Committee (GMC) has finalized the award process for the Mak-RIF round 4 call for funding for this Financial Year 2022/2023.

The Grants Management Committee (GMC) hereby invites you to the Launch of the Mak-RIF Round 4 awards and PhD Call for Proposals scheduled to take place tomorrow Thursday 29th September 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EAT. 

Please use the following details to join the launch.

Register in advance for this meeting: 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise



One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.

NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.

 Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.

THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.


(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.

(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission



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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution



Left to Right: Prof. Gunnar Köhlin, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Amb. Maria Håkansson, Commissioner Julius Mafumbo and Prof. Edward Bbaale posing for a group photo before the opening ceremony on 22nd September 2022: Photo by EfD-Mak Centre.

The Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe on Thursday 22nd September, 2022 participated in the opening of the EfD Annual meeting hosted by Makerere University at Speke Resort Munyonyo where he appealed to government to implement the ban on kaveera and address other environmental issues.

The opening ceremony moderated by the EfD Global Hub Manager Gunnar Köhlin and was graced by Uganda’s Minister for Water and Environment represented by the Commissioner for Water, Mr. Julius Mafumbo and the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Maria Håkansson.

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