Zimbabwe Open University(ZOU) Admission Requirements


Zimbabwe Open University(ZOU) Admission Requirements

Zimbabwe Open University(ZOU) is a higher institution of learning in Zimbabwe that delivers quality education to its students. below are the basic requirements for admission into the university.


The Zimbabwe Open University offers students admission at the following levels:

  • Certificate/Diploma (undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Masters by Coursework
  • Masters by Thesis
  • MPhil/DPhil


There are 2 levels of Regulations, namely:
General Regulations which cover all programmes; and Programme Regulations which cover each specific programme.

General Regulations take precedence over programme regulations. Five ‘O’ Levels including English Language and specific subjects and qualifications as required by the programme.

Where an applicant does not have a pass in English Language at ‘O’ Level he/she will be required to pass a recognised English Proficiency Test before admission into a programme.
Applicants who fail the English Proficiency Test will be required to take a certificated English Language bridging course offered by the Zimbabwe Open University.

Applications for admissions are through an official ZOU application form purchased at any one of the ten Regional Centres.


Application forms should be submitted to the relevant region where the candidate intends to study. The regions maintain a serialized inventory of application forms and after the deadline for the submission of application forms, the data on application forms is captured onto spreadsheets by programme. The spreadsheets are used by Regional and Faculty Admissions sub-committees to recommend successful applicants to the Senate sub-committee on admissions. The cash office receives money in lieu of application forms. Letters of offer are forwarded to successful students. Invoice statements are attached to these letters.


  1. Good day..need clarity want to apply for 2020 admission in one of your courses im currently working in South Africa and would want to know if you offer long distance learning in degree programs like psychology and if i will only be required to be in Zim for exams if you have no centres outside Zimbabwe
    thanks for your response

  2. I applied last year to study with you a degree in Marketing management, but due to the fact l did not have English at Ordinary level l did not make it.ln November l wrote and passed English language and got a B what should l do?


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