Study in Comoros
Comoros is a beautiful archipelago that consists of 3 islands namely Grande Comore, Moheli, and Anjouan. Every year tourists are attracted by its beaches, underwater fishing, and mountain scenery.
Moheli is a picturesque tourist attraction. The Comoros islands are mysteriously enchanting and far removed from the clutter of the conventional world, a perfect destination if you want to travel to a quiet peaceful place.
The education system in Comoros is run by the Ministry of National Education, Research, Culture, and Arts. The education system has grown considerably in recent years due to the high population growth. The main university in Comoros is the University of Comoros.
The Ministry of National Education, Research, Culture and Arts in collaboration with UNICEF launched the programming of educational activities to improve education at all levels.
This includes building and equipping of lecture halls, rehabilitation, and equipment of colleges and high schools, technical centers and schools, and construction and rehabilitation of all sports facilities.
The adult literacy rate in Comoros is 58.8% with 64.64% for males and 52.96% for females according to UNESCO.
Important things to note
If you are looking to study in Comoros, these are a few things you have to take note of:
Money-the Comoros islands’ currency is the Comorian Franc (KMF). Cash is the main means of paying for goods and services. You can either use the local currency or even use Euros. Credit cards are rarely accepted.
You can change your foreign currency for the local currency at the available Bureau De Change. United States dollars can also be accepted in some establishments but the change may be given in the local currency.
Medical Requirements- all travelers to Comoros are advised to undergo all the routine vaccinations. You are recommended to get vaccinated against yellow fever and cholera before traveling to Comoros.
Other routine vaccinations include those for chickenpox (varicella), DPT, polio, and measles.
Comoros is an island country, a volcanic archipelago located in the Indian Ocean off the eastern coast of Africa. It shares maritime borders with Madagascar, Tanzania to the northwest, Mozambique to the west, Seychelles in the northeast, the French region of Mayotte in the southeast
The capital city of Comoros is Moroni. Comoros has a total area of 1861 square kilometers. It has a population of 833 900, and a population density of 457 people per square kilometers as of 2019.
It is a member state of the African Union, the Organisation international de la Francophone, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, and the Indian Ocean Commission. Comoros gained independence from the French in 1975, on the 6th of July.
The rural, and urban population of Comoros is 71% and 29% respectively. More than two-thirds of the population live in rural areas. The official language of the republic is French, which is also the administrative language.
Comoros has three official languages which are Comorian, French, and Arabic. However, there are several local indigenous languages also being widely used that include Baoule, Dan, Anyin Dioula, and Cebara Senufo.
The ethnic composition of the Comoros islands reflects a diversity of origins. It is generally made up of Africans, the Malagasy immigrants, Arab and Persian traders, who have also mixed with people from Madagascar, and the Makua.
Did you know? Facts about COMOROS.
• It is the second-largest vanilla producer in the world after Madagascar.
• It is also the world's largest producer of ylang-ylang, which is an essential oil used in fragrance oils.
• There are more than 20 bird species that are endemic to Comoros
• The name Comoros comes from the Arabic word for the “moon”
• The islands are of volcanic origin
• The highest peak is the Karthala Peak at about 2361 meters in height.
Must see places in COMOROS.
Karthala volcano- this is an active volcano, which is also the highest point in Comoros. It is one of the largest volcanoes in the world and can be accessed in one or two days. A 30 min walk through the caldera (about 3x4km in length), leads to a 300m (diameter) and 70m (deep) crater. Iconi- is one of the oldest settlements on Grand Comore. You can find the famous sea cliffs from which women jumped to their deaths in the early 19th century instead of being kidnapped by Malagasy pirates and sold into slavery.
Itsandra- is a fishing village located 6km away from Moroni on the island Grande Comore, with a white sand beach, medina neighborhood, and a restaurant on the beach. It was once the ancient capital of the island. You can expect to find royal tombs and a fortress that was built in the 17th century.
Coelacanth Marine Park. It is the second marine park in Comoros located on the southern coast adjacent to the coelacanth habitat. The park protects some coral reefs, seagrass, and a variety of marine life.
Badjanani Mosque. Is one of the oldest mosques in Comoros and is religiously important to Comorians. It is located on the harbor adjacent to a boat-building yard, the medina, and freighters.
Mitsamiouli- it is a town with several white-sand beaches, very popular with tourists. It is also known for its great diving facilities and the remains of the Royal palace that dates back to the era of the Sultans.
About Comoros's Economy
Comoros is a low-income country. The economy of Comoros is based on subsistence agriculture and fishing which employ much of the population.
Comoros has a young and rapidly increasing population and few natural resources. Agriculture, fishing, and forestry are the leading sector of the economy contributing 40% to GDP, and employing 80% of the labor force, and provides most of the exports.
The country is not self-sufficient in food production; rice, the main staple, accounts for the bulk of imports. The nominal GDP of Comoros was at $1184 billion with a per capita of $1391, and GDP (PPP) of $2373 billion, with a per capita of $2790 as of 2018. GDP grew from 3.4% in 2018 to 4.8% in 2020. Inflation as of 2018 was at 1.749%.
GDP contribution by sector is as follows:
• Agriculture 50%
• Industry 10%
• Services 40%
Agriculture is driven by cash crops such as vanilla, ylang-ylang, and cloves, cassava, bananas, rain rice, and sweet potatoes. Comoros is the world's principal producer of ylang-ylang essence, an essence that is used in manufacturing perfumes and soaps. Comoros is the world's second-largest producer of vanilla, after Madagascar. Cloves are also an important cash crop grown in Comoros.
The main industries in Comoros are fishing, tourism, and perfume distillation.
Tourism in recent years has also been a contributor to the GDP of Comoros as tourists come from the world over to see the beauty of Comoros and to see one of the world’s largest volcano calderas. The white sandy beaches of Comoros attract tourists from all over the world.
Exports in Comoros were estimated at $49 million as of 2019. The main export goods include vanilla, ylang-ylang, cloves, coffee, tea, spices, and oils to name but a few. Its main export partners include India, France, Singapore, Netherlands, turkey, the United States of America, and Germany.
Imports were estimated at $201 million as of 2019. The main import goods include rice, foodstuffs, consumer goods, cement, petroleum products, equipment, cereals, vehicles, beverages, and motor vehicle parts. Its main import partners include Pakistan, France, India, China, the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Vietnam, pain, south Africa, and Kenya, to mention but a few.
Why Study in Comoros
Internationally recognized degrees
The University of Comoros offers some programs leading to internationally recognized degrees.
Students who opt to study in Comoros have an opportunity to find plenty of scholarships, both local and international to finance their studies.
Travel and Tourism
there is plenty to see in Comoros. Students can take time off studies to view the beautiful natural landscape, beaches, and various historical and tourist sites.
Unique African Destination
Comoros is a unique African destination in terms of natural beauty. It has white-sand beaches and several tourist sites that students can enjoy.
Scholarships in Comoros
All visitors traveling or entering Comoros are required to have a visa. Nationals of any country can obtain a visa on arrival or at the consulate for a maximum stay of 45 days.
According to the government website, visa fees are 30.00 euros or US$ 50.00 for stays of up to 45 days and free for transit visitors with a stay for a maximum of 24 hours
All visitors to Comoros must have a passport valid for 6 months and return or onward tickets.
Comoros Student Visa
Scholarships are available for students who wish to study in Comoros.
Some of the known categories of scholarships in Comoros include Student specific scholarships, Career-specific scholarships, Merit-based scholarships, Need-based scholarships, Creative contest scholarships, College-specific scholarships, and Athletic Scholarships, to mention but a few.