Great Zimbabwe University


Great Zimbabwe University

Number of students
600€ - 600€
Semester Tuition Fees
Ø monthly cost of living
Scholarships available
January 31, August 31
Application Deadline
Student - staff ratio
Nations represented

Offered Programs

At GZU, fees are applicable to both its local as well as broad-based students depending on some factors determined by the institution. The cost of study at GZU is as follows:

Students Undergraduate Postgraduate
Local students 1,000-2,500 US$ 2,500-5,000 US$
Local students (750-1,800 Euro) (1,800-3,700 Euro)
International students 2,500-5,000 US$ 5,000-7,500 US$
International students (1,800-3,700 Euro) (3,700-5,500 Euro)

Admission Requirements at Great Zimbabwe University

Undergraduate Programs:

  • Application form completed via RocApply
  • High school certificate
  • Proof of English Language knowledge: TOEFL(minimum score 75), IELTS (minimum band score 5.5), CEFR (minimum grade B2) or any other equivalent.
  • Passport photographs (scanned)
  • International passport or travel document
  • Transfer students must submit original copies of their transcripts detailing the courses taken at their previous institution.
  • Depending on the program applied for the student must possess at least a ‘C’ in all their required subjects for admission.

NB: Please note that all documents must be notarized by the appropriate body where the certificates were obtained.

Masters Programs:

  • Application form completed via RocApply
  • Bachelor’s certificate or diploma of completed course over a period of at least three years. (certificates must be notarized, authenticated and translated into English by the appropriate body in the country where they were obtained)
  • Academic transcripts detailing the courses taken and their grades
  • Letter of motivation
  • Passport photographs (scanned)
  • International passport
  • CGPA average of 2.4/4.0
  • Proof of English language knowledge: TOEFL (minimum score of 85), IELTS (minimum band score 6.0), CEFR (minimum grade C1) or any other equivalent.

RocApply Tip: Foreign students who would like to stay on campus for their first year must indicate so early enough as the spots are given on a first come first serve basis. And also so that they may be given a permit of allocation by the university.

Select your Degree

Application Requirements for Bachelors:

  • A-Level Certificate

Select your field of study for Bachelors


Select your Bachelor program

Application Requirements for Masters:

  • A-Level Certificate
  • Bachelor's Degree

Select your field of study for Masters


Select your Master program

Application Requirements for Phds:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree

Select your field of study for Phds


Select your Phd program

Great Zimbabwe University in Rankings


  • Ranked 37th in the whole of Zimbabwe(  QS World University).

  • 9352 (globally) (QS World Universities Rankings)

Tuition and Scholarships at Great Zimbabwe University

GZU has several scholarships awarded each year to students who meet the requirements. The onus is on the student to apply when these scholarships are advertised. Some of the scholarships are listed below;

Presidential Scholarships

The Zimbabwe government sponsors a scholarship scheme towards both local and broad-based students in Zimbabwe (Presidential Scholarship) . This scholarship seeks to reward high-flying students from different parts of the country and different countries around the world thus encouraging foreign relations in several educational spheres.

The scholarship is open to students in Diploma, Bachelor, Masters and Ph.D. programs currently enrolled at GZU. The scheme covers the student's full or partial tuition fees and provides subsidized accommodation within the city.

International Students

International students can submit their applications for consideration for scholarships, grants, and/or tuition waivers towards their studies at the institution. The University encourages easy academic pursuit without the burden concerning heavy tuition through availing scholarships and funds for broad-based learners who enroll at the university. These scholarships are both government-funded and privately funded by national and international agencies.

Other Funding Opportunities: HigherLife Foundation

Higherlife Foundation is an organization founded in 1996, whose main purpose has been to support orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa through education and material support. Educational support has been provided through the Capernaum Scholarship for orphaned and vulnerable children and the Joshua Nkomo Scholarship for highly gifted children. Other than Education support, the firm also supports beneficiaries with Guardianship and Pastoral Care.

Cost of living at Great Zimbabwe University

50USD / semester
50USD / month
Cost of living
25USD / month
25USD/ month

About Great Zimbabwe University

Established: June 1999 (750-1,800 Euro) an academic year Master programs: 80
Acronym: GZU Faculties: 5 Ph.D. programs:51
Religious Affiliation: Christian- Catholic Institutes: 6 Student population: 18 030- 20 000
Located in Masvingo, Zimbabwe Programs: 212 Administrative staff: 587
Type: Public Diploma programs:2
University rankings: 9352 (globally) via QS World Universities Rankings
Tuition (avg.): 1,000-2,500 US$ Undergraduate programs: 79
University rankings: 7 (Nationally via QS World University)

Founded in 1999, Great Zimbabwe University is a philanthropic public tertiary education institute. Officially acclaimed by the Ministry of Education, Zimbabwe, it is a tertiary institution formally allied with the Catholic religion. (GZU) offers courses driving towards esteemed higher education degrees in various fields of expertise.

GZU has a particular entrance scheme based on entrance examinations and students' past academic records and grades.

The admittance percentage range is 60-70% making this Zimbabwean tertiary Centre a relatively selective institution. While the institution grows into a fully-fledged institution of higher learning that will cover a full range of disciplines, it seeks to play a significant role in the restoration and preservation of culture as well as in using culture as the basis upon which to build the future within the context of local and global imperatives.

The University’s curriculum reflects those elements that promote African culture, reinforce the dignity and self-confidence of Africans, and underpin the national unity of Zimbabweans.

The birth of the (GZU) therefore heralds a new era in higher education, a period whose hallmark should see the Zimbabwe education system covering an increasing range of modern disciplines while being sufficiently and firmly anchored to local culture and restoring the confidence of indigenous Africans to apply and exploit their own creative genius in the modern competitive world.

Everyone at the GZU is ready to help students to build a career by enrolling for any one of the exciting programs on offer that will prepare them for the marketplace. At GZU, students have several choices to ensure that each student follows the correct academic path according to his or her capabilities as well as their interests.

 While the institution has adopted a multi-campus concept and presently has campuses in Masvingo City Centre as well as in Mashava, the actual University-Main Campus will be constructed near the Great Zimbabwe Shrine, 35km east of the City of Masvingo.

Great Zimbabwe University prides itself as an institution that strives to be the center of excellence in arts, culture and heritage studies as well as the advancement of other academic disciplines for the promotion of the development of society. Looking for reasons to study at GZU.

Social Resources

GZU university acknowledges that University life is not only about LEARNING ONLY, therefore, but there are also a lot of opportunities for one to boost their social life at from joining different clubs or groups to getting involved in sports or just hanging out with new people.

Student Services Offered at Great Zimbabwe University

GZU provides its learners and staff members a natural environment conducive enough, to cater to the social, spiritual, and physical needs. The services are listed below:

Bus service:

  • The University school bus is available daily to ferry students to town and back in case one has some business to attend to in the City center.

Campus store:

  • A campus store is available that provides basic commodities that may be needed. For example, sanitary wear for ladies thereby reducing the number of town trips to get groceries in the city.

Guidance and counseling services:

  • The University acknowledges that no man is an island, therefore, there is a full-time Counselor within the institution, where students are free to visit at any time, for counseling, prayer, or just to talk.

Health services:

The Health Department supports and promotes student health in all aspects. It also advocates and facilitates the provision of quality health services and care to students through Health Education, Counselling, Treatment of all illnesses, Family Planning services and Provider Initiated HIV Testing and Counselling. The university has the state of at the clinic at Mashava campus and at the Law School.

Information Communication Technology Centre:

  • ICT is available for internet access and study materials 24/7.

Library Services:

  • The University has an on-campus library that presently has about 98 654 textbooks as well as E- resource services that have an immeasurable number of textbooks online. So, in terms of resources don’t stress we got you covered.

Sports And Recreatıon:

The department focuses on various sporting activities that relieve students from the accumulated academic stress and also for maintaining healthy styles. Both social and competitive sports and recreational activities are offered. The department provides several sporting disciplines such as ball games, athletics, throws, jumps, and indoor games. Students who excel in sports have the opportunity to compete at national .regional and international levels.

HIV and AIDS skılls:

  • The Great Zimbabwe University HIV & AIDS Life Skills program is mainly focused on Sexual Reproductive Health, HIV and AIDS and Life Skills education for students and staff and the surrounding Masvingo Community. Information and knowledge are disseminated through awareness campaigns, behavior change forums, seminars, talk shows, gender-based violence dialogues, video screenings and workshops on selected issues/topics. The university has viable student peer educators for all campuses s who are responsible for the dissemination of information and also gathering information on issues concerning their peers for programming purposes. All HIV & AIDS Life Skills activities are guided by the University HIV & AIDS Life Skills policy. The Department has a small resource unit loaded with information on HIV & AIDS for use by students, staff and the community.

Chaplaincy & ecumenical services:

  • The University Chaplaincy is manned by a religious leader who offers general support and guidance while also drawing attention to the spiritual values within the various faiths. The services of the chaplaincy are open to the entire university. There is freedom of worship at the university and hence the chaplaincy coordinates the various groups that wish to fellowship at Mashava and the Main campus. There are interdenominational services that are held on Sundays at the two campuses.

The Achievements of Great Zimbabwe University

Named the winner of the Zimbabwe Top Business Brand Higher and Tertiary Education Services.

Named amongst the Top 100 Business Brands of 2017 at the Zimbabwe Top Business Brands National Awards. The award recognizes and rewards brand excellence and celebrate brands that have the finest reputation in their various industries. Brands that receive recognition are the ones that offer customers and other stakeholders significant emotional and tangible benefits over its competitors.

University of the Year 2016, Zimbabwe Leadership Awards (ZILA 2017) National Awards, Harare, 07 August 2017.

Winner, Finance Management Award of Excellence in Financial Turn Around by the Public Sector Management.

2nd Runner Up 2017 Finance Management Award of Excellence in Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Management by the Public Sector Management.

2nd Runner-Up 2017 Finance Management Award of Excellence in Revenue Collection, Credit Control and Risk Management by the Public Sector Management

Location of Great Zimbabwe University

Main Campus of Great Zimbabwe University

Situated seven kilometers from the city Centre off the Old Great Zimbabwe Monuments Road, the current Main Campus is the administrative nerve Centre of the University. The main administrative departments and Gary Magadzire School of Agriculture and Natural Sciences are located on this campus.

City Campuses situated in the city of Masvingo, the aptly named City Campuses comprise the Mucheke Campus which houses the Centre for Hospitality, Tourism and Culture, Hebert Chitepo Law School, Jairosi Jiri Centre for Special Needs Education, Kwame Nkrumah Centre for African and Asian Studies, Nehanda Centre for Gender and Cultural Studies and Works and Estates Department.

The Robert Mugabe School of Education and Culture and Julius Nyerere School of Social Sciences, situated in the West View Industrial Area are also part of the City Campuses. Also, part of the City Campuses is the City Library which is centrally located for the convenience of students.

Mashava Campus of Great Zimbabwe University

The Mashava Campus is home to the Simon Muzenda School of Arts, Culture and Heritage Studies, Centre for Culture and Heritage Studies, Munhumutapa School of Commerce and the Bernard Chidzero Graduate Centre for Business.

Located about 45 kilometers from Masvingo City Centre, the Mashava Campus offers superb teaching as well as learning facilities and a unique Student Village that has premier state-of-the-art accommodation facilities.

The Mashava Campus also offers other archetypal amenities such as the Campus Medical Centre, Library and sport and recreational facilities in a scenic and congenial environment suitable for tertiary education studies.

Why Study at Great Zimbabwe University

Skilled Professors

The University hires highly skilled as well as qualified persons thereby ensuring mainstream culture and heritage in teaching and research resulting in preservation of African culture and heritage.

Highly Tech

The Use of ICT-based solutions in teaching, learning, research, administration and innovation result in versatile graduates equipped with skills and competencies relevant to the needs of society

Self Discipline

Self-discipline across all critical spheres of life is a hallmark of the University's transformational and redemptive educational system. GZU strives to encourage self -discipline in its learners as well as its members of staff.

Student-Friendly City

Masvingo is a very friendly and happy place to live in. From the clean environment to the friendly and warm people as well as the availability of resources. Distances are very short, and you have everything at your disposal that you may need as a student. The out of town location provides an excellent learning environment on a campus free from corruption, drug abuse and sexual harassment.

Accommodation Great Zimbabwe University

On Campus Accomodation at Great Zimbabwe University

The university has a number of student accommodation facilities offered on campus, these vary from domes to student residents halls. All accommodation facilities come with standard amenity features, beds, wireless internet, study desks and chairs, bathroom and toilet access, cleaning services, self-laundry facilities, common entertainment rooms. Student hall passages are monitored and are secured to protect students and their valuables.

The university has over 50 student accommodation facilities all located on its premises, these vary from single occupancy to others sharing 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 per room and these also vary in the prices with the more private apartments being fairly expensive and the sharing apartments being relatively more affordable. All this is in a bid to be able to house students within its premises at rates affordable to all.

GZU offers standard accommodation to its learners in the form of apartments. These are furnished with a table, beds, mattresses, chairs, a two-plate electric cooker, a bookshelf, a chest of drawers and a wardrobe.  Students are expected to supply their own bed linens, cooking utensils, cutlery, and dishes.

A house deposit to cover accidental breakages or furniture and window panes, the defacing of walls and any other property damage or loss, will be required before a student is granted occupancy of a house. When a student vacates a house any repair and/or replacement costs will be charged to the student’s account and any credit remaining on deposit will be refunded.

Off Campus Accomodation at Great Zimbabwe University

All international students are housed on campus and are given preference in apartments of their choice.  Seeing that MSU has a growing number and all students may not be housed on campus or may not afford the accommodation expenses there are various accommodation facilities offered in the neighborhoods around the university.

Food at Great Zimbabwe University

The University has a cafeteria on campus that offers catering and meals, for healthy, nutritious and scrumptious meals. Food services are handled by premium caterers that serve learners on campus with various meal options at different times of the day.

Students have meal tickets that they can use to get food from the cafeteria during breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Interesting facts about Zimbabwean food

The main staple of Zimbabwean cuisine is maize/ corn and is used in a variety of dishes. One of the most popular dishes is Sadza, it is a stiff maize meal that is like a thickened porridge. It can be rolled into a ball and dipped into the meat, sauce, gravy, sour milk, or stewed vegetables.

These are unique dishes that new broad-based may try out as they are highly nutritious. Meat in Zimbabwe is very good, interesting game meat such as impala and crocodile tail is readily available in most cities. Zimbabwean markets also have sumptuous fruits esp papaya and locally grown vegetables.

About Masvingo

Masvingo is a city in south-eastern Zimbabwe and the capital of Masvingo Province. The city is close to Great Zimbabwe, the national monument from which the country takes its name.

Masvingo is close to Lake Mutirikwi, its recreational park, the Kyle dam and the Kyle National Reserve where there are many different animal species.

It has beautiful scenery, magnificent architecture, good food, and walkable streets which is very difficult to resist. The city is very safe and the people are warm and courteous, students move around freely and crime is nearly non-existent.

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