Admission Requirements

Checking whether you qualify for admission into any of our programs is an important step in the enrollment process to streamline your journey to matriculation.

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To be successfully admitted into any Northrise University undergraduate or postgraduate program, an applicant must meet the general admission requirements and where applicable, additional admission requirements specific to the program you are considering.


Diploma Programs A GCSE certificate or equivalent with credits or better in a minimum of five subjects, including English and Mathematics


Bachelor’s Degrees A GCSE certificate or equivalent with credits or better in a minimum of five subjects, including English and Mathematics

Science is required for those applying for Bachelor of Science in Nursing or A-Levels in Sciences


A Diploma in Teaching Methodology requires a 3-year Diploma or a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.

Master’s Degree Programs require a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university, along with two years of work experience.

Executive MBA (EMBA) applicants must have already completed courses in economics, statistics, accounting, and business management; otherwise, they will be required to take each of the courses at the undergraduate level simultaneously.


Additional Admission Requirements

Admission requirements may differ based on degree level, program, study stream, or student type. Where applicable, Applicants considering a particular program may be required to attend an interview, aptitude test, present a portfolio of qualifications, or perform some other activity as detailed in university documentation to qualify for admission into a particular program. Below are the programs with specific requirements and student-type requirement.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN)

BScN Applicants are required to sit for aptitude tests in three subjects: Mathematics, Chemistry, and Biology. A score of 50 percent gives applicants full admission into the program. Applicants with a score below 50 percent are placed on academic probation with an evaluation of their academic performance conducted after one academic year to assess their progress and GPA before lifting the probation.

Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)

An Applicant wishing to pursue our EMBA program must have completed courses in the following areas: Economics, Statistics, Accounting, and Business Management. If not, such an applicant will be required to take courses in these areas at the undergraduate level alongside their program.

International Applicants

Any person who is NOT Zambian by nationality, citizenship status or has no Resident Permit is processed as an International Applicant and must ensure that their application meets the following requirements:

  • English Proficiency: All international students must furnish proof of English proficiency, as all Northrise instruction is conducted in the English language. The English requirement is intended to demonstrate competency in grammar and composition, as well as comprehension and analysis of dense written material.
    • International undergraduates: Are required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report with the application for admission. In the absence of a TOEFL score, students will be required to test out of a Northrise administered English test before admittance to their program of interest. A test-out fee applies. NOTE: TOEFL or IELTS scores will help to determine how much additional English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction an applicant might require before full-time enrollment in university courses.
    • International Postgraduate: If the undergraduate degree was acquired from an English-based University, then the degree and any English Course on the transcript will suffice. Otherwise, an applicant will be required to submit TOEFL or EILTS test scores or opt to Test Out of a Northrise University administered English test.
  • Study Permit: All on-site (DAY) International Students are required to present a valid Study Permit which is granted by the Zambian Department of Immigration (the Immigration) to study at Northrise University. Please note the following on this requirement:
    • Study permits are issued to non-Zambians who come to study in Zambia.
    • Applicants who are not residents in Zambia must submit their applications while outside the country.
    • If you are a holder of a different permit other than the Study Permit, you are required to write a letter to Immigration seeking approval to study while holding a different permit.
    • An Applicant can choose to complete this process on their own or engage Northrise University Admissions Office during the Admission process to complete this application for them. A Study Permit Application Process Fee and other terms and conditions apply.

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