WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$0 /year
Applications Begin:June 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Arts in Kiswahili
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:Faculty of Arts
Campus:Main Campus
Application Deadline: 30 September 2020
Programme Overview

Kiswahili is one of the disciplines offered by the Department of Linguistics and Languages. Over the years the department has contributed to national development by training manpower in the language.  Kiswahili graduates trained in the department have continued to render valuable services in the media, publishing firms and government ministries.

Fostering nationalism, patriotism and promoting national unity is the first among the eight national goals of education. This syllabus has been prepared with a view to fulfilling this goal by strengthening the teaching of Kiswahili which is our national and official language.


a) The minimum period required for a candidate to study and qualify for the award of a degree is seven (8) semesters. The maximum period is sixteen (16) semesters assuming two (2) semesters per academic year, or twenty four (24) semesters assuming three (3) semesters per academic year.

(b) A candidate for a B.A. in Kiswahili degree shall be required to register, study, sit examinations and pass in at least forty four (44) course units taken throughout the period of study. These units shall include the faculty-based Designated Common Courses (DCC) and prescribed Common Undergraduate Courses (CUC).

Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements for admission to the B.A. Kiswahili Programme are as follows:

  1. KCSE mean grade C+ or equivalent
  2. KCSE C plain or equivalent Plus a Diploma from a recognized institution
  3. O Level Division II or equivalent Plus a Diploma from a recognized institution
  4. O Level Division III or equivalent Plus a Certificate and Diploma
  5. O Level Division III or equivalent Plus a three-year Diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution for admissions to Bachelor of Education
  6. A Level with two principal passes (one of which must be in Kiswahili) or equivalent
  7. Higher National Diploma in relevant field with a mean grade of C in KCSE
  8. Degree from a recognized university
  9. Besides the above requirements, the applicant must have a minimum score of C+ in Kiswahili at O Level or its equivalent
Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan Students: $0
Application Fees for International Students: $0

How to Apply:
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University of Nairobi has three intakes in an Academic year. Main intake being in September/October for all the courses and December/January for Bachelor of Education(Arts), Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Hospitality Management, Bachelor of Travel and Tourism April/May for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education(Arts), Bachelor of Education Early Childhood, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Economics ,Bachelor of Economics and Statistics ,Bachelor of Journalism and media Studies, Bachelor of Art Broadcast Production, Bachelor of Hospitality Management, Bachelor of Travel and Tourism, Bachelor of Arts Broadcast Production and all Diploma and Certificate courses.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this programme will work in areas like:
– media (both print and electronic)
– publishing,
– theater,
– drama and film;
– university teaching and research;
– public relations;
– social work and translation

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Tuition Fees for International Students: $0

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International Students pay 20% more than the Kenyan Students.

Relevant Contact

Prof. Ephraim Wahome
Dean Faculty of Arts
Admissions Office
Admission Enquiries