UDS Admission Requirements and How To Apply for Domestic or International Enrolment

By different rankings of Universities in Ghana both locally and internationally, University for Development Studies has found its way to be among the topmost institutions in the country for quite a long time now, attracting both local and international students. However, for one to get a place in the institution, there are the UDS admission requirements that have to be met, and also the application process that is important to follow.

Established in 1992, the University for Development Studies (UDS) is a public institution located in Tamale, northern Ghana. The university has many courses available for diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The university has less than 20,000 students for both its undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Because of the status of the university among others, it is not surprising that many individuals are interested in having their names as students of the institution. The process of earning a spot there may be quite easy, but the steps to follow are very important.

UDS Admission Requirements For Undergraduate Programs

UDS Admission Requirements

For undergraduate courses, the university is open to West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) holders or HND and other diploma holders. There are different requirements for all these prospective students.

1. West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) holders

  • The first requirement is to have at least C6 in three Core and three Elective Subjects. Candidates who get below this are advised not to apply.
  • The three core subjects are Integrated Science/Social Studies, Mathematics, and English
  • The three elective subjects must be in subjects that are relevant to your programs.
  • Social Studies is not an elective subject.
  • If you read Arts and Business subjects at WASSCE, you can use a grade in Social Studies in place of the grade in Integrated Science for aggregate calculation if the grade in Social Studies is better than the grade in Integrated Science. This is only possible if you have at least a pass in Integrated Science.
  • If, on the other hand, you are a Science student, Social Studies (Core) does not replace Integrated Science (Core) in the calculation of candidates’ aggregates.
  • Have an aggregate score that should not exceed 36. Your chances are much higher with 6 points for very competitive courses.

Note

You can calculate your aggregate by adding your grades using the marks as seen on the image below:

UDS Admission Requirements

2. HND and other Diploma holders

If you have a diploma or HND, you have a chance of either getting admission into 100 or 200 level for degree programs if you meet the following requirements

  • Having either a Second Class Lower or better in related programs will give you a chance to be admitted into Level 200
  • Applicants who have either a Third Class or Pass may be able to get consideration for admission into Level 100.
  • Candidates are expected to attend and pass a scheduled selection interview to be conducted by the University. The date for the interview and time is announced by the university.

Registered Nurses

For the 3-Year BSc Nurse Practitioner program or 2/3-Year BSc Nursing program, applicants must be a registered nurse with a Diploma or State Registered Nurses Certificate and at least three years of working experience. Anything short of three years’ experience may not be considered.

If you are applying for the BSc Nurse Anaesthesia program, there is a need to have one of the following:

  • RGN (Diploma) with a minimum of 3 years post-registration working experience
  • RGN (BSc Nursing) with 2 years’ post-registration working experience
  • Advanced Diploma in Nurse Anaesthesia with 2 years working experience

How To Get Admission Into UDS

UDS Admission Requirements

For one to get admission into UDS, one will, first of all, need to meet all the requirements based on the program you are applying for and then apply for the course interested. Here’s a look at the admission requirements depending on the program.

Application Process For International Students

For non-Ghanaians who are interested in studying at UDS, here are the simple steps to follow:

  • Make an online payment of $100 (a hundred dollars) on the university’s portal at admissions.uds.edu.gh. The payment is made using either a Master Card or Visa Card.
  • Ensure that you print the advice slip for future reference
  • After you must have made your payment, proceed to the admission portal at admissions.uds.edu.gh to access the online form.
  • Next, upload your most recent passport size photograph taken on a white background and also relevant certificates. Make sure you make use of your passport and not an image of an object.
  • Check all details and ensure that you got everything correctly.
  • Accept the University’s data confirmation policy and then submit the form.
  • Be sure your details are all accurate before hitting the submit button as once it is submitted, changes cannot be made.
  • Print out application summary
  • Attach results slips, certificates, and all other relevant documents to the application summary and submit them in triplicates (Three copies each) to the Deputy Registrar (Academic & Students’ Affairs) using the address below:

The Deputy Registrar
Academic and Students’ Affairs
University for Development Studies
P.O Box TL 1350
Tamale-GHANA

If you have any issue or inquiries, kindly send an email to [email protected]  or contact UDS through the following numbers (during working hours – 8 am to 5 pm from Monday to Friday:03720-93382 (+233-03720-93382)

Application Process For Domestic Students

After you must have met all the UDS admission requirements as a Ghanaian you will be required to use the UDS online portal to apply following the steps below:

  • Make a payment of One Hundred and Eighty Ghana Cedis (GH¢ 180.00) for the UDS E-Voucher at any of the approved banks in the country; (GCB Bank, Prudential Bank, Zenith Bank, Agricultural Development Bank (ADB), Stanbic Bank, National Investment Bank (NIB) and Ecobank.
  • The E-Voucher is important as it has the PIN, and Serial Number you will need to complete the online form.
  • After payment, visit the institution’s portal at uds.edu.gh to access the online form.
  • Upload a most recent passport size photograph with white background and relevant certificates.
  • Check all details and ensure that you got everything correctly.
  • Accept the University’s data confirmation policy and then submit the form.
  • Be sure your details are all accurate before hitting the submit button as once it is submitted, changes cannot be made.
  • Candidates are strongly advised to visit any EMS Office in the Country for assistance towards the return of the application documents.
  • It is not advisable to post the forms yourself. Instead, you are advised to seek the advice and services of Ghana Post EMS.
  • Be sure your details are all accurate before hitting the submit button as once it is submitted, changes cannot be made.
  • Print out application summary
  • Attach results slips, certificates, and all other relevant documents to the application summary and submit them in triplicates (Three copies each) to the Deputy Registrar (Academic & Students’ Affairs) using the address below:

The Deputy Registrar (Academic& Student Affairs)
University for Development Studies
P.O Box TL 1350
Tamale Campus
Tamale

How To Get Admission to UDS

UDS Admission Requirements
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Getting admission into UDS to study any course of your choice is a simple and straightforward process whether you are a domestic student or a foreigner. The most important part is to ensure that you have met the UDS admission requirements to the latter before attempting to apply as missing out on any of the requirements might stop you in your quest.

Secondly, ensure that all the online processes spelled out above are followed. Make the necessary payments as specified above and then upload your passport and necessary documents before submitting and printing your slip.

Attach all your documents (three copies of each) and have them delivered as stated above to the aforementioned address.

You need the following qualification to successfully enroll and get admission to UDS

  • West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE)
  • HND and other Diploma
  • Diploma or State Registered Nurses Certificate

How Much Does UDS Forms Cost?

The cost of the application forms differs for prospective domestic students and international students. It is important, however, to note that the prices for the forms are subject to change for the next academic year. To access the form, you will pay the following prices:

  • UDS application form for domestic students is GH¢ 180.00 (One Hundred and Eighty Ghana Cedis)
  • UDS application form for international students is  $100.00 (One Hundred US Dollars)

Note: While international students make payments online using their credit or debit cards, domestic students are expected to make payments using the aforementioned banks.

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