Applications for the 2023–2024 intake are now closed.
- If you completed your UACE before 2023: November 30, 2023
- If you expect to complete your UACE in 2023: December 15, 2023
Malengo’s Uganda–Germany Program prepares Ugandan Secondary School Graduates for admission to an English-speaking full Bachelor’s program at a German university and provides help with financing. We are specifically looking to support students who have limited means and could not otherwise afford to study at a university.
German universities are unique, offering high quality education with no tuition fees to students.
In addition, there is now a growing number of Bachelor’s programs that are taught fully in English; German skills are therefore not required when entering the program. Malengo advises students take a German course to help them in their day to day life. Courses are typically offered free of charge by the universities.
What does Malengo offer its selected scholars?
- Support to take the IELTS test, including tutoring and funding
- Guidance and funding to apply to up to three English-speaking bachelors degree programs in Germany from a list of eligible programs and universities
- Help in applying for and obtaining a student visa for Germany
- A pre-departure orientation seminar to prepare for life in Germany
- Assistance in finding accommodation for the first year living in Germany
- Financial support to cover the first-year living expenses, flight ticket, and related travel costs
- Guidance to find a part-time job to help pay for all costs after the first year
- A supportive mentor and other network staff to support scholars
- Connection to other scholars and wide network of support for social activities and friendship
How it works
Students are selected in a competitive process consisting of an application and a series of interviews. The primary criteria for selection are academic excellence, limited financial means, and motivation to make the most of the opportunity to study in Germany. If we receive more applications from qualified students than we have slots, we will choose by lottery. (This will also allow us to study the impacts of the program.) If you are unsuccessful in the lottery in one year, you can try again in the following year if you still meet the criteria.
Once you become a Malengo Scholar, you receive support in selecting up to three Bachelor’s programs of your choice in Germany from our list of eligible programs. Malengo will support you in applying to the chosen programs. We will also pay for your application fees, and the fees to complete the IELTS English test.
After being admitted to a university of your choice, Malengo supports you in applying for a student visa (including paying for the fees), finding housing, organizing travel, and starting your studies. We also provide an orientation seminar before departure to prepare you for your new adventure.
As a Malengo Scholar, you receive financial support that covers your first-year living expenses, semester fees, and travel and application costs.
After the first year, we expect that you will be able to support yourself with part-time jobs.
After you finish your studies and take a job, we expect you to make contributions back to Malengo to allow us to continue our work. This happens through a so-called Income Share Agreement. An income share agreement means that you agree to contribute a share of your income for a limited period of time.
For the 2023 cohort, the parameters were as follows: Students who live in Germany and earn more than EUR 27,000 per year contribute 14% of their pre-tax income for up to 10 years (but never more than EUR 56,220 over their lifetime). If they to Uganda and earn more than EUR 27,000 per year, they contribute 7% of their pre-tax income for up to 5 years (with the same lifetime maximum). If they do not have an income, or if their income is lower than EUR 27,000, they are not expected to make contributions. All of these numbers are adjusted for inflation on an ongoing basis. The parameters for the 2024 cohort may be slightly different; successful applicants will be informed about the exact details of the agreement.
During your studies
While you are studying, our network of staff and mentors will support you. We provide help with everyday issues like dealing with university administration, authorities, and businesses. We also support you in finding a part-time job to help you pay for your living expenses after the first year of studies. And finally, our network is a place for social activities and friendships.
After your studies
Malengo does not have rules or expectations about what you do after you finish your degree. We will support you as best we can in whatever you decide to do. This might include continuing to further studies; finding a job in Germany; returning to Uganda; or moving to a third country. The Malengo Team and our network of mentors is always there to support you with advice.
What does Malengo expect of its scholars?
After they graduate, if they have a job with a sufficiently high salary, Malengo expects scholars to contribute a share of their income to the next generation of scholars through an ‘income share agreement’ (ISA).’ ISAs are student-friendly and protect students from risk. Instead of a loan where students pay fixed amounts and potentially become saddled with large amounts of debt, ISAs enable scholars to pay a percentage of their earnings over a limited period of time depending on how much they make and where they live. They pay less money back if they return to their country of origin.
Who can apply?
You are eligible for the program if you fulfill the following set of criteria:
- Basic Eligibility
- You have completed the UCE exam
- You have either already completed the UACE and have at least two principal passes; OR you plan to complete the UACE exam in 2023 and already have your mock UACE results
- Your UACE must be issued in one of the eligible districts, which are listed here. Your place of residence in Uganda does not matter; it matters only where your UACE was/will be obtained.
- You are 30 years of age or below as of December 31, 2023
- You have not yet completed a Bachelor’s program
- Academic Eligibility (based on requirements of German university)
- 2 subjects at the Principal Level of the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) with a grade of E or better, and
- 3 subjects in the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) with a grade of 6 or better, and
- These 5 subjects are general knowledge courses and independent from each other, including Math and English.
- Additional requirements
- You have a Ugandan passport; OR a Ugandan national ID; OR a letter from NIRA showing your NIN number; OR be a refugee living in Uganda and hold a valid refugee travel document. You do not need all documents at the time of application; ONE is sufficient.
- You read, write, and speak good English.
- You come from a background of limited means. We will check this during the application process. If you’re unsure if you qualify, we recommend applying regardless.
- You are motivated to work hard to succeed at a German university and integrate yourself into your community there.
We are committed to evidence, and therefore we will study the impacts of the program on your and your family’s lives. After you apply, you will receive the occasional questionnaire from us that asks you about how and what you are doing. Participation is not mandatory. You can still become a Malengo Scholar even if you don’t wish to complete these questionnaires.
Find out more
You can read more about the details of applying on the “How to Apply” page.
There is also a page with Frequently Asked Questions.
Once you are ready to submit your application, you can do so at https://app.malengo.org.