The official language of Benin is French and it is used at all levels of instruction. Studying in Benin is thus well suited for French speakers or students interested or unchallenged by language issues. The biggest in situation in the country is University of Benin with campuses in Abomey Calavi, Cotonou and Porto Novo. In addition to this other more recently founded higher education institutions include University of Parakou (UNIPAR), National Institute of Economics (INE), National School of Administration (ENA) and the National Institute of Physical Sports and Education.
Benin is a suitable study destination for Nigerian students who may have difficulty in finding admission in their local institutions. The entry requirements in the universities in Benin simply require the applicant to have their original high school examination result slip, leaving certificate, passport and birth certificate.
In addition to the above university programs, the humanity exchange also offers students from around the world an opportunity to take an intensive French language course in Benin. This is an invaluable asset on the African continent where many countries are French speaking. The program can be undertaken either as a volunteer or as a paying student. Both ways the trainers are University trained and the main difference is scheduling. Other interesting programs for international students are offered by the Universite National De Benin, Faculte des Sciences de la Sante. The program is meant for medical students and interested applicants can get to enjoy the sights of Benin while studying. Being a developing nation, the cost of living is relatively low in Benin and as such suitable for students with limited resources.