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Structure of Higher Education System


The post-school education and training sector, which comprises higher education, is composed of universities and post-secondary institutions, mainly vocational. The National University of Samoa (NUS) is the largest government PSET provider in Samoa. The NUS was established by the Act of Parliament 2006. The two key planning and regulatory agencies within the sector are Ministry of Education, Sport and Culture and Samoa Qualifications Authority.

Stages of studies

University level first stage

Bachelor’s degree

First degree offered at universities.

University level second stage

Master’s degree

After completion of the Bachelor’s degree, students may continue towards Master’s degrees or graduate diplomas.

Admission to Higher Education

Admission to university-level studies

Name of Secondary school credential required: Samoa Secondary Leaving Certificate

Foreign students admission

Definition of foreign student: A student who is not a Samoan...

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