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New Students - Joining MUST

Welcome to MUST: Where excellence reigns!

MUST is a place where you will have the opportunity to expand your horizons of knowledge, both academically and socially. MUST is well-known for its efforts to provide education that matches international standards. There are a lot of highly qualified staff at this great university, who are ready to assist you and provide you with positive life-changing experiences in your journey to becoming a fully educated individual.


You will have received an offer letter from MUST, offering you a place for study at the University. This will be confirmation that you are now one of the privileged few who will get a high quality education at this great University.

The first thing you may wish to sort out is the issue of accommodation. As soon as you know you have been selected to commence studies at MUST, you must find out what accommodation options are available. See the accommodation section for more information on this.


You must make sure you know the date on which you are expected to arrive at MUST. This will have been communicated on the offer letter, on the radio, and in local newspapers. This information will also be included on the webpage for the Malawi University of Science and Technology. First Year students normally arrive a week or two before the continuing students.


It is advisable to go first to the Reception located at the entrance to the Administration Block on the Ground Floor. From there, you can find directions to other important locations, including the Finance Office and the University Administration. Check here for more information on accommodation options.


It is advisable to pay fees as soon as possible, as this facilitates the process of registration. Fees may be paid in cash or cheque at the Finance Office of the University. Additionally, students can make payments at any bank of their choice, and report to the Finance Office with their deposit slips, upon which they will be issued with a receipt.


Once the accommodation and the fees are sorted out, students may wish to familiarize themselves with the map of the University, especially its variety of lecture rooms, laboratories, the library, and sports facilities. It is important to know these locations as early as possible, as this knowledge makes your movement around the University easier.

The orientation of first year students is normally a two-week period during which you are introduced to various departments and sections of the University, and the existing support services. Part of the orientation is in the form of presentations by Deans of Schools and Heads of departments to first year students. The Heads of Departments take this opportunity to describe their departments, giving a glimpse into the activities of the departments, so that students may have an idea of the material that they will study in those departments. This part of the orientation is particularly important for First Year students and you should therefore make sure to attend it.

During the orientation, students are also informed of their responsibilities to the University. It is during this time that students get to know the rules and regulations governing their conduct while studying at MUST. As stakeholders of the University, students are expected to be responsible for University property, which includes buildings, furniture, and various other materials.

The orientation also includes familiarization with the basic operations of the library, which includes reader services and the computing sections. In relation to this, the registration of students as members of University Library takes place during this period. Finally, the orientation period is also the period when students are introduced to the Students’ Representative Council and various other student clubs and societies. Students are encouraged to ask questions to the various presenters during the orientation period.


The timetable for lectures at MUST is usually available before the semester begins, so that lectures commence on time. It is the responsibility of every student to familiarize themselves with the hours for their lectures, and to report any emerging clashes in course offerings.
The process of registration is an important one for any student at the Malawi University of Science and Technology, especially for students in first year. This is the process during which you confirms your availability for study in the programme that you were selected for. Plans are underway to establish an online students’ registration system.
Every student must ensure that they have they have the appropriate number of credit hours. Every course has a specific value of credit hours. For more information on registration, the GPA system, and credit hours, contact the registrar.


Whether you are joining the MUST community as an undergraduate or a postgraduate student, we encourage you to make this place your home. To develop your sense of belonging to MUST, we encourage you to get involved in academic life, in clubs and societies, in faith groups, in sporting activities, and in other aspects of social life that help students claim ownership of the college.


The MUST campus is a great place with great people who are always friendly and welcoming and a surrounding community that is also very friendly. As an international student you feel at home at MUST, in Thyolo and the surrounding areas.
One of our core values at MUST is diversity. Students from around the world are invited to share in the inter-disciplinary cultural experience offered at the University. Whether you are an exchange student, or studying one of the different full undergraduate or post-graduate programs, we understand you, and wish to make your stay here a memorable one.