International Students

The kingdom of Lesotho is a Parliamentary and Constitutional democracy, with a population of roughly 2.2 million people, which has the distinction of being surrounded by another country, the Republic of South Africa. It is one of the few remaining monarchies in Africa.

Botho University Lesotho campus is in Maseru, which is the country’s capital and the largest city. The name ‘Lesotho’ loosely translates into “the land of the people who speak Sesotho.” Lesotho’s official languages are Sesotho and English. Sesotho is closely related to Setswana, Botswana’s most widely spoken and indigenous language.

The local currency is the Lesotho loti, plural maloti (LSL). 1 USD = 13.25 LSL (approximately). Situated between 28 and 31 degrees south and between 27 and 30 degrees east, Lesotho lies entirely outside the tropics, at a considerable height above sea level, and is thus free of bilharzia and malaria. It has a land area of approximately 30, 555 km2, making it similar in size to Belgium or a little larger than the State of Maryland in the USA.

Lesotho is a welcoming study environment, and the Mountain Kingdom offers a variety of activities on land, in the snow, and in the water. Lesotho is known for its spectacular scenic beauty, which is characterized by breathtaking mountain ranges, towering peaks, diverse flora and fauna, crystal clear streams, cascading waterfalls, a diverse culture, and a snow blanket seen high in the mountains across the country in winter. A land of mountains, Lesotho is the only country in the world which has all its land lying at altitudes more than 1500m above sea level; it is a land of heights and extremes. The highest mountain in Southern Africa, ThabanaNtlenyana, is in Lesotho, with a height of 3, 482m, while the highest single drop falls in Southern Africa, Maletsunyane, is also found there, with a height of 192m. Finally, Lesotho also has the highest abseiling cliff in the world at 204m.

Often referred to as the “Switzerland of Africa”, it is blessed with a beautiful, often snow-capped range of mountains, the Maloti. The Kingdom’s central position is in the heart of Africa’s second-largest economy, South Africa, which means residents are well served by air, rail, and road links. Lesotho is only one hour by air or four hours by road from South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg.

Lesotho Top attractions:
Tséhlanyane National Park
Maletsunyane Falls, Semonkong
Liphofung National Park
Sehlabathebe National Park
Kome Nature Reserve
Sani Top
Katse Dam

For International Students

Botho University aspires to be the regional hub of academic excellence. In this regard, our campus has attracted students from countries such as Zimbabwe, Zambia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Liberia and Namibia already and this list is growing. International students bring diversity to the student community at Botho University as well as allow for cross-cultural enrichment. At Botho University, the Student and Alumni Affairs Department (SAAD) is dedicated to International students’ welfare. The department is also responsible for assisting international students with applications for study permits and accommodation in liaison with relevant departments.

How to apply?

International students can apply online by visiting the Botho University website for application or by speaking to an Admissions Department representative at +266 22247500. Depending on the programme of study, applicants will have to meet the admission criteria as specified in this prospectus and any pre-requisites required for specific programmes. In case the applicant’s country qualifications framework is not catered for in the admissions criteria, please contact the Admissions Department for assistance.
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Fee details are provided on the website: Please note that fees for International Students may vary from the regular fees due to various additional requirements. Applicants are requested to contact the Admissions Department +266 22247500 for more.


Botho University is committed to providing international students safe, clean and comfortable accommodation based on availability. Applicants are requested to contact our Students and Alumni Affairs Department +266 22247500 & for more.

Local Transport

The local transport fares are nominal and it is a generally reliable mode of transport. Another option is taxis which are also very popular but are a bit more expensive. Buses for travelling long distance and to remote villages are also available. For international students, the Student and Alumni Affairs Department (SAAD) assists with all information in this regard including route maps, fares etc. +266 22247500 > &

On Arrival in Lesotho

On arrival in Maseru, Lesotho, an officer from the Student and Alumni Affairs Department (SAAD) welcomes all international students.The Office, in collaboration with the Office of Campus and Student Housing Management, will ensure that international students are able to settle in quickly and easily. It is the department’s responsibility to ensure that all international students feel at home and can focus fully on their studies.

Find out more about how you as an international student can study at Botho University Contact: Student and Alumni Affairs Department (SAAD)
Phone Number: +266 22247500