The Open University of Tanzania
Affordable Quality Education for All
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the OUT?

The OUT is the short form (acronym) of the name of an institution of higher learning in Tanzania called the Open University of Tanzania (OUT)

When was the OUT established?

The OUT was established in the year 1992 by the Act of Parliament of the United Republic of Tanzania

In which mode does the University operater

The Open University of Tanzania operates under the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Mode.

How can one study under the ODL mode?

The ODL mode allows the learner to study via correspondence like the use of online materials, special interactive study materials provided by the university in print form or in CDs, periodical face to face sessions, public lectures etc

Is the knowledge gained through the ODL mode equivalent to that of conventional universities?

The knowledge gained by using the ODL mode is as good as that of conventional mode.

How many centers does the Open University of Tanzania have in the United Republic of Tanzania?

The OUT has regional centers in all regions in Tanzania Mainland, two Coordination Centres in Unguja and Pemba, Malawi, Kenya, Rwanda and Namibia

Are there any examination sessions at the Open University of Tanzania and how does the university manage them?

The Open University of Tanzania holds examination sessions twice a year during which all registered students sit for the examinations they have registered for. These examinations are conducted in 36 examination centers; throughout the country and coordination centres in Kenya, Namibia and Rwanda. Examinations can also be conducted elsewhere in the world upon prior arrangement with Directorate of Examination Syndicate (DES)

How good are the OUT examinations?

The OUT examinations are just as good as those offered by other accredited universities.The validity and reliability of our examinations is unquestionable. All examinations papers are set by subject experts; they are moderated internally and externally for the purpose of controlling quality and standards. The examinations are handled in a manner which answers their safety and confidentiality.