University of Abuja programs information

Semester/Course System

The university operates a semester System. There are two semesters in a session with each lasting about 17 weeks. The University operates course credit system. One credit unit is attached to 15 hours of lecture or tutorial; other equivalents of 15 hours of lecture are: 5 hours of laboratory or field work one semester of teaching practice One year of industrial attachment for agric students; six months for other students.


The following activities take place in an average academic session in the University. Exact dates and schedules are given at the beginning of each session.

dates activities
Nov./ Dec. Resumption of Returning Students
Nov./ Dec. Arrival of Fresh Students
Nov./ Dec. Registration / Orientation
Nov./ Dec. Christmas and New year Break
Jan. / March Matriculation of Fresh Students
Jan. / March Lectures (13 Weeks)
Jan. / March Examinations (4 weeks)
April / May First Semester Break
May/June Resumption of second semester
June. /Sept. Registration (1 week)
June. /Sept. Lectures (13 weeks)
June. /Sept. Examinations (4 weeks)
Oct. /Nov Second semester Break

Student workload

A full-time student is required to register for a minimum of 15 to 16 and a maximum of 24 credit units per semester.

Requirement for graduation

To qualify for the award of a degree, a candidate must have earned not less than 120 credit units for programmes that last four years. A student whose academic performance as measured by the cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) falls below 1.00 at the end of any year of study is considered to be on probation. A student whose (CGPA) falls below 1.00 at the end of probation is required to withdraw from the university. Academic programmes like, Law Agriculture, Engineering, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, run for between 5 to 6 years and are therefore assessed based on the requirements at various stages of the progress of the students.

Student enrolment

As at today, a total number of 63,117 students are studying in te various programmes of the University, out of which 15,931 are regular undergraduates engaged in full-time studies, 3,664 are Postgraduate students, 38,260 are distance learning students while 5,262 are students of the Institute of Education.


All course units shall normally be examined at the end of the semester in which they are taken.


Examinations may take the form of written paper, oral examinations, practical’s, and the submission of projects, assessment of coursework or any combination of these methods.


Continuous Assessment shall form part of the end of course grade, but shall not exceed 30%. The continuous assessment may be in the form of papers, tests, assignment, practical’s etc. As may be applicable to respective subject areas.In order to admit to an examination leading to a degree or diploma of any of the Faculties of the University, a candidate must:

  • Satisfy the minimum entrance requirements (and where applicable, the additional faculty requirement(s) as provided for in the regulations governing admission;
  • Follow an approved course of study for a prescribed period;
  • Pay all fess prescribed as and when required;
  • Comply with such other regulations and requirements as may from time to time be prescribed.
  • All students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of each and every prescribed course before they are allowed to sit the examination in the course. A candidate who falls to meet this condition is considered to have failed the examination relevant to that course.
  • Every candidate entering for an examination of the University shall be required to complete an easy form giving details of the papers to be sat.