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Established in 2008, this is an institution of academic excellence that believes education prepares students for a professional life and helps in the development of the country. Zambia Catholic University provides facilities that include computer labs and libraries with up-to-date books. The university offers courses on full time, evening and distance learning basis in accountancy, business administration, banking and finance, development studies, education, IT, ACCA, ZICA, journalism and media studies.
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Zambia Catholic University is identified for its provision of high quality and holistic education in the higher learning education industry. It offers students an opportunity to access not only quality education but an education founded on the impartation of Christian moral principles for the overall development of the student as a whole.

Zambia Catholic University is a privately owned university that was founded by the Catholic Bishops of Zambia, who constitute the Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) now known as the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB). Following many years of consultation and reflection, the then ZEC resolved to establish a Catholic University. The University is registered with the Higher Education Authority.

Zambia Catholic University provides open distance learning as well as evening programs for many that wish to advance their studies. This education system enables students to share their experiences from the work environment perspective. The evening programmes are offered at St. John Convent in Kitwe, a location so central for students around Kitwe to attend the classes that begin at 17:30hrs to 20:00hrs.

The library has flexible opening and closing times. The computer lab is open to students and staff. Zambia Catholic University believes that education is for the integral development of the people in the following areas: social, economic, cultural, spiritual, political and religious.

Programmes offered at Zambia Catholic University:

Faculty of Business Management Finance (offered on both full-time and part-time)

  • Bachelor of Accountancy
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (available on distance learning)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Banking and Finance
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Human Resource Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Faculty of Social Sciences (Programmes at the Kalulushi campus)

  • Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies (on full-time and distance learning)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

Programmes at the Lusaka campus (The department of journalism and media studies)

  • Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communication
  • Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations
  • Bachelor's Degree in Film and Fine arts

Faculty of Education (on full-time and distance learning)

  • Bachelor in secondary education
  • Bachelor in primary education
  • Education with Commerce
  • Guidance and Counselling with a teaching subject, (only available on distance learning)
  • Post graduate diploma in Teaching Methodology (only available on distance learning)

Center for professional studies (offered on full-time and part-time)

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Zambia Institute Of Chartered Accountants (ZICA)
  • Foundation In Accountancy (FIA)

Zambia Catholic University calendar

The Zambia Catholic University's academic calendar constitutes 2 semesters.

Full-time and part-time programmes

The first semester runs from January up until May, the second semester starts in July to November every year.

Open distance learning

The first semester starts in December, the second semester begins in August.

Entry requirements

For all the degree programs, the entry requirements are a minimum of 5 credits of which Mathematics and English are mandatory. For entry into the professional studies like FIA, one needs to be 16 years old and above.


The Zambia Catholic University does not provide accommodation facilities to students. The university negotiates and enters into contractual agreements with landlords on behalf of students to secure boarding houses which provide accommodation to several students at affordable rentals. The boarding houses have cooking facilities for students wishing to undertake self-catering.


The university encourages students to cook in their respective boarding houses. The houses are installed with all the facilities students require for everyday living. For students who may wish not to use these facilities there is a canteen within the university premises that provides meals at affordable prices.

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eLearning and Distance learning

Ideal for those looking to kick-start or advance their careers, Zambia Catholic University provides distance learning programmes. The university is committed to giving students the opportunity of completing courses in their own time and in the comfort of their home or as part of a work-based training programme.

Zambia Catholic University provides affordable and flexible distance learning. The university has partnered with the leading names in training, guaranteeing students and sponsor a first class distance learning experience. Courses offered are designed to help students to secure the future of industry professionals.

Students that enrol with Zambia Catholic University are able to study at their own time, pace and can adapt courses to suit their career or business objectives. The university has put together a team of highly trained specialists to provide experienced guidance and direction when choosing courses. Zambia Catholic University ensures that it provides students with unlimited access to support from their expert tutors and mentors throughout their time studying with them.

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Professional development

The university provides self and employer-paid professional development courses and training. The courses are designed to help individuals that want to update their skills or want to make a career switch. Zambia Catholic University continuously expands its programmes to increase the support it offers professionals.

Zambia Catholic University provides a range of innovative professional development courses. Their options are flexible and are professionally tailored to help individuals enhance their skill, knowledge and unlock their potential to a rewarding career.

Zambia Catholic University is committed to resolving management and operational issues specific to each individual’s industry. The university has employed an experienced team of professionals that will determine the issues and design a program that is aimed at helping professionals to work as effectively and efficiently as possible.

ACCA qualifications

Become a Chartered Certified Accountant with ACCA studying with the Zambia Catholic University recognised for quality of learning and support in Kalulushi or Lusaka campus. The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants is the global professional accounting body offering the Chartered Certified Accountant qualification through Zambia Catholic University, an ACCA approved learning partner.

The FIA awards include Introductory and Intermediate Certificates, a Diploma and a revised Certificated Accounting Technician (CAT) qualification. These awards begin at GCSE level and progress up to the equivalents of the first year of a bachelor's degree. In comparison, the ACCA qualification begins at first year degree level and progresses to masters degree level.

ZICA qualifications

The Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZICA) is the only professional accountancy body in Zambia. It is the sole organization in Zambia with the right to award the Chartered Accountant designation; and to practice in Zambia.

When it comes to studying for your ZICA accountancy, the Zambia Catholic University offers the support and motivation that makes a significant difference across all your professional study needs allowing you to get the structure and support you need without compromising on flexibility.

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