Hope Africa University


Hope Africa University is a 5,700 student, private Christian Liberal Arts University serving Burundi and the East African Community.  HAU moved to Bujumbura (from Nairobi) in 2004 with 110 students (as a decade of Burundian political/civil war issues resolved and many Burundians returned from exile). 

HAU is an African University under African leadership.  Almost all of the faculty are African and many hold masters or doctorate degrees, but most are adjunct faculty, i.e., not full time employees of the university.  Courses are arranged and offered as needed to meet the requirements of the various degree programs.

From its founding, teaching at HAU has been bilingual.  Expatriate professors are welcome and may teach in English. 


Some visiting American faculty have taught courses in January terms or for a semester. Currently the few long-term Americans teach medicine and English (TOEFL).




Students come from 10 nations but most are Burundian.  Rwandans and Congolese are a significant portion of the student body (10% each) with smaller portions from the rest of East Africa.  Women are 35% of students. 

Students reflect the religious mix of Burundi (Roman Catholic—60%, many protestant, some Muslim and some “none”).  As in America, many have a church background but a shallow understanding the gospel.  Over 50 religious traditions are represented within the student body and faculty.

There is an ethnic mix of Hutus, Tutsis and others.

Proficiency in English is a requirement for all university graduates in the East African community.  Entering university students from Burundi are fluent in French but not in English.  This is changing rapidly.  More English teachers are needed. 

On campus housing is limited to 250, mostly foreign, students.  Most live with a relative in Bujumbura and commute--some walk up to 2 hours.

Schools and need

Hope Africa University has 5 schools:

Arts and Sciences

Business and Professional



Health Sciences

Although most of the faculty is Burunidian, HAU needs Americans and others to teach subjects for which few Burundians are  prepared and available to teach.


In addition to on site faculty, the university is currently exploring the possiblity of delivering lectures by video conferencing. 


Medicine, surgery, dentistry and pharmacy; civil engineering; information technology, business; and English as a foreign language (TOEFL) have been identified as priority areas for direct expatriate educational assistance.  

The medical school will eventually graduate more than 100 students per year but has only 24 full-time faculty members including 9 Americans divided between two locations: the Van Norman Clinic (hospital), across the street from the campus and at the Kibuye Hope Hospital, 3 hours drive from Bujumbura


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