Benin - Country Commercial Guide
Education

This is a best prospect industry sector for this country.  Includes a market overview and trade data.

Last published date: 2020-03-10

Capital:  Porto-Novo (constitutional capital); Cotonou (seat of government)
Population:  12,864,634 (July 2020 est.)
GDP:  25.39 Billion USD (2017 est., Purchasing Power Parity)
Currency:  Communaute Financiere Africaine francs (XOF)
Language:  French (official)

UNESCO Student Mobility Number
Benin has 7,297 students studying abroad according to UNESCO. 

CIA World Factbook
65.42% of the population in Benin is under 24 years of age.
 

Overview

Currently, there are 7,297 total mobile Beninese students studying abroad.  The top five study destinations for students from Benin are France, Nigeria, Senegal, Cote d’ Ivoire, and Canada.  The United States is the eight leading study destination for students from Benin.  

During the 2018/2019 academic year, there were a total of 246 Beninese students studying in the United States (source Open Doors Report).  Of those students, 133 studied undergraduate programs, 69 studied graduate programs, and 44 studied non-degree/OPT programs. 

Benin students are interested in studying in U.S. universities.  There is a large number of students visiting the EducationUSA Advisor office on a daily basis, but many of these students are financially challenged.  Financial aid and scholarships are highly desired in this market.
 

Sub-Sectors

ACADEMIC LEVEL

% BY SECTOR
(2018/2019)

% CHANGE IN SECTOR
(2018/2019)

UNDERGRADUATE

57.3%

-0.7%

GRADUATE

28.2%

6.5%

NON-DEGREE

4.3%

-47.4%

OPT

10.3%

-25.0%


Top Areas of Study for Beninese Students

Major Field of Specialization

2018/2019

Business and Management

21.7%

Education

1.0%

Engineering

11.7%

Fine and Applied Arts   

1.0%

Health Professions

6.9%

Humanities

2.4%

Intensive English

N/A

Math/Computer Science

12.4%

Physical and Life Sciences

5.8%

Social Sciences

7.9%

Other Fields of Study

29.2%

Undeclared

N/A


Opportunities

Best prospective students for studies in the United States are graduate students and students from elite private schools like: College Catholique Père Aupiais, Notre Dame, College Française Montaigne, English International School, and Ecole UFUK.
Visitors are encouraged to visit Benin for recruitment whenever available, except for the period from mid-December to mid-January.  EducationUSA Cotonou can hold sessions with local students to attract audiences interested in learning about studies in the United States.  The U.S. Commercial Service can structure customized introductions and promotional programs for interested U.S. universities and other educational institutions to meet targeted Benin universities, schools and private entities.
 

Events

EducationUSA Cotonou routinely organizes public orientation sessions to inform prospective students on studies in the United States. 

Resources

U.S. Commercial Service Contact

Marius Lotsu,  Economic Commercial Assistant
Economic Commercial Section – Cotonou, Benin
LotsuMC@state.gov
+229 213 67 773