Private higher education institutions in Benin offer a number of degree programs that are recognized through the ministerial homologation process. A list of homologated programs is periodically published by the Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche Scientifique (MESRS). If the program is recognized, the name of the licence will be included in the relevant ministerial list (3-year undergraduate programs lead to the degree of licence or licence professionnelle).
International students, primarily from Nigeria, also enroll in many programs offered by the private HEIs in Benin. However, there are some differences between the Beninese and international programs:
- Nigerian students are admitted with the West African Examination Council (WAEC) certificate of secondary education. This certificate is not considered equivalent to the Beninese Baccaláureat (Bacc).
- Nigerian students admitted with the WAEC certificate complete a preparatory year, called année prepa, before entering the first year of the degree program. Thus, the preparatory year is considered equivalent in level to a completed Bacc.
- Official academic transcripts report all 4 years of study.
- Official academic transcripts may be issued in English, with grades and credits converted to the Nigerian grading system.
- Degree diploma may also be issued in English, listing the degree as a Bachelor.
- For recognized programs, it should be possible for the students to obtain the French-issued relevé de notes and diploma in addition to the English-issued documents.