Online courses in Kenya 2024 – a comprehensive guide

Last updated on March 29th, 2024 at 09:52 am

Below we highlight the various online courses in Kenya for the benefit of those who have been considering taking a course via eLearning.

Summary of what I will cover in the article:

  • An introduction to the accredited online universities in Kenya and e learning colleges in Kenya
  • Online courses in Kenyatta University
  • UON online courses
  • USIU online university courses
  • Maseno university online courses
  • Kemu online courses
  • Free online courses in Kenya including free online courses with certificates
  • Online courses at Kenya institute of open learning
  • Online medical courses in Kenya
  • Fuzu online courses

Let’s get started:

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Online courses in Kenya – a comprehensive guide

An introduction to the accredited online universities in Kenya and e learning colleges in Kenya

First, let’s familiarize ourselves with the universities and colleges approved to offer online courses in Kenya.

We start with universities and the courses they have on offer:

Kenyatta University (KU Digital School)

KU’s popular Digital School of Virtual & Open Learning provides countless online courses at all levels- Certificate, Diploma, Graduate, and Postgraduate.

Learning is blended- you learn through a mixture of online digital instructions along with live tutorials at the school’s Regional Learning Centers.

Courses options:

As mentioned, you can register for a certificate, diploma, degree, or a masters degree course in diverse fields at KU’s virtual school.

How to get more information:

Visit KU’s online university here.


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Mt Kenya University Digital varsity

MKU’s open-learning platform is also handy for students who are unable to undertake their dream courses on full time basis because of work or other commitments.

It opened its doors in July 2011 and has since grown in leap and bounds to become one of the best known digital varsities in Kenya.

The online varsity is headquartered in Nairobi but has coordinating centers in a number of Kenyan towns where students access help.

Courses options:

There are dozens of certificates, Diplomas, degree and even post-graduate courses to choose from.

How to get more information:

Visit MKU’s digital university here for full course brochure.


University of Nairobi

UON’s Center for Distance Learning has been teaching online courses in Kenya for several years and is among the leaders in the field.

You get self-learning materials together with instructor-led lectures (facilitated by renowned academicians and scholars) through the portal and/or physically at your nearest UON extra mural center.

UON online courses:

There are great undergraduate and graduate programs to enroll into.

How to get more information:

Visit university of Nairobi distance learning and e-learning center here for details.


Egerton University E-learning center

Egerton is Kenya’s premier Agricultural University in Kenya making it the best choice for those interested in agri-based courses online.

Like UON, Egerton offers blended learning so learners access most materials from the portal while attending face-to-face sessions once in a while.

Egerton eCampus courses:

There is a wide range of courses you can take here.

How to get more information:

The easiest way to get details about enrollments and minimum requirements is via their website here.


Moi University Open/Distance Learning Institute

Another University to provide quality eLearning services is Moi University at both undergraduate and post-graduate level.

Overall, I consider it a good institution to study in especially if you’re into business, law, and social sciences.

Moi University distance learning online courses in Kenya:

You can join programs such as Diploma in Education (Arts), ECDE, Tourism management, Bcom, etc. here

How to get more information:

Visit the website here or call +254 053 2030992.

You can also e-mail for assistance.

Africa Nazarene University

ANU was one of the pacesetters when it comes to online courses in Kenya and started offering virtual courses way back in 2011.

Everything is uploaded on the  eNaz Virtual learning system,  a web-based LMS (learning management system) to enable you access course content and collaborate with fellow learners from the comfort of your work place, cybercafés, home, or even on mobile while travelling for business.

Check them out particularly if you’re after online masters degrees in Kenya.

Here are some of the masters degree programs at ANU:

  • Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling Psychology
  • Master of Science (Msc.) Environment and Natural Resource Management
  • Master of Science (Msc.) Governance, Peace, and Security Studies
  • Master of Science (Msc.) in Applied IT
  • Masters of Education (M.Ed)


How to get more information and apply:

Call +254 703 970 520/5 or +254 20 252 7170-5. Also email /

Click here to go to their website.

JKUAT Distance Learning/Continuing Education center

The biggest advantage of JKUAT’s School of Open & Distance Learning is that you can take the maximum number of units you can handle meaning you may complete your course in reduced time.

JKUAT online courses

Registration is allowed in diploma, certificate, undergraduate and post-graduate programmes depending on your qualifications.

How to get more information:

Learn more here.

Maseno University

Maseno University’s eCampus is also worth checking out.

It admits qualified learners from the wider East African region and even beyond and runs one of the best online learning platforms in Kenya.

Maseno University Online Courses

How to get more information:

Contact the eCampus via Facebook or tour their website here.

Maseno University Online Courses

African virtual university (AVU)

Founded in 1997 by the World Bank in an effort to enhance access to tertiary education across the African continent, AVU has over the years emerged as a premier online varsity for African students.

It’s today managed by African governments and maintains extremely high standards of learning.

African virtual university courses

  1. Degrees
  • Bachelor of Education in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Education in Physics
  • Bachelor of Education in Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Education in Biology
  • Applied Computer Science Program
  1. Certificates/Diplomas
  • Renewable Energy (Option Electricity Production)
  • Renewable Energy (Option Heat Production)
  • C.T Basic Skills for e-Learning
  • C.T Integration in Education-Option Mathematics
  • C.T Integration in Education-Option Physics
  • C.T Integration in Education-Option Chemistry
  • C.T Integration in Education-Option Biology
  • Distance and e-Learning Professional Development

Besides, AVU delivers a couple of other programs jointly with others institutions.

How to contact AVU

Visit them at Cape Office Park (Opp. Yaya Center), Ring Road, Kilimani-Nairobi or call +254 20 2528333. Check their website here.

KEMU (Kenya Methodist University) Digital Campus

KEMU digital campus registers students from far and wide – they presently have learners from over 15 different countries globally.

Besides multimedia and textual content, the faculty conducts real-time sessions thanks to the web conferencing facility.

Kemu online courses

Many of the programs KEMU offers on full-time basis are available on eLearning.

Contact details:

Write to or check their website here to preview KEMU digital courses.

e learning colleges in Kenya

Now we move to the colleges accredited to offer e-learning courses in Kenya:

  • Kenya Institute of Open Learning

The first college to consider if you’re targeting online diploma courses in Kenya and you’re in short of funds is KIOL (Kenya Institute of Open Learning).

They also have approval from the relevant authorities for a number of professional online certificate courses in Kenya.

How to get more information about Kenya Institute of Open Learning Courses

Visit KIOL at Suraj Plaza, Limuru Road, Nairobi or call 0704 743116

  • Kenya Institute of Management  (KIM)

KIM is more specialized when it comes to business courses and we recommend them for those searching for quality online business management courses in Kenya.

You can take the course at the Diploma level or join their sister University- the Management University of Africa (MUA) for an undergraduate business management program.

How to get more information

Contact KIM via Phone number (254) 719054101 or E-mail

Check the e-learning website here.

Free online courses in Kenya including free online courses with certificates

The best place to check if you’re looking to learn for free is the international platforms.

Below are some of the best known international e-learning brands and links to their websites.

e-Learning platform Website
Khan Academy

Note that platforms such as Alison and Khan Academy are 100% free.

It’s also notable that those payable- including Udemy- charge rock-bottom prices so they are still brilliant alternatives if short of money.

And, as a bonus, you can download and print the course completion certificate at the end of your chosen course (in some cases).

Other Online courses in Kenya worth mentioning

1.     Fuzu online courses

Fuzu connects Kenyans to exciting job opportunities, career guidance, and new skills.

For skills, they teach several courses that can add value to your CV online.

And the good thing is that Fuzu programs are free!

Here are some courses available on Fuzu online learning platform:

  • Event management
  • Graphic design
  • Blogging
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Entrepreneurship skills.
  • Web development.
  • Business planning.

Check all their latest courses here.

2.     Online medical courses in Kenya

We recommend two institutions for those looking for medical-related courses: AMREF international university and KMTC.

Here is what each offers:

AMREF international university (eCampus AMREF)

It’s important to note that AMREF courses are, in general, delivered through distance learning and you have to print the materials emailed to you or request for a hard copy to be sent to your address through post office.

 Available courses

  • Child Health
  • Community Health
  • Communicable Diseases
  • Integrated HIV/AIDS Prevention/Care/Management
  • Non Communicable Diseases (Revised)
  • Malaria management, prevention, & control
  • Medicine Management (New)
  • Drug & Substance Abuse (New)
  • Maternal and Neonatal Health (New)
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Monitoring and Evaluation

You can get the full information from their website here.

KMTC (Kenya Medical Training College)

KMTC, Kenya’s oldest and largest mid-level Medical Training and Research institution has a significant number of courses available via eLearning.

Offered courses

The courses cut across the departments and include certificates, Diplomas and Higher National Diplomas.

Click this link for details.

Online CPA classes in Kenya and other online accounting courses in Kenya

Sadly, we did not come across a good institution offering online CPA classes in Kenya.

Sure, there a few individual tutors offering online accounting courses in Kenya but they are not consistent enough.


A word on USIU Online University / USIU online university courses

USIU has established a fully-fledged Directorate of e-Learning from where it teaches remotely.

Unfortunately, they are yet to start admitting dedicated eLearning students (at the time of writing this) and the platform is largely restricted to in-campus students.

We shall update this article as soon as they institution opens doors to virtual learners.



13 thoughts on “Online courses in Kenya 2024 – a comprehensive guide”

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    Ref: Confirmation regarding new intake at the UON as an online study.
    my name is Josephine Juan,I would like to join an online class at the University of Nairobi to pursue my studies, I want to have a quality education that is why I choose Kenya and the University of Nairobi as my choice.
    I am from South Sudan from the central equatorial state of Juba.
    I sat for Sudan school certificate in 2015-2016 candidate and obtain marks of 63.9 percent as my passing result without failing any subject.
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  2. Good and amazing site
    i am Naomi from kenya i would like to take a degree online course i have done a diploma in adult education can i benefit or which is the best course can take

  3. Great article! I appreciate the insights on online courses in Kenya. It’s amazing how they provide accessibility, flexibility, variety, and affordability. Breaking down barriers and empowering learners from diverse backgrounds. Keep up the excellent work!


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