The Open University of Tanzania (OUT) has been in operation for the past fifteen years and is located in Dar es Salaam. The OUT is fully accredited and issues undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as certificates and diplomas. It accepts applications from Tanzanian secondary school graduates via the Tanzania Commission for Universities central application system, but is also open to applications from students who have non traditional backgrounds or are otherwise not eligible to use the TCU system.

Faculties and courses of study at the Open University of Tanzania include science, technology and environmental studies, education, business management, social sciences, and law. Its graduates find employment at public and private organizations in Tanzania and beyond, and often continue their education either at the OUT or at other institutions of higher education. Continuing education is also offered through a specialized institute.

Methods and formats of education offered at the Open University of Tanzania include distance learning as well as on-site courses. The OUT is also mandated to offer higher education to as broad a segment of the population as possible through distance learning. A course of higher education given by the Open University of Tanzania has prepared students for success in challenging and rewarding positions and roles in commerce, law, public service, science and technology, education and practically any other field of endeavor that requires higher education or technical training.

The Open University of Tanzania combines the best of traditional and distance learning programs to offer a well rounded educational experience.