First ask the lecturer/course co-ordinator!
After that, assuming your course suggests/requires a DSLR:
I'd recommmend that you physically handle the various options and find something that feels good to you (comfortable etc.)
Don't spend too much money on a camera body and neglect the lenses, rather spend more on good lenses than the body. You may consider saving some money for lens purchases until after you have started the course and know a bit more about what you will be shooting.
I would also consider the availability of second-hand equipment where you live. Easy access to second-hand equipment for your choice of manufacturer can save you a lot of money in the long run.
It may be worth considering the "pro-sumer" lines of DSLRs rather than the entry level models because of the improved ergonomics and ease of customization/configuration. However even the current entry level DSLRs should provide plenty of functionality for a beginning photographer and last you a long time.