How to Study Abroad as a Nigerian Student

How can you study abroad as a Nigerian student? There are thousands of universities open worldwide accepting Nigerian students at all degree levels, and Nigerian students have made their mark in universities from Australia to Europe. Whether you want to study a Bachelors, Masters, or PhD, here is everything you need to know to begin your study abroad journey!

Why Should Nigerian Students Study Abroad?

  1. Explore other cultures
  2. Gain overseas experience to help build a future career
  3. Create international connections
  4. Learn a new language
  5. Earn a prestigious degree
  6. Open up opportunities to get a work visa overseas
  7. Discover new foods, music, and literature
  8. Grow your adaptability, resilience, and self-confidence
  9. Intern abroad to boost your CV
  10. Challenge yourself with new ideas and experiences!
Nigerian students and international classmates at Missouri University, USA.

Where can Nigerians study abroad during Covid?

We have a guide that shows which countries are open to international students and giving student visas: Where can I study? Global COVID Admissions Updates

How to Prepare to Study Abroad

If you want to study abroad as a Nigerian student, you will need to begin your research and preparations early! You will need to first choose a destination.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself as you decide which country to study in:

  1. What language do you want to study in?
  2. Which climate do you want to study in–warm all year, or with a cold winter?
  3. How far away from home do you want to study?
  4. What is your budget to study abroad?
  5. Do you want to study in a country with a large African/Nigerian population, or immerse yourself in a different culture?
  6. What subjects do you want to study?

If you can’t decide where to study abroad, you can book a free call with us to discuss your options:

Prepare Grades and Test Scores

You will need to monitor your grades and make sure that you are passing all your classes. Most universities will not accept students with less than a 70% average score. If you want to study an advanced subject like medicine, chemistry, or engineering, you will need high grades in mathematics and science courses.

What are the exams required for Nigerian students to study abroad?

You will first need an English exam if you want to study in English. We recommend you choose one of the following and meet the basic score requirements:

  1. TOEFL (minimum score of 80 on the internet based test)
  2. IELTS (minimum score of 6)
  3. Cambridge C1/C2 exam (minimum score 170)
  4. Duolingo English Test (minimum score 100)

If you want to study in another language, such as Chinese or French, you will need to take that country’s language exam. For example, to study in Chinese in China, you need to get an HSK 5 score. To study in Spanish in South America, you need to take the university’s Spanish entrance exam.

To get advice on your eligibility to study abroad, you can book a free call with us here:

Documents Nigerians Need to Study Abroad

You will need to prepare the following documents to study abroad:

  1. Passport
  2. Transcripts from previous degrees
  3. Diplomas from previous degrees
  4. Personal statement essay
  5. Application form for the university
  6. Language proficiency certification (TOEFL or IELTS for English, or your target country’s language exam)
  7. Resume/CV
  8. National Test scores (SAT, AP, ACT, GRE, A-Levels, IB diploma, etc)
  9. Letters of Recommendation
  10. Entrance exams for your university

transcript is the record of all your courses and final scores in the courses from your previous educational experience.

Diplomas are the graduate certificates.

Letters of Recommendation should be written by your secondary school guidance counselors, teachers, professors, or thesis supervisors. They should be academic figures who know you well.

You may also need the following documents:

  1. A bank statement showing you have enough funds to study
  2. Certificate of scholarship receipt and funding
  3. Vaccination certificate
  4. Any other essays required by the university
  5. An art portfolio for art/design courses

Scholarships for Nigerians to Study Abroad

YES, there are thousands of scholarships available for Nigerians to study abroad! There are three basic types:

  1. University Scholarships

These scholarships are offered by the university. They will decide which students get scholarships by looking at your application materials. These scholarships usually go to students with excellent grades, unique achievements in their extracurriculars, or to students with extreme financial difficulty.

  1. Government Scholarships

These scholarships are offered by the governments of the country you will go study. You can find the information on the government’s website or their ministry of education. You usually will need to fill out a separate application form and send it to the government institution.

  1. Private Scholarships

These are scholarships offered by private organizations, such as: private donors, religious organizations, museums, research institutes, etc. You can find these scholarships online with a bit of searching, and have to send a separate application form to apply.

Learn more and apply here: Global Scholarship Guide

The Nigerian Students Association at Harvard University.

Find a Program and Apply

Once you have prepared good grades and test scores, and picked which countries to apply to, it’s time to find a program and submit your application documents.

On Global Admissions, this is very easy. With one platform, you can apply to universities all around the world by submitting one application package!

Here are the steps

  1. Book a free call with us to talk about your plans here.
  2. Find a program to apply for on Global Admissions here.
  3. Upload your application documents onto our platform.
  4. We will contact you if anything needs to be fixed.
  5. We will send your documents to the university.
  6. Receive your acceptance to study abroad!