Studying in Nigeria

Study in Nigeria
Updated 2017-09-15 14:53

Nigeria might not be the country that first pops into mind at the mention of studying abroad, but it has a lot to offer to potential international students. One of the most dynamic countries on the African continent, Nigeria actually represents the perfect study destination for open-minded students willing to discover and experience a new, different culture, and a stay in the country can represent a life-changing experience.

Higher education facilities in Nigeria

Nigeria proudly stands out as an educational hub in Africa. As a result of the government's pledge to making higher education easily accessible, Nigeria boasts over 130 colleges, universities and other higher education institutions spread over the national territory.

Nigeria's oldest and most prestigious universities, controlled and operated by the federal government, include the University of Ibadan, founded 1948 and ranked among the 451-500th best universities in the world according to QS, the Yaba College of Technology, since 1934, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, the Obafemi Awolowo University, the Ahmadu Bello University, and the University of Lagos, all in operation since the 1960s. Since then, many other public universities have been set up. Of late, a number of private and confessional educational establishments have sprung up throughout the country.

You can major in virtually every discipline in Nigerian universities, ranging from engineering and technology to humanities and law. The country is particularly reputed for its programmes in health and medicine. For instance, the University of Nigeria is co-running a ground-breaking bone marrow donor program that has received international acclaim for its potential in furthering the cure for cancer.

Academic culture in Nigeria

Striving to stimulate international opportunities in order to increase overall graduate employability, Nigerian universities are very eager to welcome foreign students, at undergraduate, graduate and in particular postgraduate levels. For more details about the programmes available and the admission requirements, reach out to the admissions office of your target Nigerian university or inquire about exchange opportunities with your home university.

Although Nigeria harbours no less than 500 different languages, all university programmes are taught in English.

Student housing in Nigeria

International students in Nigeria can pick from among a range of accommodation options.

While living in a dorm on-campus or sharing a flat with fellow students can present you with the opportunity to meet local youth and make new friends, a home stay is also a popular option, as it is an amazing way to immerse yourself in the country's culture - and to enjoy the delicious home-cooked meals your host family will no doubt treat you to.

Student visas for Nigeria

Unless you hail from a country member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), you will need to procure a visa in order to enter Nigeria. As the country does not offer a specific student visa you will need to apply for a regular Subject to Regularisation (STR) visa before converting it into a Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Aliens Card for Nigeria once on the spot.

Check our our articles about Visas for Nigeria and Residence permits in Nigeria for more information, or seek advice from your host institution.

Student life in Nigeria

Students can only enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and easy-going mindset that prevails in most parts of Nigeria.

They will also be thrilled by the incredible vitality of the local music scene: larger cities feature many clubs playing great hip-hop, jazz and soul music, while rural areas offer the unique opportunity to discover indigenous and traditional musicians.

Sports, football especially are also widely practised throughout the country.

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