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Republic of Nigeria

Capital: Abuja
Located in West Africa

Higher Education in Nigeria

Types of Universities: There are 34 Federal Universities, 31 State Universities, and 34 Private universities in Nigeria. The federal government and the state governments were previously the only bodies licensed to operate Scholars Joint universities. Recently, licenses have been granted to individuals, corporate bodies and religious bodies to establish private universities in the country. In recent years, several new universities have developed, all of which are private institutions. Many students study business, social sciences, and medicine. However, there is also a strong demand for technology based education, the arts, and humanities.

Academic Year: This varies from one University to another. However, in general, the academic year is divided into 2 semesters as follows:

  1. Semester 1: From August/ September to December
  2. Semester 2: From February to July.

January and m.. more

Types of Universities: There are 34 Federal Universities, 31 State Universities, and 34 Private universities in Nigeria. The federal government and the state governments were previously the only bodies licensed to operate Scholars Joint universities. Recently, licenses have been granted to individuals, corporate bodies and religious bodies to establish private universities in the country. In recent years, several new universities have developed, all of which are private institutions. Many students study business, social sciences, and medicine. However, there is also a strong demand for technology based education, the arts, and humanities.

Academic Year: This varies from one University to another. However, in general, the academic year is divided into 2 semesters as follows:

  1. Semester 1: From August/ September to December
  2. Semester 2: From February to July.

January and mid-July to mid-August are usually holidays. There is no standard academic calendar for universities as each university is free to set its own calendar.

 

General Application Requirements:

For admission into an undergraduate degree, Nigerian universities generally require you to present proof of completing one of the following requirements:

  1. Minimum of SSCE/GCE Ordinary Level Credits at maximum of two sittings.
    2. Minimum cut-off marks in Joint Admission and Matriculation Board Entrance Examination (JAMB) of 180 and above out of a maximum of 400 marks are required.
    3. Candidates with minimum of Merit Pass in National Certificate of Education (NCE), National Diploma (ND) and other Advanced Level Certificates minimum qualifications with minimum of 5 O/L Credits are given direct entry admission into the appropriate undergraduate degree programs
    4.The relevant senior secondary or high school certificate from your country.

Note: Applicants with certain college/university diplomas may be eligible for advance standing.

For postgraduate programs, the entry requirements are:

-A good second class honors degree from a recognized institution for admission into a Masters Program or a postgraduate diploma.

-A good Masters degree for admission into a PhD program.

For certain courses like an MBA program, work experience might also be required.

 

Program Duration:

Certificate Programme: usually takes 1 month to 1 year to complete.
Higher Diploma: usually takes 1-2 years to complete.
Bachelors Degree: usually takes 4 years to complete.
Masters Degree: Usually takes 2 years after a Bachelor’s degree.
Doctorate Degree (PhD): usually takes 3 years after a Master’s degree.

Post Graduate Opportunities:

Top 5 sectors in Nigeria are Energy (Oil & Gas etc), Financial Institutions (Banks etc), Consumer Goods (FMCG), ICT companies are leading the country with greatest opportunities for the postgraduate students. Promising sectors of the Nigerian economy includes Manufacturing, Petroleum and natural gas production, Banking and Insurance, Real estate, Broadcasting & entertainment etc.

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Schools / universities in Nigeria

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  • Kaduna State (
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  • Edo State (
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  • About Nigeria

    Overview:

    Nigeria is a federal republic in West Africa, bordering Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, and Niger in the north. Its coast in the south lies on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. It comprises 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, where the capital, Abuja.. more

    Nigeria is a federal republic in West Africa, bordering Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, and Niger in the north. Its coast in the south lies on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. It comprises 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, where the capital, Abuja is located. The highest point in Nigeria is Chappal Waddi at 2,419 m (7,936 ft). The main rivers are the Niger and the Benue, which converge and empty into the Niger Delta. This is one of the world’s largest river deltas, and the location of a large area of Central African mangroves. In the dry northeast corner of the country lies Lake Chad, which Nigeria shares with Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

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    Fees & Living Costs:

    -Tuition Fees-Academic fees generally vary widely from one degree program to the other and from one university to another. Private education institutions are generally more expensive than the public ones. Tuition fees at Nigerian universities are between about 1,600 USD – 8,000 USD per year. Howev.. more

    -Tuition Fees-Academic fees generally vary widely from one degree program to the other and from one university to another. Private education institutions are generally more expensive than the public ones. Tuition fees at Nigerian universities are between about 1,600 USD – 8,000 USD per year. However, willing students can work part-time and make a good living in Nigeria.

    -Cost of Living- The cost of living in Nigeria is much cheaper. For one person, per month:
    Food: $120 (if you buy groceries and cook for yourself and as an example, a loaf of fresh white bread (500g) will cost $0.92, milk (1L) will cost $2.02)
    Transport: Public transport would cost around $100 but that would again depend on distance of commute. (Monthly Pass $25.38)
    Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, and Three-course would cost $16.68. Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult is $35.95. Cinema ticket costs about $4.17.  Again, everything really depends on you and how much you spend.

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    Student Visas:

    In order for a person to study in Nigeria, the prospective student should first have:
    1.An offer of admission from a recognized and accredited Institution in Nigeria including dates of enrollment.

    2.For students other than those from ECOWAS a Stu.. more

    In order for a person to study in Nigeria, the prospective student should first have:
    1.An offer of admission from a recognized and accredited Institution in Nigeria including dates of enrollment.

    2.For students other than those from ECOWAS a Student Visa for Nigeria and / or entry permit before proceeding to Nigeria.

    If accepted, students are given permission to reside in Nigeria for the extent of their term in school.

    No matter what nationality the student is from the following requirements must be met before a Student Visa for Nigeria will be issued:

    1.A valid travel document i.e. (passport, Ecowas Travel Document)

    2.Proof of admission letter from an accredited institution.

    3.Proof of an offer of an approved course from an accredited institution.

    4.Proof of exemption or payment of the required course fees.

    5.Proof of a guarantee of  accommodation.
    Sometimes, financial statements are needed as per the demand of university council.

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    Interesting Facts:

    *Sukur or Sukur Cultural Landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on a hill above the village of Sukur in the Adamawa State of Nigeria. It is situated in the Mandara Mountains, close to the border with Cameroon.

    *The dense forest of the Osun Sacred Grove, on the outskirts of the city of Osogbo, is one of the last remnants of primary high forest.. more

    *Sukur or Sukur Cultural Landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on a hill above the village of Sukur in the Adamawa State of Nigeria. It is situated in the Mandara Mountains, close to the border with Cameroon.

    *The dense forest of the Osun Sacred Grove, on the outskirts of the city of Osogbo, is one of the last remnants of primary high forest in southern Nigeria. Regarded as the abode of the goddess of fertility Osun, one of the pantheon of Yoruba gods, the landscape of the grove and its meandering river is dotted with sanctuaries and shrines, sculptures and art works in honour of Osun and other deities. The Sacred Grove was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.

    *Nigeria’s most important export is oil. It is the 12th largest producer of petroleum in the world and the 8th largest exporter, and has the 10th largest proven reserves.

    *The name Nigeria was taken from the Niger River running through the country.

    *Nigerian cuisine, like West African cuisine in general, is known for its richness and variety. Many different spices, herbs and flavorings are used in conjunction with palm oil or groundnut oil to create deeply flavored sauces and soups often made very hot with chili peppers.

    *Football is largely considered Nigeria’s national sport and the country has its own Premier League of football.

    *There are 521 languages that have been spoken in Nigeria (nine of which are now extinct).

    *Nigeria has the 3rd largest film industry in the world in terms of earnings. It is nicknamed Nollywood.

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