Many global benefits and opportunities come with studying internationally like in the UK, whether as an undergraduate or postgraduate student. Moreover, many Nigerians have thought of applying at one point as international pupils to study outside the country, especially in the UK.

There have been questions from Nigerians on how to apply for university education in the UK. So, If you're in this category, you're at the right place.

Many things go into applying for your desired course in the UK. To apply as a full-time student, you have to meet specific qualifications. Hence, this article will discuss everything you need to know about applying and studying in the UK.

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What Are the Application Requirements to Study in the UK as a Nigerian Student?

Just like any Nigerian university, studying at any university in the UK requires that you have specific qualifications and meet certain prerequisites.

There are two essential requirements you have to carefully research to study in the UK. They are the academic and Visa requirements.

These two requirements are different from each other, and both are very important for UK university applicants either for undergraduate or postgraduate studies. Now, let's consider the nitty-gritty of both.

Academic Requirements

The entry prerequisites differ with each programme and school. However, we'll be pointing out the general requirements for UK admission. So, the first thing you require is a sound knowledge of the English language.

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Before applying to a UK university, you have to take an English proficiency test or have a credit in your SSCE exams || Image Source: Pexels

The English language is crucial for your application. This is to test how well you understand the use of English. To prove your competency in the English language, you have to take specific English proficiency tests that are accepted by the university you're applying to in the UK.

Some of these exams include:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Also, your high school SSCE and NECO result is a major requirement for an undergraduate degree in British universities. In addition to this, you have to go through a foundation programme such as A level, pre-degree, ND, and HND with a good result.

If you're applying for a master' degree, you must have completed your bachelor's degree with a minimum of a second-class lower honours degree (2.2). If you're going for a Doctorate postgraduate, you must have your Masters' degree certification.

Visa Requirements

When you've successfully met the academic prerequisites to study your desired course in the UK, you also have to deal with the student visa application.

To apply for a student visa to study in any college in the UK, you must be over 16 years. But that's not all. The following are other requirements for the visa:

  • Evidence of admission from your college by providing your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number
  • Complete passport and travel document
  • Recent photograph
  • Medical report
  • Evidence of financial capability to support your education and yourself during your stay
  • For those under 18, you must provide a letter from your parent or legal guardian as proof of parental consent.

Here are some tips to study in the UK as a mature Nigerian.

Application Process to Study in the UK as an International Pupil

Aside from knowing the prerequisites for any UK university, you also have to know how the application works. So, the first thing you should do is go for consultations and make inquiries.

Different educational consultants in Lagos and Abuja can help you with your international admission. You can visit their office at any time.

You can also check out the Superprof website for tutors that can help you with info and advice for your application for international education.

Your consultant should be able to help you with the necessary info in choosing a course and UK school to study in and how to apply. You can also get your desired school's tel number or email from them.

Requirements for different courses vary, so you need to get detailed information about the course you want to study.

When you're sure of the prerequisites for studying your desired course in the UK, it will help you know the foundation education you need for admission. It will also help you see if you're eligible for a course or not.

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UCAS is in charge of the application process for British universities || Image Source: Enterprise. press

The major information you have to research is the academic requirements and the fees for your desired course. Knowing all these will help you in your preparation.

After making inquiries and gathering important info, you can then register and send your application for the programme to the Universities and Colleges Admission Services (UCAS) via email.

Furthermore, during your registration process, be sure to fill in your correct personal details to avoid any issues in the future with your school.

When applying for UK university admission, it's necessary to write a personal statement to UCAS, which must contain important information such as:

  • Why do you want to study that specific course
  • Why did you choose that university or college
  • Why do you want to study in the UK
  • Your personality, goals, hobbies, and interests
  • The foundation education you've had relating to the course you want to study
  • Relevant work experiences if you have any
  • Your language skills
  • If you've worked voluntarily for any organization

Writing the statement with your personal information is something you have to take your time with. Also, you should be honest with the information you provide in the personal statement.

You can also get a professional writer or editor to edit it for you. You should also note that the statement should be between 500-1000 words.

Furthermore, for postgraduate pupils, you can check the specific entry prerequisites for your programme and the process for your school of interest. After registering and applying, the institution will contact you via email to tell you your admission status.

If the school accepts you, then a contract is formed, and you can then proceed to gather money for your school fees and accommodation and apply for a visa.

What to Know About UCAS as an International Pupil

As a Nigerian wanting to apply for undergraduate or postgraduate programmes in the UK, you must be familiar with their admission system.

The Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) oversees the admission process for UK universities and colleges every year. In addition, they are involved with admission into full-time programmes in the UK.

Also, UCAS provides information and advice on college admission. If you're confused as an international student, you can use their services either as an undergraduate or postgraduate.

Each UK colleges have varying policies and laws guiding its school. However, UCAS provides you with information like when to apply, how to apply, and deadlines for applications. So, you can keep checking the UCAS website for your admission update after your registration.

One unique thing about UCAS is that applicants can apply for more than 2 programmes at the same or different colleges in the UK. Therefore, if you're applying for only one programme, you'll pay a fee of about 11,200 NGN.

However, if you're registering for two or more programmes and universities, you'll pay more, and that's about 14,170 NGN.

Applying for British University Scholarships as a Nigerian

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You can apply for a British university scholarship if you have good grades || Image Source: Pexels

The UK scholarships (or bursarships) are a global thing among people from different countries. These are usually awarded to people with outstanding academic grades. So, if you have an excellent academic grade, you can apply for a scholarship to any UK college.

The UK government always offers bursaries and full financial support to many pupils every year. Aside from government bursarships, individual schools also provide financial support to people that meet their qualifications.

British bursarships usually cover your tuition fees and upkeep allowance. This financial support will go a long way in achieving your dream career.

To know if you're eligible for a UK scholarship as an international pupil, you can visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website.

You can access any information about undergraduate and postgraduate bursarships on the website.

When applying for bursarships to any UK university or college, you must provide your UCAS ID and correct personal details such as your email address, nationality, country of residence, and more!

To complete your scholarship process, you need to answer specific questions in not more than 200 words. As a scholarship applicant, the questions you are to answer are quite different from that of regular undergraduate and postgraduate applicants.

Here are some bursarships you can opt for as a Nigerian:

  • Clarendon scholarships at the University of Oxford
  • Commonwealth Masters scholarships
  • Global futures scholarships
  • Gates Cambridge scholarships
  • University of West London International Ambassador Scholarships
  • Developing solutions scholarships at the University of Nottingham
  • Aga Khan foundation scholarship programme
  • Rotary peace fellowships
  • Jim Ovia scholarship

If your application is accepted and you get awarded a scholarship, you can proceed with your visa as you prepare to study in the UK.

 

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