The UK is one of the places with the highest university application from international students. This is due to the recognition and opportunities attached to getting an education in British universities.

If you wish to study in the UK, you need to get important information and take some steps. You should get enough details about the UK entry requirements, the application process, the course to study, the universities to apply to, and your visa application.

You also have to be familiar with the UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admission Services). This is the primary body you'll be dealing with for your admission process.

This article will focus on what you should know before applying to UK universities.

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How to Apply to Universities in the UK as a Nigerian

Application to UK universities is open for undergraduate and postgraduate international applicants. So, before studying in the UK, you should start on the right foot by meeting with trusted education and travel consultants in Nigeria.

There are many of them in Lagos, Abuja and other states in Nigeria.

Doing this will give you the necessary information about what is expected of you as an international student. Also, doing some research about your prospective schools before applying is essential. You need to be sure of what these universities can offer you.

In addition, you can contact the school via email or telephone number to get relevant information. Your academic results and documents play an essential part in your application. Therefore, ensure that you've got the necessary entry requirements to make an application.

Your  WASSCE and NECO results are essential qualifications for applying. You must also have good results from a foundation programme such as A level, OND and HND.

In addition, the school will want to know your proficiency in the English Language. So, taking a British accepted English language test such as TOEFL and IELTS will sort that out.

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You have to take an English proficiency test if you want to study in the UK || Image Source: Pexels

Aside from these, you need to write a personal statement stating why you want to study the chosen course, your relevant skills, and what you hope to achieve from the university.

Once you have the complete entry requirements, you can go ahead to make your application using the UCAS website. Then, when you get admitted into any British university, you can go ahead with your Visa application.

How to Choose a Course as a Nigerian Student Studying in the UK

Choosing courses to study in the UK involves knowing what you want. First, you should take note of things you enjoy doing and where your interest lies. Another thing you should consider is where you see yourself in the next few years and what industry you wish to work in.

Once you're sure of what to do, make your research on different courses or programmes that align with it. For students finding it difficult to choose a course to study in the UK, you can seek support from an experienced counsellor or life coach to help them explore different career options.

To get fantastic career development tutors, you should check the Superprof website.

Also, UCAS is an excellent resource for students having difficulty choosing a course. You can go through their website to get information on different courses.

Through the UCAS resource, you can get detailed information on the qualifications you must have and the requirements needed for each course. If you're not content with the information on the website, you can contact them through email or tel number.

Exploring different UK university websites is another way of getting information on courses. But, again, do your research to understand these courses to know which one to apply for.

Learn more about how to choose a course as a Nigerian student applying to the UK in our other article.

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Writing Your Personal Statement as a Nigerian Preparing to Study in the UK

The personal statement is another essential document required to apply to UK universities. This document provides information about yourself and why your chosen course is vital to you.

Your personal Statement should be short and convincing. This is what differentiates you from other applicants. Hence, you must write clearly why you chose a specific course and university.

Furthermore, writing your personal statement to fit the programme you're applying for should be your goal. Avoid providing information that is not relevant to your programme.

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Writing a quality personal statement is an important step in attending a UK university || Image Source: Pexels

You should provide information about relevant skills, experience, career choice and why you need that degree. For postgraduate applicants, you can talk about relevant experiences as an undergraduate.

When writing, ensure that your statement is well structured. You can do this by breaking your write up into an introduction, body and conclusion. This will help organize your writing.

You can check the website of the school you're applying to and the UCAS website for the required writing guidelines.

When writing, avoid exaggerations, and be honest with every detail you're providing. This will save you from future issues.

Moreover, check for grammatical, spelling and structure errors. And take your time to write your statement. Also, don't wait till the deadline is near. This will give you enough time to go over it again, check for errors and make necessary corrections.

Studying in the UK as a Mature Nigerian Student

Education has no age limit. You can choose to study at any point in life, and studying in the UK as an adult is possible. You might face some challenges along the way, but it will get better with time.

To apply to any programme, speak with an education consultant, do your research and gather relevant information about UK education programmes for mature students.

Check for the minimum entry qualifications and requirements. This will help you prepare ahead and get the necessary foundation programme before applying. Also, taking British accepted English language tests is essential for adult applicants.

If you're going for a bachelor's degree, you should check the UCAS for updates. Also, check for schools that offer the programme you're interested in and make your application through the UCAS website.

Also, when choosing your course as a mature international student, you should decide what would be more convenient as you may likely combine study with a job.

To make this easier for you, opt for part-time programmes. With that, you'll have the chance to work part-time and take care of your fees and other bills. If your university has considered you, you can apply for a work and study visa to get a working permit.

If you already have a family and want to bring them with you, be sure the universities, you're applying to have family accommodation and facilities for children.

Before applying, contact the school to discuss your application options and get their response.

Once you've gotten in for your desired programme, you should focus on your education. Of course, it might not be as easy as when you're younger. But there are still some things you can do.

Here are a few things you can do for a successful education experience as a mature student:

  • Make plans
  • Attend class regularly and be attentive
  • Don't pile up reading and assignments
  • Communicate and ask questions
  • Focus on your purpose for studying
  • Ask for support when needed

Applying for Scholarship and Support to Study in the UK

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There are several scholarships to study in the UK for Nigerians || Image Source: Pexels

Scholarships or bursaries are one thing students look forward to, either undergraduate or postgraduate, young or mature. It gives both academic and financial support.

Getting a scholarship is an advantage for an international student. Most times, bursaries are given to students studying full-time university programmes. It covers tuition fees, upkeep, and sometimes health services.

Universities and government bodies offer scholarships to students from Africa and other places every year. Moreover, scholarship offers can also depend on the country. Therefore, you can check for bursaries that accommodate people from Africa or Nigeria.

You can also check UK universities' websites to see scholarships for international students.

To apply for a scholarship, be sure that the programme you are studying is on the list because not all courses are awarded a scholarship.

Before making any study application, be sure that the course you are about to choose can be awarded a scholarship.

To be sure of your eligibility for scholarships as a Nigerian student, visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website. This website will give you current details on different undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships.

To make a scholarship application, you'll need to provide your email address, phone contact, country of residence and other personal details.

Aside from bursaries, you can apply for other financial support like government grants and sometimes loans as an international student.

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