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Thinking of studying abroad? 5 essential tips for Nigerian students

As Nigerian students consider pursuing higher education abroad, it’s essential to be aware of the requirements, challenges, and opportunities that come with studying in a foreign country. To help navigate this process, here are 5 crucial tips for Nigerian students thinking of studying abroad, sponsored by Shekinah Educational Services:

Research and Planning

Thoroughly research your desired destination, university, and course options. Ensure you meet the necessary academic requirements, language proficiency, and visa requirements. Plan ahead to avoid last-minute stress. You can start by exploring websites like Study Abroad Nigeria and Nigerian Student Abroad for valuable resources and guidance.

Scholarships and Funding

Explore scholarship opportunities, grants, and funding options to support your studies. Many universities and organizations offer financial aid to international students. For example, the University of Toronto offers scholarships to Nigerian students, and the Nigerian Government also provides scholarships for students studying abroad. Shekinah Educational Services advises on these kind of opportunities.

Visa and Immigration

Understand the visa application process and requirements for your destination country. Ensure you have all necessary documents, including a valid passport, academic certificates, and proof of financial support, Shekinah Educational Services can help you out on that. The official government websites of your destination country, such as the US Department of State or the Canadian Government’s website, are great resources for visa information.

Cultural Adaptation

Be prepared for cultural differences and adapt to your new environment. Research local customs, norms, and way of life to avoid cultural shock. You can connect with current students or join online forums, like the Nigerian Students in Diaspora group, to learn from their experiences.

Academic Preparation

Prepare academically by researching your course curriculum, academic expectations, and language requirements. Ensure you have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in your chosen program. You can take online courses or attend prep classes to improve your language proficiency or academic skills.

Some popular destinations for Nigerian students include:

  • China, with a living cost of $750-$1,250 and tuition fees ranging between $3,000-$9,000 (Source: Study in China)
  • The United States, with a living cost of $1,600-$1,800 and tuition fees ranging between $10,000-$55,000 (Source: US News & World Report)
  • Canada, with a living cost of $500-$700 and tuition fees ranging between $20,000-$30,000 (Source: Study in Canada)

Remember, most Nigerian students apply for postgraduate degrees abroad, with undergraduate applicants coming second and PhD degree students coming third. The minimum GPA required for admission depends on the quality of the foreign university, but a minimum US GPA of 3.0 is a must for applying to most universities abroad.

By considering these essential tips, Nigerian students can set themselves up for success and make the most of their international education experience.”

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