The number of Nigerian universities is expected to double by 2025, making it an exciting time to come and study in Nigeria.

Nigeria is the biggest nation in Africa and easily the most diverse, with a staggering 250 ethnic groups. It has the largest economy on the continent, with one Citigroup report predicting that it will have the highest average GDP growth in the world from 2010 to 2050. It is also a global hub of black and African culture that has spawned one of the largest film industries in the world (“Nollywood”) as well as pioneering music genres such as jùjú and Afrobeat. Nicknamed the “Giant of Africa,” this vast and varied country never ceases to amaze.

The number of Nigerian universities is expected to double by 2025, making it an exciting time to come and study in Nigeria. The country also reached a landmark in 2020 when the Lagos Business School Executive MBA became the first African program to feature in The Economist’s prestigious annual MBA ranking. It is illustrative of the country’s growing excellence in higher education teaching. With the country experiencing explosive population growth, the responsibility will surely fall upon the next generation of business leaders to create an economy powerful enough to cope. Are you up for the challenge?

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FAQ about studying in Nigeria

The estimated monthly costs for one person in Nigeria are around NGN180,000 (US$433). Lagos and Abuja are considered to be two of the most expensive cities in Africa. In terms of completing an MBA in Nigeria, tuition fees range from EUR€5,000 to €10,000.

Nigeria does not offer a specific student visa. International students who wish to study in Nigeria will need to apply for a Subject to Regularization (STR) visa. Upon entry into the country, visa holders must convert their visa into a residence permit. You will need to file for a Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Alien Card (CERPAC). It is generally best to contact the Nigerian Embassy in your country for specific information. Application fees vary depending on the country you are from but are relatively high for nationals of most countries. The price for an American citizen, for example, is US$180.

As one of the most developed countries in Africa, Nigeria has a large (and expanding) network of public and private universities. The University of Ibadan, Lagos State University, and the University of Lagos are three of the highest-ranked institutions in the country, while Lagos Business School became the first African school to appear in The Economist Executive MBA Ranking in 2020.

With Nigeria’s population growth currently outstripping economic growth, graduates are entering a challenging job market. However, getting a master’s or MBA could set you apart from the competition. Figures from Lagos Business School indicate that 92% of its graduates secured a job at a top company within a year of graduation, while its post-graduation salary increase of 77% was one of the highest increases of any business school. This illustrates the potential for a lucrative career in Nigeria with the right qualifications.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 show that the percentage of international students in the ranked Nigerian universities is between 0 and 1%. However, affordable tuition fees, courses taught in English, and the chance to live in one of the most diverse countries on the planet are all major motivations to study in Nigeria.

Nigeria-page (A statue of the first crowned Oba of Lagos, Oba Ado)

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