I am Nigerian and I would like to Study in Canada; How do I go about applying to a Canadian University From Nigeria? What documents do I need? What schools should I apply to?
Below is a list of documents you need to secure an admission for with an undergraduate or a graduate program in Canada. You do not need to have all these things before you apply. You can start your application while awaiting most of the results e.g WAEC, GRE or GMAT
1. High( Secondary) School transcript- This will be mailed directly from your Secondary school to the Canadian university of choice.
2. West African Examination Council (WAEC) result- You stand a better chance of getting an admission with As, Bs and Cs in your courses. Usually all you have to do is to email a scratch card number and your result will be viewed online by the university.`
3. Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Most Universities will have this as part of their required documentation. However, most Nigerians studied in English, therefore you can get a letter from your secondary School stating and showing that you completed your studies in English. WAEC results with a minimum 'C' grade in english would also suffice.
This is usually very dependent on the program you are applying for. However the list below are the common requirements.
1. Undergraduate Transcripts- These are to be mailed to the university directly from your university in Nigeria. I hear it is very challenging getting transcripts from Nigerian Universities. So start ahead of time to work on this so you can meet the application deadline. Also if you attended more than one university, you will have to provide transcripts from all the universities you attended.
2. Letter of Intent- This is sometimes called a personal statement. This is your opportunity to tell the admission personnel why you are interested in the graduate program, talk about how your education and work experience has prepared you for the program. Why you have chosen the university you are applying to and what you plan to do with the education you will receive. It is very important that this letter is well written as it is usually one of the major deciding factors for most very competitive courses with applicants who meet all the academic requirements.Read more about Writing a compelling letter of intent
3. References- This are usually academic references unless you have had valuable work experience then you can consider using a work referee as well. references are mostly completed online by your referees or mailed directly to the university by them. Do not underestimate the power of a good reference. Make sure you select people who know you very well and can say excellent things about you.
4. Resume- This should contain information regarding your education, qualifications, work experience, volunteer experience as well as other extra-curricular activities that relate to your program. It will be an added advantage if you research into what Canadian Resumes look like and what you can include and what you should not.
5. GMAT, GRE and TOEFL- Some graduate programs require these exams and some don't. Most MBA programs now require GMAT. Read more about MBA in Canada here. For TOEFL, you might get a waiver if you get a letter from your university stating that you completed your education in English or you have a minimum of a C grade in your WAEC English.
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