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Nigeria

Cardiff University has a long tradition of welcoming Nigerian students across a wide range of courses and at all levels of study. The University has approximately 130 Nigerian students enrolled on our courses along with a number of Nigerian academic staff.

The Nigerian Society organises regular social events and is a source of support for Nigerian students in the University.

Foundation courses

If you have graduated from the Nigerian education system, you may be required to successfully complete a one year International Foundation Programme before entering Cardiff University's undergraduate programmes.

You will be required to successfully complete the SSCE/WAEC with a Grade B or above in all subjects to qualify for the International Foundation Programme.

Undergraduate courses

You will be required to have the Senior School Certificate combined with a successfully completed Foundation programme from a reputable institution to be considered for admission on to Cardiff University's bachelor's degree programmes.

You will be required to have successfully completed the first year of a Nigerian bachelor's degree to be considered for admission to the first year of Cardiff University's undergraduate programmes.

If you hold the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, West African GCE A-Levels or British A-Levels, you will be considered for admission to Cardiff University's undergraduate programmes.

Postgraduate taught courses

You will be required to have a good bachelor's degree (usually minimum 2.1) from a recognised institution to be considered for admission on to a master's degree. In some cases a good 2.2 bachelor's degree may be acceptable.

You will be required to obtain the WAEC or IGCSE with a level C or above in the last two years to apply for a bachelor's or postgraduate degree.

Postgraduate research programmes

If you are applying for a research programme, you will be required to provide evidence that you have already carried out research, usually via the successful completion of a relevant master's degree.

If you have a bachelor's degree (minimum Second Class, Higher Division), you will be considered for admission to a master's degree at Cardiff University.

English language

Update: Important changes regarding English language requirements. Please read below.

Whilst Nigeria is, of course, recognised as an English speaking country, for the purpose of complying with the UK Border Agency (UKBA) rules, we are asking that students demonstrate their English language abilities.

If you obtained your WAEC or IGCSE with a level C or above, in the last 2 years, then this will be no problem for you if you are applying for a Bachelors or Postgraduate degree.

However, due to recent changes, if you are applying for a Foundation Course, you will be asked to sit an IELTS qualification, in order to qualify for your visa to study in the UK.

In addition, if your WAEC English qualification was gained more than 2 years ago, even if you have since been to an English speaking University or conducted your job through the medium of English, then we will need further evidence of English language ability before we can issue unconditional offers.

This can be demonstrated by:

  • stipulating in your application's personal statement that you are currently working or studying through the medium of English;
  • obtaining two references which also mention your use of English language e.g. if you are working, then you are using English in a professional and skilled capacity, or a reference from an academic tutor to confirm that your course was taught through the medium of English and that you were successful in this.

We are constantly reviewing our admissions systems, whilst also abiding by the changes in UK entry laws.

Please don't hesitate to contact us on international@cardiff.ac.uk should you have any further questions about this.

Representatives from the International Office visit Nigeria regularly throughout the year. Details of our next visit will appear here shortly.

For further information regarding our visits please contact us at international@cardiff.ac.uk.

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Deve Oimunu

Job title: West Africa Representative

Email: OmiunuD1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone: +2348027857925/ +2348178676856


"Hello! I am Deve, Cardiff University’s in-country representative in Nigeria. I am an experienced education recruitment consultant and advisor based in Abuja. I have a wealth of experience that spans over 5 years in this sector and have worked closely with a number of institutions in the UK and Education recruitment agents in Nigeria. During the course of my career I have guided and offered advisory services to a number of prospective students about studying, living in the UK and the student visa application processes. I am more than happy to discuss any questions you may have about Cardiff University, and advise you on your application. I work closely with our Educational Advisors, Agents and partners in West Africa to ensure we are supporting you as much as possible."

Abuja

Company Contact name Address Contact details
BCIE
Abuja Office
Mr Isaac Abraham Akoh 24B Djibouti Crescent
Off Freetown Street
Behind Rockview Hotel
The 5th House after Zartech
Wuse 2, Abuja

Mob: +80-6678-8636
Tel: +9-872 5983 / 09-461-4900
Email: abuja@bcie.co.uk

UKEAS
Abuja Office
Bukky Awofisayo Suite 3, 2nd Floor
HATLAB place
Plot 1952 Sokode Crescent (beside GTBank)
Wuse Zone 5

Website: www.UKEAS.com.ng
Email: bukky@ukeas.com.ng

Lagos

Company Contact name Address Contact details
BCIE Lagos
Ikeja Office
Mrs Modupe Owoeye Valley View Plaza
99,Opebi Road,
Ikeja,
Lagos

Tel: 01-8966508 / 01-8990744
Mobile: 08-023379290
Email: nigeriaikeja@bcie.co.uk

PFL Nigeria Lagos
Ikeja Office
PFL Nigeria
49 Sobo Arobiodu Street
G.R.A. Ikeja
Lagos
Tel: +234-1-4701165, +234-1-7940133
Fax: +44-0870-1306957
Email: ikeja@preparationforlife.com
UKEAS
Ikeja Office
3rd Floor, 76 Opebi Road
Ikeja
Tel: +234 1 7419 173
Email: ikeja@ukeas.com.ng
BCIE Lagos
Victoria Island Office
Mr Kayode Adeyeye 146 Imam Abibu Adetoro Street
(By Sinari Daranijo)
Victoria Island Annexe,
Lagos
Tel: +01-4624088 / 01-8990952
Mob: +08-062351535
Email: nigeriaikoyi@bcie.co.uk
PFL Nigeria Lagos
Victoria Island Office
Mr Jide Orija 296B, Jide Oki street,
Off Ligali Ayorinde Street,
Victoria Island
Lagos
Tel: +2341-4616112
Fax: +2341-4619859
Email: victoriaisland@preparationforlife.com

Kano

Company Contact name Address Contact details
BCIE
Kano Office
Mr Abubakar Iliyasu 2nd Floor
Chalet 'E' Tahir Guest Palace (Annex)
Lamido Road,
Off Suleiman Crescent,
(Behind Niima Hotel)
Nasarawa G.R.A,
Kano

Tel: +08-135403294
Email: kano@bcie.co.uk

Ibadan

Company Contact name Address Contact details
UKEAS 1st Floor , 1 Shell Close Onireke
Ibadan

Tel: +234 (0) 2 -7517 057
Email: ibadan@ukeas.com.ng

Port Harcourt

Company Contact name Address Contact details
BCIE
Port Harcourt
Mr Chris Ughulu Jumbo House, 2nd Floor
80 Aba Road, Opposite Government Crafts Development Centre
Port Harcourt, Rivers State

Tel: +084-812727
Email: manager_ph@bcie.co.uk

PFL
Port Harcourt Office
Mrs Alaere Kalaina
Somina Krukrubo
PFL Port Harcourt
2nd Floor (left wing)
77 Stadium Road,
Rivers State,
Port Harcourt
Tel: +00-234-084-896990/0703
Email: portharcourt@preparationforlife.com
KOT Educational Services and Tours Ltd Mrs Imah Adegoke 44B Wogu Street
D/line Port-Harcourt
Rivers State

Tel: +2348033092794, 23484791415, 2348187304170
Email: koteducationservices@yahoo.com
Website: koteducation.co.uk

Chioma Mbanugo

Chioma Mbanugo

Course Title: Master in Business Administration
Country: Nigeria

Year of Graduation: 2006
Current Employer: Lloyds Banking Group Insurance


Being in Finance Risk, Control and Change (FRCC), Chioma’s got an important job of helping businesses mitigate potent financial risks. Describing her time in Cardiff as an ‘exciting roller coaster ride’, she knew exactly what she was looking for when choosing Cardiff to be her University. A strong advocate of the MBA programme in Cardiff, she picked up important business skills when studying here and uses them every day in her job.

As a Student at Cardiff University
Why did you choose Cardiff to do your degree?

In choosing where to study for my degree, there were a few things I took into consideration.

a) University league table rankings.
b) The location of the University. I wanted somewhere away from London to avoid distractions posed by a big city.
c) Cost of living. I wanted somewhere with lower living costs. I had previously been told by a friend who studied in the UK to keep away from London if I wanted to make my budget stretch.
d) Tuition costs and flexible payment plans.

Do you think Cardiff equipped you with the necessary skills for your job?

I believe that studying at Cardiff definitely equipped me with the necessary skills for not only my job but a wide range of skills for various jobs. The MBA programme was very robust and exposed me to various business areas.

Tell me a little about your time here.

My time at Cardiff University can best be described as an exciting roller coaster ride. The MBA programme was exceptionally demanding with a total of 9 courses to cover within the 9 month period. We had lectures, syndicate classes, group assignments, individual assignments, class tests, semester exams, group business plans, etc. When we felt the pressure was easing off, we had 2 electives to study and a 20,000 word dissertation to research, write and submit. The structure of the course has since changed but I believe it is still as demanding as it was when I was on the programme.

Life after Graduation
You’ve had quite a career and now you’re in FRCC, did you ever see yourself in such an esteemed job?

I have always dreamt of getting to the top of my career. And I knew it was possible if I worked hard, applied myself and made the right choices. I deem my current job as one of the steps I have to go through to get to my ultimate goal. I am happy that gradually, my dream is becoming a reality.

What does your job entail now? What are your responsibilities?

Without giving too much away, I am in a risk assessment/management role. This entails oversight of controls and processes in my business area to ensure that losses through error and fraud are mitigated. One of the biggest risks of my job is failing to identify a lapse in controls and processes that eventually result in significant losses to the business.

Why is your job important? Who’s counting on you? And what are you expected to deliver each year?

My job is important because I am part of a team which ensures that the figures published in the Financial Statements (FS) are accurate. My team follows the financial year cycle ensuring that at each step of the way, processes and controls which produce the figures that feed into the FS are operating as expected. The FS is relied upon by many stakeholders including the City, Management, Financial Services Authority, Shareholders, Employees, Financial markets etc.

Reflections
Do you have any words of wisdom to share with prospective students who are thinking about coming to Cardiff?

For those thinking of coming to Cardiff, I would say 'do it'. You'll enjoy your time here. Cardiff is very cosmopolitan, has a very diverse student body, has very friendly people in the community and the academic staff will encourage you to be the best you can be. You will get a lot of support and help from the academic community as well as from fellow students.

For those thinking of coming to Cardiff, I would say 'do it'. You'll enjoy your time here.

Student views

I was also attracted by the Law School’s very good reputation, not just within the UK but also outside of its borders. The Law School was actually awarded a top Grade 5 rating by the UK Government in a Research Assessment Exercise.

Chikaodili Rosemary Iwobi, LLM

I had heard of the reputation of Cardiff University even before I came to start my Master's in International Journalism. The day I arrived, the free coach service provided by the university further served as an appetizer to what awaited me in this unique, world-class university.

Casmir Chibuzo Igbokwe, MA International Journalism

Josh Fairweather
Cardiff Contact - Josh Fairweather

Hi, my name is Josh and I'm the country manager for Nigeria.

I am very excited to be visiting Nigeria over the next year, learning more about your country and meeting as many people as possible. If you have any questions about studying or living in Cardiff please do contact me, or visit me at one of the events I will be attending - details of which can be found on this page.

Graduate Opportunities

Cardiff students have the opportunity to apply for graduate positions at international and national companies across Africa with GradlinkAfrica.

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Interview with Nigerian Scholarship winner

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