Today, transferring from a Nigerian university to a Canadian university is very possible as a student.
Canada is a hub of world-recognized universities, diverse cultures and languages, and highly skilled professionals.
Hundreds of students transfer from Nigerian universities every year to study various undergraduate and postgraduate programs to make a remarkable career.
Adequate information is required before this big step is made because some Canadian universities do not accept a switch to a mid-way program, especially for a competitive course.
Most prefer the applicant begins as a freshman, but then requirements vary between department and institutions.
The transfer process is straightforward if you meet the requirements for the Canadian international student transfer.
This transfer programme is necessary for you not to start as a freshman when you arrive in Canada.
It will help reduce the duration of your course of study and the cost of tuition.
So, if you are a student wanting to know the requirements and list of universities in Canada that accept transfer students from Nigeria, this is the only article to read today.
Canada University Transfer Requirements from Nigeria
Here are the eligibility requirements to transfer successfully from a Nigerian university to a Canadian university:
- Completion of 12 credit unit load courses (transferable credits).
- Completion of at least one (1) academic session in a Nigeria university.
- Must have a minimum CGPA of 2.3 to 2.8 from a Nigerian university.
- Official transcript from your current University. Your institution in Nigeria will send your transcript to your prospective school as a PDF attachment using the official school mail address.
- Pass standardized English proficiency test (IELTS and TOEFL) result.
- Senior secondary school transcript.
- Transfer application essay.
- WAEC result.
- The transfer application process is by the UA application system. The application fee is $80.
Canadian Universities Accepting Nigerian Students
Here are the Canadian universities presently accepting Nigerian students for their transfer programs:
- Athabasca University
- Brock University
- Hong Kong Baptist University
- Lakehead University
- MacEwan University
- McGill University
- McMaster University
- Mount Royal University
- Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada
- Ryerson University
- Trent University
- The University of Alberta
- University of British Columbia
- The University of Calgary
- The University of Lethbridge
- University of Montreal (Université De Montréal)
- University of New Brunswick
- The University of Ontario Institute of Technology
- The University of Ottawa
- The University of Toronto
- The University of Waterloo
- Western University
- Wilfrid Laurier University
Transferring from a Nigerian University to a Canadian University
Here are the things to do when switching universities:
- Consider the cost of living, weather condition, the level you would start from, support for foreign students, and immigration policy.
- Research the Canadian universities.
- Know the grade requirements.
- Get adequate counsel from your academic adviser so you get the best advice and avoid mistakes.
- Get in touch with your preferred school. Email the school and ask questions to know your eligibility before applying.
- Inform your current university about the transfer, as they would play a massive role in the transfer process.
- Apply for a student visa.
- Ensure that the duration of your study will end before the expiration of your visa.
- Get a reference letter from your previous school or lecturer.
- After getting all the information, applying is the next step.
- Check your email all the time so as not to miss any information.
Studying in Canada is a good option for Nigerian students wanting access to a world-class quality education.
You get access to functional laboratories and other academic resources.
Also, there are no ASUU strikes to disrupt learning or underfunding in Nigerian schools.
As a student in Nigeria, you can transfer to a Canada university by meeting the requirements.
Remember that if you are in your final year or third year in a Nigerian university, you cannot transfer to a Canadian university as your application will be rejected.
Therefore, completing your studies in Nigeria is advisable and then going abroad for your second degree.
Also, make sure you are transferring to study the same or related course.
The process may become complicated if you plan to study a different course.
Visit the Canadian educational advising centres in Abuja or Lagos and get more information regarding the transfer policies of the universities in Canada.
I wish you success.