How to Transfer from a Nigerian University to an American University

How to Transfer from a Nigerian University to an American University
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Year in year out, thousands of Nigerian Students apply to study in the United States of America (USA) for either Undergraduate or postgraduate degree programmes.

The US is the top study destination for most international students because of its high academic standards and because the US has many Universities with international recognition all over the world.

For many decades, Universities and Colleges in the United States have dominated the World University Rankings like the Time Higher Education.

There are some situations you find yourself in that will make you consider transferring to another university. There are many reasons why students want to switch universities. In this post, we will take you through what you need to know about switching universities. More importantly, how you can transfer to a university abroad.

Can I transfer from a Nigerian University to an American University?

Yes. As a Student in Nigerian, you can transfer to a US university by meeting the requirements of the University you intend to further your studies in. In this article, you will learn the requirements to transfer to a University in the US.

What level would I start?

Applying to transfer to a university abroad means you would start from second or third year. This however depends on your current level of study before transferring and the university you are transferring to.

Moreover, universities in a particular country have similar requirements. For example, universities in Canada have similar requirement for transfer program, just as universities in UK have similar requirements. In the same vein, Universities in the US have similar requirements.

Benefits of Studying in the US for Nigerian Students.

- Studying in the US is the option for Nigerian students wanting access to a world-class quality education and to prevent the incessant strikes by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) which disrupts the learning process in Nigeria

- You will also get access to functional laboratories and other academic resources which underfunding in Nigerian schools cannot allow for.

The transfer policies differ with schools in the United States. It is necessary to research the application process for the institution you want to transfer to from Nigeria.

Visit the US educational advising centres in Abuja or Lagos. There, you will get accurate information regarding the transfer policies of the Universities in the USA.

Students without a study visa can apply to schools that accept students for an 18-month exchange program. During this period, you can process your student visa in the US.

Also, it is necessary to research other requirements to transfer to a US College.

International university credit transfer policies help you understand the minimum amount of credits you need to have completed at your current alma mater to be eligible for transfer.

How to Transfer to an American University

Here are the procedures to transfer to an American University;

  • Do Your Research
  • Get the Required Documents
  • Application Letter
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Credit Transfer
  • Get the Required Documents
  • Plan Financially.

Get the required documents to transfer to a US university. These documents would determine your eligibility to the school you want to attend.

Here is a list of documents required for the transfer application process;

  • College Admission Essay
  • Application fee receipt
  • Academic records from your current University (Transcript)
  • English proficiency test certificate

This application and supporting documents can be submitted online or via fax.

 Your institution in Nigeria will send your transcript to your prospective school as a PDF attachment using the official school mail address.

Application Letter

A Scholarship application letter is a cover letter that indicates your interest in a scholarship and ways in which the award would help you achieve personal and professional goals

In writing your application letter, ensure to include your full name as it appears on the machine-readable section of your passport at the bottom of your passport page.

It is necessary to include your date of birth, complete educational history, country of birth, citizenship, current mailing address and a permanent address outside of the United States. 

A student that has not completed a session in a Nigerian university would need to submit academic records of their secondary school certificate and credentials (transcripts for those last three years of secondary school).

You would be required to submit your university academic records if you have completed a session. You do not have to submit your secondary school transcripts for the transfer process.

Letter of Recommendation

A Letter of Recommendation for Scholarship is a letter drafted by someone who is in a position of authority; like a Lecturer, Professor, Government Official, Religious leader that can give attestation to the capacity of an applicant to be granted a scholarship

A letter of recommendation for transfer students is optional. This requirement depends on your prospective University and English proficiency test.

Certificate for English standardization tests such as the TOEFL and IELTS may be required. You will need to find out if the certification is compulsory.

Credit Transfer

Credit transfer is a system whereby successfully completed units of study contributing towards a degree or diploma can be transferred from one course to another.

To be eligible to transfer to an American University, you must meet a minimum credit unit load. The credit unit requirement differs from school to school. Completed courses at your current school would undergo screening to determine which credits are transferable to the new school. This process takes time and resources on the part of Nigerian institutions. Thus, it is advisable to notify your current school early enough. Begin the compilation of your academic records to meet the application deadlines of the school you want to transfer to in the US.

The course credits of some courses may not be transferable. It implies that you will have to take additional classes in the US, which can also impact your graduation timeline.

Students are also encouraged to keep track of the application process not to miss out on any valuable information that will aid their admission status.

Good luck with your application.

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