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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 over 60 Nigerian students enrolled on our courses along with a number of Nigerian academic staff.

Ayo-Oluwa Olujembola tells us why he chose Cardiff and what the main differences between studying in Nigeria and Cardiff are.

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 Visas and Immigration (UKVI) 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 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

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Deve Oimunu

Job title: West Africa Representative

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."


Company Contact name Address Contact details
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: 09-872-5983 / 09-461-4900

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

Phone: +234 (0) 9-2905608

Abuja Office
Ground Floor, Lantern Plaza
10 Gimbiva Street, Area 11
Garki, Abuja
Tel: 00 23 4 080504147/08032381916/097816884


Company Contact name Address Contact details
Enugu Office
James ACHIOGWEME Suite B8, First Floor, Bethel Plaza
36 Garden Avenue

Tel: 00 23 4 07059193156


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

Tel: 01-8966508 / 01-8990744
Mobile: 08-023379290

PFL Nigeria Lagos
Ikeja Office
PFL Nigeria
49 Sobo Arobiodu Street
G.R.A. Ikeja
Tel: +234-1-4701165, +234-1-7940133
Fax: +44-0870-1306957
Ikeja Office
Yomi Asade 3rd Floor, 76 Opebi Road
Tel: +234 1 7419 173
BCIE Lagos
Victoria Island Office
Mr Kayode Adeyeye

No 14 Muri Okunola Street(Megamound Place),
Off Ajose Adeogun,
Victoria Island,

Tel: +01-4624088 / 01-8990952
Mob: +08-062351535
PFL Nigeria Lagos
Victoria Island Office
Mr Jide Orija 296B, Jide Oki street,
Off Ligali Ayorinde Street,
Victoria Island
Tel: 00 23 41 461112/23 41 7748948/2706906
Fax: +2341-4619859
Victoria Island
Chinwe David-Inyang 6, Adeola Odelu Street
Victoria Island
Tel: 012915972
Mob: +234 8057126717
Highway Consults
3 Bellavista Estate,
Dauda Fasanya Street,
Ikate Elegushi,
Lekki, Lagos
Tel: 08052734947


Company Contact name Address Contact details
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,

Tel: +08-135403294


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

Tel: +234 (0) 2 -7517 057

Ibadan Office
Behind Ostrich Bakery, Oni and Sons
Ring Road, Ibadan
Oyo State
Tel: 02 7516726/07042924013

Port Harcourt

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

Tel: +084-812727

Port Harcourt Office
Mrs Alaere Kalaina
Somina Krukrubo

2nd Floor, Item House,
No.82 Tombia Street, G.R.A Phase 2, Port Harcourt,
Rivers State

Tel: 00-234-084-896990/0703/720 9748/08073894829

Port Harcourt Office
Enobong INYANG

Plot 156,No.11 Tom Inko-Tariah Street,
Rumuogba Estate,
Port Harcourt
Rivers State

Tel: 00-234-8116-709992

KOT Educational Services and Tours Ltd Mrs Imah Adegoke 44B Wogu Street
D/line Port-Harcourt
Rivers State

Tel: +2348033092794, 23484791415, 2348187304170

Yetunde Amodu

Yetunde Amodu

Course Title: LLB Law
Country: Nigeria

Year of Graduation: 2015

Yetunde comes from Nigeria and studied a law degree, she plans to pursue a Master's degree in Corporations Law or Business Law. She gained admission into New York University, America. After that, she intends to go back to Nigeria for Law School to get acquainted with the legal system.

As a Student at Cardiff University
Why did you choose Cardiff?

Cardiff University appealed to me from the first time I saw it online. I saw its academic ranking and read its reviews. I felt it was a nice, small student city which would be best for a newbie like me, who had never left the shores of Africa. It was my first choice in 2012, and if asked to do another Law degree, I would definitely choose Cardiff again.

Tell us about your course. How is it different to classes back home?

I studied LLB Law. It has been good- stressful but good. Like all other courses, it’s all about effective reading and proper time management.

What you have enjoyed most about studying at Cardiff University?

I especially like the way modules are organized and delivered to help one understand the theoretical and practical aspects of each course- things are taught in a way that will be relevant to a lawyer’s life after exams!

I enjoy many innumerable things about studying here, the teachers and the way the lectures, tutorials and coursework are structured makes life easy for me. The environment is ideal for learning and the facilities and resources provided to complement the course are excellent. One can do well in school, take up part-time work, and also partake in extracurricular activities- it is all about achieving the right balance!

Life in Cardiff
What is the best thing about living in Cardiff?

I like the quiet, but vibrant nature of the city. The mornings are cool, but the nights are wild, as in nights out, clubbing etc. The cost of living is low, and everywhere is within walking distance so no need to spend so much money on transport, like in other major cities!

Are you a member of any clubs and/or societies? What’s it like to be part of a society?

Yes, I am a member of AIESEC and Afro-Carribean Society. Such societies promote cultural diversity, and togetherness.

AIESEC is an internationally recognized society, where we strive to better ourselves and make the world a better place. Our main activity is to recruit interns from UK and other parts of the world to participate in global exchange and community service development programs.

We are divided into groups where we learn how to specialize in different business activities and enhance our business skills. All in all, I feel like I am part of a big happy family, where I learn a whole lot about developing my leadership and transferable skills, plus I get to socialize too!

The Afro-Carribean Society, as the name indicates, is all about promoting the African and Carribean culture. Being part of this society makes me feel closer to home; I have the opportunity to meet other Africans and I am able to learn how they speak, dance, what they eat, and get accustomed to their ways of life in general. This society makes me appreciate the beauty of Africa more, by taking me back to the roots through their traditional shows, and art events held throughout the year like the popular ROOTS and Afrogene events.

How has the University supported you during your time here?

The University has benefitted me greatly in many ways, by exposing me to a lot of opportunities. I now speak better and I am more knowledgeable in many areas. I feel more confident knowing I can go almost anywhere in the world, communicate effectively, and present myself and the University in the best light!

The Law School has also given me two generous Merit scholarships of £3000 in my 2nd and 3rd year due to my academic achievements, without me applying for them! This has greatly helped me (a little extra pocket money) and I feel I am helping my family, in the little way I can.

What would be your advice for prospective students thinking about coming to Cardiff?

’Don’t think about it, just come’. Both Cardiff as a city and University are one of the best places in the world to live in; the world just does not know it yet.

What are your plans for the future?

After my LLB, I plan to pursue a Master’s degree in Corporations Law or Business Law. I have recently gained admission into New York University, America and I hope to start there this fall. After that, I intend to go back to Nigeria for Law School to get acquainted with the legal system. I will likely end up as a corporate lawyer in one of the big Nigerian firms, or return overseas, to become qualified too; and hopefully live happily ever after.

The University has benefitted me greatly, by exposing me to a lot of opportunities.

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.

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.

Clubs & societies

Oluwaseun Mesele
Interview with Nigerian Scholarship winner

A fantastic first class undergraduate degree and a passion for his subject allowed Oluwaseun Mesele’s application for Cardiff’s Commonwealth Shared Scholarship to rise above 60 other applicants. Winning this prestigious scholarship has allowed him to pursue a MSc in Physical Organic Chemistry. Read more...



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