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Information for students from Nigeria

The University of Kent is a popular destination for students from Nigeria. We now have over 100 students from Nigeria on campus studying a variety of our programmes from Foundation to PhD level.

We have been visiting Nigeria for many years and are very committed to our Nigerian students. Together with our students we successfully hosted the ICONS 2010 International Conference of Nigerian Students in Diaspora with over 250 Nigerian students from all over the UK in attendance.

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Entry requirements

At Kent we consider all applications on their individual merit and welcome students from Nigeria with a wide variety of qualifications and experience. Please note that some departments may have slightly different entry criteria.

If you have any specific queries or questions please contact us at

Foundation programme

The University considers students for foundation entry who have completed the SSCE (Senior School Certificate of Education), normally validated by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the Nigerian Examinations Council (NECO).

Students will be considered on an individual basis. We typically require students to have taken a minimum of five subjects (including English), and to have achieved a minimum grade C or 6 in each subject. Higher average grades may be required depending on the entry requirements of the degree programme to be taken after successful completion of the foundation course.

We offer two types of foundation programme which enable progression onto a wide range of our undergraduate degrees: the International Foundation Programme (IFP) and 4-year integrated programmes which include a foundation year:

  • The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is for international students whose school-leaving qualifications are insufficient for direct entry to undergraduate study and/or whose English language standard is below the necessary level. The IFP gives you a year’s preparation in academic subjects, English language and study skills up to the required level for progression onto undergraduate degree study. The IFP is delivered at our Canterbury campus by University of Kent academics and successful completion of the programme provides entry into a wide range of Bachelor degrees in our faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences. We offer September and February start dates depending on your chosen pathway and the degree you intend to progress on to.
  • We offer 4-year integrated programmes which include a foundation year in Actuarial Science, Chemistry, Computer Systems Engineering, Electronic and Communications Engineering, Forensic Science, Mathematics, Pharmacology and Physiology, and Physics. These are designed for students with acceptable English language ability but school-leaving qualifications below the level required for direct entry to an undergraduate degree. Entry to these foundation programmes may require you to have studied specific subjects at high school.

Please note: you only need to take a foundation programme if your qualifications are not suitable for your chosen degree.


The University considers Nigerian students for undergraduate study who have completed the SSCE (Senior School Certificate of Education) in a minimum of five subjects, having achieved a minimum grade C or 6 in each subject. Higher average grades may be required depending on the entry requirements of the degree programme to be taken after successful completion of the foundation course, and who have taken a further acceptable qualification. The following further qualifications are acceptable for entry to our undergraduate programmes:

UK Examination Board A levels
We typically require students to have taken a minimum of three A levels and have achieved the grades specified in the standard offers for UK applicants; see the prospectus for the required grades for each course.

Foundation courses
Students should have satisfactorily completed a foundation course, either at a UK based college, or a college in Nigeria which is acceptable to the University of Kent. Candidates should check with the University that the foundation course will be acceptable prior to starting the foundation course. All applicants with a foundation qualification will be considered on an individual basis.

Ordinary National Diploma/National Diploma (OND/ND)
Students should have satisfactorily completed an (Ordinary) National Diploma with an overall grade between lower credit and distinction depending on the degree subject applied for. For some subjects, such as science, we may request that you send in a copy of your syllabus with your application.

Higher National Diplomas (HND)
Students should have satisfactorily completed a Higher National Diploma with at least a lower credit grade.

Nigerian degree programmes
A successfully completed first year of a Nigerian degree programme with good grades may qualify students for year 1 entry.
Students may also gain entry to year 1 of our undergraduate degree programmes if they have successfully completed 1 or 2 years of an undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent) and seek to transfer to Kent for the remainder of their degree.

NCUK International Year One

Kent Business School now accept the NCUK International Year One for entry to Year 2 of many of their undergraduate programmes. For details of NCUK centres in your country, please see the NCUK website.

US qualifications

If you are studying, or have studied, US qualifications such as SATs, ACTs, Advanced Placement tests or an Associate Degree, please see our USA country page for details of the US qualifications we accept.

International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate and A levels

If you are studying, or have studied, the International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate, or A levels please see our General entry requirements for details.

We have a standard International Baccalaureate Diploma offer of 34 points across all programmes of study including any specific subjects at higher or standard level required by the particular degree programme. As an alternative to achieving 34 points, for most programmes, the University will also make IB students the offer of passing the IB Diploma with specific achievement in higher/standard level subjects. 

IB Career-related Programme (IBCP)

The University welcomes applications from students taking the IB Career-related Programme (IBCP). We do not make standard offers for this qualification, however we are happy to advise prospective students based on the component IB courses they are taking as part of the IBCP. For specific advice on grade requirements, please contact us listing the IB courses and additional courses you are taking.

Contact us

If you have questions about which qualifications we will accept, please email for information on our entry requirements and details of how to apply.


The University considers students for postgraduate study who have completed a four year honours degree (BA/BSc/BEng) achieving a good result from a reputable overseas institution or a good UK honours degree.


For details of our MBA programme, please see the MBA course page.


If you would like to pursue a PhD at Kent, you should visit the relevant department website and our find a supervisor page to identify potential supervisors for your research and thesis. You are encouraged to then make direct contact with the appropriate academic to discuss your research proposal.


English language requirements

Applicants will also need to meet University of Kent's standard English language requirements. These are set at a level that meets both the academic needs of the University and the minimum requirements for a Tier 4 (General) student visa.

Applicants for the International Foundation Programme or pre-sessional English programmes are required to have a UKVI recognised SELT (Secure English Language Test). These must be taken at one of the UKVI approved test centres.

Applicants for postgraduate programmes who have studied to at least Bachelor’s degree level entirely in the medium of English or who have worked in an English speaking environment may be considered for exemption from standard English language requirements on a case-by-case basis.  A letter confirming the medium of instruction of English will be required.

Pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

If you need to raise your English language skills, you can attend one of our intensive pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes. Satisfactory achievement on one of these courses can be used to meet Kent's English language entry requirements in place of other external language examinations.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

For the latest details on fees, see our course fees look-up table.


The University offers a wide variety of financial support and scholarships, including awards for academic, musical and sporting excellence. Scholarships include our International scholarships for undergraduate students and International Scholarship for Taught Masters Students.

For details of all the scholarships available, please use our scholarship finder.

Kent LLM student award

Kent Law School has established a major fund to support students who are from or who have studied in Nigeria, and who undertake a taught Masters in Law (LLM) at the Canterbury campus of the University of Kent. Find out more…

Postgraduate Taught tuition fee deposit scheme for international-fee paying applicants

As of 1 November 2018, a deposit payment of £2,000 is required to secure your acceptance of an offer for a Postgraduate Taught programme at Kent. This deposit will be deducted from the overall tuition fee you are required to pay at enrolment.

We advise early payment of the deposit, and the final deadlines for us to receive your tuition fee deposit are:

  • Postgraduate Taught Master's with a September start date: 1 July
  • Postgraduate Taught Master's with a January start date: 1 December

The University reserves the right to withdraw your offer if the tuition fee deposit is not received by the relevant deadline. If this occurs, your application will only be re-instated subject to receipt of the deposit and places being available on your chosen course. If you are offered a place after the given deadline, an immediate deposit payment will be required to secure your place.

If you require a CAS for visa purposes, this will not be issued until the deposit has been received for your chosen course.

Please note: The deposit is only applicable to postgraduate programmes that start in the UK. A deposit is not required for postgraduate programmes that are taught exclusively at our centres in Brussels, Paris, Rome and Athens.

Applicants to Postgraduate Taught programmes with Kent Business School are currently only required to pay a £1,000 tuition fee deposit. Please see the Kent Business School Online Store pages for details.


The University will consider deferral requests for postgraduate applicants for up to one year if they have fully met the conditions of offer and have paid the fee deposit. 

Further information

For full terms and conditions, including details of our deposit refund policy and application deferrals, please visit our Online Store. If you have any questions about the deposit scheme, please contact the Admissions Team via your online application portal or email

Our representatives in Nigeria

We make regular visits to our representatives’ offices to keep their staff up to date on University developments and advise prospective students on study opportunities. Whilst it is not compulsory, we do encourage you to consult a local representative. Their experienced staff will guide you on the best choice of course and provide you with practical advice on your application.

Find a representative near you:

Office location Representatives
Port Harcourt
Victoria island
NCUK offer training courses and consultation in preparation for university. For details of centres in this country, please see the NCUK website

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