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Strathclyde has a long-established and thriving community of Nigerian students, and we currently welcome over 90 new Nigerian students each year. Students from Nigeria study in all four of our faculties at both undergraduate and postgraduate level; popular subjects include Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering, Management, Computer & Information Sciences, Law, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Accounting & Finance and Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences.

The University of Strathclyde offers a range of scholarship opportunities for international students, and also participates in a number of major international scholarship schemes that are open to Nigerians, including the Chevening Scholarships and the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme.

We've an active alumni group in Nigeria, Strathclyde University Alumni of Nigeria (SUAN). SUAN was set up in 2013 and holds regular events that are attended not only by Strathclyde graduates, but also by prospective and current students.

Nigerian Society

Nigerian students at Strathclyde can take part in the Strathclyde Nigerian Students Society. The society provides opportunities for students and staff from Nigeria to socialise, network and support one another, and to promote Nigerian culture and heritage among the wider Strathclyde community.

Spiritual life

Strathclyde has a multi-faith Chaplaincy Centre that caters for the spiritual needs of the entire University community, providing students of all religions with opportunities to worship, reflect and interact socially. In addition, Glasgow is home to many African churches, and the largest mosque in Scotland is less than 15 minutes walk from our campus.

Entry requirements


Nigerian high school qualifications (WASSCE/NECO) are not normally sufficient for direct entry to Strathclyde undergraduate programmes and students with these qualifications will usually need to take a foundation programme.

National Diploma (ND)/Higher National Diploma (HND) holders with strong grades may be eligible for direct entry to undergraduate programmes.

Students with IB, A-Levels or American/Canadian High School Diplomas can also be considered for direct entry.


We'll usually consider applications for postgraduate study from students with an Honours degree from a prestigious institution in Nigeria, and who've achieved a second class degree or higher. Additionally, some Masters programmes require work experience. Please check the detailed entry requirements for each course.

If you wish to apply for a research degree you'd normally have to have a Masters degree and some experience of research work.

For further information on entry requirements, please contact our representative Christopher Crame (

English language requirements

Students from Nigeria are not normally required to take an IELTS test in order to study at Strathclyde. It is a UK visa requirement that all international students must submit some proof of the English Language ability, regardless of whether English is their first language or not, but we can usually accept a student’s WASSCE English Language qualification to fulfil this requirement, provided they have achieved a C grade or higher. NECO English Language may also be considered.

Some academic departments may request additional evidence of English-language proficiency, particularly where a WASSCE or NECO qualification is more than 10 years old. Additional evidence may include proof that students have studied at a university where English is the main language of instruction, or that they have worked in an English-speaking environment.

Degree preparation courses

The University of Strathclyde International Study Centre offers international students, who do not meet direct requirements for a course, the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation, International Year One or Pre-Masters programme. Upon successful completion, students will be able to progress to a degree level course at the University of Strathclyde. 

How to apply

Apply through our course pages.

Get in touch

If you're in any doubt about the entry requirements, just get in touch and we'll be happy to help.

While you're here

Glasgow has so much to see and do while you're here.

Shopping & entertainment

Our music scene, bars and restaurants are renowned and we've one of the best shopping experiences in the UK.

There are museums, numerous sporting venues and more than 90 parks, with the oldest - Glasgow Green - a 10-minute walk from our campus.

Glasgow is also a great base for exploring Scotland's beautiful lochs and mountains or for flying to some of Europe's most attractive destinations.

Strath Union

The student union here at Strathclyde is a great place to grab a bite to eat and catch up with friends between classes.

Like us, it's based in the middle of the city centre and is an array of events, clubs and societies that you can join.

Eating out

There are loads of places to grab a quick sandwich or have a longer, relaxed lunch or dinner around here. Keep an eye on The List for places to eat.

A taste of home

Glasgow is a multicultural and diverse city and has many African restaurants and shops, including Solly's African Village - the oldest African supermarket in Scotland.

Strathclyde International Society

Run by students, for students, the International Society is the first stop for all international students arriving at Strathclyde.

It's the perfect place to meet new people and learn about many different countries and cultures. You can learn more about Glasgow and Scotland too.

There are weekly international pub, movie and games nights which are regularly attended by more than 100 people from countries across the world.

The International Society loves to get out of the city for a bit of sightseeing too. Recent trips have included:

  • Edinburgh Zoo
  • Isle of Arran
  • Stonehaven
  • Isle of Skye
  • Ben Nevis
  • Alnwick Castle (Harry Potter trip)

If you're joining us here at Strathclyde, you can add the Strathclyde International Society as a friend on Facebook to keep up to date with what they're doing and where they meet. You can also email the team for any other information.

We're looking forward to seeing you at Strathclyde!


Individual academic departments and faculties offer a range of scholarships for international students on their programmes, with awards of up to 50% of tuition fees.

We receive a number of students each year from major Nigerian sponsoring bodies, including the TETFund and the PTDF Overseas Scholarship Scheme. Strathclyde also participates in a number of major international scholarship schemes that are open to Nigerians, including:

Check out our scholarships database to find out more about all scholarships and funding opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Current students