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WHY STUDY IN GERMANY

Germany is a nice study location for Nigerian students; it has about 380 universities with 20 in the top educational rankings in the world. Thirteen of its universities are focused on engineering and natural sciences, while other top public research universities are particularly strong in sciences, business administration, arts, medical and applied sciences.  

The country is characterized by a serene environment with cold weather, beautiful landscapes of forests, mountains and beaches, trendy skyscrapers in cities like Frankfurt, and a fast-paced business hub with bubbling night scenes.

Another good reason is that German universities charge low to no tuition fees, but only a small amount is paid to cover administration costs. If you’re interested in studying in Germany, I recently combined a list of the top universities in Germany, which you can read up on here.

After getting an unconditional offer of admission to study in Germany, you should apply for a student visa as soon as possible, at least 4 months before you’re due to arrive in the country. Nigerian students who intend to migrate to Germany can process their applications for the Germany student visa at the German consulate in Lagos.

 

 

Here’s a checklist for all supporting documents required to process your Germany student visa:

  • Online application form (2), you must complete and print out the form inclusive of your Questionnaire answered according to section 54 (6) of the Residence Act, and your immigration declaration in accordance with section 54 (2) of the Residence Act. Click here to download the forms.
  • International passport with six months travel validity
  • Biometric data page of your passport
  • Two passport photographs with white background, in dimensions of 35mm x 40 mm with 70-80% close up, with one attached to the application form and one loose
  • Admission letter from a German university indicating that you’ve been offered provisional admission
  • Transcripts of academic records
  • Preliminary school certificates including a direct access card to verify results i.e. WAEC, FSLC
  • Bachelor degree or Masters degree as the case may be
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Proof of English proficiency, this could either be IELTS iBT, TOEFL or PEARSON
  • German language proficiency, if you’re studying in German, you’ll need to prove that you can understand the language, this can be TestDaf, DSH, etc
  • Proof of financial sufficiency, this is done by opening and crediting a Blocked account with the Deutsche bank via the German Consulate, the confirmation number and details should be sent along with your application. The total amount required for crediting the account is €8,000 You can also present sponsorship and scholarship declaration letters. Click here for information
  • Health insurance certificate to cover your stay in Germany
  • Biologically old documents to verify your identity i.e. vaccine card, baptism certificate
  • Declaration of documents authenticity
  • Birth certificate from the National Population Commission or age declaration from the head of your family
  • Visa application fees of €60 (N20,976), this is payable in Naira according to exchange rates only in cash at the time of visa application submission. Click here for confirmation.
  • One self addressed, prepaid courier envelope for documents return

German Student Visa Application process

Germany visa appointment at the German consulate is booked online via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To begin; you must include your block account information, admission letter and passport data page. Applicants are required to arrive in person at the German consulate from Mondays – Fridays at 9:00 AM with complete forms, original documents and two photocopy of all supporting documents. Visa application processing time is usually 6-8 weeks depending on individual cases.

Germany High Commission in Lagos

15, Walter Carrington Crescent,
P.O.Box 72800,
Victoria Island,
Lagos, Nigeria

Telephone      +234 1 280 99 66
Email              This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website          www.nigeria.diplo.de

How To Open A Blocked Account For Your Germany Student Visa Application

For every Nigerian student processing a visa to study in Germany, you’ll definitely get to the financial resource (“blocked account” or Finanzierungsnachweis in German) phase where you have to prove that you can support yourself financially throughout your academic duration in Germany; it is the quickest way, as an applicant to prove that you have about €8,700 per annum, with the maximum that you can withdraw in a month being €670, all at your disposal for one year. This is one of the most vital documents for self sponsored international students wishing to study in Germany.

Blocked Account (Sperrkonto) is an account required for personally financing your studies and living costs in Germany. These finances may include costs like rent, university administration fees, enrollment fees and your everyday living expenses like food, clothes, groceries, etc. The blocked account for Germany can be opened via the Deutsche bank or various other German banks like Sparkasse or Volksbank who allow foreign students to operate accounts with their institutions. But my main focus for this article is the Deutsche bank.

How Do I Open A Blocked Account In Germany From Nigeria?

In order to begin the application process to open a blocked account with the Deutsche bank from Nigeria, you must have already gotten provisional admission into a German university or institute (Click here for article on the best 12 schools in Germany), a PDF copy of this document will suffice.

Your next line of action is to complete the application forms (Note that there are different application forms varying according to age (18 year older, or up to 18 Years)) for the account using PDF Adobe reader in your PC and print out two copies. Note that you must leave the date, place and signature columns empty; these will be filled in front of the German diplomatic officer. To obtain an application form, you can visit the website of the Deutsche Bank.

After that, make an appointment with the German consulate in Abuja to verify your account opening details and signature. Click here to book your appointment.

You must include the following when attending your interview:

  • Completed account application form inclusive of your signature
  • International passport with six months validity for travel with 2 black and white copies of the bio data page
  • Two copies of your admission letter from your university or institute
  • A prepaid envelope from a top courier company i.e. DHL, FedEx, or UPS
  • Evidence of the source of your income like Nigerian bank statement
  • Verification fees of €20 paid in cash only in Naira at the embassy

After certifying your form, date and signature by the German Embassy as it is instructed. Attach your international passport photocopy, school admission letter, Nigerian bank statement, signature and date included. Send the application forms along with all supporting documents via courier to the Deutsche Bank Address in Germany.

Deutsche Bank
Privat- und Geschäftskunden AG
Spezialservice Ausländische Studenten
Alter Wall 53
20457 Hamburg
Germany

You will be informed directly by post (ensure that you include your registered postal address if any) and email about your account number, IBAN and BLZ of your new account when it has been successfully opened. This process can take about 2-3 weeks.
Then, you should transfer at least €8040 + €50 (as per bank charges for account opening, also create allowance for your Nigerian bank transfer fee). The Deutsche Bank will inform you and the Germany Embassy about your account details.

Once you have arrived in Germany, you should visit a Deutsche bank branch with your international passport to fill a service order to lift the block on your account and activate. The banking officer will provide you with a Eurocheque-Karte or EC card for ATM machine and Login details for internet banking.

In a case where you’re not granted a visa to Germany, you’ll be required to provide an original letter of authorization stating your visa status and a signed application to close the account sent to the above.

Block Account Application Time

You are advised to apply early enough for your block account, in fact as early as you receive your admission letter as the opening/verification process may take up to 8 weeks, which may take a chunk of time required for applying for your Germany student visa (you can read up on Germany student visa application here).

Germany High Commission in Abuja

15, Lake Maracaibo Close,
Maitama,
Abuja, Nigeria

Telephone      +234 9 220 80 10
Email             This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website          www.nigeria.diplo.de

WHY STUDY IN AUSTRALIA?

WHY STUDY IN EUROPE

Here are 10 advantages that Europe offers to you:

  • High quality academic programmes
  • Cutting-edge laboratories and facilities
  • Innovative research
  • Internationally-recognized degrees
  • Improved career prospects
  • Good value for money
  • Scholarships and funding opportunities
  • The chance to learn a new language or study in English
  • A great choice of cultural and leisure opportunities 

There are more than four thousand higher education institutions in Europe, from top-level research. There are more than four thousand higher education institutions in Europe, from top-level research establishments to small, teaching-focused colleges. Europe itself is no less diverse, extending from the Arctic Circle to the coast of Africa. 

Why Europe?

Excellence

Europe has a world-wide reputation as a centre of excellence in learning. Year after year, European universities rank prominently among the top 100 in the world. And only Europe can offer state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge research opportunities together with the chance to walk in the footsteps of so many of the world's most influential thinkers.

Value for money

These high academic standards are achieved without breaking the bank. Tuition fees and daily costs are reasonable, the education sector being a top priority for Europe's competitiveness.

Lasting legacy

Europe boasts many centuries of academic excellence. A rich academic heritage is based around many landmarks in human knowledge, and today's European higher education institutions benefit from this lasting legacy.

Diversity

Choice

There are thousands of higher education institutions in Europe to choose from, offering a great variety of degree programmes. From leading research universities to small, friendly teaching colleges, you're sure to find what you're looking for.

Tradition and innovation

Immerse yourself in a continent with a wealth of traditions and a history as rich and varied as its many peoples and landscapes. At the same time, Europe is a hotbed of research and innovation, home to first-class resources and top scientists working in fields ranging from medicine to space travel, from nanotechnology to polar research, and from ICT to nuclear fusion.

Multicultural

Europe offers a unique cultural experience in a dynamic, multinational environment. Besides earning a world-class qualification, you'll have the chance to learn new languages and intercultural skills that are of great value to future employers and an essential advantage in an ever-changing world.

World-renowned

Studying in Europe gives you a top-quality education which will be respected the world over. Moreover, you can take advantage of the many scholarships that European universities offer.

Opening doors

Employers won't only be impressed by your education; they'll also appreciate the other skills you will have acquired. Your time in Europe will prepare you for the global economy, developing assets such as self-reliance, independence and intercultural and linguistic abilities that will set you apart from the competition.

Portable skills  

Many countries encourage the best and brightest students to remain after their studies. Alternatively, you can take your newly acquired skills back home to use there. A European higher education will increase your mobility - across Europe and the rest of the world.

Springboard for your travels

Always wanted to explore Europe? Studying here provides the perfect launch-pad for your travels. Take the chance to visit great cities, bathe on beautiful beaches, ski in the Alps or join in the fiesta.

 

PARTNER INSTITUTIONS IN EUROPE

Uskudar University, Turkey 

Academy of Tourism, Antalya, Turkey

National College, Ireland

Tralee Institute, Ireland

European University of Lefke– Cyprus
Mesoyios College - Cyprus
Romanian – American University – Romania
Global College Malta - Malta
West Pomeranian Business School - Poland
Mantissa College - Malaysia
Akaki Tsereteli State University - Kutaisi, Georgia
Kitaisi New Vision University-Georgia
FTMS Global College-Malaysia
University of Caribbean- Jamaica
International business school Budapest- Hungary
Geomedi University Georgia

WHY STUDY IN CANADA?

Canadians place great importance on learning, and have developed a first-rate education system with high standards. The country spends more on education (as a percentage of GDP) compared to the OECD average, and is the second highest among G-8 countries has traditionally been a country of immigrants and has a policy of encouraging multicultural diversity.

In this vibrant setting, different perspectives are respected and learning together is encouraged. Almost all of the world's ethnic groups are represented in . As a result, most ethnic foods and recreational activities associated with specific cultures are available in . Clubs, informal clubs and associations representing a multitude of ethnic backgrounds are also easily accessible.

International student advisors at schools can help students get in touch with such groups. All major urban centres have a variety of shopping malls, restaurants, theatres, art galleries and museums. Canadian cities provide numerous parks, gardens and beaches for public use, as well as excellent sports and recreation facilities

LIST OF CANADIAN PARTNER INSTITUTIONS:

  • Lambton Colleges
  • International College Manitoba
  • Georgian Colleges
  • Fanshawe College
  • Centennial College
  • Bishop’s College School
  • Academie Lingustique International
  • Kootney Lake School District- Manitoba
  • St John’s Ravenscourt – Ontario
  • Trinity College School-Ontario
  • St Lawrence College
  • Louis Riel School District- Manitoba
  • Fraser International College
  • Cape Breton University
    Evergreen College
    TAIE International Institutes, Toronto, ON Canada
    College of the Rockies, Cranbrook, British Columbia
    Great Lake College of Toronto, ON, Canada
    Selkirk College, British Columbia, Canada
    Parkland College, Saskatchewan, Canada
    St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Ontario
    Manitoba Institute of Trade and Technology, Winnipeg.
    MLC College
    UT Preparatory Academy, Toronto
    Yukon College
    International College Manitoba, Winnipeg. Manitoba
    St Michael’s University School, Victoria, British Columbia
    St George’s school, Vancouver, British Columbia
    Ridley College St, Catherine’s, Ontario
    Luther College High School, Regina,Saskatchewan
    Lakefield College School, Lakefield, Ontario
    College St. Charles Garnier, Quebec, City,
    College Bourget, Rigaud,Quebec, City,
    Brentwood College School Mill Bay,Cowichan, British Columbia
    Assiniboine Community College, Manitoba
    Arbutus College, Vancouver, British Columbia
    Algoma University, Ontario
    Anderson College, Toronto
    Acsenda School of Management, British Columbia
    Academy of Aeronautics, Montreal Quebec.
    Alexander College, Burnaby, British Columbia
    Ashton College, Vancouver, British Columbia
    Bishop's University, Sherbrooke, Québec
    Brescia University College, London, Ontario
    British Columbia institute of Technology, Burnaby, British Columbia
    Bow Valley College, Calgary, Alberta.
    Conestoga College, Ontario
    College of the Rockies, Cranbrook, British Columbia
    College of New Calecedonia, Prince George, British Columbia
    Cambrian College, Sudbury, Ontario
    Camber College, Powell River, British Columbia,
    Confederation College, Thunder Bay, Ontario
    Canadian College, Vancouver, British Columbia
    Canadore College, North Bay, Ontario
    Cornerstone Academic College, Toronto, Ontario
    Durham College, Oshawa, Ontario
    Evergreen College Toronto
    Fairleigh Dickinson University
    Gastown Business College
    George Brown College
    Georgian College
    Gateway College
    Grande Prairie regional college
    Herzing College
    Holland College
    Humber College
    IBT College
    King's University College
    King George International College
    Kwantlen Polytechnic University
    Lambton College
    Langara College
    Lakeland College
    LaSalle College
    Lethbridge College
    Mount Saint Vincent University
    Medicine Hat
    New York Institute of Technology
    Niagara College
    Omni College, British Columbia
    Pacific Link College
    Queen's University
    Royal Roads University
    Red River College
    RCC Institute of Technology
    Saskatchewan Polytechnic
    Seneca College
    Sault College
    St. Clair College
    SELC Career College Vancouver
    SAIT Polytechnic
    Sprott Shaw College
    Thompson Rivers University
    Trinity Western University
    Trios College
    Toronto Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology
    The Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science
    University of Waterloo
    University of Regina, Sakatchewan
    University of Prince Edward Island
    University of Northern British Columbia
    University of Fraser Valley
    University Canada West
    Upper Madison College
    Vancouver Island University
    Vancouver Community College
    Wilfrid Laurier University
    Winston College, British Columbia
    Western Town College

    STUDY IN CANADA FAQs: Canada Student Visa/Permit Application Questions for Nigerians

    CANADIAN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION APPLICATION & ADMISSION PROCESS

    Q: How far in advance should I start planning for my studies in Canada?
    A: It is recommended that Nigerian students wanting to study in Canada should start planning for their studies in Canada, 4 months to 1 year in advance. This is particularly important as it could take CIC up to 3-5 months to process an application for a study visa to Canada from Nigeria.

    Q: How long will it take for me to secure an admission at a Canadian college or university?
    A: Our office will forward your application to the Canadian educational institution once you complete all requirements. The turnaround time could range from 1 to 8 weeks, depending on the Canadian educational institution. It should be noted that colleges usually have a faster turnaround time compared to universities. Likewise, there is a faster turnaround time for undergraduate programs compared to graduate or doctoral (PhD) programs.

    Q: When can I commence my studies in Canada?
    A: The main intake for study in Canada is predominantly 'Fall' (September). The other intake is 'Winter' (January), but it depends on the students’ program and the institution that he/she is applying to. Very few institutions may have the ‘Summer’ (May) intake as well. If you are hoping to get an entrance award or entrance scholarship from the Canadian educational institution, then your best bet is the September intake, as most Canadian universities only consider ‘Fall’ (September) applicants for entrance awards/scholarship.

    Q: What are the requirements for admission into Canadian universities?
    A: Each university in Canada has its own policy regarding admission requirements. The admission requirements will usually be available on the educational institution’s website, or the university will have to be contacted directly for the admission requirements of the program you are interested in. However, as a general rule, Nigerian undergraduate students wanting to study in Canada are expected to have a WAEC or NECO result with at least five/six credits including English and Mathematics. While Nigerian postgraduate students looking to study in Canada are expected to have a minimum of a Second Class Lower (2:2) with a high GPA in the last two years of their undergraduate studies or Second Class Upper (2:1).

    Q: Will you (i.e. Avail International Consults) be responsible for searching for the school for me?
    A: Yes. We take the stress off you. We will assist you with college/university selection, including assistance with course selection if required. We have several educational institutions in Canada that we partner with, so you will be rest assured of speedy admission processing. In addition, our educational consultants will take care of the complete application process for you, from filling in the application forms, to dealing directly with the educational institution on your behalf.

    Q: Can I do a Master’s program in Canada with HND or Third Class?
    A: At this time, Canadian educational institutions do not accept HND nor Third Class undergraduates, directly into their Master’s program. So, you will have to consider first going for a post-graduate diploma (PGD) or post-degree certificate/diploma or an advanced certificate in Canada. Then, if you have good grades in the post-degree diploma/certificate program (usually a minimum of B average), you should be able to secure an admission into a master’s program afterwards. Another alternative will be for you to use your HND or Third Class degree to pursue an undergraduate degree in Canada, whereby some courses will be waived for you, so you only get to spend 2-3 years to obtain an undergraduate degree in Canada.

    Q: Do I have to write an English Language Proficiency Test (i.e. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.), considering that Nigeria is an English speaking Country?
    A:The colleges and universities that we deal with, exempt Nigerians from providing proof of English language Proficiency. However, some Canadian educational institutions evaluate Nigerian applicant for English language proficiency when their applications is processed.
    In general, a Nigerian student applying to an undergraduate program in Canada who has a WAEC/NECO result with a minimum of C6 (or C5 depending on the institution) in English Language, may be exempt from the English Language proficiency requirement. Also, for postgraduate studies in Canada, a Nigerian student who have completed a 3 or 4 years’ undergraduate degree may be exempted from the educational institutions English Language proficiency requirement since undergraduate degrees in Nigeria are taught in English Language. However, the Canadian educational institution reserves the right to ask a student for a Proof of English Language proficiency at any point.

    Q: Would I be required to write GMAT or GRE for a Masters Degree in Canada?
    A: A couple of educational institutions do not require GMAT/GRE for a Masters Degree. However, if you want to have more choices, then you may have to write the GMAT/GRE, as some educational institutions require GMAT/GRE for a Masters Degree.


    CANADA STUDENT VISA APPLICATIONS (PART ONE)

    Q: How long does it take to be issued a Canadian study permit (student visa)?
    A: The processing time for a Canadian study visa could take up to 3 to 5 months, so it is recommended that you apply as early as possible. The time frame varies depending on where (i.e. the country) your application is processed, the application method (i.e. paper or online) used, and the number of application received by CIC during that period. You should avoid the risk of last minute visa applications by ensuring that you apply early to the educational institution in Canada, so that they provide you with the necessary documents (letter of acceptance), which you will need for your visa application. This will ensure that you have enough time to prepare necessary documents and meet other requirements for your visa application.

    Q: Can I be refused a visa to study in Canada or is the visa automatic?
    A: According to Canadian law, it is a criminal offence for any consultant to state that a visa is guaranteed. However, if you follow our advice, you will have a 99% chance of securing your study visa. In the rare event where your application is unduly refused, we will request for your file from CIC*, do a review of the visa officers notes, and then advise you on the next course of action which could be to reapply (and address the visa officers concerns) or proceed with a judicial review. There are several benefits of using Avail Consult for your visa application process:

    ADVANTAGES OF USING AVAIL INTERNATIONAL CONSULT FOR YOUR STUDY IN CANADA JOURNEY

    So you want to study in Canada, but you need to decide on an educational consulting agency to use? Here are a few of the many reasons why other Nigerians have chosen to use us for their study in Canada journey:

     We have a 99% study permit (study visa) success rate

    Our consultants have a first-hand understanding of how the Canadian education system works, as well as the dynamics of dealing with students, and Canadian educational institutions. This is the case, as all our consultants are either Canadian Citizens or Canadian Permanent Residents (Canadian Landed Immigrants) who have schooled, lived, and worked in Canada

    We ensure that we offer a competitive price for the provision of our services

     At Avail, distance is NOT a barrier. Regardless of where you live in Nigeria, our "Virtual Team" is able to assist you every step of the way. You can have your college/university application processed and receive professional visa support/processing, in the comfort of your home or office

     Your documents (study and visa application documents) are checked by experts; who are friendly, professional, experienced and knowledgeable. All our consultants have successfully completed The Canada Course for Education Agents (CCEA)*

     We provide up-to-date advice on course and college/university selection, application and admission processing, student visa (study permit), pre-departure briefing, scholarships, English test, etc.

    Our client’s interest is our number one priority! We understand that no two clients are the same, so we are flexible in our approach and offer a personalized service

    We provide continuous support for students from enquiry to graduation and beyond, through our "Mentoring and Support Services for Students Abroad"

    * The Canada Course for Education Agents (CCEA) is developed by the Government of Canada (Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada - DFATD) and is offered in collaboration with the Canadian Consortium for International Education (CCIE) and International Consultants for Education and Fairs (ICEF). It was created to support educational agencies in providing the best possible advice to international students planning to study in Canada

    Q: Will I be interviewed by a visa officer when I apply for my visa to study in Canada?
    A: You will not typically be interviewed by a visa officer at the Canadian Consulate when applying for your study permit. However, if the visa officer finds a reason for you to be interviewed, you will be invited to come to their office for an interview. But it should be noted that this is not a common occurrence, as most study visa applications are handled without the need for an interview.

    Q: Will I be required to pay my complete tuition fees before my visa is issued or before travelling to Canada for my studies?
    A: No, you do not have to pay all your tuition fees before applying for your visa or before travelling to Canada for your study. Most colleges/universities have instalment plans, but it goes with deadlines so you will have to ensure you pay within the dates given. Some educational institutions may require that you pay a portion of your tuition fees (i.e. Deposit) before you are given the necessary documents (final acceptance letter) to apply for your study visa. However, this varies from one institution to another. It should be noted that the visa officer in charge of your visa application may consider it necessary for you to make the full payment and it will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

    Q: Who can sponsor me to study in Canada?
    A: You can sponsor yourself. Alternatively, an individual (such as your parents, spouse, family members, etc) or an institution (e.g. your employer, religious organization, scholarship agency, etc) can also sponsor you.

    Q: Can my Spouse and children accompany me to study in Canada?
    A: There is an option for you to bring your family members (i.e. husband/wife and children, only) with you to Canada for your studies. However, you must prove to the visa officer that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and any accompanying family member, while you are in Canada for Study. Also you have to apply for a separate visa for each accompanying family member and then demonstrate that you all have sufficient ties in your home country (Nigeria) that will bring you back home after your studies in Canada. The minimum amount that you will need is as follows:
    SINGLE STUDENT: Tuition for one year + $10,000 for a 12-month period (or $833 per month)
    + ONE FAMILY MEMBER: Additional $4,000 for a 12-month period (or $333 per month)
    + EACH ADDITIONAL FAMILY MEMBER: Another additional $3,000 for a 12-month period per dependent child of any age (or $255 per month)
    * Source: CICs (now: IRCC) Website. *

    WORKING IN CANADA

    Working in Canada is a good idea, as it can help you gain valuable work experience, supplement your income, establish business contacts for the future and can even help you immigrate to Canada after graduation.

    Q: Can I work while studying in Canada?
    A: Yes. As an international student, you are able to work part-time (20 hours a week) during the school year and full-time (40 hours a week) during scheduled school breaks/holidays. Also, international students who have graduated from a Canadian university or college have the opportunity to work in Canada for up to 3 (three) years after their studies. There are a number of work options for international students (such as: On-Campus, Off-Campus, Co-op or Intern). There are also options for the spouses of international students to work in Canada, if desired. Learn More ->Study, Work, & Remain in Canada.

    Q: Can my spouse (husband/wife) work in Canada while I study?
    A: Yes. If your spouse wants to work in Canada, he/she must apply for his/her own work permit. Typically, your spouse must meet the same requirements that you do. If your spouse gets an open work permit – allowing him or her to accept any job with any employer – it is normally valid for the same periods as yours. In some cases, your spouse will need a medical exam. Contact our office to assist with the work permit application processing for your spouse.

    Q: Would I be eligible for Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWPP) in Canada after my studies?
    A: The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) give students who have graduated from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution the opportunity to gain valuable Canadian work experience.  The length of your work permit will depend on the length of your study, up to a maximum of three years. Skilled Canadian work experience gotten through the PGWPP helps graduates qualify for permanent residence in Canada through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

    Q: What are my chances of getting a good job and settling down in Canada after studying?
    A: There are many job opportunities in Canada and there is a high likelihood that you will get a job after studying. The current laws in Canada allow you to apply to live in Canada (i.e. for permanent residence) after working in Canada for a minimum of one year.

     

    Are you the Spouse of an international student who is currently studying in Canada? & you want to join your husband/wife in Canada? We can help you apply for a Spousal Work Permit to join your spouse in Canada. Contact Us Today!

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    TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

    Q: Will I need to purchase travel insurance before travelling to Canada for my studies?
    A: Most Canadian educational institutions will provide basic medical insurance coverage for international students. However, you will have to check with your particular educational institution to ensure that you have health/medical insurance coverage. On the other hand, if you need additional insurance coverage such as flight cancellation, lost baggage, etc., you should purchase travel insurance before travelling to Canada.

    Q: What are the student accommodation options for international students?
    A: It is imperative to find a housing option that works best for you. There are typically 3 main accommodation choices available to Nigerians for study in Canada:
    1. Homestay or Peerstay:Homestay is an opportunity to live with a Canadian family; who will provide food for three meals a day. A homestay student is treated like a member of the family. Peerstay is suitable for independent students who will like to live with a Canadian family, but will prefer to cook their own meals and buy their own groceries. As an international student, we recommend that you spend at least your first semester in Homestay or Peerstay.
    2. Student Residence:These are University/College owned student housing, usually located on the institutions campus thereby providing a convenient location that is close to classes and the educational institutions facilities. The residences usually offer a mix of accommodation choices from single private rooms to apartments. If you want to live in the Student Residence, applications for a room should be made well in advance (typically 1-6 months prior to the start of a semester).
    3. Off Campus Housing:There are many different types of apartments, room and boards options, and shared housing opportunities in Canada. The Off Campus Housing is the best option for a student that is being accompanied by family members (i.e. spouse, children, etc). It is possible to rent an apartment before arrival in Canada, however we encourage you to exercise caution before entering into agreements. Speak with our educational consultants to get more details about how to secure an Off Campus Housing in Canada.


    GENERAL

    Q: Can I get scholarships to take care of my tuition fees and living cost in Canada?
    A: Scholarships and opportunities for financial assistance are available to Nigerian students for study in Canada, but they are competitive and limited to students of top academic standing. Most of these are available at the graduate level, but there are some secondary school and undergraduate entrance scholarship available, particularly through individual institutions. A Nigerian student who is hoping to get an entrance award or scholarship at a Canadian educational institution, should apply early to their educational institution of choice, to ensure that they are considered for entrance scholarships and awards. Also, the ‘Fall’ (September) intake will be the best option for such a person, as most Canadian universities only consider ‘Fall’ applicants for entrance awards/scholarship. Other bodies and organizations often offer scholarships too. Again, they will look for strong grades and all round achievement.

    It is important to note that if you make use of our (i.e. Avail International’s) educational institution placement service for your study in Canada, you have an added advantage as our qualified educational consultants are constantly updated about scholarships for Nigerian undergraduates and graduates, that are available at various Canadian educational institutions. Also, we will do a comprehensive search and ensure that we apply for any entrance awards and scholarships that is available at the chosen Canadian educational institution. 

     

    Q: How are Canadian universities ranked?
    A: Rankings are based on subjectively perceived "quality", or on some combination of empirical statistics, or on surveys of educators, scholars, students, prospective students or others.  There are several types of rankings so be careful that you are looking at the correct one for your needs. Your Avail International Consult can guide you on this.

    Q: Why should I choose to study in Canada?
    A: When you study in Canada, you will earn qualifications that are recognized and respected all over the world. Also, you will become part of a diverse, welcoming and vibrant society that offers you a unique cultural experience in a safe and beautiful environment.  Furthermore, there are many Post Study work opportunities for international students, including a pathway to immigrate to Canada. 

    Q: Is it true that Canada is very cold?
    A: Coming from a tropical climate, you will certainly feel the difference in terms of weather. However, the infrastructure is built for cold such as having heated rooms, heated transit (buses/trains), so you will be ok! Also you will have to dress-up for the weather. Our educational consultant will provide you with more details about this, during your pre-departure briefing/orientation session.

    PART TWO

    This is a continuation (i.e. PART TWO) to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about studying in Canada, as it relates to “Canada Student Visa Applications” for Nigerians.

    Below we have provided answers to some Canada study permit (Canada study visa) related questions, often asked by Nigerian students intending to study in Canada.

    Q: What are the common reasons why Nigerian students intending to study in Canada are refused a Canadian study permit?

    A: There are many reasons why a Nigerian student wanting to study in Canada may be refused a Canadian study permit. Based on our extensive years of handling Canadian study visa applications, we can say that below are the common reasons why Nigerians who intend to study in Canada have their visas refused:
    Intended program/course of study in Canada is not related to the student’s previous education and/or employment history.
     Insufficient funds to cover tuition and living expenses.
     Lack of ties (e.g. family ties, social ties, economic ties, etc.) to your home country (i.e. Nigeria).
     Length of study in Canada (i.e. the duration of the course/program in Canada, is too short).
     Financial documents (i.e. bank statement) of student and/or sponsor shows inconsistent balances and recent lump sum deposits.
    Misrepresentation (Document Fraud). Misrepresentation diminishes the overall credibility of the visa application submitted, and thus results in a visa refusal. Examples of misrepresentations would be:
     Not declaring that you have been refused a visa for another country.
     False or altered documents, such as: bank statement, marriage certificate, visas, birth certificate, etc.

    Also, we find that there are some mistakes made on the part of the visa applicant, which may result in their visa refusal, such as:
    Poorly completed visa application forms.
     Inadequate supporting documents are submitted.
    Ignorance on the part of the student, which results in the student not answering the questions in the visa application form properly.
    And more!

    * These mistakes and much more can be avoided by making use of the services of a knowledgeable and experienced education agent/consultant. So, this is where the services of Avail comes in.

    Q: Will you (i.e. Avail International Consult) help me get my study permit (student visa) to enable me study in Canada?

    A: We will provide you with counsel, guidance, and support for the entire visa application process. Our counselors and consultants are competent with vast experience in advising students on visa applications, thus we will:
     Scrutinize your study permit (student visa) application documents accurately.
     Provide you with comprehensive explanation on how to increase your chances of obtaining your student visa.
     Present your financial documents and that of your sponsor in such a way that is expected to give assurance to the Canadian visa officer that the funds are truly available for your studies in Canada.
     Review your travel and visa application history, to enable us determine how to package your visa application and what to highlight to your advantage, when submitting your visa application.

    If you follow our advice, you will have a higher chance of getting a visa approval, unlike when you apply for your visa on your own. We have a 99% visa success rate!For detailed information on how we can assist you, check out the:

    ADVANTAGES OF USING AVAIL INTERNATIONAL CONSULT FOR YOUR STUDY IN CANADA JOURNEY

    So you want to study in Canada, but you need to decide on an educational consulting agency to use? Here are a few of the many reasons why other Nigerians have chosen to use us for their study in Canada journey:

     We have a 99% study permit (study visa) success rate

    Our consultants have a first-hand understanding of how the Canadian education system works, as well as the dynamics of dealing with students, and Canadian educational institutions. This is the case, as all our consultants are either Canadian Citizens or Canadian Permanent Residents (Canadian Landed Immigrants) who have schooled, lived, and worked in Canada

    We ensure that we offer a competitive price for the provision of our services

     At Avail, distance is NOT a barrier. Regardless of where you live in Nigeria, our "Virtual Team" is able to assist you every step of the way. You can have your college/university application processed and receive professional visa support/processing, in the comfort of your home or office

     Your documents (study and visa application documents) are checked by experts; who are friendly, professional, experienced and knowledgeable. All our consultants have successfully completed The Canada Course for Education Agents (CCEA)*

     We provide up-to-date advice on course and college/university selection, application and admission processing, student visa (study permit), pre-departure briefing, scholarships, English test, etc.

    Our client’s interest is our number one priority! We understand that no two clients are the same, so we are flexible in our approach and offer a personalized service

    We provide continuous support for students from enquiry to graduation and beyond, through our "Mentoring and Support Services for Students Abroad"

    * The Canada Course for Education Agents (CCEA) is developed by the Government of Canada (Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada - DFATD) and is offered in collaboration with the Canadian Consortium for International Education (CCIE) and International Consultants for Education and Fairs (ICEF). It was created to support educational agencies in providing the best possible advice to international students planning to study in Canada

    Q: How much do I (or my sponsor) need to show in my bank account, in order to apply for my Canadian study permit?

    A: You must prove that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and any accompanying family member, while you are in Canada for Study. The minimum amount that you will need is as follows:
    SINGLE STUDENT: Tuition fee for one year + $10,000 for a 12-month period (or $833 per month).
    + ONE FAMILY MEMBER: Additional $4,000 for a 12-month period (or $333 per month).
    + EACH ADDITIONAL FAMILY MEMBER: Another additional $3,000 for a 12-month period per dependent child of any age (or $255 per month).
    * Source: CICs Website. *

    Q: In applying for my Canada study permit/visa, I want to use a sponsor who is not related to me. Will this reduce my chances of securing a Canada student visa?

    A: The best option is having a sponsor who is your family member (e.g. father, mother, brother, sister, uncle, etc.). However, if you decide to use a sponsor who is not your family member, the letter of financial support that your sponsor will provide to you, has to include a rational explanation as to why this person is financing your studies.
    If you choose to make use of our (i.e. Avail) service, we will provide you with a “Letter of Financial Support Template”, which your sponsor should use in writing your letter.

    Q: Why should I pay my tuition fees to the Canadian educational institution, before I apply for my Canadian student visa (study permit)?

    A: It should be noted that payment of tuition fees is not a prerequisite for visa approval. However, from our years of experience assisting students with visa application to Canada, we have discovered that when students pay their tuition fees before they apply for their study permit, it significantly increases their chance of receiving a visa. We believe that when you pay your tuition fees upfront, you are convincing the visa officer that your primary reason to come to Canada is for education. So, we recommend that you pay a portion of your tuition fees (ideally at least for your first semester), or full tuition fees (if you can afford it), before you apply for your student visa.

    And don’t worry, your tuition fees are safe and secure with the Canadian educational institution. In a case where your visa is refused by the Canadian High Commission, the Canadian school will refund your tuition fees.
    So ask yourself, do you want to increase your chance of receiving a visa? If yes, then pay your tuition fees.

    Q: I applied for a Canadian study permit/visa by myself (or using a different agent) and my application was refused. What should I do next?

    A: If your Canadian study permit/visa application was refused, we do not advise that you re-apply ‘blindly’. We recommend that the next action you should take is to request for your visa file (i.e. Access to Information & Personal Information Request) from Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada - IRCC (formerly: Citizenship & Immigration Canada - CIC). This is important because you cannot rely solely on the grounds (i.e. reasons) that were checked off in the visa refusal letter that was given to you by IRCC.

    Keep in mind that only an authorized individual can make a request for Access to Information from IRCC. So that means, a visa applicant whose application was refused, will likely not be able to request for their visa file on their own. The good news is that we offer Access to Information services (i.e. Canadian visa case file request), so you should Contact Us at Avail International Consult to assist you with requesting for your prior visa case file(s) from IRCC.

    Q: Why should I request for my visa file (i.e. Access to Information) from Citizenship & Immigration Canada – CIC (now: Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada – IRCC), when I am refused a visa?

    A: It is essential that you request for your visa file (i.e. Access to Information & Personal Information Request) from IRCC after a visa refusal because this gives you a better perspective why your visa was refused. The visa refusal letter that you were given by IRCC, is a general letter that they provide to all visa applicants whose visa was refused, and this letter has a limited number of checkboxes that the visa officer can choose from. So, the Canadian visa officer will usually choose the option(s) that closely aligns to the reason why your visa was refused, but this may not be the specific reason why your visa was refused.

    However, if you request for your visa file, the exact and detailed reason(s) why your visa was refused will be contained in the visa officer’s notes of your visa file. So, once you are aware of the particular reason(s) why your visa was refused, you will then be in a better position to act accordingly.

    Please note that only a Canadian Citizen or a Canadian Landed Immigrant (Canadian Permanent Resident) or a Canadian visa applicant that is resident in Canada, can request for a visa file from IRCC. So, if you are based in Nigeria and your study visa application have been refused, that means that you cannot request for your visa file on your own; because you are not authorized to. Therefore, you should Contact Us at Avail International Consult to assist you with requesting for your visa file.

    MORE CANADA STUDY PERMIT/VISA QUESTIONS

     How can I increase my chances of securing a Canadian study permit/visa approval?
      What are the key information that should be included in the letter of financial support that will be provided by my sponsor?
     If I am (partially or fully) funded by someone else, do I still need to provide my own financial documents. (e.g. bank statement)?
    What is the difference between a Canadian study permit and a Canadian student visa?
     How can I prove that I have ties to my home country (e.g. Nigeria), to increase the chances that my visa will be approved?
     Can I change my school or program of study, when I get to Canada?
    How do I determine whether my spouse and/or dependent children should accompany me to Canada now, or join me later?
     As a Nigerian, what method of visa application (i.e. Paper vs. Online Application) do you recommend that I use, when applying for a Canadian study permit (student visa)?

WHY STUDY IN THE UK

UK universities provide internationally recognized qualifications of the highest standard. They also offer more opportunities than ever before: there are currently over 55,000 postgraduate taught courses and research opportunities to choose from on the Prospects database alone.

 World-class teaching

Delivering academic excellence and a high quality and standard of UK qualifications is guaranteed through the work of various official bodies, such as the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Research standards are examined by the Research Assessment Exercise, which publishes its findings every five years. The results of all these assessments are freely available on the internet. Information on quality assurance and assessments is also available from the Higher Education Funding Councils.

International Tradition 

In 2008/9 there were 139,095 students from outside the EEA studying postgraduate courses at UK institutions. The quality of UK degrees is one reason why so many people come to the UK to study. Another is value for money. Unlike equivalent programmes in the United States or Australia, most UK Masters programmes can be completed in one year.

The UK education system is flexible, so you can study in a way that suits your lifestyle and career aspirations. When you study in the UK you meet people from different nationalities, sharing their backgrounds and discovering new perspectives. 

The UK institutions consistently rank among the best in the world and qualifications are internationally valued and recognised.The UK undertakes 5 per cent of the world’s scientific research and produces 14 per cent of the world’s most frequently cited papers.

UK institutions offer flexibility of choice and enable you to blend academic and vocational courses of your choice.

The teaching and study methodology used in the UK give you the freedom to be creative and develop skills sets and confidence.

As a student you get the opportunity to be taught by the world's leading academics and experts; you also benefit from their constant academic support.

UK degrees can be tailored to your interests and often include specialised modules.

The UK is the home of English hence an ideal place to develop language skills and enhance employment prospects.

 

LIST OF UK PARTNER INSTITUTIONS:

NAVITAS GROUP- One of the UK's leading university pathways to the UK's Leading Universities:

  • EIC- Edinburgh Napier University
  • ICRGU- Robert Gordon University
  • ICP - University of Portsmouth, England
  • CRIC - Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
  • EIC - Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland
  • HIBT - University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
  • ICWS - Swansea University, Wales
  • LIBT - Brunel University, London
  • PDIC - University of Plymouth, England

Cambridge Education Group-One of the UK's leading university pathways to the UK's Leading Universities:

  • CATS Cambridge (College campus)
  • CATS Canterbury (College campus)
  • Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts(College campus)
  • Stafford House School of English
  • Stafford House Study Holidays

FoundationCampus(University campus) Cambridge Education Group:

  • Birkbeck, University of London
  • Goldsmith, University of London
  • Queen Mary, University of London
  • Coventry University
  • London South Bank University
  • University of Sunderland
  • University of Central Lancashire

Other Universities and Colleges:

  • BPP University College (London, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol)
  • University of Bedfordshire (Luton, Bedford)
  • University of Bolton
  • Brunel University
  • Bath University
  • Bath Spa University
  • University of Brighton 
  • University of Bournemouth 
  • Durham University
  • University of Essex, Colchester
  • University of Edinburgh 
  • University of Glasgow 
  • University of Hull
  • Leicester University
  • Liverpool Hope University
  • Middlesex University (London, Dubai, Mauritius)
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Newcastle 
  • Oxford Brooks University
  • University of Reading 
  • Royal Holloway University of London
  • Southampton Solent University, Southampton
  • St. Andrews University
  • University of Surrey 
  • University of Sussex 

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