Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Nigerian Students – Why and How to Get Your Credentials Evaluated

By Sangeetha Shanmugham
Content Marketing Associate, World Education Services

Are you a Nigerian student with an undergraduate degree from a local university who wants to advance your academic career in the United States? You may have a few questions regarding degree requirements that we can answer for you. The length of undergraduate programs in Nigerian universities depends largely on the program of study. Degrees in the social sciences, sciences, and humanities are typically four years; engineering and technology-related degrees are five years while architecture, medicine and veterinary science involve six-years of study; finally, a law degree can be obtained in five-years (source: World Data on Education).

As Nigeria uses a 5.0 CGPA scale which differs from the traditional 4.0 CGPA scale that's used in the U.S., you may find that you have to have your credentials evaluated by a company during the application process. Additionally, if you’ve received a degree that took between three and five years to obtain, you may need to have your credits evaluated. Typically, the grading system is as follows:

Where can you send your transcripts for a credential evaluation?
World Education Services (WES) is a nonprofit organization with over 40 years of experience in evaluating international credentials.

WES provides over 100,000 evaluations each year that are recognized by thousands of academic institutions, employers, licensing and certification boards and government agencies in the U.S. and Canada.
Our complete and comprehensive credential evaluation database, known as AICES, is a dominant source of information about education systems and evaluation methodology around the world.

A typical transcript from a Nigerian university should have the student’s name, registration number, year of entry, year of graduation, GPAs, & CGPA, and semester-by-semester entry of all the completed courses and scores. Transcripts also include the signature of the Registrar or Deputy Registrar and an official stamp (some universities may attach student photographs and a university seal to strengthen the document.) Students are not given copies of their transcript. Universities send all transcripts directly to requesting institutions. 

Here is some information on which documents you need to get your credentials evaluated by World Education Services: 

What to Submit
How to Submit
Clear, legible photocopies of all degree certificates issued by the institutions attended
To be submitted to WES by applicant.
Academic transcripts showing all subjects completed and all grades awarded for all years of post-secondary study.

Note: WES does not evaluate academic records from the University of Port Harcourt.
To be sent directly to WES by the institutions attended.

Download the academic transcript request form.
For completed doctoral programs, a letter confirming the awarding of doctorate.
To be sent directly to WES by the institutions attended.

Please click here to download degree conferral request form.
Clear, legible photocopies of all diplomas issued by the appropriate awarding authority e.g. Certificate of Registration issued by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, Nigeria Certification of Education
To be submitted to WES by applicant.
Academic transcripts for all post-secondary programs of study.

Some academic institutions can take several weeks to provide transcripts. Applicants are strongly encouraged to request their transcript(s) as early as possible. WES only evaluates credentials earned through formal academic training. Applicants should not submit short-term professional development courses or other non-formal, non-academic training documents. These types of documents will not be evaluated or included in the WES evaluation report.

Which universities accept 3-year Bachelor degrees?
U.S. universities set their own standards for admission and may change them at any time. We suggest that students contact their preferred universities for specific information on admissions requirements. Listed below are a few U.S. universities that we’ve identified that would accept prospective students who hold three-year bachelor's degrees.

  1. Carnegie Mellon University
  2. Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
  3. Northwestern University
  4. New Jersey Institute of Technology
  5. University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  6. University of Pennsylvania
  7. Syracuse University
  8. Baruch College

Are you considering getting a credential evaluation report? If so, start the process early as it takes time for your home institution to send documents to WES. You can start the process now by visiting www.wes.org. Also, check out our free tools to estimate the U.S. equivalency for your GPA and degree certificate.

  1. Use the free WES Degree Equivalency Tool [See sample degree preview here]. This tool includes most degrees awarded by recognized degree-granting institutions. Not all degrees and institutions may be available.
  2. Use the free WES GPA calculator to obtain a U.S. GPA calculated on a 4.0 scale. [See sample calculation here]

Sangeetha earned her master’s degree in Media Studies from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from New Jersey Institute of Technology. A perpetual transplant, Sangeetha has lived in multiple cities around the world for the purpose of education and the numerous multi-cultural experiences resulting from this fuelled her passion for international higher education.


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  2. Very informative article.

  3. I'm curious, why not evaluate transcripts from University of Port Harcourt? Any idea why a person might have trouble obtaining a transcript from them? Thanks!

  4. does WES accept electronic transcripts from the nigerian university?

  5. why does Wes evaluate Law Degrees from Nigeria and other countries as just a Bachelor's degree (4years) instead of a first professional Degree?

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