Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Nigerian Students Are On the Rise

By Michael Liu
World Education Services

Over the past five years, one African nation has seen a 98 percent increase in the number of its students heading abroad, and 14 percent of those students are choosing U.S. schools. That country is known as the Giant of Africa: Nigeria!

In “Opportunities and Growth in Nigerian Student Mobility,” a new research article from WES Research & Advisory Services, author Megha Roy states that Nigeria is the 18th leading place of origin for international students in the U.S.

“The country has both the largest economy and population in Africa, as well as rich oil reserves [that are] fueling the growth of a middle class, particularly in its urban areas,” Roy writes. “Paired with a booming population of college-aged students and an overburdened domestic education system, the country is a promising source of international students.”
Furthermore, Roy writes, only 4 percent of Nigerian students say they use loans to fund their overseas studies. And you can bet that American schools like the sound of that! Colleges and universities across the U.S. could begin recruiting Nigerians in a major way in years to come.

So to all our Nigerian readers, bawo ni? (That’s like, “Hi, how you doing?” in Yoruba.) And good luck with all your study abroad goals!

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