– Nigeria currently has 89,094 students (12,693 studying in the U.S., with a 1.3% decline in Nigerian students who gained admissions in 2017/2018) studying abroad (2016/2017)
CIA World Factbook – Nigeria’s young population (0 – 24 years) is 62.26%, with a youth literacy rate of 72.79% for the reviewed demographic and a median age of 18.4 years.
Nigeria has a population of 198 million people with an estimated growth rate of 2.34%.
Nigeria has a GDP growth rate of 1.5% Year-on-Year and a GDP Per Capita of $2,412.41.
Nigeria’s currency is the Naira which currently exchanges at the rate of N361 to $1.
Nigeria has a growing middle and elite class with international exposure, educational preference, disposable income and affluence.
Nigeria ranks as the 13th International Student place of origin for U.S. institutions.
Nigeria had a 1.2% Year-on-Year growth rate of International Student interest in the U.S. (8.4% change).
Nigerian students have a strong focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.
Arts and other related courses is a growing sector in Nigeria.
Nigeria has a high sports focus for physical, emotional, social and psychological development.
In 2018, 110 Nigerian students were awarded scholarships worth $5.3 million (about N2billion) by more than 15 leading U.S universities for the Fall 2018 calendar.
Nigeria is an English-speaking country having been colonized by the United Kingdom.
English remains the educational and transactional language.
Over 450 languages are spoken in Nigeria with the major tribes being Yoruba, Ibo and Hausa.
Educational transcripts are globally accepted making acceptance easier.
English proficiency tests, SATs, GMATs, etc. are taught and administered locally and are a pre-requisite to obtaining admission from international schools.
Most Nigerian schools operate a K – G12 model with Boarding options.
Nigeria has several faith-based schools spread across the country.
|SECTOR||PERCENTAGE BY SECTOR||% CHANGE IN SECTOR|
(2016/2017 and 2017/2018)
Top Areas of Study for Nigerian Students
Major Field of Specialization 2016/2017
Business and Management 13.7%
Fine and Applied Arts 3.0%
Health Professions 13.0%
Intensive English 0.3%
Math/Computer Science 10.4%
Physical and Life Sciences 12.0%
Social Sciences 6.6%
Other Fields of Study 12.3%
1. Four-year universities/colleges with top choice programs:
– Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
– Business Management
2. Community Colleges – growing sectors
3. High schools/Boarding schools – growing sectors
1. Education remains a key sector of focus for the Nigerian government – $1.21billion allocated in 2018 budget
2. Renewed government focus on Education – suggestion to allocate 26% of national budget to Education to cover infrastructure development in the sector and improve human capital
3. Top government priorities for the next 10 years: Human Capital Development, Infrastructure, Energy & Power
• Large prospect pool (Undergraduate, Graduate, Non-degree, Community Colleges) – There are over 300 combined Public and Private institutions of higher education; Universities (41 Federal Universities, 47 State Universities and 75 Private Universities), Polytechnics, Specialized Technology Colleges, Colleges of Education, Public and Private High Schools, Faith Based schools, which provides a large pool of talent and ready source of students with high interest across all education sub-sectors of U.S. study.
• Specialized trainings, Skill Development and Empowerment Initiatives – Education franchises, professional and industry specific training to support services (Power Generation/Distribution, Oil & Gas, Financial services, ICT, Coding & Robotics, Entrepreneurship Development programs) as well as local content initiatives have a lot of potential in Nigeria. There is significant demand for continuing education for Nigerian professionals and the academics, which make this a sub-sector best prospect.
• Infrastructure Development – Given the poor state of educational facilities in Nigeria there is a rapid growth in private investment in education (building design and construction), laboratory equipment, books, and professional textbooks would continue to gain market position.
1. StudyMaine Education Consortia Trade Mission – Multi-country stop (Nigeria, Ghana & Kenya) February 2019
Focus: Boarding Schools, Community Colleges, 2 year Colleges
2. EducationUSA Recruitment Fairs
3. USA Trade Fair – Conference, Exhibition and B2B Meetings (multi-sectoral) – May 21st to 23rd, 2019
Focus: New-to-market and Existing Business Interests
Abuja: Folashade Adebayo – Education Advising Supervisor – AdebayoSX@state.gov – +234-9-4614241
Lagos: Chinenye Uwadileke – EducationUSA Adviser – UwadilekeCN@state.gov – +234-1460-3801
The Fulbright Commission
U.S. Embassy Abuja, Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive, Central District Area, Abuja, Nigeria, +234-9-461-4000
CulturalAbuja@state.gov or CulturalLagos@state.gov
U.S. Commercial Service Contact
U.S. Commercial Service – Lagos, Nigeria
+234 1 460 3465Prepared by our U.S. Embassies abroad. With its network of 108 offices across the United States and in more than 75 countries, the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce utilizes its global presence and international marketing expertise to help U.S. companies sell their products and services worldwide. Locate the U.S. Commercial Service trade specialist in the U.S. nearest you by visiting http://export.gov/usoffices.