6 Important Documents Nigerian Students Must Have Before Applying for Admission in Canada


Canada is without question one of the most popular destinations for Nigerian students seeking an education abroad. Numerous prospective students apply annually to universities in Canada.

Prior to applying for admission to Canadian universities, Nigerian students must submit a number of documents.

JapaNigerians seeking to study for their masters in Canada should possess 6 important documents. Photo credit: Prostock-Studio, Izusek/Hero Images Inc.
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However, there are some students who wish to study in Canada but are unaware of the documents they must possess to be accepted by the schools.


In this article, Ejes Gist News lists six essential documents that Nigerian master’s students must possess in order to travel to Canada.

Important documents for

1. International passport

If you are a Nigerian student seeking admission to a Canadian university, you must possess a valid Nigerian passport.


The international passport identifies you as a Nigerian citizen. This document is essential because Canadian schools will consider you an international student and use your passport to determine your country.


The Nigerian Immigration Service issues the Nigerian international passport. You must apply for it prior to beginning the admissions process.

2. Academic transcript

As a Nigerian student seeking admission to Canadian universities for master’s programmes, you must submit your academic transcript.


Your academic transcript illuminates your performance at your previous institution. It stores all of your academic records from freshman year through graduation.

Your degree-granting university in Nigeria will issue your academic transcript. You will be required to submit a copy of it when applying for admission into Canadian schools.

3. Statement of purpose

Students from Nigeria who wish to study in Canada will be required to submit a copy of their personal statement.


This document explains why you are applying to the institution and why you should be allowed to enrol in the desired programme.


Knowing how to write a statement of purpose and tailoring it to the requirements of the institution to which you are applying is advantageous.


4. Reference letters

If you are applying to universities in Canada, you should obtain at least three letters of recommendation.

A reference letter is a recommendation from a person who knows you well and speaks positively about you.


The number of recommendation letters required from Nigerian students varies by institution. Depending on the school’s requirements, you typically request a letter of recommendation from your lecturer or employer.

5. IELTS/TOEFL or any other English test

As a Nigerian student who wishes to study in Canada, you are considered an international student and will be required to demonstrate English proficiency.

This is why many Canadian schools require you to take the IELTS/TOEFL or another standardised English test.


It is important to note that many schools no longer require this, but having it could increase your chances of admission.

6. University certificate

Typically, Nigerian applicants to Canadian universities for master’s programmes are required to upload a copy of their university diploma.


The institution would want to verify that you graduated from an accredited Nigerian university.

You should obtain your certificate from your Nigerian university before beginning the admissions process.

Skills to possess before travelling abroad

In a related story, Ejes Gist News  also listed some skills to possess if you want to travel out of Nigeria.


According to the article, those with skills are more likely to survive abroad.

Some of these skills include hairdressing, ICT skills, Teaching, Nursing and more.

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