Best Universities in Canada for Nigerian Students

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Canada is a haven for millions of international students. It is home to more than 4,00,000 international students and the number keeps growing due to the excellent studying and employment opportunities in Canada. In recent years, Nigerian immigration to Canada has tripled making them the fourth largest represented group in the country. If you are someone from Nigeria, planning to study and immigrate to one of the friendliest countries then here are the best universities in Canada for Nigerian students.

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University of Northern British Columbia

CREDITS: University of Northern British Columbia

The University of Northern British Columbia is a public university in British Columbia, Canada. The university offers more than 100 courses for UG, PG, and doctoral degrees. 

University Name University of Northern British Columbia
Type Public Research university
Location Prince George, Canada 
International students 300+
Popular Programs Arts, Health Science, Education, MBA
Acceptance Rate 70-75%
Application Fee  CAD 135 (Nigerian Naira 44043)

Also Read: Best Colleges in Canada

University of Ottawa

CREDITS: Ottawa Future

Established in 1848, the University of Ottawa is a public university that is based in Ontario, Canada.  It is home to more than 8,000 international students and the programs are offered in both full-time and part-time modes.

University Name University of Ottawa
Type Public university
Motto in English God is the master of the sciences
Location Ontario, Canada
Founded 1848
Student Population 41,000+
Campus Urban
Acceptance Rate 24%
Application Fee CAD 110 (Nigerian Naira 35887)

Laval University

CREDITS: Université Laval

Also Read: MBA in Canada

Based in the Quebec province of Canada, Laval University is a public university. It is home to more than 7,000 international students that come from around the world. Laval University offers popular courses in subjects such as science, management, and arts. It has been ranked #414 by the prestigious QS World University Rankings as of 2022. 

University Name Laval University
Type Public university
Motto In English By the grace of God, to no one equal
Location Quebec, Canada
Founded 1852
Student Population 40,000+
Campus Urban, Suburban
Acceptance Rate 59% 
Application Fee CAD 92.50 (Nigerian Naira 30177)

Dalhousie University

CREDITS: Dalhousie University

 Dalhousie University is a research-based university in Canada that offers more than 190 degrees in 13 faculties. It is home to over 20,000 students that are enrolled in either postgraduate courses or undergraduate courses.  

University Name Dalhousie University 
Type Public university b
Motto In English Teaching promotes the innate ability 
Location Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada 
Founded 1818
Student Population 20,000+
Acceptance Rate 60-70% 
Application Fee CAD 115 ( Nigerian Naira 37518)

University of Alberta

CREDITS: UniversityofAlberta

The University of Alberta is a public research university located in Edmonton, Canada, and is one of the top 5 universities in Canada. The University of Alberta is best known for its excellent business courses.   

With more than 7,000 international students, the University of Alberta is also one of the most diverse educational institutes in Canada. 

University Name University of Alberta
Type Public Research university 
Motto In English Whatsoever things are true
Location Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Founded 1908
Student Population 42,000+ 
Acceptance Rate 58%
Application Fee CAD 125 (Nigerian Naira 40780)

Do you know that the University of Alberta is an Alma mater of the former Prime Minister of Canada, Joe Clark?

University of Manitoba

CREDITS: World Scholarship Forum

The University of Manitoba is a public research university based in the province of Manitoba, Canada. The University of Manitoba is among the largest universities in Canada. The university has an excellent reputation for being a top research institute in Canada. 

University Name University of Manitoba
Type Public Research university
Motto In English Flourish/Prosper
Location Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 
Founded 1877 
Student Population 30,000+  
Popular Programs Business, Management, Architecture
Acceptance Rate 52% 
Application Fee CAD 110 (Nigerian Naira 35887)

Did you know that the University of Manitoba is the first university in western Canada? 

University of Winnipeg

CREDITS: UWinnipeg

The University of Winnipeg is a renowned public research university in Canada that is home to over 700 international students from around the world. The university offers a variety of courses such as a BA in Acting to a BSc in Computer Science.

University Name University of Manitoba
Type Public Research university
Motto In English Let Light and Truth Flourish 
Location Manitoba, Canada 
Founded 1871
Student Population 9,000+
Campus Urban
Acceptance Rate 75%
Application Fee CAD 125 (Nigerian Naira 40780)

Also Refer: What are the Requirements to Study in Canada?

Admission Process

To get admission to your dream university in Canada, the first step is to make sure that you meet the eligibility criteria set by the respective university. The eligibility requirements may vary for different universities and courses but mention below is a general eligibility criterion to study in Canada as a Nigerian Student:

  • You must have a Senior School Certificate issued by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).
  • For undergraduate courses, you are expected to have a WAEC or NECO result with at least five/six credits including English and Mathematics.
  • For Postgraduate Courses, you must have obtained a minimum of a Second Class Lower (2:2) with a high GPA in the last two years of your undergraduate studies or Second Class Upper (2:1).

English Language requirements

Students from Nigeria are not required to provide proof of their English language proficiency in Canada.

How to apply?

Canadian Universities do not have a specific application process or portal such as the UCAS Portal in the United Kingdom. You’ll have to go through the official website of the selected University to start the application process. However, the following is a general procedure for applying for the best universities in Canada for Nigerian students:

  • Choose a program and a university where you want to study. You will be required to choose between a French or an English-taught curriculum.
  • The next step is to apply for a study permit in Canada.
  • After you’ve selected your choices, you can go to the college or university’s website that will help you explore more about the application process, deadlines, seat availability, admission requirements, scholarship opportunities, and so on.
  • Register yourself on the university’s website and complete the application form by providing and submitting the necessary information and documents.

Documents Required

  • Academic Transcripts
  • Relevant Proof of financial assistance.
  • Proof of identity
  • Passport
  • Cover/motivation letter
  • Health status
  • Certificate of Social ties
  • Police certificate 

Cost of Studying

The cost of studying in Canada will be based on the chosen program, however, we’ve mentioned the average cost of tuition fees per year for Nigerian students:

Cost of studying Amount in CAD Amount in Nigerian Naira
UG courses CAD 14,162- CAD 29,714   46,20,302 – 96,95,065
PG courses CAD 13,437 – CAD 17,744   43,83,773 – 57,98,704
MBA CAD 27,397  89,38,173
Ph.D./Doctoral  CAD 10,240 33,40,763

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Canada as an International Student ranges from CAD 800 to CAD 1,000 (Nigerian Naira 260997 – 326246) per month. You can check out Leverage Edu’s Cost of Living Calculator for a detailed breakdown to manage your expenses as an international student in different cities in Canada.


Q. Which university in Canada offers the best MBA course?

Ans.  McGill University and Rotman School of Management offers the best MBA courses in Canada.

Q. What is the world rank of the University of Manitoba?

Ans. The University of Manitoba has been ranked between #601-#650 by the renowned QS World University Rankings as of 2022.

Q. Which is the top-ranked University in Canada?

Ans. The University of Toronto is the top-ranked University in Canada. 

Q. Which Canadian university is the best for pursuing masters in economics?

Ans. The University of Toronto, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, and McGill University are some of the top universities that offer the best master’s courses in economics.

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