Requirements to Study in the USA for Nigerian Students 2022

The requirements to study in the USA for Nigerian students are the same for other international students.

Students from Nigerian applying to school in the USA are known as international students.

Meeting the required requirements and documentation will guarantee admission to study in the USA.

The United States of America is the top study destination for international students. It is the best place to get tertiary education in the world, housing prestigious colleges.

Schools in the USA dominate the world university rankings. These ivy leagues offer world-class tutorship to students. You will get the opportunity to work with the best minds in the world.

Though, studying in the USA is an expensive option for Nigerian students. You need to check out the cheapest and best universities in the USA.

It is necessary to get full knowledge about the USA admission process to avoid common mistakes by other applicants.

In this post, you will see the requirements to gain admission and study in the USA from Nigeria.

Let me know in the comment box below if you have any questions or need assistance.

Studying in the U.S.

The following are the five (5) basic steps to study in the United States of America;

  1. Research Your Options
  2. Finance Your Studies
  3. Complete Your Application
  4. Apply For Your Student Visa
  5. Prepare For Your Departure

1. Research Your Options

The first step to take to study in the US is to research the universities in the country.

You would find out a university that meets your budget and academic standard.

Colleges in the US have slightly different admission requirements for international students. Your research will help you find out the schools that you can apply to study.

2. Finance Your Studies

Studying in the United States of America is expensive for Nigerian students.

It is necessary to evaluate that you have the finance to sponsor your study in the US. You would not want to end up midway into your schooling at the University.

During your student visa interview at the Consulate office in Nigeria, you would submit proof of financial support. It is for assurance that you have enough money to sponsor your education in the US.

Also, you can apply for financial student aid or scholarship during your admission application.

You can get a job on campus to support your student finance. But, you cannot work off-campus in your first year.

3. Complete Your Application

The completion of your admission application is compulsory to get a US F1 or M1 student visa.

At this stage, you would submit the following documents;

  • Admission Essay
  • Results of Required Standard Examinations
  • Secondary Transcript
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Proof of Financial Support

This stage is critical for your admission to the school of your choice in the USA.

The University that you want to apply to study will review your admission application. Your admission request will be successful if you meet the admission requirements.

4. Apply For Your Student Visa

US student visa interview is at the US Embassy & Consulate office in Abuja and Lagos.

The USA student visa for Nigerian students is the F1 or M1 visa.

An F1 student visa is for academic programme study like Medicine, Engineering, etc.

The M1 student visa is for vocational study programmes like Creative Arts and Design, Computer Science and IT, etc.

There will be an interview for you before you get approval for your visa application.

During the interview, you must convince the consulate officer

  • Why do you want to study in the United States
  • How do you plan to support yourself while in school
  • Your plans after you finish your study in the US

5. Prepare For Your Departure

Preparing for your departure is the next step to take after your student visa approval.

At this stage, you need to know what you need to take with you to the US. You would also get information on the travel regulations and health status certification.

Universities in the USA offer pre-departure student orientation with all relevant knowledge for Nigerian students.

Check your College website to see information about health insurance, average local temperatures throughout the year, local transportation options, housing, and more.

US Embassy & Consulate in Nigeria

The United States of America embassy and consulate office is in Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria. It is where you will apply for student visa to study in the USA.

There are two type of students visa application for Nigerian students;

  • New student visa application
  • Returning student visa application


U.S Embassy Abuja

Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive
Central District Area, Abuja, Nigeria
Phone: (234)-9-461-4000
Fax: (234)-9-461-4036

U.S Embassy Lagos

2 Walter Carrington Crescent,
Victoria Island, Lagos
Phone: (234)-1- 460-3400
Fax: (234)-9-461-4036

Requirements to Study in the USA for Nigerian Students

Here are the requirements to study in the USA for Nigerian students;

  1. English Language Proficiency Certificate (IELTS & TOEFL)
  2. Senior Secondary School Certificate
  3. Bank Statement (Evidence of Financial Support)
  4. Essay
  5. Letter of Recommendation
  6. Copy of your Valid Passport
  7. Negative COVID19 Test Result
  8. A completed DS-160
  9. An approved I-20
  10. A receipt for your I-901 SEVIS fee
  11. A GTBank (MRV) receipt for your visa fee
  12. A scan of the biopage of your current valid passport
  13. A scan of your passport photograph meeting these requirements

US Visa for Nigerian Students

A nonimmigrant visa is used by students who study in the United States for their university education.

Application and interview for USA student visa is at the consulate office in Lagos or Abuja. Here, you will convince the consulate officer why you want to study in the US.

Also, you would have to prove that you are a patriotic citizen of Nigeria.

Students in Nigeria are issued with the F1 and M1 visa type to study in the USA.

Visa Fee

The US visa application fee for students (academic & vocational) is one hundred and sixty dollars ($160).

US Universities that Accept Nigerian Students

The following are a list of universities in the USA that accept students from Nigeria for undergraduate and postgraduate studies;

  • Columbia University
  • University of Califionia, Berkeley
  • Califonia State University
  • Havvard University
  • Minot State University
  • Arizona State University
  • University f the People
  • South Texas College
  • Boston University
  • Alcorn State University
  • Leyman College
  • Standford University
  • The City College of New York
  • Southeast Missouri University
  • Arkanas State University
  • Binghamton University
  • Purdue University
  • The Universityof Iowa
  • Truman State University
  • Delta State University
  • Southwest Minnesota State University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Northeastern University
  • New Yourk University
  • University of Washington
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Purdue University
  • The Ohio State University
  • Unversity of Pennysylvania
  • Illinois Institure of Technology

Other universities in the United States of America accept students from Nigeria for admission.

I would love to hear from you in the comment box. What questions do you have on studying in the United States of America?

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32 thoughts on “Requirements to Study in the USA for Nigerian Students 2022”

    • Yes, Samuel

      You would need to contact the U.S. Defense Attaché Office at the American Embassy in Lagos.

    • Hello Faith,

      There are no straight answers to your question.

      You will have to contact the admission office of the school you are applying to study at in the USA.

  1. My wife want to study in USA, which university or college test score waiver for Nigeria student?
    Can my wife travel to USA on a student visa with her 7 years old daughter?

    • Hello Mr Olanrewaju,

      Concerning your first question, I guess you mean waiver for the TOEFL exams.

      Most of the schools in the USA require TOEFL. But she should contact the school she is applying to for a waiver which is possible.

      The answer to your second question is yes.

      She can apply for the US F-2 visa which allows children to move with their parents on an F-1 visa in the US.

      Let me know if you have any further questions.

  2. Good day pls concerning the transcript I only have my waec can I apply for undergraduate studies without other transcripts

  3. Sir Blessing, I honestly need guardian, I’m a bit confused, my friends are just getting admission to school outside but in my case I don’t know what to do.

    I sincerely need your help

  4. Sir Blessing, I have gotten my SAT score, can’t I get any US University that doesn’t require IELTS for admission and Secondly I don’t know anything about secondary school transcript and how it is gotten, though I have a good Waec result

    • Hello Favour,

      Below are some of the universities in the USA you can apply to study at without IELTS;

      Rice University
      California State University
      Drexel UniversityState University of New York
      University of Iowa
      University of Arkansas
      University of Dayton
      University of Delaware

      The secondary school transcript is a compilation of all your results in secondary school.

      You can get this document from the school you attended.

  5. Do Some Private Universities In The USA Require For IELTS/TOEFL English Certificate? Because I Personally Don’t Have It…

    • Yes, Emmah

      There are Private Universities in the USA that do require IELTS/TOEFL English certificates.

      Examples of these schools are;

      Rice University
      California State University
      Drexel University
      State University of New York
      University of Iowa
      University of Arkansas
      University of Dayton
      University of Delaware

      Let me know if you have further questions.

      • Thanks for the information
        Please how can I get a sponsor?

        I did waec 2017 and I did not do well

        Please can I go ahead to write another Waec ?

        Should j tender the transcript of the school I finished from

        • Hello Sarah,

          You can get a sponsor by approaching a family member or friend that meets the minimum financial requirement.

          Concerning your WAEC result, do you have credit passes in the relevant subjects?

    • Yes, Blessing.

      The University of Maryland, USA accept Nigerian students for admission.

      Are you seeking undergraduate or postgraduate admission?

  6. Thanks for this comprehensive, well-researched article. Please I will like to discuss with you in order to explore the options for me personally and the possibility of me getting such a visa. Thanks


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