How to Transfer from A Nigerian University to A Canadian University

Transferring from a Nigerian University to a Canadian university is possible for students in Nigeria.

The process is straightforward if you meet the requirements for international student transfer.

The international student transfer programme in Canadian universities makes it possible for students to continue their studies in Canada.

But, you must know that many of the high ranked ivy league universities in Canada have a limited slot to accept transfer students.

For example, in 2019, Columbia University received 2761 transfer applicants but accepted 168 students.

This transfer programme is necessary for you not to start as a freshman when you arrive in Canada. It will help reduce the duration of your course of study and the cost of tuition.

There are many reasons why you should transfer to the Great White North. As a Nigerian student, you can switch to a Canadian university by meeting the requirements, eligibility and transfer process.

In this post, I will show you how the transfer process to a Canadian university works for international students. Also, this post contains the list of universities in Canada that accept transfer students from Nigeria.

Let me know in the comment section if you have any questions or need further assistance.


Here are the requirements to transfer from a Nigerian University to a Canadian university;

  • Completion of at least one (1) academic session in a Nigeria university
  • Must have a minimum CGPA of 2.3 to 2.8 from a Nigerian Univerisity
  • Pass standardized English proficiency test (IELTS and TOEFL) result
  • Completion of 12 credit unit load courses (transferable credits)
  • Official transcript from your current University
  • Senior secondary school trascript
  • WAEC result
  • Transfer application essay

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  • Official transcript from your current University
  • Computer Science, Information Technology, Kinesiology and Bachelor of Commerce courses must be taken within the last 5 years to be considered for major, minor or pre-requisites credit towards a degree program. When courses are taken longer than 5 years ago, the transfer credit may be used only as elective credit.
  • Strict regulations set out by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) limit the amount of transfer credit granted for Engineering degree programs. Courses in engineering science and engineering design content must be completed at a degree-granting Canadian Institution accredited by CEAB. The maximum number of credits granted is 30.
  • Some programs require a course grade of ‘C’ or higher for the course to apply towards a major/minor or to satisfy a prerequisite.
  • The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) courses are recognized towards certification in a number of professional programs, but not all professional accredited courses completed at other post-secondary institutions are eligible for a course credit exclusion towards a major, minor or pre-requisite credits in a degree program. Courses not granted a course credit exclusion may be used as elective credits.

Read also: How to Transfer from a Nigerian University to a UK University

Transfer Process

The transfer process for Universities in Canada is slightly different. You need to know the requirements for the University that you want to switch to study.

Your current university here in Nigeria must send your transcript to the Canadian university for your transfer application to be successful.

Application Process

  • The transfer application process is by the UA application system.
  • Application fee is $80.

Canadian Universities that Accept Nigerian Students

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Here is the list of Canadian universities that accept Nigerian students for their transfer program;

  • University Of Montreal (Université De Montréal)
  • Brock University
  • University of Alberta
  • Western University
  • University Of Waterloo
  • McMaster University
  • University of Toronto
  • McGill University
  • University Of Ottawa
  • Lakehead University
  • Trent University
  • University Of British Columbia
  • University of Lethbridge
  • University of New Brunswick
  • Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada
  • Ryerson University
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Mount Royal University
  • University of Calgary
  • Macewan University
  • Athabasca University
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10 thoughts on “How to Transfer from A Nigerian University to A Canadian University”

  1. My sister is a 3Lstudent of kwasu studying environmental health science with CGPA 2.09, I want to ask if can still continue her course with her normal level in Canada?

    • Yes, Blessing

      She can transfer to a University in Canada if she is able to get her academic transcript.

      The first step is to choose a school in Canada she is interested in studying.

      Then, further, inquiries can then take place.

      Let me know if you have further questions.

  2. Hi Blessing,

    I’m a student of Uniport with my CGPA at 3.61. I wish to transfer into a Canadian University but for my first 2 semesters I had 1 D in a math course (first & second semester). Do you think I stand a chance for transfer and should still apply?

    • Hello Eddie,

      You stand a chance to transfer to a Canadian university.

      But you will have to contact the school to evaluate your result.

  3. Please I saw WAEC result as a requirement, I used neco to gain admission as I had a D in math in my Waec. So is NECO result being accepted by Canada universities?

    • Hello Valentina,

      Universities in Canada accept NECO results for admission.

      Let me know if you have any further questions.

  4. My brother a 200level student of Elizade University studying Computer Engineering with CGPA 4.65, please I want ask if he still requires IELTS to be a transfer student in any of the Canadian Universities.

    • Yes, Akinola

      Your brother needs to possess an English Proficiency Certification.

      Though, some Canadian universities may provide a waiver for the proficiency certication.

      His current school may then provide a letter of recommendation.

      It all depends on the Canadian University he wants to attend.

      • Hi.. I’m angel… I’m totally confused about the whole requirements.. Can someone please break it down for me… I’m sooo eager to study in mcgill… I’ve applied at the mailing stuff.. And it was approved.. I don’t know what to do next


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