All you need to know about traveling to the United Kingdom from Nigeria to study

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Are you planning to travel to the United Kingdom from Nigeria to study? Then this post is for you

You can apply for a Student visa to study in the UK if you’re 16 or over and you:

  • have been offered a place on a course by a licensed student sponsor
  • have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course – the amount will vary depending on your circumstances
  • can speak, read, write and understand English
  • have consent from your parents if you’re 16 or 17 – you’ll need evidence of this when you apply
  • You must have a valid passport.
  • You will need to provide evidence of your reason for travel, such as an invitation from a UK-based contact or proof that you are attending seminars or conferences.
  • You will also need to prove you have enough money to support yourself during your stay. For example, you can evidence that you have a scholarship or other financial aid by providing official school letters and bank statements. The amount of money needed to show depends on how long you plan to stay and if anyone is providing financial sponsorship for your trip. The minimum requirement for the latter is about £900 in cash and about £4,200 in either cash or bank statements (or both).
  • You may also need to provide evidence of your travel plans, such as proof that you’ve already purchased plane tickets.
  • Finally, it’s important that you prove that you have the legal right to enter the UK—in this case, by showing evidence of being enrolled in a Nigerian university program and having good academic standing.

Nigeria and the UK are linked by air. The UK is connected to many African and Southeast Asian countries via sea travel. If you’re in London when you want to take your trip, there are direct flights from Nigeria’s Lagos International Airport ($1,065 USD for two round-trip tickets).


To apply for a UK visa, you’ll need to:

  • apply online
  • print out your visa application form.
  • take your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo).
  • provide your supporting documents.
  • pay for the immigration health surcharge as part of your application. You can do this when you book your appointment to give your biometrics or provide supporting documents, or when you provide these in person at the visa application centre.
  • book an appointment to give your biometrics (fingerprints and photograph) and have an interview with a member of staff from the High Commission or Embassy who will make the decision on whether or not to grant you a visa. You’ll need to provide:
  • A printout of your completed application form with your unique barcode printed at the top of each page
  • All original supporting documents specified in the document checklist that’s included with your application form

What kind of proof do you need in order to travel to the UK?

To apply for a student visa, you should provide the following documents:

  • A completed application form, available from the British Embassy website.
  • Three passport photographs, one of which must be a recent full-face photograph.
  • Proof of funds (bank account or debit card statement) – at least £5000 must be available in your bank account or on your debit or credit card when you go to apply for a student visa.
  • You may also wish to bring with you other evidence such as savings certificates and receipts for tuition fees paid out.

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