NIGERIAN students now have a unique opportunity to secure early admission for the September 2013 and January 2014 diet in top universities in the United Kingdom (UK), Canada, United States and Australia, as the British Canadian International Education (BCIE) Limited gets set to host its annual Edufair.
This year’s fair, scheduled for Eko Hotel on June 4, Sheraton Hotel, Lagos till June 5, and Abuja Sheraton June 7 and 8, would feature the University of Wales, Bangor, Anglia Ruskin University, University of Hull, University of Worcester, University of Derby, Bournemouth University, Loughborough University and University of Bolton.
Others participating institutions include: University of Brighton, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Coventry University, Glasgow,
Caledonian University, University of Kent, Leeds Metropolitan University, London South Bank University, University of Sunderland, University of Ulster, University of the West of Scotland, York St John University, Griffith University and Deakin University Australia.
Briefing journalists in Lagos on some of the scholarship and other opportunities available in the institutions, BCIE’s Regional Manager, Ms. Funmi Ogunleye said applications would be processed free except for those applying into non-UK institutions such as Australia, Canada and Dubai.
According to her, prospective students would have the opportunity to meet with representatives of some top universities in the United Kingdom, Canada, United States and Australia, one on one, apply for the September 2013 and January 2014 entries, obtain on-the-spot admission slots, get scholarship advice, a chance to win scholarship based on academic qualifications and also get to meet the British Council and the British High Commission officials. Advice on how secure student visa would also be offered. The BCIE’s network represents over 60 universities in its network.
Ogunleye, who advised parents to consider their children’s preferences in the choice of courses, also said: “Each university has its strong points, but many people make the mistake of just selecting universities because of their general ranking. We look at students’ preferences, especially in terms of what they can afford.”
Ogunleye also advised prospective students to start their application process early because of the visa processing time. On scholarship opportunities, she said while most universities would still rely on the local agents to endorse students, candidates who possess outstanding academic qualification stand a better chance of getting scholarships.
On job opportunities in the UK and Canada, she said: “students must get the right information because job opportunities are not automatic. If you don’t get a job that is related to your discipline it may be difficult to stay back in any country.”