Universities Accepting Nigerian Students Without IELTS

Universities around the world are increasingly recognizing the academic potential of Nigerian students and are now beginning to accept them without the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam. This is great news for Nigerian students looking to continue their education abroad and is a sign of the growing international recognition of Nigerian students. With the easing of IELTS requirements, Nigerian students now have more options than ever before when it comes to pursuing their studies abroad. Many universities are now offering a wide range of programs and degrees tailored specifically to Nigerian students, giving them the opportunity to gain a world-class education without having to take the IELTS.

When applying for higher studies in universities abroad, one of the major factors that becomes a hurdle in the admission process is to provide proof of English Language Proficiency by taking exams such as the IELTS or TOEFL. These exams add to the expenses an international student has to pay for the required education abroad. Some universities in countries like Germany also offer international students an optional foundation course in the native language for a year or two. However, Nigerian students have opposed the decision of them having to take the IELTS to prove their language fluency as Nigeria is an English Speaking Country. Still, there is actually a great list of universities that do not have mandatory English Language Test requirements for international students. Check this blog out to know about the universities that accept Nigerian Students without IELTS.

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United States

There are some universities in the United States that do not ask international students to provide IELTS/TOEFL but on certain conditions 

University of Colorado

Nigerian Students will not have to provide an IELTS score at the University of Colorado only if they meet the following mentioned requirements:

  1. You have completed at least two years of full-time academic study at a U.S. high school or at a high school in a country where English is the native language 

California State University

You can get admission at California State University as a Nigerian Student if your native language is English and you’ve had secondary education taught in English.

University of New Orleans

IELTS or TOEFL scores are not required for international students hailing from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, Republic of Ireland, Jamaica, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nigeria, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the UK.


The following universities in Canada do not ask for IELTS for admissions from Nigerian Students.

Brock University 

If English is your first language, then Brock University does not require you to provide any English Proficiency Test Scores.

University of Winnipeg 

Proof of English Language Fluency is not required at the University of Winnipeg if you’re from Nigeria. 

University of Regina 

The University of Regina exempts the following countries from providing English Language Test scores:

Antigua & Barbuda Belgium
Australia Belize
Bahamas Denmark
Barbados Dominica
Bermuda Canada
Finland Ghana (Must be from WAEC)
Germany England/Great Britain
Cayman Islands Guam
Falkland Island Fiji Island
Kenya Gibraltar
Ireland Guyana
Jamaica Lesotho
Malta Liberia (Must be from WAEC)
Nigeria (Must be from WAEC) New Zealand
Norway Namibia *Must be from NSSC)
Sierra Leone (Must be from WAEC) Northern Ireland
Scotland St. Kitts
Singapore St. Lucia
South Africa St. Vincent
Sweden Trinidad and Tobago
Uganda Turks & Caicos Island
United Kingdom United States
Wales Zambia


Inholland University

The Inholland University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands exempts international students hailing from Nigeria from taking the IELTS test to prove their English Language proficiency as countries like Nigeria are classified as English Speaking Countries. However, students from other countries like India are required to provide evidence of English Language proficiency.

United Kingdom 

The following mentioned universities in the United Kingdom do have a mandatory requirement for the English Language.

University of Bolton

The University of Bolton accepts students from Nigeria if they’ve WAEC minimum grade C6 as proof of English proficiency as long as it was completed within the last 5 years. If not able to achieve this then you’ll have to provide an IELTS or TOEFL score.

London South Bank University

South Bank University accepts West African Senior School Certificates in English Language, grade C6 or above as an alternative for the English Language requirement.

Robert Gordon University

Robert Gordon University, Scotland accepts WAEC/NECO English at Grade C6 and above as an alternative for the English Language requirement.


Here are some of the universities in Australia that accept Nigerian students without IELTS.

Swinburne University of Technology

The Swinburne University of Technology Australia exempts international students to provide an IELTS score only if they have:

  1. English as the language of instruction during previous education.
  2. Completed GCE ‘O’ Level English with a minimum grade of ‘C’.
  3. Completed an International Baccalaureate.
  4. Studied English in Australia or another country.

University of Queensland

The University of Queensland in Australia does not require an IELTS score from students who have completed their senior secondary schooling from a designated country, such as Nigeria, where the medium of instruction is English.


Indian Universities do not ask for IELTS or any other English language tests. India is home to some of the top universities in the world such as the IITs and internationally recognised universities such as the University of Delhi. However, there is more than 800 universities in India to choose from. Some of the top universities in India are:

  1. University of Delhi
  2. University of Calcutta
  3. Jadavpur University
  4. Anna University
  5. Amity University
  6. University of Hyderabad
  7. IITs
  8. IISc
Source: NDTV


When applying for admission to a Malaysian University, Nigerian students or other international students who hail from English speaking countries do not have to provide an IELTS or TOEFL score as evidence of English Language Fluency. You can pursue any bachelor’s, master’s or Doctoral/PhD program in Malaysia without having to take any IELTS test. Some of the top universities in Malaysia are:

  1. University of Malaya
  2. University Teknologi
  3. Universiti Kebangsaan
  4. University Putra
  5. Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman

Cost of Studying

The average cost of studying in different countries countries is mentioned in the table below:

Country Average Cost Amount in NGN
United States USD 20,000 – 35,000 8,327,200 – 14,572,600
United Kingdom GBP 11,000- 16,000 6,189,690 – 9,003,180 
Australia AUD 20,000 – 50,000  59,27,258 – 14,81,8147
Holland EUR 15,000 – 20,000   70,45,997 – 93,94,663
Malaysia $9,000 – $10,000 37,47,240 –  41,63, 600
Canada US$  20,000 82,04,200
India INR 10,000 – INR 50,000 55,698 – 278,493

Cost of Living

The average cost of living for different countries is mentioned below:

Country Average Annual Cost Amount in NGN
United States USD 10,000 – 18,000 41,63,600 – 74,94, 480
United Kingdom GBP 12,000 67,73,860
Australia AUD 20,000 59,27,258
Canada CAD 8,000 – CAD 10,000 26,21,236 – 32,76,545
India INR 2,00,000 111,397

These were the list of universities in different countries that accept Nigerian students without IELTS. Want to study abroad but have trouble starting off? Just give us a call at +91 86306 84298, and get a 30-minute profile evaluation for free. Take the first step on your dream journey today!