A new report revealed that, Nigerian students are refusing to pursue their undergraduate studies in the United Kingdom.



Official statistics released reveal that the number of applicants from Nigeria to study in the UK for graduate and postgraduate degrees has declined by a staggering 46%, more than any other country in the period under review.

According to reports by the UK Universities and College Admissions Service (UCAS), the notable decrease in applications from Nigerian students is believed to be closely associated with the weakening of the naira and the visa restrictions preventing them from bringing along dependents or close family members to the UK.


UK Study Applicants Decline

The report highlighted that Nigerian students had the highest number of dependents brought in by international students as of September 2023.

Nigerian applications witnessed a sharp decline of 46%, totalling 1,590 applications, more than any other country.


Data from the UK Universities and College Admissions Service (UCAS) on undergraduate student applicants for the 2024-25 academic year also revealed a 1% decline in UK applicants from a year earlier.

However, the overall number of applicants remains well above pre-pandemic levels.

Deadline Extended

“While today’s data shows a decline in applications from mature students, which will be more keenly felt in some subjects such as nursing, we know that these applicants are more likely to apply later in the cycle,” Dr Jo Saxton, Chief Executive at UCAS, said.

“For students who missed the deadline or are still undecided on their next steps into higher education, they can still apply until June 30, and afterwards directly to Clearing, and plenty of choices still remain.


“There is a wealth of support, guidance, and tips on the UCAS website to help anyone make informed choices about their future,” she added.


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