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I know! I know! We are all still in the holiday mood ,work and preparation is not the foremost thing on your mind right now. I hate to be a killjoy, but it’s because I also want you to keep your study abroad goals in sight. You must remember that without certain important documents, you will NOT be granted an offer of admission into a University or the program of choice next year.

Every University and program is allowed to request additional documents so you always double-check to ensure you submit a complete application.  Here are the 5 MUST-HAVES;


Valid Passport/International passport/Travel Document

The University needs to be able to identify you and they also need a document that is acceptable everywhere in the world. This means, your drivers’ license won’t do it, neither will your voters card or National Identify Card (The one with your NIN). Also, an expired passport won’t work so check the validity of your passport first before you start anything. It is best to have a minimum of 9 months on your passport. You can renew your passport before you travel but it has to be valid from the time you send your application till you get an offer of Admission.


This is very important, regardless of the educational level you seek. Be it undergraduate or postgraduate. There are different types of CVs but let’s talk about 2 types; Educational CV and Professional CV. As long as you are applying for a job, your CV is expected to be a professional CV because this type highlights/focuses on your work experience and achievements in the workplace. But for University applications, you need an educational CV. This type is expected to focus on your educational prowess and achievements, for example, ‘best graduating student, merit scholarship in secondary school or during your bachelor, educational certificates (WAEC, SAT, IELTS, A-Levels, IGCSE, GRE/GMAT etc).

Entrance Certificates

This simply means your bachelors certificate or your WAEC (or both, depending). An entrance certificate is a certificate that proves that you have successfully passed a previous level of education and you are deemed fit to proceed to the next level. If you are seeking admission into a bachelor/undergraduate program then it is expected that you must have written either A levels, WAEC, SAT, ACT or IGSCE (O Levels) etc and you have the original result/certificate to prove it. Please note that not all Universities or countries accept NECO. It’s best not to write it if you are seeing this email early enough.

Transcripts of Record

This is a document that contains a list of all the subjects/modules you have taken in your previous educational level or even an extracurricular course/certificate program. The University wants to ensure that you are on the same track as their program design. For Example, if you had done OND and want to proceed to get a bachelors abroad, your OND transcript is a very important document to have to boost your chances.

Motivation letter/Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement/Letter of Intent/Application Letter

So many names but they all mean the same thing. You are going to be judged by a bunch of documents and the only way to get a human feel to your application is through this letter/document. The University wants to simply know why you chose the program, the University and the country. They also want to know what you intend to achieve after you have gotten the degree. This very document is extremely important and has the power to either make or break your application. It can even cause them to offer you a scholarship or a percentage discount on your tuition fees. TAKE IT SERIOUSLY!!!

Now that you have this, I hope you would make this holiday count.

Stay up to date by following on Instagram and Twitter. Also, the January calendar is now open. You can respond to this email if you would like to book a consultation for January or directly book here. I can’t wait to support you on your journey to study abroad.

With consistency and dedication, you can submit an outstanding application and your offer of admission wouldn’t be far off. Your dreams are VALID!!!

Enjoy your week,

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