Over the past few years, the U.S. has dominated the globe in being the most popular university destination for students from all over the world. There are a number of reasons which make US universities so special for pursuing masters education.
- US universities offer excellent support facilities for international students.
- US degrees have an excellent international reputation.
- Cultural diversity is the defining pillar for many US universities.
- US universities offer a flexible environment for every students’ needs.
Nigerians pursuing MS in US
With the increasing cultural diversity in US universities, the percentage of international students is increasing considerably. Students from Sub-Saharan Africa compose eight percent of the world’s globally-mobile students and five percent of the U.S.’s international student body. Out of the vast continent’s countries, Nigeria comes out on top, with 3886 nigerian students appearing for GRE in 2016.
To pursue masters in US you should follow an application timeline and start about 18 months before you wish to study abroad. Many US universities accepting international students from countries such as Nigeria, need the official status of your school and need to verify the authenticity of your credentials. For doing so, you need to submit your transcripts to a qualified credential evaluator who will examine your credentials and make an interpretation into your host country’s curriculum for review. Here is a detailed overview of the university application process.
At times getting a student visa to the US is a concern for the international students. But with the current increase in the number of international students pursuing masters in USA, the visa process has become relatively streamlined and simple.
How to prepare for masters abroad?
Appearing for GRE is the first step for pursuing masters abroad for a STEM course. To make this easier for our users, Yocket has collaborated with some of the major counselling centres and GRE trainers in the country to provide the best services to our users.
We have held lots of seminars, webinars and AMA sessions with some of the best counsellors as well as students studying abroad to provide aspirants with a first hand experience. Some of the pre-application services that Yocket provides are:
- GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS preparation tips and blogs
- Webinars and AMA sessions for GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS preparation
- Seminars and Meet-up for GRE preparation.
The next hurdle that students face is applying to the right universities. With the increasing number of universities and courses around the world, students are in a dilemma about choosing the best university depending on their GRE score, TOEFL score, academic performance, extra-curriculars etc. This is the stage where Yocket is most helpful to the students. It has a number of sections which make sure the students can review and choose the best universities and courses for themselves according to their academic as well as financial constraints. Yocket also lets you connect with other students who have the same interests as yours.
- University reviews
- Grad school finder
- University deadlines
- Course descriptions
- University comparer
- Send Documents to University (Via DHL and FedEx)
- Admits and rejects
- Similar profiles
- Chat with Seniors and Peers (Only on App)
- Roommate finder (only on App)
After getting an admit from the university, arranging for funds is the most important part. Yocket helps you finance your education abroad by connecting you to right loan providers. Moreover, you can also meet your foreign exchange needs and university fees payment done via Yocket.
Despite having its base in India, Yocket’s services are open for every international student who wants to pursue masters, irrespective of his/her nationality. Yocket is a one stop solution for all the requirements of a student who wishes to study abroad.
We also have a very active ‘discussions’ section where students take part in active discussions with experts and alumnis to get their queries solved. Currently we have thousands of international students and hundreds of Nigerians registered on our network.
Despite USA still being the best country for pursuing masters, countries like Canada, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore also have some of the best universities for MS. With new upcoming facilities, considerable student intake, scholarships, exciting job prospects and a great studying environment, these countries have made the choice difficult for students.
It is little secret that the US is one of the most expensive nations in which to pursue higher education. But don't let that put you off, as there are hundreds of opportunities to gain funding for your studies. There are a number of scholarships that are available for international students. Scholarships may be need based or merit based. Some scholarships are provided by the government while some are provided by non-government organisations. Here are few scholarships for Nigerian students who want to pursue masters in US.
- Hubert Humphrey Fellowships in USA for International Students
- American University Emerging Global Leader Scholarship
- Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
- Fulbright Foreign Student Program in USA
- ICSP Scholarships at University of Oregon USA