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York St John University welcomes students from Nigeria

York St John University has a growing community of students from Nigeria. Our aim is to ensure that your time here is as enjoyable and successful as you can make it.

We provide a range of services for international students including a Welcome Week programme, academic and English language support, guaranteed accommodation, and a dedicated international student services team, all designed to help you succeed.

Full Entry Criteria Meet us in Your Country Enquiry Form Agent Details


Entry Level

Academic Requirements*


English Language

International Foundation Year  (4 year degree programme)




WAEC Senior School Certificate





University Matriculation Examination (UME)


Minimum 5 credit (C6) passes




Grades above 350

IELTS 4.5 or equivalent (with minimum 4.0 in each skill)


Undergraduate –

3 Year Degree

National Diploma (2 Years)

Pass or above

IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each skill)

*Masters in Business must have 6.0 in writing

**TESOL must have 6.5 overall


Postgraduate: Masters


All qualifications must be from a recognised university

Normally a good degree from a recognised University

Min 2:2

Postgraduate: PhD**

Normally a Masters from a recognised University


* All students are required to send full transcripts in English with their applications.  This is intended as a guide only.  Some programmes will have specific subject or practical requirements. Some programmes may require a portfolio and/or interview. Details of specific requirements can be found on the individual course pages for each of the programmes.


For more information about studying in the UK, IELTS or working abroad please see the British Council Website


Visa requirements

For visa information please visit the Visa and Immigration page.


What course should I study to improve my level of English?

The general English language entry requirements to Bachelors and Masters programmes for students whose first language is not English are normally as follows:

  • IELTS - 6.0 overall, with at least a 5.5* in all areas (*6.0 in writing for Business MAs)


Depending on your English language level, you can enter academic pathway courses leading on to Bachelors or Masters programmes.

Entry levels are as follows:

You have IELTS

You need IELTS

The course you should take

5.5   (nothing below 5.0)


5 week Pre-sessional

5.0   (nothing below 4.5)


8 week Pre-sessional

4.5   (nothing below 4.0)


15 week /International Foundation Year

A GCSE or iGCSE in English (minimum ‘C’ grade) can be accepted instead of IELTS. 

York St John University accepts all 'Secure English Language Tests (SELT) approved by the Home Office to meet English Language requirements. For full details of all SELT please see the Home Office Website. Please note that a valid SELT is required for entry to the Presessional Programmes and the International Foundation Programme (IFP).

More information about our Foundation Year, Pre-sessional Pathways and General English courses can be found on our What can I study? page under the heading English Language Studies and Pathway programmes.