The dream of most African graduates nowadays is to further their studies abroad specifically in North America and Europe. These two regions can be educationally referred to as the hub for most African graduates aspiring to pursue postgraduate studies like Master’s degree, Doctorate, and PhD. away from their home countries.
The reasons for this adventure and seemingly search for greener pastures abound. Generally speaking, the reasons range from the fact that most of the countries in these regions offer free tuition education especially the Scandinavian countries in Europe, scholarships for African students, affordable accommodation, and health insurance among other things.
Despite all the numerical advantages stated above, the dream of African graduates to study in North America and Europe does not come without difficulties as many of them hardly meet the minimum and necessary requirements to win scholarships or gain admission into universities in the USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Poland, Norway, Finland, Spain, France, Hungary, Austria just to mention a few.
Added to this is the challenge of coming from a continent where the educational systems are not only borrowed but have also been marred by irregularities such as fraud, malpractices and political invasion.
The generally acceptable requirements to gain admission into North American and European universities include:
- excellent academic credentials,
- English language proficiency,
- work and professional experience,
- standard curriculum vitae and motivation letter,
- And a copy of an international travel passport.
In terms of excellent academic record, irrespective of the grading system in every country, a minimum of a B grade is usually good. For example, in Cameroon, a B grade is 3/4 while in Britain it is 2.1/4.
Even though most if not all former British, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Belgian, Dutch African colonies have adopted the native languages of their former colonial masters as their official languages, they are still required to show proof of their language skills when seeking for admission into universities in these countries.
Internationally accepted language tests like TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Test) is the most commonly used criterion to measure the language ability of students coming in from Africa to study in North America and Europe.
This, and other financial obligations, often constraint most students to push on with their dreams. Work and professional experience of at least two years with an up to date curriculum vitae and a strong motivation are
The gospel truth is that most African graduates who do not meet the admission requirements either get discouraged to pursue their dreams or give up in the process of looking for admission.
However, most graduates from Africa fail to understand that to every rule there are always exceptions reason why there are a good number of universities in some of these North American and European countries which offer admission to students without giving much cognizance to international language tests, some even subsidize living expenses and others accept average grades for admission.
Check out our next post that will comprehensively provide a list of Universities in North America and Europe which do not give much regard to TOEFL and other foreign language testing criteria as well as a list of good sites where such scholarships and other opportunities could be accessed.
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