Thinking of joining our large community of international students here at Solent University? Well, we understand that relocating to a new country can be a challenging process – so, we’re here to provide you with some useful information.

The information below covers entry requirements, contact details, and some extra suggestions for students from Nigeria thinking about studying with us at Solent University.

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At Solent University we recognise a number of different international qualifications held by Nigerian students applying for our programmes and courses.

Below you can see the current qualifications and the equivalencies we accept:

For entry to IELTS Requirements Academic Requirements
International Foundation Programme (2 Term) IELTS 5.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in each individual component), or equivalent from a UKVI Approved Centre WAEC/NECO with standard pass 5 passes or 200 UCAS point or A-D average
International Foundation Programme (3 Term) IELTS 5.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in each individual component), or equivalent from a UKVI Approved Centre

Your choice of programme study at Solent University and your previous qualifications, may make you eligible for a country bursary and/or scholarship.

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Our regional team travel to Nigeria for a variety of events and to meet potential students. However, we also have a number of representatives around the world. These representatives give you the opportunity to ask questions and talk about courses at Solent University, in your own country. To meet a representative, please contact one of our regional team members – found below.

Our regional team are able to help answer any questions you might have about our pathway programmes, studying with us, the application process and much more.


Southampton is a vibrant and diverse city with something for everyone. Beautiful city centre parks, an electric night-time economy and a thriving arts and music scene all meet to offer residents something truly unique.

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If you would be looking to join a local Christian community when you start studying at Solent University, then you have a number of options available – no matter your preferred style of worship. Many of the churches listed below hold special student events and services, so meeting new people will be easy for you.

Portswood Church

Portswood Church is home to a large congregation of over 200 Christians from all different walks of life. This church arranges regular student lunches and links students with local Christian households – a fantastic chance to make new friends.

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Southampton is home to a community of over 10,000 Muslims, many of whom worship in mosques close to the centre of the city. Organisations such as the Muslim Council of Southampton and the Southampton Council of Faiths run a number of events throughout the year, offering opportunities for those who are new to the area, a chance to get meet fellow member and get involved in activities with the local community.

Bashir Ahmed Masjid

Bashir Ahmed Masjid is a large and friendly mosque in the centre of Portswood, a popular area for student accommodation. Regular events are held here including visits from guest speakers and daily classes.

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Masjid Ar Rahmah

Masjid Ar Rahmah can be found behind the University campus in the Northam area of Southampton. This Mosque doesn’t have a website, but uses Facebook to keep in touch with the community – take a look at their profile using the link below.

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Southampton has such a variety of entertainment, culture, sport and lifestyle offerings, that the city has something for everyone! In Southampton, you can find one of the UK’s largest shopping centres, West Quay. Here, you can find some fantastic deals on fashion, technology, food and so much more.

Towards the waterfront, you’ll find a brilliant collection of independent restaurants, venues and stores. Alternatively, you can seek out Bedford place – a firm favourite amongst the student population. Bedford Place is the centre of the city’s night-life and home to a fantastic selection of pubs and clubs – fantastic for socialising with your fellow students.

Also, you should check out the Solent University Students Union and get involved with the clubs and societies that they organise. It is a brilliant way to meet other students from Nigeria and the rest of the world. There are many societies run by the University’s Students’ Union (SUSU) for different interests, religions, sports and academic groups.

Visa Information

As a Nigerian national, you will need to apply for a visa to come and study in the UK. When you have met all the conditions of entry for a full-time course at Solent University (including payment of deposit and course acceptance), you will be sent a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS) number. You will need this document to apply for a student visa.

You should make your application for a visa at the local visa application centre.

For more specific advice about coming from Kenya to study you can contact our international advice team.