"For anyone thinking of coming to LJMU from anywhere I’d say you’ll feel very welcomed and accepted for who you are"
I heard about LJMU in my Foundation Year in Nigeria when Dave Liston came to talk to us, one of 14 universities who came as part of the NCUK programme. His talk was very motivating and the most convincing out of all of them, and my family were impressed too. He showed us pictures of social life in Liverpool, and winter – I’ve been waiting to see snow since I came! He also showed us pictures of the accommodation which was lovely, and my accommodation was more spacious than I expected.
When I got to university I was scared but we had icebreakers in our tutorial groups which were good for us to get to know each other. People from the Students’ Union came to help us move in and show us around, and there is an Afro-Caribbean society where you can meet Nigerians, Africans, and it’s like a home away from home. The Chinatown is lovely too, and for anyone thinking of coming to LJMU from anywhere I’d say you’ll feel very welcomed and accepted for who you are.
I like the fact that I don’t have to walk too much to get to university and it’s a great city to shop – I like shopping! My best experience so far is my Introduction to Management tutorials every Tuesday afternoon, because my teacher is so exciting and takes his time to explain things to us, and it’s easy to make appointments to see him. In the future I’d like to do my Masters in Advertising and Marketing and start my own firm in Nigeria.
"My lecturers are nice and cheerful and they have the interests of their students at heart"
I first heard about LJMU in my college (Oxbridge Tutorial College, Ikeja-Lagos). LJMU had better courses compared to other universities, and it has the unique feature of the World of Work programme.
My first week wasn't stressful especially with my mum around. We basically did things together like shopping. The University picked me up from the airport in Manchester and it was easy for me to settle in.
My course is a three-year course that basically deals with keeping financial information, study and management of money. My lecturers are nice and cheerful and they have the interests of their students at heart. The other students are cheerful and caring, especially my tutorial group mates.
Liverpool is a nice place to live, especially for students because it's relatively cheap compared to other regions. For other international students I would say that they should know why they are coming to Liverpool, and they should always ask about whatever concerns or challenges they have. They should also learn to live like students and always do the right thing at the right time in the right place and in the right attire (never wait till deadlines!).
It’s been a really good experience so far, from learning to fend for myself to meeting new people from different places, and being able to comprehend the accent of people here. After my degree I hope to do my Master's here in Liverpool and after that my PhD.
Rukiyat Odekunle, MBA
"The knowledge I have gained together with experiences I have shared with my fellow students on the MBA have been the highlight of my time at Liverpool John Moores University."
The knowledge I have gained together with experiences I have shared with my fellow students on the MBA have been the highlight of my time at Liverpool John Moores University. On a social level, the city has also been rewarding with its heritage and cultural history, I have always been able to keep myself occupied with the museums and art galleries not only within the city but outside too.
When I decided to come to study at LJMU, it was a decision made easier with the help of the International Family Liasion Officer. As I was bringing my daughter with me, I was assisted in placing her in a local school and in finding suitable accommodation near to the school and the University.
With all this in place before I came to Liverpool, it allowed me to concentrate on my preparations for studying my MBA.
If you are interested in studying an MBA course at LJMU you can find more information here
There are several scholarship options for Nigerian students
The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) Overseas Scholarship Scheme. Their mission is to train Nigerians to qualify as graduates, professionals, technicians and craftsmen in the field of engineering, geology, science and management in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria or abroad for MSc and PhD scholarships. Please visit the website: http://www.ptdf.gov.ng
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) offer post graduate foreign scholarships for Niger Delta Indigenes. Please visit the website: http://www.nddc.gov.ng/index.html
FORD Foundation International Fellowship Programme provides opportunities for advanced study to individuals who will use this education to become leaders in their respective fields and in their own countries. Please visit the website: http://www.pathfind.org/ifp
Federal and State Scholarship boards in Nigeria
Some states award scholarships to their indigenes for study abroad. Please check with your state of origin scholarship board for more details. Website for the Federal scholarship board is http://www.fsb.gov.ng
The British Council has information on several scholarships available for Nigerian students. Please see their website at www.britishcouncil.org/africa-ng-contact-us.htm
Some of the scholarships through the British council include:
Chevening Scholarship: For postgraduate students who can prove academic success and has already begun a career in your ones chosen field and are under 35 years old. See http://www.britishcouncil.org/africa-chevening.htm
Commonwealth Scholarship: For graduates or a mid-career academic or professional. See http://www.britishcouncil.org/africa-commonwealth-scholarships.htm
Mansion house Scholarship: For students with a passion for financial services. See http://www.britishcouncil.org/africa-mansion-house-scholarship.htm
Hear from more International Students
Select a flag below to hear from an international student from that country. We are gradually collecting student profiles from our international students: if you are an International Student and are currently studying at LJMU and would be interested in sharing your experiences of University life, please contact us at International@ljmu.ac.uk