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Aug 4 4 tweets 1 min read
As a follow-up to the email I sent 2 weeks ago, I spoke on phone with a representative from the registrar's office at the University of Lethbridge a few minutes ago.

I can confirm that applicants for their undergrad programs from Nigeria and other English-speaking African countries are exempt from the English proficiency tests. However, the graduate program page had two lists:

1. A general exempt list that has Nigeria and other English-speaking African countries
ulethbridge.ca/ross/admission…
Aug 3 6 tweets 1 min read
Isn't it amazing that Louisana State University exempts applicants from Nigeria from the English proficiency tests while the University of Louisiana at Lafayette does not?

'We do not consider Nigeria an English-speaking country' for me! Dear XXX,

I appreciate your prompt response. However, most top universities in the world including the University of British Columbia, the University of Toronto, and even the University of Oregon and University of Texas, Austin
Aug 3 8 tweets 3 min read
@UNT_DSA Hi,

My name is Olumuyiwa Igbalajobi. I work with the University of British Columbia, Canada as a postdoctoral research fellow. My first degree was in Microbiology from the University of Ado-Ekiti (now Ekiti State University), Nigeria. I write to call your attention to a list on your website that deliberately omitted Nigeria as an English-speaking country admissions.unt.edu/international/…). The official language in Nigeria is English which automatically translates to the fact all
Aug 2 8 tweets 2 min read
Dear Olumuyiwa Igbalajobi,

As Wageningen University we signed the Code of Conduct for Higher Education.

The Code of Conduct is a document containing rules of conduct intended to guarantee and improve the quality of education for international students in higher education. With the rules and standards laid down in the Code, the affiliated institutions guarantee a certain uniformity in the quality of the information provided to and care for international students. Signing the Code of Conduct is also a condition for recognized
Jul 30 15 tweets 1 min read
English Language Proficiency - Exempt Universities for Nigeria and English-speaking African countries

1. Almost all the universities in Canada

2. University of Alberta- recently updated*

3. Athabasca University- recently updated * 4. University of Oregon- starting from spring 2023*

5. University of Prince Edward Island- recently engaged*

6. Clemson University- App fee waiver inclusive- recently engaged*

7. University of Texas, Austin- updated yesterday*

8. Michigan Tech
Jul 29 6 tweets 1 min read
Victory!!

1. Thank you for your prompt response. I completely understand your point. However, if you consider this criterion:'' International applicants are exempt only if they are from a country where English is the sole official language and the primary conversational language of the
country as stated on your website, then there is no doubt that most African countries fall into this category. From the perspective of other universities including the
Jul 28 4 tweets 1 min read
Faculty Positions in the Business Foundations Program
Western University, Canada

The Ivey Business School at Western University, London, Ontario seeks candidates for up to six limited-term teaching positions in the Business Foundations program. The ideal candidates will have a PhD in management, business or a related discipline, but those who are ABD or have an MBA or related degree plus significant industry experience may also be considered. Exceptional candidates with a four-year honours (HBA)
Jul 27 9 tweets 2 min read
Re: English language proficiency tests, University of Washington

Hi,

Thank you for your reply. I want to emphasize that the mode of instruction and official language in Nigeria is English and unfortunately, Nigeria is not captured in the list of countries exempted which would make a lot of difference to applicants from Nigeria similar to Kenya
Jul 27 5 tweets 1 min read
Re: English proficiency test, University of Washington

Hello,

Thank you for your email. All non-native English speakers are required to demonstrate English language proficiency, no matter their country of citizenship or residence. The methods of doing so are outlined in Graduate School Memo 8*. If you meet any one of the sets of requirements outlined in this memo, we would consider the requirement satisfied.
Jul 20 6 tweets 1 min read
Digital Skills Training for Africans

Access Training through Scholarship!

Our today’s world is a fast-changing, knowledge-based economy, driven by advances in science and technology. These changes are affecting societal behaviour and driving the employment landscape, which is changing rapidly. These have made digital skills indispensable.

According to International Telecommunication Union (ITU), there will be tens of millions of jobs for people with advanced digital skills in the coming years, yet the
Jul 19 5 tweets 1 min read
Dear XXXX,

Thank you for your prompt response. I completely understand your point. However, if you consider this criterion:'' International applicants are exempt only if they are from a country where English is the sole official language and the primary conversational language of the country' as stated on your website, then there is no doubt that most African countries fall into this category. From the perspective of other universities including the University of New Orleans, the University of Alabama, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and
Jul 18 7 tweets 3 min read
Hi @CUGradSchool,

My name is Olumuyiwa Igbalajobi. I work with the University of British Columbia, Canada as a postdoctoral research fellow. My first degree was in Microbiology from the University of Ado-Ekiti (now Ekiti State University), Nigeria. I write to call your attention to a list on your website exempting applicants with credentials from 'SELECTIVE' universities in Nigeria from the English Language requirement at Clemson University.

clemson.edu/graduate/admis…
Jul 18 9 tweets 3 min read
Hi @UPEI,

My name is Olumuyiwa Igbalajobi. I work with the University of British Columbia as a postdoctoral research fellow. My first degree was in Microbiology from the University of Ado-Ekiti (now Ekiti State University), Nigeria. I write to call your attention to a list on your website exempting applicants with credentials from 'SELECTIVE' universities in Nigeria from the English Language requirement at the University of Prince Edward Island

upei.ca/admission-requ…
Jul 16 4 tweets 1 min read
Why are there limited funding opportunities for Msc?

Well, I would say even though most PIs or Dept would prefer Ph.D. students, there are still a bunch of opportunities out there for prospective MSc students.

1. Chevening
2. Commonwealth shared
3. DAAD
4. ANSO
5. CSC 6. EPOS, Germany
7. KGSP
10. Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships
11. Mastercard
12. Erasmus
13. Nawa Scholarship
14.McCall MacBain Scholarships
15. Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme
16. Mathsmod
17. Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship
Feb 22 9 tweets 1 min read
GKS cold email format:

Dear Professor Lee,

I am writing to express my interest as a Masters student under the 2022, Korean Government scholarship program in your group at the University of Efon Alaaye, South Korea. I recently completed a bachelor degree in Zazu. I investigated the viral immunochemical status of HBeAg,
Feb 18 4 tweets 1 min read
Back in 2013, I knew nothing about SOP or personal statement. Yet I landed the Chinese government and Korean government fully funded Msc offers!

My SOP then addressed how I got into microbiology, my experience so far and the lack of molecular tools in Nigeria to further my research in Nigeria. I went further by writing about my position as a the secretary of my CDS group leading several street campaigns against child labor and women trafficking!
Feb 18 8 tweets 2 min read
Typical SOP lines that I receive

During my undergraduate days, there was a scenario that we had no water to run experiments. Lo and behold I had to improvise using pure water- a common water sold in Nigeria. This shows how creative I am and I am positive that I will be a great fit for your program. I like your Msc program and I can't wait to be in your university
Feb 11 4 tweets 1 min read
The South Korean Government Scholarship is out!!

In a dramatic twist, they announced the graduate and a new program for undergraduates this year.

Time to pick yours!

Subscribe to my YouTube to get a notification on how to apply!!

youtube.com/channel/UCVMck… Graduate/Research degree

In 2022, Korean Government’s Global Korea Scholarship program aims to invite international students who wish to purse a graduate level degree or research in Korea.

Embassy Track

- 648 international students
Feb 9 5 tweets 1 min read
While applying for postdoc, I had 3 promising interviews. One was even at the prestigious LMU, Munich. It lasted for like a whole day presenting my PhD thesis and engaging with others. Also did an online presentation for one in the US and the 3rd was at the UK! All of them appreciated my journey from Africa- Asia- Europe plus my expertise in fungal biology and still went for a more suitable candidate!

I didn't give up because I knew deep down that any university or lab that would have me would be lucky!
Feb 8 6 tweets 1 min read
Re: Professors do not reply after several attempts:

Dear Prof Ekun Ojo,
I write to apply for the position of a master student in your group the Ojo Adeniy group, ekute University , Canada ,I hold a Bachelor of science degree in physics from Efon alaaye University , Nigeria where I graduated with a first-class (4.70/5.00).

Comments:

1. Your salutation is very important

2. Introduction must be on point. Punctuation must be well taken care of.

3. Avoid capitalization errors! Ekute University and not the university of british Columbia!
Jan 14 5 tweets 2 min read
Universities offering Top-Up programs in the United Kingdom

1. University of Northampton

Top-Up programmes may be suitable for you if you complete HND or an equivalent qualification, or complete 2 years of a three-year degree or three years of a four-year degree in your home country. We also have partnership arrangements with many colleges and universities around the world to allow students to progress to an agreed University of Northampton Top-Up programme.