Nigeria

Ranked as one of the most international universities in the UK, we'd be delighted to welcome you to Sussex.

Welcome!

Sussex has long enjoyed being a popular destination for Nigerian students. Around 100 Nigerian students currently study at the University.

Home to the Sussex African Centre and the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), Sussex also counts several African presidents and vice-presidents amongst its alumni.

We develop future leaders, game changers and industry captains to make a positive impact in the world.

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  • =20thout of 101 UK institutions in the world*

  • 1stfor Development Studies in the UK**

  • 75%of research considered world-leading or academically excellent***

  • Happiestcity in the UK for students****

*The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021, **QS World Rankings 2020, ***Research Excellence Framework 2014, ****Student Living by Sodexo

Application information

Receive up to £6,000 in scholarships for postgraduate study

We are proud of our history of developing future leaders in Nigeria and we want to help you achieve your full potential at Sussex.

Find out more about our Sussex Nigeria Scholarship, worth £3,000.

You may also be eligible for an extra £3,000 scholarship if you are joining us in September to study a relevant business or engineering degree with our Business Award or Engineering Award.

University preparation courses

Find out more about International Foundation Year, International Year One and Pre-Masters courses.


Alumni: Careers after Sussex

Develop your leadership and professional skills for post-study career opportunities.

Our graduates go on to engage with global issues, make a positive impact in the world and achieve success after Sussex. Notable alumni include:

  • Thabo Mbeki (President, South Africa)
  • Festus Mogae (President, Botswana)
  • Guy Scott (President, Zambia)
  • George Saitoti (Vice President, Kenya)
  • Isatou Touray (Vice President of The Gambia).
  • Reverend Professor Adebayo Dada Akinde (Archbishop of Lagos, Computer Science PhD)
  • Bolaji Abdullahi (former Sports Minister, Nigeria)
  • Dr Manur Muhtar (former Finance Minister and Executive Director of the World Bank)
  • Liman Mansur (Director General of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria)
  • Maikanti Baru (Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation)

Other young trail-blazers include:

  • Burna Boy, Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter
  • Tom Kenyatta, film producer
  • Kemi Badenoch, Member of Parliament for Saffron Walden, UK
  • Bogolo Kenwendo, Cabinet Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, in the Cabinet of Botswana
  • Joana Mamombe, youngest female MP in Zimbabwe.

Speak to an International Alumni Ambassador

Our international alumni ambassadors are recent graduates who help support the next generation of international students. Based in cities across Nigeria, they can help answer any questions you may have about studying at university via our online chat platform, Unibuddy.

Kuwo

Graduated: 2016
Course: MSc Management
Current job title: Independent Consultant

Chat to Kuwo on Unibuddy.

Kuwo

Progress

Graduated: 2021
Course: MA Media Practice for Development & Social Change
Current job title: Youth Worker

“My course was the perfect choice – it offered me the opportunity to learn how to use my platforms for social change.”

Chat to Progress on Unibuddy.

Progress

Alumni network

We also have an alumni network based in Nigeria who can discuss with you their experiences of studying at Sussex. Find out more.


Role Models: 12 Sussex Stories in Nigeria

Discover the stories of our Nigerian alumni who’ve enjoyed success after Sussex, as well as our connections with talented writers, academics and artists in Nigeria. 

Read more.


Thabo Mbeki speaking on a platform in front of a small microphone
“Sussex said inquire all the time, get to know more, learn more, don’t be afraid to say I was wrong. And I think that's an enormous asset” THABO MBEKI
Former President of South Africa
Image copyright, World Economic Forum/Eric Miller, CC BY-SA 2.0

Life at Sussex

Situated on the edge of a national park and located just a few minutes away from one of the most vibrant cities in the UK, Sussex has it all.

Support for international students

Sussex has teams dedicated to helping you make the most of your time at university. They can provide: 

  • advice on immigration and applying for your visa
  • support with finding accommodation
  • welfare support
  • help to improve your English language and writing skills.
  • guidance with searching for part-time jobs
  • recognition of your extra-curricular and voluntary achievements.

Find out more.

Spirit of Sussex Award

The Spirit of Sussex Award is our way of recognising you’re achievements at Sussex. It can help you:

  • feel involved with life at Sussex
  • make friends and build a wider network while you're with us
  • get a job after your studies by showcasing all your achievements to future employers.

Discover more about the scheme.

Food and culture

Brighton has various international supermarkets that sell African products. You can also buy international products from our weekly on-campus market or food markets in Brighton.

Naija Corner Restaurant in town makes Nigerian delicacies with both takeaway and eat-in options. 

 

Religion

We have a Muslim Student Centre and a Muslim prayer facility on campus, and there is a coptic church and two mosques in Brighton.

Email the Islamic Society at isoc@ussu.sussex.ac.uk if you are going to bring your children and you want to enrol them in a school that teaches Arabic.

There are numerous Orthodox and Protestant churches in Brighton, including a Catholic Church at the Meeting House and various student fellowships on campus. Find a church


Clubs and societies

Choose from more than 200 societies and groups at Sussex and Brighton, including:

Societies are a fantastic way of trying new experiences and making new friends. Browse the gallery for a taste of what’s on offer.

Islamic Society (Isoc)

The Islamic Society is one of Sussex’s most active societies, providing religious and social support services during your time at university.

The Islamic Society provides:

  • free Iftar every day after sunset at the Muslim Student Centre
  • Tarawih Prayer every day after Iftar
  • breakfast at the Muslim Student Centre on the Eid following Ramadan.

Find out more about the society.


Goke Adeboye, a Sussex student from Nigeria
“Sussex is a prestigious institution which continually strives for improvement and greatness.” Goke Adeboye
Law LLB

Student testimonials

Watch Anu and Oluwamayowa talk about their experiences of studying at Sussex.


Get in touch

Talk to Tosin

Tosin Adebisi is our Nigeria expert based on campus. 

Having worked with international students for several years, Tosin is ready to share his experiences with you and help you on your educational journey.

Email: west.africa@sussex.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 1273 876520
Unibuddy: Tosin Adebisi

Ask a student

Want to find out more about student life? Chat to our students online via Unibuddy.

Ask a question.

Meet us in Nigeria

Contact our Regional Office in Nigeria for free support, including help with your application and support with your visa.

University of Sussex  
FBA Suites, 2nd Floor, Plot 5 Chief Yesuf Abiodun Street (Off Ligali Ayorinde Street Opposite City of David Church)   
Oniru, Victoria Island. Lagos, Nigeria

west.africa@sussex.ac.uk
+44 7833 968 921 (WhatsApp)

Contact us via WhatsApp

Our West Africa team of staff and international students are available to answer questions about student life, living in the UK and applying to Sussex via WhatsApp.

See our schedule below and add our number to your contacts: +44 7342 050053.

WhatsApp operational times:

  • Thursdays: 5pm–6pm (BST)/5pm–6pm (WAT).

We will not operate WhatsApp on minimum service days. These include national holidays and UK bank holidays. 

Contact a Sussex representative in Nigeria

Sussex is represented by a number of professional agencies in Nigeria.

They can support you through the process of applying to university, providing advice and helping you with the preparation and submission of your documents.

We work closely with agents to ensure you receive detailed and accurate advice about coming to study at Sussex. Find out more about our work with agent partners and how you can provide feedback about an agent.

See our list of representatives in Nigeria below:

Partnerships

We work closely with many Nigerian institutions, including academic colleagues at the University of Lagos.

Our collaboration with the University of Lagos involves staff/student mobility, and research and knowledge transfer.

We work closely with AIESEC Nigeria on youth empowerment initiatives, and collaborate with the National Universities Commission and the National Youth Service Corps on capacity building.


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