A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing the Right University Course in Nigeria

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Choosing the right university course can be difficult, especially with many available options. To choose a university course that is right for you and your long-term professional ambitions, it is critical to give your interests, abilities, and goals some thought.

Do you want to know the best courses to study in Nigeria today? Or do you want to pick a university course in Nigeria that’s ideal for you and that will be relevant in many years to come?  

In this post, we’ll look at some important things to consider when selecting a university course and the best courses to study in Nigeria. Let’s get started!

10 Best Courses to Study in Nigeria

Here is a list of the best courses to study in Nigeria:

  •  Medicine and Surgery
  • Law
  • Accounting
  • Business Management
  • Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
  • Economics
  • Nursing Science
  • Estate Management
  • Agricultural Science
  • Computer Science and Software Engineering

Having said this, let’s dive into the main subject of this article, which is how to choose a university course to Study in Nigeria.

How to Choose A University Course to Study in Nigeria 2023

Human beings are unique and complex; as a result, there is no definitive answer to the above question. When deciding the best courses to study in Nigeria, the paramount things that should come to mind are your abilities and future. Here are five tips to know how to choose a university course:

  1. The course should align with your areas of strength

It would be a bad idea to have someone excellent at writing and communications but weak at numerical analysis and physics pick an engineering course to study. He may be passionate about engineering, but he lacks the patience and strength to succeed at it.

Spend time learning about the course’s content before deciding on a university course. As a secondary school graduate, you will be picking a course at a higher education institution to earn a degree that will enable you to find profitable employment where you are, and it won’t be good to choose one that you will now be struggling with because it is out of your area of strength.

You should choose a course that fits your interests and values

  1. Examine the course’s future applicability

So many jobs are available today that were not around ten years ago. Additionally, some job roles present in the past can now be completed by programmed software or machines. So the future applicability of your desired course is very important. 

As tech is the future, you may consider enrolling for a computer-related course or picking a profession that is in demand in Nigeria, such as engineering, medicine, or accounting, or picking a marketable course that you can practice on your own without looking for work elsewhere, such as quantity surveying or medical laboratory science.

  1. Academic calendar

In Nigerian universities, courses typically last between a minimum of 4 years and a maximum of 7, as in the case of medicine. It’s usual to hear of students taking breaks between their third and fourth years of study in most courses. You might want to think about picking a degree program based on how long you want to study. 

Before applying, try to ascertain the years it would take for your chosen programme to be completed. 

  1. Check the level of your finance

Before choosing a university course, one critical thing to consider is ensuring you have the funding necessary to finish your education. Even though it is nearly impossible to predict how much you will spend throughout your studies, you must have enough money or a reliable funding source to finish your studies without incident.

Some university courses are more expensive than others. The cost of financing your education will be higher if you take courses like medicine, law, biochemistry, etc., than banking and finance because of the additional costs for practicals and research.

  1. Carefully select a school

Once you are sure of the course you want to take, carefully select a school. Not all schools have the course you want to take, and not all schools have approval to offer some courses. Make online inquiries to learn more about the school, or even better, if you already know someone there, attempt to acquire as much information as you can from them.

When some students get admitted and discover that the school cannot teach their chosen course to its full potential, their passion for that course becomes muted.

 Factors to Consider Before Choosing a University

  1. Distance

Some students prefer to study far from home, while others want the closest area. Choosing a location should be largely based on your health and family status. 

  1. Environment

The decision of a choice of school should take into account the cost of living, customs, culture, and weather. Some Northern regions are off-limits if you are allergic to dust like me. The standard of living is also important. What costs NGN100 in the North can be purchased for NGN1100 in the South.

  1. Strike vulnerability

Do your thorough research. Some universities swiftly accede to the demands of the ASUU. You don’t want to stay in one spot for seven years when you should be done in four. Look before you leap

  1. Acceptable O/A level score

Some universities don’t accept results from two sittings. In reality, some will specify the type of grade needed for a course in a certain secondary school subject. If you want to take the Advanced Level (A/level) route, ensure you also learn which Nigerian universities accept IJBM, JUPEB, etc. and the associated requirements.


Don’t select a university course because you are forced to, or your mates are going for it. It is best to seek wise counsel and guidance from knowledgeable people if you are unsure of what direction to take. Don’t pick a university course because it appeals to your heart or has a famous name.

Some university courses are unpopular but have better business potential, so choose well. Good luck and cheers.

Oluwanifemi Akintomide edited this piece.

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My name is Joseph Ifeanyi, better known as ManJoe, and I love Chelsea FC. I am a pen addict and love reading, travelling and playing football. My pen is me, and I am my pen.

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