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What documents do I need to study abroad?  

Many prospective international students complain about their admissions applications being declined by the schools to which they applied. The simple explanation for this is that most times, students do not send or provide the relevant documentation to the admissions department. These documents are so important that failing to include them in an application will result in the application being rejected.  

Are you wondering what these documents are? Let’s break them down for you. They contain the following, but are not limited to: 

  1. International passport  

  1. School certificate/transcript  

  1. Statement of purpose 

  1. CV/résumé 

  1. Academic references/ letters of recommendation 

  1. Proof of English-language proficiency (e.g. a TOEFL/IELTS certificate or other language tests) 

  1. Admissions test results (e.g. GMAT/GRE results, for graduate programs) 


  1. International Passport  

You would be required to scan the first page of your international passport- this page contains your passport photograph and your personal information. This would be used by the university to identify you.  

  1. School certificate/transcript  

As an undergraduate, you’ll be required to submit your secondary school certificate, WAEC/NECO Results, and in some cases, your JAMB result. 

As a Postgraduate student, you’ll be required to submit your undergraduate documents as well as your university certificate and transcript. 

  1. Statement of purpose 

A statement of purpose (or a personal statement) is a major aspect of a school application, that informs admissions committees about who you are, your academic and professional goals, and how you can contribute to the graduate program to which you are applying. 

Your statement of purpose can make or mar your application and so you must put special attention into ensuring that you communicate your intentions. Your UKEAS counsellor can also help look through your Statement of Purpose to ensure it is of outstanding quality.  

  1. CV/Resume 

Your CV (curriculum vitae) or resume usually contains your academic and professional experience.  

  1. Academic references/ letters of recommendation 

A letter of recommendation is a letter in which the writer describes and vouches for the skills, character traits, and overall quality of the student being recommended. This may be from a professional, academic, or personal standpoint.  

Your lecturer, project supervisor, senior colleague, CEO, etc. are examples of people that you can get a letter of recommendation from. You would be required to submit one or two letters of recommendation.  

  1. Proof of English-language proficiency (e.g., a TOEFL/IELTS certificate or other language tests) 

The university of your choice will likely request evidence of English language proficiency, such as the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)  

Some colleges, on the other hand, grant exemptions to students who have earned good grades in WASSCE English (credit minimum) and can demonstrate that they were taught in English at their institution. For postgraduates, this is usually done by submitting a letter from the university that states that you were taught in English. 

  1. Admissions test results (e.g. GMAT/GRE results, for graduate programs) 

Writing a GMAT or GRE examination is very much dependent on the program you’re applying to. For example, people who plan to attend business school and/or an MBA program take the GMAT while GRE is required by a wide range of other graduate programs. It is important to check the entry requirements of the program you are applying to clarify if you would need to submit GMAT/GRE results or not. 

Keep in mind that not all universities would require all the documents on this list, as submission of required documents vary across programs, universities, and countries. 

So why not get started on acquiring all your documents, because you can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.  

UKEAS counsellors are always on standby to help and assist you every step of the way. 

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