For many Nigerians, the study route is one of the easiest and fastest way to ‘japa’ and Canada is one of the most preferred destinations for international students.

Each year, hundreds of Nigerians migrate to Canada. The government recently revealed that it was opening doors to 1.5 million migrants between 2023 and 2025.

So, are you seeking to move to Canada through a student visa? Here are six must-have documents required for a successful ‘japa’ trip

1. Valid passport

You cannot successfully migrate to Canada without a valid passport. Your passport is your identity, as it shows the country you’re from and whether or not you migrated legally, as well as the type or category of visa approved.

A passport is usually issued by your country of origin. The Nigeria Immigration Service is charged with the responsibility of issuing passports in the country.

It is important to apply for and be issued this document before starting your admission process.

2. Previous Degree Certificate

Lastly, as an international student seeking to be admitted into a Canadian university, you will usually be asked to upload a copy of your university certificate.

However, for undergraduate admission, an o-level or diploma certificate will be required.

3. Academic transcript

As an international student seeking admission in Canada, particularly for Masters, you must be able to provide your academic transcript from your university here in Nigeria.

An academic transcript, also known as Transcript of Records is a vital record when applying to study abroad and it aids the higher educational institutions in gauging the abilities, qualifications and understanding of the candidate for a particular course.

4. Statement of purpose

Universities abroad will require you to submit your application with a Statement of Purpose that articulates your career path and goals. This helps them in choosing the right candidate for the courses offered by them.

A statement of purpose is usually a document which gives reasons why you are applying to the school and why you should be given admission to study your chosen course.

Knowing how to prepare this document and writing it according to the demands of the school you are applying to is a plus.

5. Reference letters

A majority of universities abroad require a reference letter. A reference letter is a recommendation from someone who knows you well and can vouch for your abilities.

This letter helps the university admission committee to know and understand more about you. It is a great tool that showcases your skills and abilities as recognised by your referee.

It serves as a validation of your resume for both academic and/or professional experiences · It gives a third-person opinion of your candidature. If you’re seeking to study in Canada, you should get at least three reference letters. However, the number of reference letters required from international students depends on the school.

6. Proof of English Language Proficiency (IELTS/TOEFL)

Although many Africans can speak the English Language, Africa as a continent does not have a common language. So, you will be required to prove that you understand the language.

English Language proficiency scores are essential both for admissions as well as while applying for visa

It is for this reason that many schools in Canada require you to sit for IELTS/TOEFL or any other standardised English test. However, in recent times, some schools have stopped requesting this.

It is important to note that depending on university, requirements may defer, however, the six documents listed above are most times a most-have for international students seeking to study in Canada.

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Asia is located in both the northern and eastern hemispheres. It is the largest and most populous continent on earth. Some of the countries that make up Asia include China, India, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines and Malaysia. The shared culture in Asia includes a strong emphasis on family and community, respect for elders and a rich history of art and literature. Many Asian countries also have a shared history of Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism, which have had a significant influence on the culture and values of the people.

Here are 10 Asian countries to visit and some of the things they are known for:

China: The Great Wall, Terra Cotta Warriors and Forbidden City are all must-see sights in China. Chinese cuisine is also renowned for its diversity and flavours.

India: India is known for its rich history and culture. Places to visit include, Taj Mahal and ancient city of Varanasi. Indian cuisine is also very popular for its use of spices and strong flavours.

Japan: Japan is known for its temples and shrines. The Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto is very popular in the world over. Also remarkable are cities such as, Tokyo and Kobe. Japanese cuisine is equally loved for its emphasis on fresh ingredients and sushi.

Golden_Bridge_Da-Nang Vietnam

South Korea: South Korea is popular for its beautiful temples such as, the Bulguksa Temple, as well as its bustling cities like Seoul, Daegu and Gwangju. Korean cuisine is also known for its use of fermented ingredients like kimchi.

Indonesia: Indonesia’s beautiful beaches such as those in Bali, as well as the ancient temples in Borobudur are a delight for anyone who wants to explore the country. Indonesian cuisine is equally very popular because of its spices and grilled meat.

Thailand: Thailand is also known for its beautiful beaches such as those on Phuket and Koh Samui, as well as its ancient temples like Wat Arun. Thai cuisine is famous because of herbs and spices, and dishes like pad thai.

Vietnam: Vietnam is known for its beautiful landscapes as Halong Bay and the ice terraces in Sapa. Vietnamese cuisine is known for its use of herbs and famous dishes including pho.


Philippines: Philippines is known for its beautiful beaches, such as those on Boracay and Palawan, as well as its rich history and culture. Filipino cuisine is a mix of Malay, Spanish, and Chinese influences, and famous dishes include Adobo and Sinigang.

Malaysia: Malaysia is very popular for its diverse culture. From its bustling city, Kuala Lumpur, to the ancient rainforests of Borneo, the country’s landscape is a beauty to behold. Malaysian cuisine is a mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian influences, and famous dishes are Nasi Lemak and Laksa.

Singapore: Singapore is famous for its modern architecture. Like the Marina Bay Sands, the country has a clean and green environment. Singaporean cuisine is a mix of Chinese, Malay and Indian influences, and popular dishes include Laksa and Hainanese chicken rice.

These are just a small sample of the many countries, cultures and sights that Asia has to offer, and there are many other countries and regions worth visiting in Asia as well.