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Sub-Saharan Africa

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Oyinkansola Dada (Nigeria) - International Politics BA

'I am a final year international student from Nigeria currently studying International Politics here at King’s.

My time here has been very interesting so far. My degree has given me a wealth of insight into the internal workings of the world order and the relationship between institutions and states. From examining how and why countries behave the way they do to learning about the true meaning of freedom, my degree - taken under the department of political economy - provides a range of courses making for a well-rounded educational experience. It has opened my eyes to the world around me and also given me the ability to carry out independent research in true King’s fashion. I am confident that upon completion, I would have gained invaluable knowledge required to progress into the next stage of my life. 

King’s really and truly is a diverse institution and studying here has allowed me to be more open-minded. I have met people from different backgrounds and this has made me more appreciative of cultures. As an international student ambassador, my understanding of the institution and its global presence has been sharpened and I am happy to be able to be part of that legacy.

In addition to the high quality education, King’s has also given me highly valuable international experience. In my second year, I had the opportunity to study abroad in California and was also able to complete an internship at a major NGO in New York City during that time. My experience abroad is a highlight of my undergraduate study and I am glad I took the opportunity. Studying at a world renowned institution such as King’s has made the city my campus in every sense of the word. With campuses situated right in the heart of London, I have experienced London in its most wonderful form. The possibilities here are endless.'

Keamogetswe Rakaolle (South Africa) - Biomedical Sciences BSc

'I came to King's College London as an international student all the way from South Africa. My reasons for choosing King's as my institution of choice amongst all the universities in the world were mainly because of King's rich history in research and development, King's has played a major role in the development of modern life over the years; for example the discovery of the structure of DNA was conducted at this very same institution. King's provides world class teaching and allows students to use the worlds best facilities in their respective degree programmes.

Aside from being a world renowned university I also chose King's because of the opportunities it presents to you whilst you are at university; for example the King's Careers & Employability services are designed to help student find internships and jobs during and post graduation. The internships are available here in London or internationally, there are also study abroad programmes that allow you to study in other countries for a year; a semester or even during the summer. King's has a plethora of successful alumni which really stood out for me and shows that the King's College London institution supports it's student even post graduation.

King's not only offers academic excellence but also helps you develop into a multifaceted individual. Being a student at the only university in the heart of London has helped me discover London with much more ease, everything that London has to offer is at your doorstep regardless of which campus you are on. The cultural diversity at King's, from staff members to students really helps you to learn and relate to others. The King's student union provides more than 100 activities and societies to join at your discretion based on your personal interests, this helps you develop other skills that may not necessarily be academic but definitely still useful for life after university.

King's caters for all its students from their religious to their cultural needs, as an international student there is no university I would rather be at than King's College London.'

Toyin (Nigeria) - Conflict Security and Development MA

'I found out about King’s College London from the African Leadership Centre and the Conflict Security and Development Group under the War Studies department at King’s. King’s and the African Leadership Centre have a wonderful partnership on peace and security fellowships for African Scholars, a programme that I am currently under. What stands out for me are the school reputation and its environment. I wanted to go to a school where I am clear on the impact that I want to make in the world. I needed a school that will help in the acquisition of the required skills needed. King’s reputation is outstanding enough to guarantee that.

The extra mentoring sessions at the Conflict, Security and Development Group in partnership with the African Leadership Centre is awesome. The values and knowledge needed to make a contribution to my continent is offered to me this way and am happy for it. I am fully involved with all the activities of the African Leadership Centre in partnership with King’s. We are set to do some important trips to the EU offices in Brussels and other institutions in the US and Kenya. The opportunity given by African Leadership Centre to study at King’s will go a long way in assisting me to make an impact in my profession. I also will continue to be involved in other consulting projects in women, gender, sexuality and peace and security.

I love London and am happy to be back! My favourite thing to do in London is to meet up with friends to sight see and go dancing! I love to visit the cinema and I am looking forward to ice skating this year. I believe in the strength in diversity and the huge diverse cultures in Nigeria had already prepared me for easy adaption outside Nigeria. I also have Nigerian friends and other African friends in London. I can get Nigerian food easily. London is a very diverse place in itself and I love to meet people from all over the world!

King’s College London is a university with an incredible, reliable ranking and reputation. You will get the best of everything and you will be glad you chose KCL!'


International entry requirements

Select your level of study

English language requirements

Due to visa requirements, you will usually be required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies and this requirement is waived only if the College is satisfied that your previous academic record clearly demonstrates your ability to study and be examined in the English language. 

King's accepts a number of different English language tests for entry onto our programmes of study with IELTS being the most common. English language requirements vary slightly from subject to subject. 

  • Pre-sessional English Programmes (5, 10, 15, or 20 weeks) - Our British Council accredited English Language Centre offers pre-sessional english programmes to non-native English speakers who already hold an offer to study an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course at King's. It is also open to students who wish to improve their current level before taking up their offer of study in September.
  • Undergraduate Study - Click to see a table of entry requirements
  • Postgraduate Study - Click to see a table of entry requirements

This information should be used as a general guideline and entry requirements can vary depending on course. 


Funding and scholarships

Funding options

The list below is guide to bursaries, scholarships and funding to students from some Sub-Saharan Africa. This is not a comprehensive list but a start to helping you research possible funding opportunities. Please also refer to our fees and funding pages for  undergraduate and  postgraduate students.

Funding for undergraduate studies

King’s is pleased to offer the  Desmond Tutu Scholarships for international undergraduate students. The scholarships are designed for students who are keen learners and dedicated to making an impact on today’s society. You can apply for this scholarship once you hold an offer of a place at King’s.

There are also a number of scholarships available for students wishing to pursue a LLB Law degree. To find out more information about these funding opportunities for undergraduate students, click here.

Funding for postgraduate studies

The Graduate School at King’s currently offers over 100 postgraduate studentships and bursaries. The College website is regularly updated via the postgraduate funding database with studentships and other funding opportunities that become available centrally and through our facultires and departments. Some are available just for international students, others are for specific courses so take your time looking through all the options.

Funding opportunities for international students include the King’s International Graduate Scholarships, King’s Overseas Research Students Awards and many more. For a full list and details on how to apply please visit the postgraduate funding pages.

Please note the funding application deadlines vary for different scholarships so check this carefully. All of the King’s scholarships have application deadlines from December to March each year, so make sure you apply for your academic programme and the scholarships on time. 

Specific funding opportunities for students from Nigeria

Nigerian Law Scholars Fund: This is a fund to help students from Nigeria to undertake postgraduate study of LLM Law at King's. Scholarships will be worth £25,000.

NUC – Presidential Scholarship scheme for Innovation & Development - King’s is on the list of top 100 universities students can go to

Lagos State International Scholarship - Focus on subjects in technological, medical, languages and environmental sciences

Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) - Focus on subject areas relevant to the Oil, Gas and Solid Minerals industry

NNPC/ESSO International Postgraduate Scholarship Awards - Focus on subject areas in Geosciences, Engineering (Petroleum, Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical, Electronics, Civil/Structural, Pipeline, Marine and Subsea

Bank PHB UK Education Loan - A student loan open to students from Nigeria

King's Africa Scholarship

The Graduate School at King's College London is offering a scholarship to the value of £5,000 each, to students of any African nationality who wish to pursue a full-time Postgraduate Taught Masters (PGT) or MPhil degree programme in any discipline at King's. The scholarships can be used to contribute towards tuition fees or living costs.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme (CSSS)

Some of our courses are covered by the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS). Applications will be made to the CSSS directly and is open to masters students.

Chevening Scholarship

The Chevening Scholarship is a scholarship or fellowship award for emerging global leaders funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. Check your eligibility and apply online.

African Leadership Centre

King’s has established the African Leadership Centre in Nairobi, Kenya with the objective to contribute to Africa’s long-term social, economic and political development by mentoring and training the next generation of talented, young leaders and facilitate their participation in long-term change across the continent. The Centre will collaborate with a range of African universities and institutions, and draw on experience from individuals and organisations all over the world.

The need to contribute to efforts to promote stability and peace in Africa is self-evident. The continent accounts for more than 40% of global conflicts, suffers from a perpetually weak economy and has fragile political and social infrastructures. The ALC is able to: 

  • Address the problem of ‘brain drain’, where talented young people leave their states due to limited opportunity for growth;
  • Build a sound knowledge base of critical issues affecting African security and development within the youth population;
  • Provide opportunities to develop untapped talent among emerging African youth leaders and facilitate their participation in processes of national development and regional integration. 

The unique partnerships between the African Leadership Centre, the University of Nairobi and other partners in Africa and worldwide enables the ALC to develop new and innovative ways to address these challenges and develop a new generation of ‘home-grown’ talent in Africa.


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