One problem students from Africa face when trying to apply for a foreign school in Europe or North America is using their secondary school results. Some foreign universities do not accept the senior secondary leaving certificate of African countries probably because of the belief it doesn‘t meet the standard of their education. They then make interested applicants write exams of the university’s standard before they can process their admission application.
If you’re a student from Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and The Gambia interested in studying in Canada, then you can do so with a West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) result seeing it has the same pattern of the British system of education.
If you have a WAEC result and want to apply to universities or colleges for first year admission in Canada, below are some universities that will accept your result.
The University Of Winnipeg
The University of Winnipeg is popularly known as the cultural cradle of Canada. Over 600 international students from over 68 countries attend this university.
Students who have their WAEC results can apply for an undergraduate degree program at this university. You will need to send them the copy of the certificate result and the scratch card which contains the serial and pin number for online registration.
There is also no need for proof of English for students from Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia and Sierra Leone. Click on this link to begin your application: https://www.uwinnipeg.ca/future-student/international/countries-a-to-z/-n-.html
The University Of Toronto
Another University that accepts WAEC result is the U of T which is one of the best universities in Canada and the world. Students who have written the WAEC exams can apply for admission into the university. Your WASSCE result makes your application eligible for consideration but you might not get accepted as it is a highly competitive university. So, having competitive documents like a good A- level results, etc. can help your application stand out. Here is the link to begin your application process: https://future.utoronto.ca/apply/requirements/international-high-school-secondary-university-or-college-post-secondary#N-sec
Trent University is one of the top universities in Canada. It was the number one undergraduate universities in Ontario for three consecutive years and number one for the highest quality overall. It is among the top 5 universities in Canada and the first in Canada for scholarship and bursary awards for 18 consecutive years.
About 90% of its graduates become gainfully employed six months after graduation. The University has also produced two Nobel award prize winners; James Orbinkski was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with Doctors Without Borders and Professor Chris Furgal who was a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize for raising awareness of global climate change.
The Trent University accepts the senior secondary school leaving certificate offered by WAEC. However, you must have a minimum grade of B3 to get your application considered. They also require your transcript for grades 10, 11, and 12(SHS 1-3/4).
According to the university, they can change these admission requirements with no notice, so it’s better to stay in touch with the school’s admission representative if you wish to apply. Click this link to visit their page for international students: https://www.trentu.ca/futurestudents/international/requirements/admissions-requirements-country#m
The University Of Manitoba
The University of Manitoba is located in Fort Garry, South of Winnipeg. It is the first university in Western Canada which was founded in 1877. It is a research-intensive institution which also accommodates international students.
Students from Nigeria and Ghana can use their WASSCE result to apply for admissions into this university. However, you will need to meet their English proficiency requirements to get your application considered which are TOEFL, IELTS Cambridge Assessment English, CAEL, Pearson Test of English, AND IAEP.
I’m not sure if students from Liberia, Sierra Leone, or The Gambia can apply as the university did not list these countries on the international student admission page. But you can contact the admission office at [email protected] to find out more about the application process of countries not listed on their page. If you wish to begin your application process, follow this link. https://umanitoba.ca/student/admissions/international/general-entrance-requirements-africa.html
York University is the third largest university in Canada. It is one of the best universities that provide students with everything they need for academic excellence.
The university accepts WAEC results but you will need to have the IELTS Academic test or TOEFL as proof of English Language proficiency. They will not accept the IELTS General test results for proof of English speaking proficiency.
York University has warned its applicants ahead of time that meeting the minimum requirements or applying before the deadline does not guarantee admission because it is a highly selective school. They only grant admission to the most qualified candidates.
University Of Prince Edward Island
UPEI is another university to consider applying to as it has a growing reputation for innovation and research. It has everything a student needs for academic excellence including a student-faculty interaction.
UPEI is open to international students. As of 2016, they had foreign students from close to 70 countries. Fortunately, the university includes the use of WAEC results as one of the admission requirements for international student applicants from West Africa.
It require students to have studied a minimum of four subjects related to their program of interest in high school. If you are not with your WAEC result, you have the alternative of sending your transcripts from grade 10-12. https://www.upei.ca/programsandcourses/country-specific-requirements
Memorial University is known for its research especially about the ocean as more than 40% of its research is ocean-related. This has earned them a spot on the top 20 research universities in Canada. They have also won lots of awards such as the UN’s Climate Solution Award, Governor General’s Innovation Award, and so on.
Aside from research, it has a lot more to offer its national and international students. This includes various undergraduate programs and advanced technologies to ensure the students enjoy the learning atmosphere.
The university accepts WAEC results but has required subject areas which are English, mathematics, laboratory science (physics, chemistry, or Biology), social studies or modern/classical language, and elective. You must have C6 and above in the subject areas.
Waterloo University was named the number one comprehensive research university for the 11th consecutive year by the research in source 2018. It was also called the most innovative university in Canada for 27 years by Maclean’s magazine. Also, according to QS graduate employability ranking 2019, it is the number one in the world for student employer partnership.
Waterloo University is located in Canada’s technology hub. They are well known for innovation and transformational research which makes it one of the best place to get an undergraduate degree.
The university accepts the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) result, but each program requires different specifications. For example, if you are looking to study one of the management courses, you will need to have a minimum of B2 in maths and English. https://uwaterloo.ca/future-students/admissions/admission-requirements
The University Of Regina
The University of Regina was established in 1974 and in 2017 ranked the top 200 best young universities. It is known for financially supporting students with bursary and scholarships while it’s tuition fee remains below average when compared to other universities.
The university accepts WAEC results but WAEC must mail the results directly to them or you can purchase a WAEC scratch card and send the following information :
- Examination number
- Examination year
- Type of examination
- Card serial number
- PIN number
For the English language proficiency requirement, you need not provide TOEFL or IELTS if you have C6 and above in your WAEC English. https://urconnected.uregina.ca/apply/admissions-requirements.ezc;jsessionid=1CC18DDBFD15989FD22155E11A9256B4
Dalhousie University was founded in 1818. It is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The university promises classroom innovations and interactive learning for its students. They also welcome international applicants as they believe they get strengthened by multiple perspectives.
As part of admission requirements for Nigeria, Ghana, and other West African countries, they accept WAEC results. However, they do not accept your English WAEC results as proof of English language proficiency. So, you will need to take one of their standardized tests such as TOEFL, IELTS, and the rest.https://www.dal.ca/admissions/international_students/admissions/requirements-by-country.html
Other Canada universities that accept WAEC results are:
- Kings University College
- University of Brandon
- University of Alberta.