US Pathway Program in Nigeria

The US Pathway Program (USPP) in Nigeria was established in 2013 to help ambitious secondary school graduates across Africa transfer to top degree programs in the USA. Taught by US-educated lecturers, it offers an American education on African soil.

During your US Pathway Program, you will earn US university credits during the Year 1 Fall and Spring terms at our College in Lagos, as well as during the Summer Bridge term in Boston.

Student perspectives

The professors at the College in Lagos are Nigerians who have studied in America, so they know how we think and they understand how we behave. They made things easier for us. When I finally transitioned to Marist College, I had a solid foundation.

Ayeizoukumo Moses

BS in Business Administration — Int’l Business

Marist College

USPP has a very solid educational structure – one that I and many other young Nigerians like me would like to have. I really want to make the most of this opportunity to do my very best and make my country proud.

Chiamaka Aghaizu

BS in Engineering

Northeastern University

College in Lagos

Welcome to our College, the first of its kind in Africa, is fully equipped with state-of-the-art facilities that conform to Kaplan International standards. Located in the newly developed Lekki Phase I neighborhood of Lagos, it contains multimedia teaching equipment and interactive learning platforms, and employs internationally-trained faculty and staff. 

Student services

The Student Services team will be your first point of contact for student assistance within the College. We are committed to providing excellent advice and assistance to make sure you feel supported during your studies. These include:

  • A highly interactive induction and orientation
  • Assistance with university preference, admission and visa processes
  • LITUS (Life In The United States): fun weekly practical sessions to prepare students for life in North America
  • Personal counseling services
  • Conflict resolution and stress management activities
  • Professional and skills training in presentations, leadership, financial modeling and other areas
  • Fun and educational excursions

Welcome and Induction week

Your first week at the College is a chance be welcomed into the US Pathway Program. During the week, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Meet faculty and other students
  • Learn about program requirements and expectations
  • Tour the College and surrounding city
  • Register with a doctor
  • Learn about available academic support services
  • Receive your class schedule
  • Enjoy fun social events and icebreakers

Scholarships and work opportunities

Staff at the College will provide students with information on the latest scholarships available to US Pathway Program students at CNAU universities, and can provide guidance on application procedures and deadlines.

International students can also have paid work experience opportunities in the USA, both before and after graduation. See some examples of available work opportunities at CNAU member universities.

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We provide fully furnished student apartments designed to meet all students’ needs during their studies. Conveniently located in the same building as the College, the residence offers a safe, relaxing and functional living space, allowing students to focus on studies and make the most of their free time.

All apartments contain ensuite bedrooms, a large common living space, and a balcony. Each room has 1 to 4 bunk beds with lockable drawers for each bed. Bedding is provided. The living rooms feature comfortable sofas and flat-screen televisions with cable channels.

Our student apartments provide guaranteed benefits, such as:

    • Convenient location with daily meals
    • Athletic and social activities
    • 24-hour security and adequate fire safety
    • Sick bays with dedicated medical staff
    • WiFI and broadband internet
    • Air conditioner and water heater

Zubemma Okwuowulu, Head of Facilities and Accommodation

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Meet our team

Here are some of the faculty and staff involved in making your US Pathway Program experience a success.

Clade Edwards

College Director

Mr Edwards has over 16 years of experience in educational management, in particular English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and university pathways, ensuring the best possible progression for our students. He has worked all over the world including, Asia, South America, Russia, the Middle East and Africa in many different roles, including Lecturer, Examiner, Examiner Trainer, University Program Leader and Principal in Kaplan Cambridge, London and Bournemouth. He has worked closely with the College in Lagos team and teachers in the both in the College and local high schools.

Mr Edwards aims to provide students with a holistic academic and social experience to fully prepare them for their chosen universities in the USA, helping them grow in confidence and ensuring successful progression and integration into their chosen university degree programs.

Raphael Okojie

Faculty member

Dr. Raphael Okojie earned his BSc and MSc from the University of Benin, Nigeria; his MBA at Fayetteville State University in the US; and studied for his PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. He has lectured for over twenty years and his research interests include numerical analysis, scientific computing using CAS, applied mathematics, and online teaching technology.

Graeme Abernethy

Faculty member

Dr. Graeme Abernethy is an accomplished writer, researcher and educator from Vancouver, Canada. He has an established record of interdisciplinary research in American and African diasporic literature and visual culture, as well as eight years of university teaching experience in Britain and Canada. Dr. Abernethy uses an interdisciplinary approach in his teaching, informed by the disciplines of literary and cultural studies, social geography, critical theory, critical race theory, and the digital humanities.

Okoh Adeyi

Faculty member

Dr. Okoh Adeyi has an extensive background in chemical research with training in organic chemistry, biological chemistry and molecular biology. He earned a BSc (Honours) in Applied Chemistry at Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto, Nigeria, an MSc in Chemical Research from the University of Leicester in the UK, and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Central Lancashire in the UK. He was part of an internationally renowned research group studying metal-based catalysis, and most recently studied the management of technology and innovation in global energy and environmental politics at Harvard University in the USA.

College and residence location

The College is located in the desirable Lekki Phase I neighborhood of Lagos, conveniently adjacent to the student residences. Kaplan International has administrative offices on Victoria Island in Lagos and in the capital city of Abuja.