US degree preparation in Nigeria

The US Pathway Program (USPP) in Nigeria, established in 2013, is open to ambitious secondary school graduates across Africa. Taught by US-educated lecturers, it offers an American education on African soil.

The Program is suitable for younger students — aged 16 and over — who require additional pastoral support before traveling overseas. USPP students earn US university credits during the Year 1 Fall and Spring terms in Nigeria before moving to the USA.  Parents can see their children start Year 1 of a US degree immediately, but have them closer to home for an extra year.

Following the Spring semester, USPP students complete the Summer Bridge term in Boston before transferring to a top US university.

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

The 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 is the first point of contact for student assistance within the College, and is committed to providing excellent support for student welfare and additional advice or assistance for students in need. 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 available to all students which may take the form of advice or referral to other services
  • Conflict resolution and stress management activities
  • Fun and educational excursions


The College in Lagos offers a variety of scholarship and discount opportunities for incoming first-year US Pathway Program students. These range from competitive merit-based scholarships to College tuition discounts for early payment or sibling enrollment.

Staff also have information on available scholarships at CNAU institutions, and can provide guidance on application procedures and deadlines. Read more about scholarships and work opportunities at CNAU member universities

Lagos Events

Open Days

Speak with study abroad representatives, have your credentials assessed on the spot, and get your questions answered.

When: Every Thursday, 12-4pm

Sapetro Towers, 3rd Floor, Wing B
1 Adeola Odeku St, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

Contact Numbers:
08161682879; 08052903660

Please bring all your credentials with you.

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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 4 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:

  • 3 meals daily (in a penthouse dining room overseeing the ocean)
  • Located on the College site
Athletic and social activities
  • Swimming pool with attendant life guard
  • Aerobic classes
  • Football
  • Clubs for drama, culture and outdoor games
  • Weekly accompanied church attendance
Safety and security
  • 24-hour security (monitored with CCTV cameras)
  • Fire safety – adequate fire exits, smoke detectors and regular fire drills
Health and well-being
  • On-site housemaster/housemistress to look after students’ welfare
  • Daily cleaning of rooms, toilets and bathrooms, and common areas
  • Sick bays with dedicated medical staff
  • 24-hour internet and Wi-Fi access — with on-site IT support
  • Air conditioner and water heater
  • Water dispenser with potable water
  • Uninterrupted power supply
Student welcome packs
  • Bedding (pillow, duvet + cover, sheets, pillow cases)
  • Laundry bag and clothing pegs
  • Travel mug, cutlery set and plastic cup
  • Padlock

Zubemma Okwuowulu, Head of Facilities and Accommodation

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Meet the team

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.