American University of Nigeria (AUN) is a private university in northeastern Nigeria that offers American style higher education programs at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. It is the only American style university in Sub-Saharan Africa. AUN is accredited by the Nigerian National Universities Commissions.
University was established in 2003 by Nigeria’s former Vice President His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar along with other local and international statesmen and academic leaders. The institution was conceived as Africa’s first Development University.
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The University’s mission is to provide quality education to Nigeria and Africa’s future leaders in order to equip them with the skills needed to solve development issues on the continent and give them the knowledge needed to create solutions that will benefit their community, their country and ultimately, the world.
AUN Schools and Levels
The university consists of three schools, offering the following undergraduate majors and graduate programs:
School of Arts and Sciences
BSc Communications and Multimedia Design, BSc Natural and Environmental Science, BSc Petroleum Chemistry (with Engineering option), BA Economics, BA International and Comparative Politics and BA English Language and Literature.
School of Business and Entrepreneurship
BSc Business Administration (with specialties), BSc Accounting, BSc Finance, BSc Marketing and BSc Management and Entrepreneurship
Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM), Master of Business Administration (MBA), MSc Business Administration and PhD Business Administration
School of Information Technology and Communications
BSc Software Engineering, BSc Computer Science, BSc Information Systems and Telecommunications and Wireless Technologies
Executive Masters in Information Technology, Executive Masters in Telecommunications, Master of Information Systems Security Management, MSc Computer Science, MSc Information Systems, PhD Computer Science and PhD Information systems
For an undergraduate programme, interested applicants should complete the online application form or send a filled hard copy application via post.
There is always an ongoing acceptance of graduate applications for the Spring (January), Summer (May) and Fall (August) Semester. Qualified applicants are admitted into the next academic semester of their programs.
A successful applicant must be a graduate of a recognized university with an average grade point average (CGPA) of not less than 3.0 on a 5.0 maximum CGPA (or Second Class Lower Division).
Applicants must submit the following materials to the Graduate Admissions Office:
-A completed application form
-Graduation certificate with verifiable grades and required grade point average
-Official transcript from each university attended
-Copies of all certificates of each university attended
-Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
-Evidence of payment of application fee
-A current Curriculum Vitae
-A personal statement of purpose
Applicants are expected to complete an online application form, scan and email required documents to graduate.admissions-at-aun.edu.
American University of Nigeria Scholarships
Every year AUN provides scholarships and other forms of financial assistance to close to 15% of the student body. It also collaborates with other non-profit organizations to help students with financial need. They include the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Foundation, the Peace Corps Nigeria Alumni Foundation, and the Friends of Nigeria. His Excellency Atiku Abubakar provides significant scholarship support to AUN students.
AUN’s Financial Assistance Program
There are several types of financial assistance programs available for undergraduate students. These cover full tuition and in some cases, room and board. There are Academic Merit Scholarships as well as Need Based-Merit Scholarships open to Nigerian Students.
University offers full-tuition merit scholarships to undergraduates who have outstanding academic qualifications. AUN Merit Scholarship awardees are selected from the newly admitted students on the basis of academic achievement and promise. Awards are renewable for each undergraduate year provided that the student maintains a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. Should a student lose scholarship eligibility, a formal appeal can be submitted in order to reactivate it once the cumulative GPA is over 3.00.
Need Based-Merit Scholarships
These scholarships are outright grants of assistance for undergraduate students based on demonstrated need. The purpose is to help qualified full-time undergraduates who could not otherwise pursue a university education. These scholarships are based on both financial need and merit, following an evaluation of two separate documents: 1) the student’s Admissions Application and 2) the AUN financial Aid Application and supporting documents. A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA is required to maintain this Scholarship. A 3.0 cumulative GPA is required in order to graduate.
Students who did not receive a scholarship for their freshman year, but who have demonstrated academic excellence while at AUN, in addition to financial need, are eligible to apply for this scholarship through the office of the President.
PCNAF-FON Nigerian Female Leaders Scholarship
The Peace Corps Nigeria Alumni Foundation (PCNAF) offer scholarships to female Nigerian students who need assistance to complete their education.
Shehu Musa Yar’Ada Foundation
These scholarships are open to young people from Nigeria who have academic potential and financial need. It provides financial support through elementary and secondary school. AUN supports university education for selected students from this program.
Work Study Program
As part of its financial aid program, AUN provides full-time undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in the Work Study Program and contribute toward their educational expenses while developing job skills in various campus offices.
Schokarship Application Procedure
New students need to seek financial aid simultaneously with the admission process. The application for financial aid and supporting documentation will in no way affect the admissions decision.
Please note: A student must first be accepted by AUN before receiving a University scholarship. All scholarships are awarded at time of admission.