Study in Africa

Nigeria encompasses an astonishing melting pot of people and languages within its borders. It is one of the most populous countries in the world and is home to over 500 ethnic groups, each with a language and culture of their own.

The resulting art scene is vibrant and ever-changing, mixing influences from native peoples and international sources. Nigeria is the birthplace of Fela Kuti and the Afrobeat movement, and music venues across the country still thrum with Kuti’s rhythms.  

The capital, Lagos, is a pulsing and modern urban sprawl where cars and snack vendors pack the streets to bursting point. Yet you don’t have to travel far to find villages which retain the traditions of past centuries, or to discover Nigeria’s tropical rainforests, mangroves and savannah plains.

The University of Ibadan is one of the top-performing universities in Nigeria, as well as being the oldest. It is known as a medical school, but also boasts its own botanical and zoological gardens. Recently, more Westerners have gotten to know the University of Nigeria and its location, the university town of Nsukka, through the novels of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who was a former student. Within Nigeria, the university has a reputation for producing prominent lawyers.

If you want to study in Africa, then you need to know which of its universities are right for you. Times Higher Educations World University Rankings take the top institutions in the world, and look at their performance across all of their core objectives: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Africa has 26 universities in the overall Times Higher Educations World University Rankings. The highest-ranking university in Africa is University of Cape Town, which is ranked at number 148.

Choosing where to study for a degree in Africa is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. THE’s student resources are here to help you make the right choice, particularly if you want to study abroad. Explore the universities of Africa below - we’ve pulled together some information that we hope will help you to decide where to study.

Use the map to see where Africa’s top universities are located, and if any institutions are of particular interest, you can click on their name, or the “explore” button, to find out more. We’ve also pulled in information about how much Africa is investing in its higher education, and also how many people live there.

Our World University Rankings were founded in 2004 and our data are trusted by governments and universities across the world.