The need to have more high institutions in Nigeria kept increasing because statistics painted an awful picture of how millions of intended undergraduates couldn’t secure admissions into the high institution of their choice.
Moved by this, Nigerian government in 2002 re-opened the defunct National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) so that it will not only ameliorate the situation but even provide an avenue for working class Nigerians and indeed those Nigerians who are into business but couldn’t further their education because of had no chance to do so.
The National Open University of Nigeria does not only assist in tackling the problem identified above, but does that in a flexible manner.
Because NOUN provides a flexible studying and admission experience for its students, we now see a situation where many Nigerians both youths and advanced people wish to apply for National Open University of Nigeria just to study one course or another.
If you fall into that category of Nigerians, read carefully as I will take time to explain the step-by-step procedure on how to apply for National Open University of Nigeria. Now let’s do this.
If you wish to apply for National Open University of Nigeria in order to study a programme in Diploma, Undergraduate, Certificate, Post Graduate Diploma, Master’s Degree and Doctor of Philosophy, you will need to do that online by following these steps carefully.
Purchase a voucher. Visit any approved Nigerian bank that is selling the voucher. From time to time the banks NOUN uses change, so you should find out the banks they are using for the year you wish to apply. In 2015, they are using Ecobank, Zenith Bank, First City Monument Bank and Skye Bank. The various account numbers will be displayed in the bank teller sections or bulk rooms to make payment easy. Note that:
Undergraduate programme pays N5000
PGD and Master’s programme pays N7000
Doctor of Philosophy programme pays N10000
All payments for voucher must be made in the designated banks for the year with a NOUN teller and fees are subject to change from time to time. The school management advises applicants to insist on paying for ONLY the stated figures above and ask for receipt after payment.
Get a PIN. After you have paid the assigned amount for your programme, you will be given a PIN equivalent to the amount you paid in, in the bank. This PIN will enable you register for the course you wish to do online.
Online Registration. When you are through with the previous stage, use your computer system to login to www.noun.edu.ng and click on Application Form to start applying immediately. Ensure that all the information provided is correct and do it carefully so that you don’t make mistakes. If need be, carefully go through the pages and doubly crosscheck before submitting the form online.
Print Out. This is the final application step on how to apply for National Open Univerisity of Nigeria. Proceed to print out your provisional admission letter from the website after registration.
The application into NOUN for 2015 academic session is still on so all interested candidates should horridly go to the banks mentioned above to start off the process.
Tips on NOUN
It is important you know a couple of things about NOUN before you proceed with your application. Now that you have learned how to apply for National Open University of Nigeria, it is important you know this:
The degree offered by NOUN is not inferior to any degree offered by any degree awarding institution in Nigeria as they are all accredited by National University Commission (NUC)
You will have to do a lot of research if you gain admission into the school because you just a course material and references for further reading
Facilitators are there to guide you in that regard
You will be informed if you are admitted into the school by your name being published on their official website and you will use your login details to download your admission letter
You must have proof of O’level certificate (like WAEC, GCE, NCE and others) before you are admitted into the school
According to their Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ado Tenebe, NOUN graduates below 30 years would start going for National Youth Service Corps as well as law graduates enrolling in Nigeria Law School soon
The school has NOUN iLearn which is an online platform where Nigerians irrespective of social status can discuss and learn, and it is coordinated by NOUN facilitators. On this platform, students can also ask questions they don’t seem to have answers to.
Exams are done mostly online. This is known as Computer Based Test form of exam but some law students are allowed to use the pen-on-paper examination method because of the peculiarity of their course
NOUN operates an e-library in Lagos which all students are allowed to access on provision of their student ID cards. They also provide e-courseware where their students who wish to access their materials for educational purposes are actually allowed to do so.
Also, NOUN also runs a radio station on the frequency 105.9 which enables the students get more information about the school as well as enables their mass communication students acquire practical skills
In summary, National Open University of Nigeria runs programmes in Diploma, Undergraduate, Certificate, Post Graduate Diploma, Master’s Degree and Doctor of Philosophy Programme as we observed earlier. So you don’t have to be confused anymore as to how to apply for National Open University of Nigeria because I believe this piece has explained in detail all you would require in that regard and so much more.
NOUN is headquartered on Victoria Island in Lagos but has study centers across Nigeria. Since inception NOUN has become a household name in Nigeria because of its flexible studying schedule and admission process which you can never get anywhere else amongst Nigerian tertiary institutions.
They offer courses in science and technology, arts and social science, law, education, management sciences, academic certificate programme, and so many other programmes. All courses NOUN runs are accredited by National University Commission.