Register Now: 2020 Open Information Symposium on Language Proficiency for Overseas Study, Work and Travel

The Global School of Language and Culture in partnership with Building Nations Initiative BNI invites young professionals and graduates to register for the 2020 Open Information Symposium on Language Proficiency for Study, Work, and Travel.

Language proficiency is a primary consideration in achieving one’s academic goals, and accessing a world so full with opportunities. Beyond being able to hold a simple conversation or to order a meal in a foreign language while traveling, as a foreign student you must be able to follow lectures, read scholarly texts, and to function on their own for long periods in a foreign culture. For this is reason many Universities across the world ensures that admitted international students are able to demonstrate high level of language proficiency that is required for learning and social interaction.  In like manner, working in foreign countries also requires your basic understanding of their language and the cultural context in which it’s spoken. Your ability to demonstrate and proof your proficiency in the language spoken in your study/work/travel destination is often the first hurdle to jump in accessing opportunities that are available in that country. And, the only way to proof your proficiency is by excelling in the respective official language proficiency examinations required for your desired study, work, or travel opportunity.

Last year, we had the maiden session as an onsite open information session on graduate study with 56 young graduates in attendance. Some of the participants are currently studying outside the country, while some are scheduled to leave before mid-2020.

We got a lot of feedback from people who wished to attend but could not because they are not based in Ibadan. Learning from that, we decided to make the 2020 edition a One-Week online class, with the closing session as an onsite class. Also, we learnt from last year participants, and even from other young people close to us, how their inability to demonstrate language proficiency made them forfeit graduate study opportunity, even with scholarship offers. For this reason, we are primarily focusing the 2020 edition on Language Proficiency.

Language Focus: French, German, English and Chinese

Country Focus: UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, and other European Countries.

Language Proficiency focus: IELTS, TOEFL, TestDAF, DELF

Mode of Learning: Blended (Online and Onsite)

Duration: One week Online learning, and One day Onsite.

Venue: WhatsApp for Online Class. Venue for onsite class shall be announced later.


Online: Sunday 8th March to Saturday 14th March 2020.

Onside: Saturday, 21st March 2020.

Deadline for registration: Thursday 5th March 2020.


Sunday, and Saturday: 5pm to 9pm

Monday to Friday: 8pm to 10pm

Cost of Participation: FREE

Resource Persons and Sessions

1. Tomiwa Adeyemo, Dean, Global School of Language and Culture:

i. Registering and preparing for proficiency examination (German and French).

ii. Language proficiency requirements for travel visa and residence permit in Germany and France

2. Duduyemi Ademola:
Doctorate Student, Animal Science, Ohio State University, Ohio, United States.

Crash TOEFL in One Week

3. Patrick Agwu, PhD Climate change and Biodiversity joint program, FAU Germany, and FHB Cote D’Ivoire

Exploring Graduate Study in Europe (special focus on German)

4. Engr. Deji Oluwadero Doctoral Student, Petroleum Engineering/Flow Assurance , University of Toulouse, France

Exploring Graduate Study opportunities in France

5. Rotimi Alao: 2019 Chevening Scholar, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Exploring Graduate Study Opportunities in UK, Preparing for your IELTS Exams

6. Dr. Sina Dada and Nurse Samuel Adejuwon (Medical practitioners, UK)

Exploring Work Opportunities in UK (for Health professionals)

7. Pharm. Ola Abiola: Pharmacist

Canadian Permanent Residency – Demystifying the language proficiency challenge.

8. Oso Samuel

Exploring Graduate Study in Canada.

9. Oso Oluwatobi: Doctorate Candidate, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.TWAS-CSIR PhD Fellow, NBRI, Lucknow, India.

Exploring Split Graduate Study Opportunities

10. Mayowa Tijani: 2017 Chevening Scholar at the University of Sussex, Development Journalist at The Cable, and Fact Checker at AFP

Cross Cultural Communication

11. David Adepoju: Lecturer, African Leadership University, Kigali, Rwanda.

Cultural awareness: Being a good guest in a foreign country.

12. Biodun Odunuga: International Development Consultant, and Vice President and Director of Partnerships for Friends of Nigeria, Europe.

Successful Career Change through International Graduate Study


Although participation is FREE, registration is however required. Interested participants are required to register their interest and availability on or before Thursday, 5th March 2020. To register, kindly RSVP- Open Information Symposium on Language proficiency for Study, Work, and Travel

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