Linguistic Immersion Centre

About Linguistic Immersion Centre


In the present Global Village where borders are almost insignificant, mastering a new language becomes a precious and great advantage. There are several challenges international students face while adapting to a new culture. This is due to the change of environment, and as we know, change comes with the unknown. For example, loss of contact with family and friends; differences in moral values; class participation; conventional thought by the host country (discrimination); weather condition, problems of adaptation to mention just few.

University of Ilorin seeks to find tangible solutions to the language deficiencies experienced by the international body through a Linguistic Immersion Programme.

Situated right in the heart of the University, The Linguistic Immersion Centre of the University of Ilorin, Nigeria has been offering a range of English Immersion Programmes since 2008. The centre operates under the Faculty of Arts and offers educational training programmes to equip Francophones with the needed receptive and productive skills in the English Language.

Students from countries like the Republic of Benin, Cameroun, Ivory Coast, Niger, Tchad and Togo have been enjoying the English Language programme.

The Linguistic Immersion Centre will start immersion programme in French, Arabic and Yoruba from Summer 2013. This particular programme will start from August to September.


At its 119th meeting held on Wednesday, 27th February, 2002, the Faculty Board of Arts deliberated on the need for an immersion programme in English for French speaking students. The head of Department of Modern European Languages was mandated to oversee the preparation of such a programme. It was mandated to oversee the preparation of such programme coordinator should be an expert in French Language.

On February 17, 2005, the Acting Head of English Department wrote a memorandum to the Vice-Chancellor, through the Director of Academic Planning, which was attached to the document entitled “Senate Approved Immersion Programme in English for Francophone Students.” The following is an extract from the memorandum:

The University Senate approved the above programme during its last meeting and directed those corrections pointed out by Prof. Bayo Lawal be effected. Sir, I am sending the corrected copy checked by Prof. Bayo Lawal. 

On August 11, 2008, the incumbent Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Is-aq Olanrewaju Oloyede, held a meeting with some principal officers of the University of Ilorin and announced the appointment of Dr. Baa Mensa of the Department of French as the Director of the programme. Dr. Baa Mensa worked with five academic staff in the persons of: Dr. Patrick O. Balogun (Dept.of English); Dr. Yunus O. Tijani (Dept. of French); Mr. Segun Oyelabi (Dept. of French) and Mrs. Afsat Sanni-Suleiman (Dept. of French).

For four years, the centre produced 100 students who are affiliated to their Departments of choice in the University of Ilorin. The first set of students graduated in October, 2012.

During the international students’day celebrations on the 8th June, 2012, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Is-aq Olanrewaju Oloyede announced the appointment of the new Director of the centre, Dr. (Mrs.) Ablavi Massavi Elisabeth Amegah-De Campos who assumed duty on the 15th of June, 2012.

New dispositions have been taken during a meeting held on the 29th August with the Dean of the Faculty of Arts to affiliate lecturers from English and Linguistics Departments based on the original plans and objectives of the immersion programme as approved by the Senate and signed by Dr. Charles Bodunde. The number of the academic staff will then be at least fifteen due to the huge number of students the Linguistic Immersion Centre admitted for this academic session 2012/2013. 


The objectives of the programme are:

  1. To expose candidates to English, French, Yoruba and Arabic Languages for effective communication worldwide.
  2. To give them ample opportunities to interact with staff and students of the University in the above-mentioned languages, and thereby developing their competence in the latter.
  3. To acquaint the students and educators with the rudimentary workings of those languages   from a user point of view;
  4. To make the University more accessible to foreigners;
  5. To further enhance the international status of the University.
  6. To make the them functionally proficient;
  7. To provide sufficient foundation and impetus for further self-development, etc.


The Linguistic Immersion programme lasts one year (for those who desire to further their studies in any of our faculties) 1 month, 3 or 6 months (for those who want to improve on their language of study).  Months of discovery! new acquaintances and exchanging ideas, in a stimulating setting for learning your second or foreign language.

Courses are given from Monday to Friday. Students attend different workshops and conferences to improve on their chosen language (English, French, Yoruba, Arabic). Activities as songs, dance, theatre, phonetics laboratory and medical laboratory practices, symposia, conferences, public and inaugural lectures, visiting market, town environment, newspaper reading, conversation classes, excursions etc. are also offered to students.

Experience something new and discover the charming towns of Nigeria! Dynamic and diversified socio-cultural activities, thematic evenings, sports activities and movies are also included.

Learning languages has never been so much fun!


Admission Requirement

To be eligible, candidates must fulfill the following criteria:

  • GCE “O” level or its equivalent with at least passes at credit level in related five subjects including English Language for a four-year Degree Programme.
  • GCE “A” level or its equivalent with at least passes at credit level in three related subjects for a three-year Degree programme.
  • First Degree for 18 months Master’s Degree Programme.
  • Master’s Degree for a three-year Doctoral Degree Programme.

NB: Statement of results are very important.

Students must take a placement test on their arrival in order to determine their level of English proficiency and fix them in their appropriate classes (beginners, intermediary or advanced).

Students must take a placement test on their arrival in order to determine their level of English proficiency and fix them in their appropriate classes (beginners, intermediary or advanced).


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At the end of their immersion programme, students who pass their examinations will be allowed to further their studies in their faculties of choice. Kindly visit Unilorin Website for details:


A pre-registration form is to be filled by candidates online and sent through the indicated email on the form or be brought to LIC before or on the deadline of submission. For registration and fees in chosen department after the immersion programme, students are enjoined to check the webpage of the various departments on Unilorin site under international students. 

 A pre-admission letter will be issued to candidates before their departure from their countries. This letter will be retrieved from candidate at their arrival. See the information and pre-registration sheets below.

 Original certificates will be required from the candidates before all administrative processes and commencement of lecture.