Three students from Nigeria studying at Swansea University claim their names were removed from the school’s enrollment list and were told to return home after their tuition fees were paid “hours late”.
The students are Omolade Olaitan, 27, Emmanuel Okohoboh, 26, and Paulette Ojogun, 30.
Three students told ITV News Wales that their fees were delayed due to a banking crisis earlier this year when the country redesigned its currency.
The student, enrolled on master’s courses at the School of Management at Swansea Universities, Bay Campus, showed evidence of £4,000 paid hours after the deadline given by the university. The deadline was March 27, 2023.
One of the students, Omolade Olaitan, said: “On the 29th (March) I got an email from income tuition. They confirmed my payment and they told me that because the payment didn’t come in before the deadline, they can no longer allow me to enroll and that I should pack my bags and go back to my home country.”
Another student, Emmanuel Okohoboh, explained that his family sold their lands to raise money to pay for his tuition fees.
“They are not fair, they are not compassionate, they are showing no signs of empathy. I had to sell my dad’s land and a piece of my own personal land to get the resources to come to Swansea University to study. Coming here and going through this situation has been mentally draining and frustrating for me.”
Swansea University Spokesperson told ITV that the University requires all international students to pay 50% of their fees in order that they may fully enroll on their programmes of study and all international students are informed of this within their original offer letters and associated pre-arrival communication.
According to the Spokesperson, the University considered the naira crunch situation in Nigeria and revised its existing payment policy to allow as much time as possible for payments.
However, when there was no further information or help the Faculty could offer, the individuals were unenrolled by the University.
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