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Can I Serve at NYSC if I Attend Affiliate Campus Programme? See Answer

 Can I Serve at NYSC After Completing My Affiliate Campus Degree Course?
Is it possible to serve at NYSC with Affiliate Campus degree?
Let's look into what you should expect regards serving at NYSC if you obtain a degree from any of the affiliate campuses in Nigeria. Generally, all admission seekers, aside from aiming to obtain due certificates, want to participate in the National service popularly called NYSC. In fact, NYSC seems to be more important than going to a university in the first place to an average Nigerian admission seeker. And that's not a joke!

I'd tried to solve similar problems when I answered the same question on whether the School of Nursing graduates will serve or School of Health Technology graduates are eligible for service. The same justice will be done to candidates who don't know their fates if they should attend an affiliate campus degree programme.

Before going for details, let's see some basics.

What is an Affiliate Programme?

A few Nigerian institutions, especially universities are accredited to run their degree courses on the campus of other universities, polytechnics or colleges of education. This is an agreement between the two parties that the programmes should be conducted on their campuses instead of or together with the main campus of the ower-university.

This programmes had been in existence for several years and is legally recognized just like any other degree programmes. In other words, the degree certificate you obtain at the affiliated campus is the same as those who obtain theirs at the main campus. No difference!

It's important to note that this is not a part-time programme. It's a regular degree programmes as well known in all Nigerian universities. The main difference is that the course is offered at another campus in affiliate with it. Just like any other university admission, you'll need JAMB UTME, unlike part-time or sandwich programme. See PART-TIME Degree, HND, ND or NCE Admissions: A Must-Read For All Applicants.

It's also worth noting that most universities running affiliate programmes usually do that at colleges of education. As a result, most courses offered there, if not all, are education courses. For example, English Education, Biology Education, Chemistry Education, Education Accounting etc.

Read: Can I Study at College of Education - Medicine, Engineering, Law etc? See Answer

Check Out Post UTME/DE Forms Of a Few Universities With Their Affiliates

  1. Osun State College of Education, Ilesa Affiliated with University of Ibadan
  2. Osun State College of Education Ila-Orangun Affiliated With Ekiti State University
  3. Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo Affiliated with Education Obafemi Awolowo University
  4. Federal College of Education, Oyo Special Affiliated With The University Ibadan
  5. Federal College of Education, Abeokuta Affiliated With The University of Ibadan
  6. Federal Polytechnic Bida Affiliated With Federal University of Technology, Minna
  7. Federal Polytechnic Bida Affiliated With Federal University of Technology, Minna
  8. Federal Polytechnic Offa Affiliated With Federal University of Technology, Minna
  9. See more here.

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Can I Serve at NYSC After Completing My Affiliate Campus Degree Course?

The direct answer is YES.

The universities running these programmes are allowed to mobilize their graduates for service after the four-year courses. There is more to know though.

The service year may be delayed beyond those being mobilized from the main campus. For instance, if such universities produce graduates to NYSC every year from the main campus, they may produce graduates to NYSC from affiliate campus every three years or so.

If you're closer to your serving age limit of 30, affiliate programmes may delay your service. If you'll clock 31 by the mobilizing year, you may not want to go for an affiliate programme. For example, if you're 25 on admission into a 4-year affiliate programme, but your service is delayed by just 2 years, you'll miss out for NYSC. This is because you should be 31 as at mobilizing year. See How to Reduce Age for NYSC: Error in Date of Birth or Over-aged?

Candidates who are less than 25 can still consider this. Hopefully, the programme and NYSC delay may not take more than 6 years altogether.

Conclusion

Having clarified what an affiliate programme is and what to expect attending it, you should also commit to heart that, you will be allowed to serve if you're within the NYSC service age of 30.

This post has detailed what to consider before opting in and your NYSC possibility.

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