The origin of the Foreign Links College of Education could be traced to the establishment of the Centre for Professional Studies and Distance Learning in Nigeria by Dr. Fola Akinosun. The Center was established as a non- governmental organization to create access to tertiary education, especially, for under privileged jamb applicants and children of the common Nigerians. The idea was as a result of the realization of huge expenses and trouble involved in the process of gaining university admission for common people in Nigeria. In fact, as at the year 2000 and before then, higher/ tertiary education was a very rare opportunity in Nigeria. The Center for Distance Learning was Approved by the Federal Government under the Company and Allied matter decree of 1990 vide certificate No Bn 25163 issued in the year 2002 with the head office of the center at No 62, Mayfair Roundabout, Ile-Ife, Osun State.

The centre at first served as the admission agent to Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma (sandwich degree programme). And later, the University of Ibadan Distance Learning Center. The name “Foreign Links” was adopted when the Nigeria local Universities had to wind up with sandwich and satellite campuses at the instance of the policy of the (NUC) Nigeria Universities Commission. At this time, admission into the regular and conventional University system in Nigeria was still very difficultly for under privileged people. Admission applicants would have to be on the streets for between two to three years after secondary education before admission into a tertiary education would click. In fact, it is always a survival of the fittest. As if nature is being unkind to the Admission seekers, it is at the same time that the applicants get natured and exposed to danger of unwanted pregnancies and other social vices. Many don’t make it again once they fall victim.

The proprietor of the Centre; Dr. Fola Akinosun then came up with a new idea that the Centre could link Nigerian Applicants up with foreign school admission, it works, and then came the opportunity to have links to schools in Benin Republic, Russia, London and France. These brought about another problem of language. The Foreign Links School of Foreign Languages, Arts, Sciences and Management was therefore established in the year 2006.

Ile-Ife campus of the defunct College of Arts and Sciences of old Oyo State Government was approved for the use of the Centre for Professional Studies and Distance Learning. The vacant facilities at the government schools is comparable to what obtains in any polytechnic or college of education by Nigeria standard.