Distance Learning - What students like about it:

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Flexibility

I don’t depend on the visiting hours of my tutors any longer. Convenient online tools provide direct feedback on my progress

Joanna
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Save Money

What strikes me the most: Distance education programmes are often cheaper than their traditional counter parts

Sabine
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Raise in status

Suddenly, my boss looks at me in a different way. Even my salary increased!

Maria
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Entry requirements and prior knowledge

Many degree programmes in distance education have no specific entry requirements, others have the same requirements as face to face programmes on that level.

Most open universities dont have specific entry requirements, as they are open to all students, especially to these, who need a second chance to follow higher education. Hence, open universities are accessible for you, even when you might not have a certificate from secondary school.

The open Universities - opening access to education

In Europe, the Open University of the UK (1970) was the first established to organise open and distance education for a broad range of curricula, especially to widen the participation for students who dont fulfil all usual admission criteria. Consequently, in the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey open universities were established, using the same model with an open admission. Millions of students have successfully followed open university education in the meantime and still do so.

Because of the open admission, teaching and learning is especially conceived to adapt to the needs of students and to make them successful in their study. The courses are student-centred and therefore developed according to a model which supports independent learning, as most of the students are employed and study at home. The content is well explained and structured around learning activities and assessments. Special course units are aimed at remediating eventual knowledge gaps. Multiple learning media are used. Learning is supported by face to face tutorials in study centres and/or by learning communities on line. Students get personal study guidance and attention. All this should enable students, who dont fulfil all entry requirements to study degree programmes at the university level

For master degree programmes, also open universities might require entry requirements.

Requirements to enrol at other DL institutes

Some distance teaching universitiesapply strict entry requirements as conventional universities do. (e.g. in Germany). In this sense, they are not always open. Then, the same entry requirements applyas for on campus programmes, even at the bachelor level.

Like in conventional universities, for many courses entry requirements are not applicable, when you want to follow a course to obtain some credits. In this case, you enrol for a specific course only. These credits count when you would register at a later stage for an entire degree programme. Often, creditsare taken in a framework of professional development or continuing education.

As open and distance higher education is primarily meant for mature students, usual entry requirements can be replaced by an assessment of prior knowledge. Of course, this is important to students, who already got a lot of knowledge and skills through their work experience.

In other distance programmes, prior knowledge gained from work experience or through another way is valorised. In this case, the university will recognise this as meeting a requirement for some courses or programmes.

Increasing choice, diversity of models

In order to widen the participation in higher education, the Bologna process has stimulated the accreditation of prior (experiential) knowledge and competences for accessing degree programmes. This is especially meant for mature students in a context of lifelong learning and it is one of the factors to enhance the flexibility of higher education. Universities apply specific procedures or domain-specific tests for the recognition of prior learning. When you apply for a degree programme and you don fulfil all entry requirements, it is useful to inform yourself about this at the university of your choice.

Universities in the spotlight

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Universitat de Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

The Faculty of Law at the UB is a school with a long tradition; its origins go back to 1450 coinciding with the creation of the University of Barcelona. It guarantees more than five hundred years' experience. Its offer of postgraduate courses is extensive and consolidated and has more than a thousand students enrolled in various master’s degrees and postgraduate diplomas managed by the Postgraduate School of the Faculty.

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Catholic University of Ávila

Ávila de los Caballeros, Spain

The Catholic University of Avila (UCAVILA) is committed to providing an environment in which students can learn, develop and mature. UCAVILA is located outside the city walls, in the north. Signs directing you to the university are posted throughout the roads leading into the city.

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University of Queensland

Brisbane, Australia

Ranked among the top 100 universities in the world The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s most highly awarded learning and research institutions. With a student population of more than 48,800 students, one in every four students is an international student. This multicultural student population allows exposure to a range of cultures and networks.

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University of Bridgeport

Bridgeport, United States

Founded in 1927, the University of Bridgeport is well known for its diversity. In a typical year, the student body consists of learners from 45 states and 80 countries. The faculty also is diverse. This unique group of people is drawn together by shared commitments: an emphasis on professional development, career readiness for the twenty-first century, a supportive and challenging learning environment, and innovation and solution-seeking. The University offers more than 125 career-oriented programs, many of which benefit from industry connections unique to the region.

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University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Lincoln, United States

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL), chartered in 1869, is an educational institution of international stature and consistently earns high rankings for its programs and research. Our alumni include acclaimed author Mari Sandoz, Ted Sorensen, who served as special counsel and speechwriter to President John F. Kennedy, and Twitter co-founder Evan Williams to name a few. The university’s total student population numbers more than 25,000. International students representing 108 countries made up 23% of our total graduate enrollment, according our Fall 2013 census. UNL’s online and distance offerings include a variety of courses, certificates, master’s degrees and specializations all available through online study. The same renowned faculties who teach on our campus teach the online courses. No indication is listed on diplomas that courses, certificates, master’s degrees and specializations were earned online.

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