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Studying with the best school in the world without any physical limitations – that’s distance learning for me!

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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

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Raise in status

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

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Entry requirements and prior knowledge

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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 don't 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 organize open and distance education for a broad range of curricula, especially to widen the participation for students who don't fulfill 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 remedying 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 don't fulfill 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 universities apply strict entry requirements as conventional universities do. (e.g. in Germany). In this sense, they are not always open. Then, the same entry requirements apply as 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, credits are taken in a framework of professional development or continuing education.

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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 recognize 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 fulfill all entry requirements, it is useful to inform yourself about this at the university of your choice.

Universities in the spotlight

Leeds Beckett University

Leeds, United Kingdom

With 190 years of quality teaching, Leeds Beckett University is one of the largest universities in the UK with many nationalities represented by our 27,000 students. We offer quality teaching in an exciting learning environment and an unforgettable student experience. On 22 September 2014 Leeds Metropolitan University became Leeds Beckett University. Our name has changed, but our proud tradition of excellent education continues. You will still get the great experience that you’d expect from us and we hope you’ll be part of our exciting future!

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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC)

Milano, Italy

UCSC: a very special place The largest private university in Europe boasting over 41 000 students across 12 Schools. We distinguish ourselves for our interdisciplinary approach and wide range of services tailored to meet international students’ every need. Aside from our 190 Italian programs, we offer Undergraduate, Graduate, Summer and Semester programs in English in the heart of the city. We offer scholarship opportunities to international students. By living and studying in Milan, with its constant flow of international businesses and investments, our students are ideally positioned to put to practice the knowledge gained in their studies whilst using their own language abilities and cultural competencies.

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Business School Netherlands

Buren, Netherlands

Business School Netherlands has been active as an international business school since 1988 and continues to expand provision of Action Learning programmes beyond the boundaries of the Netherlands, creating a global Action Learning community of business leaders, all following the same steps to success.

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Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Göttingen, Germany

Founded in 1737, the University of Göttingen is a research university of high international standing. The university is renowned not only for its remarkably diverse range of subjects, but also for its research-led teaching and outstanding scientific environment, in which more than 40 Nobel laureates have lived, studied, taught and pursued their research.

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University of Essex

Colchester, United Kingdom

Founded nearly fifty years ago, the University of Essex is ranked in the top ten universities in the UK for the quality of our research and second among mainstream UK universities for overall student satisfaction. We are one of the most internationally diverse campus-based universities in Britain, with more than one third of our 11,000 students coming from outside the UK.

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