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.

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Universities in the spotlight

The Cyprus Institute of Marketing, BVI (Distance-Learning Studies)

Nicosia, Cyprus

The Cyprus Institute of Marketing Ltd. (Reg. BVI) was established in 1997 and is a pioneer in offering Distance - Learning degrees. Today, CIM (BVI) is considered as one of the Leading Global Business Schools in the world, offering Undergraduate, Masters and PhD (Doctoral) Programs in fields including Tourism, Shipping, Insurance, Banking, Human Resource Management, Psychology, Business Law, Health Units Management, Financial and Computer Studies and many others.

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University of Roehampton, London Online

London, United Kingdom

The University of Roehampton, London has been providing quality education through its colleges for more than 170 years. Today, the University continues its tradition of excellence by providing working professionals around the world with access to high-quality online masters degree programmes at an affordable, all-inclusive tuition.

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University of Massachusetts Lowell

Lowell, United States

UMass Lowell is a public university committed to preparing our students for work in the real world— solving real problems and helping real people— by providing an affordable high-quality education.

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Emporia State University

Kansas City, United States

Emporia State University, located in Kansas, is a diverse and inclusive campus in which you will be at the center of our global community. Emporia State University welcomes students from all over the world. With eight percent of our student population coming from more than 35 countries, our students study a multitude of subjects and find many ways to become involved in our global community.

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University of New England

Armidale, Australia

The University of New England (UNE) is the smart choice for students of the future. UNE combines the highest academic standards and industry-valued qualifications with flexible modes of learning.

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