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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Easy Access

Starting an online programmes is literally just clicks away; no need to be physically present at all!

Edward
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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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Why choose distance or online study?

By EADTU

Currently, some three million students are studying at a distance or online, half of them in specialized open and distance teaching universities organized in nine European countries (United Kingdom, Spain (2), Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, Greece and Cyprus), and the other half in conventional universities all over Europe. The number of distance and online students is increasing every year as there is a growing need for it, especially for mature students, at the undergraduate and the postgraduate level and in continuing education or professional development.

Variety of offers

Courses vary from formal degree courses to non-formal short courses for professional training and updating. A growing number of universities is also publishing open educational resources, which are open to everybody for free use and informal learning.

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Advantages of distance study

Most students are studying at a distance or online, because of the flexibility of the system. There is no better way to combine studies and work or family than by independent learning, at any time and any place and following a personal pace, supported by teaching staff or co-studying with peer learners in learning communities. The courses are specially designed for self-study and adapted to the needs of mature students and of the actual knowledge society. They are student-centered, while learning programs are often personalized to fit the needs of the individual student.

Of course, the flexibility is specifically important to students with special needs or who for other reasons are not able to follow courses on campus.

Easy of access

Many students also follow this system because it is open, which means that especially in open universities no formal requirements have to be fulfilled to access the courses. However, students should have the necessary prior knowledge and skills to be successful. In some European countries, open universities were established with the primary mission to offer students without formal entry qualifications a second chance to follow higher education.

Because they are combining study and work, many students will study at a part-time basis, which still requires a strong time management from the student.

Universities in the spotlight

School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

University of Kent

Canterbury, United Kingdom

In the National Student Survey 2014, our Social Policy students gave us a score of 95% for overall satisfaction, which has placed us second in the UK. The School has performed extremely well in the 2014 and 2015 league tables. Our students go on to become some of the country’s most employable graduates; we are consistently in the top 10 for career prospects – 85% of our Sociology students found employment or went onto further study within six months of graduating in 2013.

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Department of Law

Justus Liebig University Giessen

Gießen, Germany

Giessen University has established two well-know summer schools: The U.S.-German Summer School in International and Comparative Law and the Hessen International Summer University - Intellectual Property & Biotechnology. Both courses offer four weeks in a truly international atmosphere with around 80-100 students from countries all over the world coming to our campus.

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Instituto Europeo Campus Stellae

Santiago de Compostela, Spain

El Instituto Europeo Campus Stellae es un centro de estudios superiores de reconocido prestigio especializado en la formación de Postgrado y de alto nivel, cuyo objetivo principal y fundador es dar respuesta a las necesidades formativas surgidas en una sociedad en continuo cambio, siempre bajo el compromiso con la calidad y una arraigada vocación social. El Instituto Europeo Campus Stellae tiene tembén tres sus objetivos la promoción de actividades culturales, artísticas, sociales y empresariales.

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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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