Distance Learning - What students like about it:

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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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Easy Access

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

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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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How to apply for a Distance Learning Programme?

Applying for a distance learning Bachelor, Master, PhD or Short Course is not that much different from applying for an on campus programme.

Distance vs. traditional education

If you consider applying for a distance learning degree, you need to follows almost the same steps like for an on-campus programme. At certain universities however, you might have the advantage that application regarding distance learning programmes may be submitted more often than for on-campus-learning programmes. While for a traditional Master programme for example, there are maximum two submission deadlines and two admission sessions per year (if not only one!) for a distance learning Master programme there may be four or five submission deadlines and admission sessions per academic year. For some programmes you may even enrol all year around! This of course increases your chances of admission and makes the application procedure more flexible for the student.

What does this mean in practice?

So if for example September is not a good starting time for you because you are not yet done with the previous programme, then you can just start in December and you don’t have to wait to start in September the following year. In the end, this is what distance learning is about: providing you with more flexibility than traditional education. On top of this access to many distance learning programmes is much less restricted than to the on-campus programmes. Most of the time there are no selection criteria based on excellence, in some cases you may even enrol no matter your educational background (check out Open Universities if you are interested in this).

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Step by step application guide

After you have identified the distance learning programme that you wish to follow, then the application procedure includes roughly these steps:

Step 1: complete an online application form, which will probably require you to previously set up an account that includes some personal information

Step 2: upload the electronic versions of the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of your passport
  • Copies of your previous qualifications and transcript of records
  • Proof of English language competencies
  • Motivation Letter
  • Recommendations (from former professors or employers or both)
  • Any other documents specific to the study programme you’re choosing or to your particular education level

Step 3: certain Universities or Programmes may require an interview, which can be conducted over the phone or online

Step 4: wait for the decision on your admission

Step 5: in the happy case in which you have been admitted to the desired programme, you have to enrol as a student. This enrolment can also be done online and may require also the payment of the full or partial tuition fee.

No need for physical presence!

So, as you can see, the application is not much different from the classical application. At most, the application and enrolment procedures for a distance learning programme are more flexible, more frequent and don’t require the physical presence of the applicant throughout the entire process.

Other requirements

The differences are higher after the beginning of the study programme. As many distance education programmes rely on education through the internet, once enrolled make sure to have the right equipment ready – such as a reliable computer, a stable Internet connection and access to the particular software as provided by your distance learning institute. If you lack any of these, do not worry: Some institutes cooperate with learning centres throughout the world – allowing you to make use of their technological infrastructure to facilitate your learning.

Good luck!

Universities in the spotlight

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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Herzing University

Milwaukee, United States

Career-focused, convenient, and caring — these ideas define an education from Herzing University. We offer personalization and support to help you earn your degree and advance your career

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American Public University

Charles Town, United States

American Public University (APU) is a distinguished and leading provider of affordable, quality online education to motivated students worldwide offering more than 180 career-relevant programs and outstanding student support services.

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Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics (MESI)

Moscow, Russia

Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics (MESI) founded in 1932 is nowadays one of the top Russian universities that combines wide experience and strong scientific traditions with innovative process of training professionals in economics, management, statistics, information technology, law and humanities. Appealing to the Russian and Moscow annual ratings, MESI is traditionally among the best educational institutions.

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University of Southern Queensland

Toowoomba, Australia

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has forged a reputation as one of Australia's leading providers of on-campus and online (distance) education programs in Australia. With more than 75 percent of students studying via distance or online, our delivery of external education resources continues to lead the way. In less than fifty years we have become a prominent multi-campus teaching and research institution providing education worldwide. Woven into the fabric of USQ is the vision and determination of many University and community members who, over the years, have been instrumental in implementing expansion and growth, shaping what we see today.

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