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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Individual support

For me studying online is perfect: No overcrowded lecture halls but individual feedback to keep me focused in my studies

Jake
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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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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 Liverpool

Liverpool, United Kingdom

Founded in 1881, the University of Liverpool is a world-class research university and is ranked within the top 1% of universities worldwide.* The University is one of the great centres of research, knowledge and innovation, and is a member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of research-led universities. Its pioneering reputation attracts students, experts and partners from around the world. Through its research, teaching and collaborations, the University seeks to be life changing and world shaping.

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Glion Institute of Higher Education

Glion, Switzerland

Glion Institute of Higher education offers a unique, global approach to hospitality and services management education to prepare students for careers around the world. We combine 50 years of Swiss hotel management expertise, including hands on learning and professional internships, with modern international business courses. Students develop a strong foundation of cultural awareness, plus people and project management skills that will take their career to the world stage.

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Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (IPLeiria)

Leiria, Portugal

IPLeiria is a public institution of higher education that began its activity in 1980 and is present in the region of Leiria and West through its five schools of higher education, located in Leiria (School of Education and Social Sciences, School of Technology and Management and School of Health), Caldas da Rainha (School of Arts and Design) and Peniche (School of Tourism and Sea Technology).

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Paris - ISM - International School of Management

Paris, France

The International School of Management is one of the world’s most innovative executive education communities. From MBA to doctoral degrees, ISM faculty, students, and alumni come together from the four corners of the globe to facilitate knowledge sharing, learning, and networking in ways that produce professional value and life-enhancing results.

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International Telematic University UNINETTUNO

Roma, Italy

The International Telematic University UNINETTUNO, established with the decree of the 15 April 2005 of the Minister of Education, University and Research, is born from NETTUNO – Network per l’Università Ovunque, a Consortium of 43 Italian and foreign universities which, since 1992, thousands of students took a distance university degree thanks to the use of technology applied to distance education, and from the international-level success of the European Med Net’U (Mediterranean Network of Universities) Project.

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