Distance Learning - What students like about it:

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Numerous choices

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

Jun-suh
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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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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

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, United States

Ferris State University is nationally known for excellence in combining career-oriented and general education in more than 170 degree-programs through nine academic colleges. This mid-sized university offers degrees unique within Michigan in such areas as health-care, business and technology. The University's 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio assures personal attention in the classroom and laboratory. Students have regular contact with faculty members, not teaching assistants, highlights the priority Ferris places on personalized learning. Founded in 1884 by educator and U.S. Senator Woodbridge N. Ferris, the University's mission is to be a national leader in career-oriented technological and professional education.

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University of Newcastle

Newcastle, Australia

Built on the principles of equity, excellence and engagement, the University of Newcastle has a reputation as a world-class institution making an impact within its own region, throughout Australia and across the globe. Our research is world-class and diverse. Our degree programs are internationally recognised and our partnerships and collaborations drive innovation. Our alumni are leaders and our students are preparing to make a difference in the world. We are ranked in the top three per cent of universities world-wide and we have not yet turned 50.

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Kingston University - Distance Learning

Kingston University

London, United Kingdom

The Distance Learning MBA (DLMBA) from Kingston Business School will help you to take ownership of your career. This innovative course is designed to be both academically rigorous as well as immediately applicable to real-life business situations. Accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), this stamp of approval means your MBA is highly valued anywhere in the world. Delivered in a flexible format, the Distance Learning MBA will inspire you to make a difference to your personal and working life.

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Brighton School of Business and Management

Brighton, United Kingdom

We are a self-study online distance learning College specialising in Management and Business qualifications. All courses are completely online and classroom attendance is not required. All our qualifications are UK accredited and are accepted as entry qualifications for higher level courses. All our students are provided with support and contact with a UK tutor. We provide flexible start dates with students starting courses every Monday. Flexible payment plans for fees are also available. Our Management and Business Qualifications have the same status as those studied at University.

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Simon Fraser University

Burnaby, Canada

In the place where innovative education, cutting-edge research and community outreach intersect, you'll find Simon Fraser University. Our vision? To be Canada's leading engaged university. Born in 1965, SFU has become Canada's leading comprehensive university with vibrant campuses in British Columbia's largest municipalities — Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey — and deep roots in partner communities throughout the province and around the world.

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