Distance Learning - What students like about it:

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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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Individual support

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

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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).

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 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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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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