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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What strikes me the most: Distance education programmes are often cheaper than their traditional counter parts

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

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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

Sustainability Management School (SUMAS)

Gland, Switzerland

SUMAS successfully delivers to its students’ traditional business programs as well as innovative and specialized Bachelor and Master Programs based on managerial practices. To ensure your future success, while providing unique and specialized programs, SUMAS also guarantees that you receive the relevant professional and entrepreneurial skills, through networking and hands-on collaboration with corporate partners.

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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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Joint venture with University of St Andrews and TheFishSite.com

University of St Andrews

Saint Andrews, United Kingdom

The University of St Andrews in association with TheFishSite and Fish Vet Group offer sustainable aquaculture courses to ensure you can achieve your career advancement goals. Accelerate your career development in aquaculture and get practical work experience in the aquaculture industry.

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University of Canberra

Canberra, Australia

The University of Canberra is committed to preparing graduates for successful and rewarding careers in the professions, commerce and public service. We’re here to help you develop the strengths and skills you need to make substantial academic, professional and personal breakthroughs. Our degrees and qualifications are respected and recognised internationally.

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OBS Online Business School

Barcelona, Spain

Online Business School (OBS) nace en 2007 como la primera escuela de negocios 100% online en lengua española. Se funda en el entorno del Grupo Planeta, líder mundial en la publicación de contenidos para el mercado de habla hispana y con un importante know how en e – learning, con la colaboración de dos partners estratégicos: La Universitat de Barcelona, EAE Business School.

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