For students who would like a degree from a university abroad, but do not have the possibility to leave their homes, distance-learning academic programmes are a great option for getting a higher education degree.
Advantages of this type of learning are that courses can be taken from anywhere in the world, as long as the student has internet access. And, besides popular online study options offered in the United States or the U.K., European universities present a generous distance-learning study offer, to answer the growing education needs of international learners.
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Below, you can find a list of universities from Europe that offer distance-learning programmes at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Ph.D. levels, as well as online short courses:
Placed among the top four universities in Europe by German CHE Excellence ranking, Utrecht University offers mainly Master’s and Ph.D. programmes in Clinical, Veterinary or General Epidemiology. Online students can create research projects in their own location, in cooperation with one of the participating institutes, and supervised by staff members from Utrecht University.
One of Northern Europe’s highly ranked universities, Uppsala manages online courses that are delivered as audio-visual web lectures through downloadable documents for self-studies. The written examination is performed online, at the end of the course.
Students looking for an online MBA or a programme in Fashion Management might want to consider Nottingham Trent University Online. Here, they can pursue a degree entirely online, at one of the most popular business schools in the U.K, with over 5.000 students worldwide.
Wismar University received an award for education for the international Master's distance learning course "Professional Studies Lighting Design" and the Top Institute 2013 award for Distance Learning. Study programmes are offered in the fields of Economy, Technology, and Design. The blended study option requires students to be present at a chosen study location for only three weekends per semester.
This school has collaborations with two strategic partners: the University of Barcelona and EAE Business School – the third-most reputable business school in Spain, according to the ranking published by Merco (Spanish Corporate Reputation Monitor) in 2013. Students can find courses in Business Administration, Marketing, Project Management, and Finance.
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 places Wageningen in the top 100 Best Universities in the World. Recognised as number two worldwide in the field of Agriculture and Forestry, this university focuses on programmes related to healthy food and living environment.
The institute offers postgraduate distance study options for students with different profiles. Besides the online courses, EMAS Business School also offers blended and face-to-face programmes, in order that students receive training according to their requirements.
Being the biggest university in Cyprus, the University of Nicosia (UNIC) stands out through its cutting-edge research technologies and its partnerships with different organisations around the world.
The Open University UK is ranked on the 401st in the World Ranking University, in 2018. If that's not a testament to their dedication towards education, their over 230 degrees, ranging from Business and Management to Natural Sciences and Mathematics, surely is.
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At Arcada University of Applied Sciences, most distance learning degrees are delivered in the blended format and focus on a practice-oriented education. You can study Master’s degrees in Mental Health, Real Estate Energy, Media Management, or Global Health Care. Study programmes can be completed in 1,5 or 2 years, and require students to attend classes on campus between 2 and 5 days a month.