Course Programs

There are many study possibilities offered in a large number of schools and universities all around the world: from associate degrees to certificates, from courses to diplomas, and many more. Taking a degree serve a multitude of purposes for different students: they are sometimes used to bridge the gap between different phases of academic study, or to provide additional professional training and qualifications. Available in a wide variety of subjects, taking a degree will help students develop valuable personal and professional skills. The variety of different degrees can be overwhelming - don't let it stop you! Start your search by looking at the most popular programs listed below.

News and Events

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Queensland Australia to Double Number of International Students By 2026

December 5, 2016

Queensland Australia just released an ambitious plan to double its numbers of international students by 2026, capture 20 percent of the market share, and create 6,800 new jobs in international education.  Find out more.


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Canadians Tackle a Critical Question: Hockey or Higher Ed?

November 28, 2016

US President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may lead countries which are “steadfast allies and the closest of friends,” but the gloves were off earlier this year when the two traded barbs regarding one critical question: “Who’s better at hockey?” …


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Can Money Buy Happiness?

November 21, 2016

Got debt?  Think again.  Researchers at Purdue University recently found that increases in student loan debt may result in a decreased sense of well-being after graduation.  Find out more about the effects of student loan debt on happiness. 


Newly added Courses

Cambridge International College

Mastery of Management Graduate Diploma on Marketing Strategy

December 7, 2016
This Program looks at marketing concepts from a strategic point of view, and provides a framework for marketing and management thinking; it considers how to undertake strategic market planning and develop core strategy; to define and segment markets, build relationships through customer satisfaction, quality, value and service; and achieve growth.

RWTH International Academy / RWTH Aachen University

Summer School - German Engineering, Language and Culture

December 7, 2016
This Summer School includes an intensive 3-week German language course; its credits can be integrated into the students' study programmes in Japan. This year, we are happy to open the programme for all our Japanese partner universities for the first time.

Whistler Adventure School

Certificate - Ski Guide Training Program

December 6, 2016
The WAS Ski (and Snowboarding) Guide Training Program is designed to allow students to specialize in one field of guiding. The Adventure Tourism Program equips students with the skills and tools across all the guiding disciplines. The Ski Guide Training program allow students to focus and prepare for entry into examination at the ACMG level. Students… [+] applying to this program must pass a WAS skills test and submit a physical & skills resume including AST1 or complete the Fundamentals of Ski and Snowboard Guide course. [-]

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International Student Services: What You Need to Evaluate and Why

November 30, 2016

Studying abroad?  Think about the services you may want and need—and the type of International Student Services available at prospective schools.  We’ve been together a list of f...


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Do You Know Your Learning Style?

November 16, 2016

Success in school relies on many things. One aspect many new college students may underestimate when first starting out? Their individual learning styles. The truth is that all learning styles are not created equal: We each learn, absorb and master information differently. The more you know about ho...>


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Top Five Little Known Careers for College Students

November 2, 2016

Think fast! Name the first five careers that come to the top of your head. If you’re like most people, titles like doctor, lawyer, teacher and businessperson may first come to mind. However, there are near-endless other options out there when it comes to finding a job that’s right for yo...>

Academic Courses Study Opportunities

What are Academic Courses?

Academic courses include a variety of post-secondary school programs that provide graduates with college- or university-level academic qualifications. Some academic courses are designed to help bridge the gap between secondary school and university. Others are aimed at graduate- or post-graduate-level students, or working professionals. Some key types of academic courses include Foundation Courses, Preparatory Year, Certificates, Diplomas and Associates Degrees.

What do we study in Academic Courses?

There are academic courses in almost any academic discipline. Universities, community colleges and technical schools offer academic courses in fields such as · Business, · Natural Sciences, · Humanities, · Social Sciences, · Arts, · Education, · Engineering, · Mathematics, · Computer Sciences, · …and more. Academic courses deal with a more specific subject within one of the wider academic fields or disciplines listed above. Examples of academic course titles include “Course in Thermal Energy at the Nanoscale,” “Professional Course: Fashion Visual Merchandising,” or “Diploma Legal Administrative Assistant.”

What are the benefits of taking Academic Courses?

The decision to take an academic course can be life-changing. Academic courses give prospective students the opportunity to invest in their education and their career by developing professional skills, practical knowledge and an understanding of key theoretical concepts. Whether in a Diploma, Certificate or Associates Degree program, or a shorter Intensive Summer Course, there are measurable benefits to enrolling in academic courses. Prospective employers usually regard applicants with appropriate academic qualifications with higher interest than those who have not taken any academic courses or programs.

What kind of career improvement can you expect when taking Academic Courses?

Students who make the investment in their academic career by enrolling in courses can expect an improvement in their career prospects once they attain the resulting academic qualification. Diplomas, Certificates and Associate Degrees are requirements for consideration for some positions. Summer courses, Foundational Courses and a Preparatory Year can also lead to career improvement by developing key skills and knowledge in a field, which proves critical to professional success.

How much do Academic Courses cost?

The costs of academic courses vary widely depending on the type of course, duration, the school and the country. Cost summaries are available on some of the academic course program pages, or you can request more information from the school or university. It is always a good idea to contact the school offering the academic course of interest, because they may be able to give more information about any financial aid or scholarships that could be available to applicants.

Why take Academic Courses online?

Some students have full time commitments, such as a career or family, which prevent them from travelling to campus for their studies. Online academic courses bring the classroom to the student via the most up-to-date e-learning technologies. Students enrolled in academic courses online can directly communicate with their professors and peers via email, teleconferencing, forums, video conferencing, chat/messenger and more. Some students find that studying online in their academic courses enables them to improve their written communication skills faster than they would in the classroom.

How do Academic Courses differ in various countries?

The terms used for different types of academic courses will vary from country to country. For example, in Australia and the UK, the term Diploma often refers to an advanced level course done in a certain subject, leading to professional status. Prior to the Bologna Process in Greece, Germany, Hungary and some other European countries, a diploma was a five-year undergraduate degree roughly equivalent to a bachelor’s and master’s today. In some countries, academic certificates are required in addition to an undergraduate degree to qualify for professional practice in Education, Law or other disciplines.

To learn more about the numerous and diverse academic courses available around the world, explore the program pages on this website. You can always request more information about any academic courses of interest using the web form on the program detail page.