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


New Online Education Platform Created for Displaced Students

October 24, 2016

The newly formed Catalyst Trust for Universal Education recently pledged a $1 million investment for the creation of an online, global database of scholarships and educational opportunities for students displaced by global conflicts.  Find out more.


Britain Aims for More Multilingualism

October 17, 2016

The benefits of multilingualism are increasingly well known. And with more than half of the world’s population speaking at least two languages, the imperative to expand is stronger than ever for those still limited to just one. Britain’s new Multilingualism - Empowering Individuals, Tran…


How International Students Are Coming Out on Top Post-Brexit

October 12, 2016

The academic community has been vocal in its opposition to Brexit, citing concerns related to everything from research collaboration to international exchange. Now comes data from financial services provider Western Union Business Solutions which suggests that a post-Brexit future might not be so bl…

Newly added Courses

Saddleback College

Associate of Science in Computer Science

October 27, 2016
The curriculum in the Computer Science Associate Degree program is designed to provide the transfer student the opportunity to achieve an Associate degree. While a baccalaureate or higher degree is recommended for those considering a major in computer science, earning the associate degree would demonstrate achievement and may support attempts to gain… [+] entry-level employment or promotion. [-]

LMW Luxury Materials Workshop

Course in Luxury Materials

October 26, 2016
The course that aims at acquiring knowledge and at researching the materials lasts one week and focuses on the explanation of the various production techniques for the luxury items sector. The specialization offered is very important as it aims at creating a designer with basic skills on materials and production techniques to allow him/her to make… [+] the right choises in the collection creation phase. [-]

Australian School of Management

Diploma of Business in Hotel Management

October 26, 2016
If you want to thrive in the fast-paced world of hospitality and tourism, our course is the perfect way to advance your skills and gain essential knowledge that will help you excel in the industry.



6 Must-Have Skills for the Global Student

October 19, 2016

Sure, being tech-savvy is important… but what other skills should you develop as a student?  What skills do your future employers want you to have?   Find out the top six must-ha...


Five Signs That You’re Studying Too Much

October 6, 2016

Many students quickly fall down the rabbit hole of studying too much and end up struggling as the semester wears on. Let’s take a closer look at some tips aimed at helping you recognize if you’re at risk of losing your head come exam time.>


Surf's Up! 10 Off-the-Hook Surf and Study Locations Around the World

September 21, 2016

Think you can’t ride the waves and earn a degree?  Think again.  We’ve compiled a list of 10 of the most unique surf and study locations around the world.  Let’s take a closer look.>

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.