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.

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Japan to Create New Vocational Universities?

June 27, 2016

With the need for specialized skills on the rise in Japan, a government panel is calling for the establishment of new universities which will offer vocation-specific coursework to students in sought-after fields, according to a report from The Japan Times. Let’s take a closer look at the propo…


Spanish Language Studies Picking Up Post-Recession

June 21, 2016

Approximately 559 million people around the world speak Spanish, and it has been declared the earth’s second-most important language by the Index of Human Development. And while the country’s 2013 economic crisis led to a decrease in international students pursuing Spanish language studi…


What’s Ahead for International Education in Australia?

June 13, 2016

As more countries endeavor to garner increasing shares of the lucrative international education market, Australia’s recently released National Strategy for International Education 2025 sets an ambitious example. What’s involved in the country’s first comprehensive, 10-year blueprin…

Newly added Courses


Airline Pilot 260 Hours

June 30, 2016
This course is oriented for people without any flight experience who wish to work in aviation as pilots in the short term. Candidates will be trained according with a program designed and supervised by Airline Captains and school flight instructors. Training programs between Spain (flight training) and Spain (time building) available.

University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB)

PgD in Leadership Development

June 30, 2016
USB’s internationally accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Development acknowledges leadership as the prime driver of a culture of performance. That is why this modular one-year programme focuses on your development as a leader and not on managerial functions such as finance, marketing and economics. These leadership competencies can be applied i… [+]n any industry, anywhere in the world. [-]

Executive M.B.L.HSG, University of St. Gallen

Certificate (CAS) in European and International Business Law

June 30, 2016
• Strong generalist knowledge and skills in European and international business law • Three attendance modules in three different locations • Part-time • For lawyers and non-lawyers • Truly international • In English • Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) from the University of St.Gallen



Celebrating Eid al-Fitr Around the World

June 29, 2016

Islam is practiced by approximately 1.6 billion people, and Eid al-Fitr is one of the religion's biggest holidays. The feast marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and this year the holida...


What Are Pathway and Foundation Programs?

June 15, 2016

Are you thinking of enrolling in a degree program abroad? Are you unsure whether your school credentials will be accepted at a foreign institution? Do you want to improve your language proficiency before beginning your undergraduate studies? These are just a few of the reasons to consider a foundati...>


Five Fields to Study in Summer School

June 9, 2016

Universities don’t stop just because summer starts. In fact, college campuses are not only alive and well during summer vacation, but millions of students choose to seek out exciting learning opportunities during this time. Thinking of enrolling in summer school but not sure where to focus you...>

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.