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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Will Transparency in Australia Clear Up Student Confusion?

May 23, 2016

In a recently released discussion paper, Australia’s Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham revealed the innovative goal of making it easier for students to know exactly what they’re up against when applying for courses. What can we expect moving forward? Amongst other changes, univ…


France Introduces New Online Language Assessment Tool

May 16, 2016

A second or third language is an incredibly valuable skill for job-seekers and students, but it can be difficult to assess language proficiency. Now, a new online language assessment tool gives language learners the opportunity to test their skills and provides accurate, accessible proficiency asses…


Is Language Learning a Global Movement?

May 9, 2016

The benefits of bilingualism are increasingly well-known, across a wide number of factors ranging from cognitive development to employability. But how is this playing out in the education sphere? Significantly so, according to recently released findings from a global survey of education agents condu…

Newly added Courses

Ironhack Barcelona

iOS Bootcamp for Developers

May 26, 2016
Become an iOS developer in 8 weeks. Learn the fundamentals of Objective-C, CocoaTouch, Xcode, interface design and networking.

University of Belgrano

(PALAS 366) U.S.-Latin America Relations

May 25, 2016
This course begins by examining U.S. and Latin American relations from the Wars of Independence and the emergence of Latin America’s nationstates to U. S. expansion southwards at the beginning of the 20th century.

Kensington and Chelsea College

Foundation Degree in Early Years

May 26, 2016
The Foundation Degree in Early Years at Kensington and Chelsea College is run in collaboration with Kingston University at Level 4 and Level 5. This course combines academic study with work based learning. All students attend college for one day between 3 pm and 9.30 pm on a Tuesday. To apply for the course you must meet the following criteria: You… [+] will have an appropriate Level 3 qualification such... [-]



Seven Gap-Year Adventures that Beat Lying on a Beach

May 19, 2016

Can you change the course of your life in a year? Possibly, if you make the most out of your Gap Year. If you're not sure what a gap year is, or what to do during yours, read on for seven meaningful w...


Five Reasons Why Professionals Should Never Stop Learning

May 10, 2016

The phrase “lifelong learning” is widely used in higher education circles and with good reason: In today’s rapidly changing business landscape, the ongoing acquisition of knowledge is essential not just to keep up, but also to address the most relevant professional challenges as th...>


Five Reasons to Take Summer Courses

April 13, 2016

While summer school may not be at the top of the list of things that come to mind when you think about how you’ll spend those long-awaited lazy, hazy, crazy days, the fact is that there are plenty of good reasons to think outside-the-box and inside-the-classroom when it comes to planning for t...>

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.