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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Parents in Singapore Prioritize Education over Retirement

July 11, 2016

University education is a priority to parents in many societies, but in Singapore, parents value their children's education above most other expenses. According to a new study Singaporean parents would rather go into debt than scrimp on university fees for their children. The study compared parents …


K-12 International Enrollments on the Rise

July 4, 2016

Research abounds about the growing popularity of international studies at the higher education level, but what about in K-12 schools? A recent International School Consultancy (ISC) Global Report delivers an insightful look into escalating demand in this sector, as well. Let’s take a closer lo…


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…

Newly added Courses

Kensington and Chelsea College

Pottery Workshop

July 25, 2016
Whether you are a beginner or have some previous experience, you will develop and learn new skills, from sculptural techniques to throwing on the wheel, making moulds and trying different glazing techniques. Students pay for clay used and a studio fee.

Key College

Associate of Science in Medical Assistant Specialists

July 25, 2016
This profession is the heart and soul of the medical field. Healthcare is one of only a few industries in America that is currently growing with available careers. This industry would not succeed without the help of medical assistants. Their skills are needed in almost every aspect of the healthcare field.

Stevenson University

Graduate Certificate in Secondary STEM Teaching & Learning Certificate

July 25, 2016
Stevenson University’s Secondary STEM Teaching and Learning Certificate program is designed for current middle or high school math and science teachers who want to expand their knowledge and practice of inquiry-based collaborative teaching and learning.



Five Children's Books for College Students

July 13, 2016

Once you enter into degree studies, your reading assignments can get rather technical and dense. Most higher education courses require students to absorb and understand complicated concepts, but just ...


How to Beat Shyness in College

July 7, 2016

Half of all Americans consider themselves to be shy. And while not everyone needs to be the life of the party, when it comes to academic studies and class participation, shyness can be a serious hurdle. Here are six ways to improve your self-confidence and overcome shyness so that you can excel in y...>


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 holiday will fall on 6-7 July. As Ramadan draws to an end, Muslims around the world will break their month...>

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.