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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China Aims To Host Half a Million International Students By 2020

January 17, 2018

China will realize its goal of teaching at least half a million students by 2020 if its international student recruitment trends continue. Let’s take a closer look.


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Do Chinese Story Books Improve Academic Achievement?

January 16, 2018

A new study suggests that the books children read from an early age may have an impact on their perceptions of success—and later academic achievement. Let’s take a closer look.


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Can Gig Driving Help You Make Your College Dreams a Reality?

January 8, 2018

Ridesharing has changed the face of transportation. Will it also change access to education for its drivers? That’s the goal of a new partnership between Lyft and Guild Education aimed at bridging the gap between people and their college aspirations. Here’s a closer look at this innovative, firs…


Newly added Courses

Hankuk University Of Foreign Studies

International Summer Session in Korean & East Asian Studies (ISS)

January 17, 2018
The International Summer Session in Korean & East Asian Studies (ISS) at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS), offered continuously for ten years since its establishment in 2003, provides a unique opportunity to all those who want to deepen their understanding of Korean society and the sources of its current trends.

Université Côte d’Azur (UCA)

Graduate Diploma Digital Transformation and Iot Consulting

January 17, 2018
The graduate diploma DigitIoT is a multidisciplinary program that will broaden your repertoire as an IoT consultant and a leader in digital innovation. The emphasis on critical thinking will enable you to adjust expertise to specific situations. Our program provides global grounding in digital economics and management, recent legal issues in IoT, design,… [+] ergonomics and technological challenges in the IoT domain. Our faculty is experts in their fields and they develop up-to-date best practices and the latest academic research. [-]

OsgoodePD - Osgoode Hall Law School - York University

Certificate in Foundations for Graduate Legal Studies

January 16, 2018
This program is primarily designed for graduates of law degree programs from outside Canada who are interested in pursuing graduate legal studies in Canada.

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What Students Should Know About Cryptocurrencies

January 15, 2018

If you haven’t heard about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies yet, odds are you’ve been living in an underground bunker. However, while most people have heard of cryptocurrency and Bitcoin by now,...


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What You Need To Know About the Standardized Testing Debate

December 27, 2017

Standardized testing is often in the news. Why? Its debatable use and fairness. Let’s take a closer look at what you need to know about the standardized testing debate.>


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Five Things Kindergarten and College Have in Common

December 25, 2017

While kindergarten may be the first step in your academic career and college is often the last (unless you’re pursuing graduate studies, that is), these two phases of life are a lot more alike than most people realize. Read on for a roundup of five things kindergarten and college have in common.>

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.