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


Commonwealth Consortium to Offer Youth Development Degree

September 25, 2017

Good news for those looking to study youth development.  A new consortium of 16 universities was recently formed to offer low-cost options for bachelor’s degrees in youth work in Commonwealth countries.  Let’s take a closer look at this initiative.


How Many Aussie Teens Want to Be YouTubers?

September 22, 2017

A recent report from the Australian Institute of Family Studies yields interesting insights into the contemporary career aspiration of Australian teens. Which jobs hold the most appeal, and which are last on the list? Here’s a closer look at the data.


Women Key to Development Goals in Africa

September 18, 2017

A new association focused on the pivotal role of women in Africa’s development was recently announced in Ghana, at the Commonwealth Association of Technical Universities and Polytechnics Africa. Let’s take a closer look at this initiative, and what it means for Africa.

Newly added Courses

Newcastle University

Graduate Diploma in Business and Humanities with Pre-Sessional English

September 25, 2017
This programme includes an additional term, specifically dedicated to improving your English language skills for direct entry into a master's degree at Newcastle University. Progress to a range of postgraduate degrees in business, communication, heritage, law, media, social sciences and transport at Newcastle University.

Universidad del Este (UNE)

Associate Degree in Avionics

September 24, 2017
The Avionics program offers students an Associate’s Degree in Engineering Sciences of a technical and practical nature that aims to train high quality professional technicians with a strong command of specialized knowledge, adequate manual skills and effective communication skills.

European School of Economics London

Course in Football Team Management

September 22, 2017
This course is designed for players. ex-players, managers and business.



International Studies: They’re Not Just for College Students!

September 14, 2017

When most people think of international study experiences, the college years come to mind. However, another segment of the population is showing increasing interest in studying abroad: High school stu...


Your Four Step Guide to Studying in the UK

September 8, 2017

With so many international students setting their sights on the UK, how can you make sure you earn a spot? Read on for a roundup of four things all international students aspiring to study in the UK should do. >


6 Books to Read about Russia

September 6, 2017

Happy National Read a Book Day.  Grab a book you think you’d enjoy and get reading.  Need some help?  We’ve got you covered.  In light of the news and the goings-on about the world, we thought you might appreciate learning more about Russia.   Today, get set...>

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.