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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UK University Calls It Quits with Unconditional Offers

November 12, 2018

What happens when candidates for college admissions are given unconditional offers? Many of them fail to strive for the best test scores. This, at least, is the conclusion drawn by one London university, which recently announced plans to stop making unconditional offers. Here’s a closer look at th…


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Chinese Universities Tighten Up On Graduation Requirements

November 9, 2018

In an effort to elevate standards, Chinese universities are tightening up their graduation requirements. Let's take a closer look.


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Do Non-Degree Programs Offer Equal Benefits to Men and Women?

November 5, 2018

Many prospective workers are choosing certification programs over college in the hopes of developing the specialized skills necessary to compete in today’s job market without paying exorbitant tuition costs. However, a new report from policy research group New America’s Center on Education and S…


Newly added Courses

Warwick Business School

Foundation Year

November 10, 2018
Our Foundation Year prepares you for degree-level study at WBS and gives students the opportunity to build their knowledge about business, improve some key skills we have found to be important to success during the undergraduate degree, and spend a year getting used to the university environment.

North Central College

Intensive English for Academic Purposes Course

November 9, 2018
The intensive English program operates year-round. It serves students who are interested in studying English intensively (20 hours per week) and want to improve their English skills for academic or professional purposes.

Milano Fashion Institute

Startup for Fashion Course

November 8, 2018
The course focuses on innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, accompanying students through all phases of the entire process to create a creative and innovative start-up operating in the fashion industry, from the generation of an idea and from research to the development of the project, from the business plan to branding and communication, from… [+] obtaining venture capital financing to the definition of strategic growth over time. [-]

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Six Ways Social Media Can Influence Your Job Search

October 31, 2018

Do you use social media? If so, great -- but be careful. What we post online may have consequences in the real world, especially when it comes to finding a job. Let's take a closer look at six ways so...


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Five Ways You Can Save Money When Studying

October 17, 2018

While your college investment has a big payoff potential, saving as much as you can during your student days can help you come out even further ahead. Read on for a roundup of five lesser known ways to save money while studying.


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Four Reasons to Study Off The Beaten Path in The US

October 4, 2018

New York. Boston. Washington, DC. Chicago. San Francisco. What do these five cities have in common? They are all meccas for international students in the US. However, they are far from the only options. There are many other places more off the beaten path with significant pull factors to consider wh...

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.