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

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Brazil’s Education System to Get a Singapore-Style Boost

April 16, 2018

A partnership between NIE International (NIEI) Singapore, the business consultancy arm of the National Institute of Education, and one of Brazil's largest non-governmental organizations, the Ayrton Senna Institute (IAS), will lead to new educational opportunities for more than 50,000 Brazilian stude…


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American Colleges See Decline in Foreign Language Learning

April 13, 2018

It's not news that US college students lag behind in second-language learning and a recent report indicates that the US may be falling even further behind. Learn more about the decline of language learning in the US.


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This is How International Students Can Work on US Campuses

April 9, 2018

International graduates can work on campuses in the US. Find out how. Let's take a closer look.


Newly added Courses

Birchwater Education

Professional Business Course: Financial Management

April 20, 2018
The Financial management course looks at the importance of financial statements, capital markets and sources of finance and how it applies to the management of a company.

Vesalius College

Media and Security Governance Programme

April 20, 2018
A 10-day summer school exploring the relationship between media and security governance in the context of conflicts.

Regent International Education Group

General and Academic English and IELTS Preparation

April 19, 2018
We cover the four core learning skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing and we also include pronunciation, functional and topical English as well as New Zealand culture. Our courses can be used as a pathway to further study or if you simply want to improve your English.

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Five Tips to Ace Your Standardized Tests

April 19, 2018

They’re all over the news when it comes to education and assessment. Some folks favor them, some not so much. Let's take a closer look at what standardized tests are--and how you can ace them.


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What’s the Difference Between Community College and Vocational School?

April 5, 2018

There’s more than one path to success and they don’t necessarily involve four-year degrees or any degree at all. College is not for everybody. Learn more about the difference between community college and vocational school.

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.