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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Academic Writes Wiki Pages To Improve Female Scientists' Exposure

August 21, 2018

In a quest to give female scientists the recognition they deserve, Jess Wade, a postdoctoral researcher in the field of plastic electronics at Imperial College London’s Blackett Laboratory, is writing Wikipedia entries about each of them. Let's take a closer look.


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Income-Driven Repayment Plans and Student Loan Forgiveness: When Free Isn’t Free

August 16, 2018

Student loans in the US account for trillions in debt, with millions of American students owing significant sums. For many people, student loan repayment plans and student loan forgiveness offer hope for salvation. However, experts caution that there’s a “hidden cost” when it comes to student …


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Preparation Equals College Success for Latino Students

July 23, 2018

For many Latino students in the US, college isn't accessible. One author suggests that the community needs more support in getting students there. Let's take a closer look.


Newly added Courses

CEPT | Summer Winter School

Course in Technology - Writing for Impact: Producing Effective and Attractive Documents

August 21, 2018
This course is for you if – you keep postponing the task of writing until you can postpone it no longer – you can draw but find writing a difficult task – you want to be a competent writer but think that good writers are born and not made. In the short term, the course will focus on good practices that participants can follow right away to make their… [+] writing more effective; in the long term, the course will show how the participants can learn to be better writers. [-]

Gold Coast Learning Centre

Diploma of Marketing and Communication

August 16, 2018
The Diploma of Marketing and Communication at Gold Coast Learning Centre offers advanced, practical and engaging training in all areas of the marketing industry, including international marketing and e-marketing.

University of Baltimore, Merrick School of Business

Certificate in Government Financial Management

August 16, 2018
The Graduate Certificate in Government Financial Management is designed primarily for individuals who are interested in careers in government financial reporting, government auditing, and government contracting and budgeting. It also prepares you for the Certified Government Financial Manager and Certified Defense Financial Manager examinations.

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What International Students Need to Know about the Community College Initiative Program

August 1, 2018

Millions of international students from all over the world dream of studying in the US. While many of them succeed, others may not see a pathway to bringing this dream to life. Enter the Community Col...


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Tips To Succeed At Your Summer Tutoring Job

July 18, 2018

If your plan to make some extra cash and keep your academic skills sharp this summer involves tutoring, you're in good company. Many students--high school graduates, advanced high school students, and college students--tutor over the summer to help others and to cushion their bank accounts in betwee...


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What to Read this Summer According to Influential People

July 5, 2018

Summer reading time is here! Plop yourself under a beach umbrella, dig your toes into the warm sand, and crack open a new book. Take a look at what these influential folks recommend.

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.