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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Tennessee Governor Wants Free Community College for Adults

February 20, 2017

Tennessee wants to expand its free community college program to adults.  The program already serves recent high school graduates.  Why the push?  Helping 55 percent of Tennesseans earn a postsecondary or certificate by 2025.  Learn more about this program—and others in the …


Universities Offer Courses on Famous, Living People

February 17, 2017

What do Dickens, Shakespeare, Mozart, Bach, Kanye West, and Beyoncé have in common?  That’s right: they’re famous, brilliant artists.  And you can now study all of them at university.  Let’s take a closer look.


International Student Spending Spikes in Russia

February 13, 2017

International enrollments at Russia’s colleges and universities have tripled to more than 280,000 over the past decade, according to data shared by the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). It follows that spending by international students has in…

Newly added Courses

The Private Hotel School

Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Education

February 22, 2017
The aim of this programme is to offer candidates (developers, teachers, trainers, managers) who already have a generic or specific qualification (at least 360 credits registered on the NQF level 6) but with limited background in hospitality management or culinary arts and/or consumer studies teaching, as well as those who are already training or teaching… [+] in the GET or FET bands, support in the form of part-time, off campus or distance learning, further education. [-]


Ibmec International Academy 2017

February 21, 2017
The Ibmec International Academy 2017 is an intensive business course for undergraduate and graduate students, in which the student will have one week of classes during the month of July 2017 at the Ibmec Business School, located in Rio de Janeiro.

Cambridge International Education Centre

Foundation Course in Law

February 21, 2017
This programme has been specially devised to prepare and equip students, especially international students, who intend to study for a law degree delivered and assessed in the English language. It seeks to develop the legal English and study skills which, together with legal knowledge and understanding, are so vital for success at university.



6 Tips to Prime Your Resume for Politics

February 8, 2017

Want to work in politics?  Write a strong resume.  Showcase your political experiences and reveal that you are a trustworthy, respectable, intelligent human being who wants to help serve the...


6 Must-Haves for the Ultimate College Dorm First Aid Kit

January 25, 2017

Many first-time college students revel at the thought of the freedom they’ll experience while away at university. However, there’s an oft-overlooked downside to that independence: Living on your own doesn’t just mean reveling in the highs, but also coping with the lows. In this cas...>


How to Fight Identity Theft on Campus and Off

January 11, 2017

Among those most vulnerable to identity theft?  You.  That’s right—university students are among the most susceptible populations to identity theft.  Why? Youth and invincibility.  As young and invincible as you may be or feel, you’re never immune to identity th...>

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.