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


Malta Sees Gains in English Language Study Students

April 21, 2017

The US, UK, and Australia usually come to mind when thoughts turn to English language studies for international students. However, another destination is picking up steam: Malta. Here’s a look at the latest data, as reported by the Times of Malta.


Wales to Attract the “Very Best” Teachers

April 17, 2017

Want to teach?  Consider training in Wales.  The Welsh government just released a new plan to improve its teacher education program, offering incentives for new students as early as September 2017.  Learn more.


Japan to Open New E-sports School

April 10, 2017

In Japan, the Osaka Communication Arts College joins the Tokyo School of Anime in offering degree programs in… e-sports.  That’s right: video games.  Care to learn more?  Read on.

Newly added Courses


Summer Workshop Brussels - Luxury Brand Management

April 23, 2017
This course is taught by Dr Pascal Portanier, Ph.D in Luxury Brand Management, and who has 20 years’ experience in marketing and design for luxury brands such as Karl Lagerfeld, Rodier, Rosenthal, Lance, Clarins, Institut Guinot…


Long-Term Spanish Courses (12+ weeks)

April 22, 2017
These courses are aimed at foreign students who want to achieve a high level of Spanish at the time that they experience Spanish culture first hand. Through our long-term courses students will achieve the level of Spanish required by institutions for higher education (undergraduate and postgraduate education) in Spain.

Liszt Academy

Course in Jazz Bass Guitar

April 21, 2017
Three popular jazz standards of different tempo and character (ballad, latin, swing, etc.). Playing the melody of the theme according to bass accompaniment and to the original harmonisation.



Why Twenty-First-Century Students Should Study History

April 19, 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “We are not makers of history.  We are made by history.”  From defining your identity to shaping the world, let’s take a closer look at why st...


Four Ways Your Parents Can Help You Prepare for Your College Interviews

April 5, 2017

For some college applicants one part of the process is particularly stressful. The interview. From fears about being hit with a question you can’t answer to concerns about crossing the line between confident and cocky, interviews can be tricky territory, making preparing for them a daunting ta...>


Why Southern California is the Place to Study Abroad in the Summer

April 5, 2017

When students’ thoughts turn to summer, words like sun, fun and travel usually come to mind. One word that doesn’t usually make the list? Studying. However, the reality is that studying abroad in the summer has many advantages for international students, including everything from honing ...>

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.