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


Blockchain Coursework on the Rise?

July 17, 2017

The higher education sector is constantly maneuvering to keep up with preparing students with the skills they need to enter the workforce upon graduation. The latest field being added to college curricula? Blockchain. Here’s a closer look.


Paving the Path Forward for Higher Ed in Africa

July 14, 2017

More than 500 representatives of academia and industry convened last month at the Association of African Universities’ (AAU) 14th General Conference and Golden Jubilee. In addition to celebrating highlights to date, the event also shined the spotlight on the half-century ahead. Here’s a …


Australian Universities to Receive UK Funding

July 10, 2017

London’s intellectual property group PLC will give $200 million to nine universities in Australia and New Zealand over the next ten years.  Read more about this exciting opportunity for innovators, startups, and potential spin-off companies.

Newly added Courses

Berlin School of Economics and Law:  HWR Berlin Summer and Winter School

Summer Course: German Language - Learn the Language, Understand the Culture, Experience Berlin!

July 27, 2017
The language courses combine intensive language classes with a taste of culture and history of Berlin / Germany. We offer two courses at beginners’ level, one for absolute beginners and one for advanced beginners.

Imperial Education for Excellence

Creative Writing | One-Day Masterclass

July 27, 2017
Our 1-day masterclass in creative writing will help you gain the tools you need to craft and pitch your novel. Our masterclass, led by author Carlie Sorosiak, will teach you how to build compelling characters and interesting worlds, as well as pitch those ideas to literary agents and build an online platform.

American Graduate School of Business (AGSB)

Pre-MIBA: GBS - Graduate Business Studies

July 26, 2017
Graduate Business Studies was developed for those who already have a Bachelor degree and would like to enhance their basic business knowledge. It is ideal for those students who would like to join our master's program but who do not have sufficient background from their bachelor degree.



What Can Buddy Programs Bring to International Students?

July 25, 2017

You’ve decided to study abroad—good for you!  With great adventure comes great change.  How can you adapt to that change?  Participate in the buddy program.  You’...


Four Tips for Making the Most of Your College Investment

June 28, 2017

There’s a lot of talk about whether college is a good investment. And with good reason: With tuition prices soaring to unthinkable heights, getting your money’s worth is paramount. As with most things in life, however, you get out of college what you put into it, and there are some ways ...>


Why Indigenous Studies Are Important in Canadian Higher Education

June 21, 2017

Happy Summer!  Happy First Nations Day!  Join Canada in celebrating its Indigenous culture and heritage—and learn about the history of the day.  Let’s take a closer look.>

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.