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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November 17, 2017

The Prime Minister of India recently announced funding for 20 universities—10 public and 10 private—to reach world-class ranking. Let’s take a closer look.


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November 13, 2017

In an effort to boost teaching quality in order to “drive the nation’s industrialization,” the government of Ghana recently announced its intent to prioritize support for the country’s technical universities and polytechnics, according to the Ghana News Agency as reported by …


Newly added Courses

Kennesaw State University

Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering

November 19, 2017
The Graduate Certificate in SWE assumes that students have a significant background in computing. It both deepens and broadens their knowledge of computing, and prepares them for positions of more responsibility in the computing industry, as well as for further postgraduate studies.

The College At Brockport State University Of New York

Delta College

November 19, 2017
Delta College takes its name from the ancient Greek symbol for change because it provides an unconventional education that equips students with the knowledge and skills to be the agents of change in an ever-changing world.

Elle International

ELLE International Fashion and Luxury Management Program

November 17, 2017
The ELLE International Fashion and Luxury Management Program is the result of an innovative collaboration between ELLE, the world’s number one fashion media brand, MIT Sloan Executive Education, and Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM). The program is designed to provide participants with exclusive insight and a global perspective of the fashion a… [+]nd luxury industry. [-]

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Five Reasons to Consider Trade School

November 8, 2017

While the college track is right for many post-secondary students, others choose a different direction: Trade school. Also known as “technical” or “vocational” school, these ed...


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Seven Favorite Destinations for Gap Year Travelers

October 26, 2017

More and more students are choosing to take gap years, and with good reason: Not only is a gap year the adventure of a lifetime, but taking time off to travel has been linked with extraordinary benefits, including everything from a greater sense of purpose to better academic performance upon return ...>


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Four Top Employability Skills and How to Get Them

October 11, 2017

Education and experience are only part of the “big picture” of landing a job. Also essential? Invaluable soft skills, also known as “employability skills,” which convey that not only do you have the knowledge you need, but also the ability to successfully apply that knowledge...>

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.