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

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South Africa to Teach Kiswahili in Schools

October 15, 2018

Beginning in 2020, South African schools will teach the country's "most recognized language", Kiswahili. Let's take a closer look.


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Northern Ireland Attracts More International Students

October 12, 2018

Northern Ireland saw a spike in the number of international students outside the EU. Let's take a closer look.


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How One $100,000 Fund is Fueling Innovation in Higher Education

October 5, 2018

One organization is out to show the benefits of higher education, even for those who'd rather be start-up entrepreneurs. Let's take a closer look.


Newly added Courses

Emeritus Institute of Management

Certificate in Digital Marketing Strategies: Data, Automation, AI & Analytics

October 18, 2018
In this online program by Kellogg School of Management Executive Education, you'll gain an end-to-end perspective of the modern marketing process that starts with gathering customer insights, moves through content strategies and execution, and culminates in optimization. It may sound familiar, but if AI and automation aren't part of your marketing technology… [+] stack, then you're not getting the most out of your marketing investments. Market leaders take a holistic view of marketing, adopting technology platforms that support decision making across the entire organization. That's what this program is all about. [-]

VCAD Visual College of Art and Design

Diploma in Architecture Design and Technology

October 17, 2018
"The 72-week Architecture Design & Technology diploma program at VCAD will prepare you for a career working in architectural design as a cost estimator, building materials associate, architectural technician, computer-aided design (CAD) modeler and more. "

Reeves College

Diploma in Business and Digital Marketing Management

October 17, 2018
The Business and Digital Marketing Management diploma program will provide you with the latest skills in social media, web, and digital marketing. Combine that with a foundation in traditional business skills such as writing and project management, and you'll be prepared to take on an entry role in business management or even launch and run your own… [+] business. [-]

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Five Ways You Can Save Money When Studying

October 17, 2018

While your college investment has a big payoff potential, saving as much as you can during your student days can help you come out even further ahead. Read on for a roundup of five lesser known ways t...


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Four Reasons to Study Off The Beaten Path in The US

October 4, 2018

New York. Boston. Washington, DC. Chicago. San Francisco. What do these five cities have in common? They are all meccas for international students in the US. However, they are far from the only options. There are many other places more off the beaten path with significant pull factors to consider wh...


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Six Reasons Why College Is Still Worth It

September 20, 2018

There is some debate these days about the value of a college degree. Some see it as a long, expensive path that leads them where they will end up anyway. The data says otherwise. Let's take a closer look at six reasons why a college degree is still worth it.

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.