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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Students Work to Commemorate Destroyed National Museum

September 21, 2018

After a fire tore through Brazil's National Museum on September 2, students are gallantly trying to put some of the pieces back together. Let's take a closer look and see how you may be able to help.


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UK Universities' Finances on Cliff Edge

September 18, 2018

UK universities facing declining student enrollments face another challenge: precarious financial futures. Let's take a closer look.


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Employers or the Public: Who Has More Confidence in College?

September 14, 2018

After conducting two national surveys of business executives and hiring managers as part of its Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative, the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) has gleaned some invaluable insights into liberal education and the future of work.…


Newly added Courses

Asian Institute of Management

Course: Development Executive Programs

September 21, 2018
The Stephen Zuellig School of Development Management’s ( ZSDM) Development Executive Programs (DEPs) are short non-degree courses on specialized topics relevant to development professionals.

Johnson & Wales University

English as a Second Language (ESL)

September 19, 2018
Students requiring ESL courses will be registered by Student Academic & Financial Services until all ESL requirements are successfully completed. A schedule hold is in effect during this time which prevents students from making changes to their schedule. Students wishing to continue enrollment in ESL courses during the summer must notify Student… [+] Academic & Financial Services. [-]

The University Center

University Preparation Program

September 21, 2018
The University Center is a comprehensive ESL and university boarding preparatory school. We help international students prepare for English language and academic success at great American universities.

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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 l...


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Six Things All Students Need To Know About Buying Plane Tickets

September 5, 2018

If you are planning to travel to or study in a far-off location, you have many exciting things ahead of you. One less than thrilling prospect, however, is paying for your trip. Because the reality is that unless you are sitting on millions of free miles, buying an airline ticket can seriously set yo...


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15 Fictional Schools Where We'd Like To Enroll

August 22, 2018

Waiting for an owl to crash through your window with an acceptance letter to your top choice of school? Join the club! Let's take a closer look at 15 fictional schools we wish were real.

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.