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What is an Associate Degree?

An Associate degree is a higher education degree offered at community colleges, technical schools and universities that usually takes about two years to complete. In some countries, an associate degree can be granted after a student completes the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. Some conventional types of associate degrees are Associate of Arts (AA) degrees, Associate of Science (AS) degrees and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees. Associate degrees are the required higher education qualification for some professional fields, while in other sectors they provide an advantage over those without a degree. 

 

What are the benefits of taking an Associate Degree?

There are numerous benefits of taking an associate degree program. Getting an associate degree offers a student the college experience for two years. This develops a more advanced understanding of the field of professional focus as well as helps to build character. Associate degree graduates are often more sought after than those without a higher education degree, and may also be eligible for higher pay. Employers recognize the deepened familiarity and increased understanding of the subject that comes with associate degree level study.

What do we study in an Associate Degree?

Associate degree programs are offered in a wide range of specializations across most academic disciplines. There are associate degrees in Technology, Business, the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences. Associate degree programs are offered at schools around the world. For example, one might want to obtain an Associate Degree in Interior Decoration and Design in Australia, or an Associate of Science in legal Assisting in the USA.

What kind of career improvement can you expect with an Associate Degree?

Obtaining an associate degree can have a significantly positive impact on one’s career prospects – from competitiveness in the job search to better pay and eligibility for promotion. Companies may be more willing to consider a bid for promotion from a working professional with experience if they also have a degree. Associate degrees also open the door to continued higher education, as some degree credits may be transferrable towards a bachelor’s and on to a master’s program.

How much does it cost to take an Associate Degree?

The costs of taking an associate degree vary from one country to another and one school to another. The tuition cost may also vary depending on the subject of the associate’s degree. It is important to gather information about the cost of an associate degree program while making a choice of which associate degree is right for you. You can contact the school offering the associate degree program of choice to get more information about the tuition prices, other costs and if any financial support can be given (in the form of scholarships or aid).

Why take an Associate Degree Online?

 

Taking an associate degree online can open the door to higher education to those who would not be able to study otherwise, due to scheduling conflicts or location. Associate degree online programs make use of e-learning technology to bring the classroom to you in your home office or wherever you are. Working around a busy schedule can seem daunting, but online associate degree study is designed to help you realize your goals without giving up on your other commitments. Teachers can communicate directly with their students in associate degree programs online. The end result of a successful pass in an associate degree online program is the same degree full-time on campus students obtain.

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Associate in Business Administration

Valley Forge Military College
Campus Full time August 2017 USA Wayne

The Associate in Business Administration program offers a rigorous academic curriculum geared to fulfill all the requirements of the Associate of Arts degree while positioning the student for a major in Business at VFMC and subsequent transfer to a four-year institution, in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. [+]

Associate Degree 2017. Associate in Business Administration The Associate in Business Administration program offers a rigorous academic curriculum geared to fulfill all the requirements of the Associate of Arts degree while positioning the student for a major in Business at VFMC and subsequent transfer to a four-year institution, in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. The goal of the program is to expose the student to the theories and principles underlying various business disciplines such that the student may better assess their interests and aptitude for this particular area of study. The theory is further enhanced using applications to real life and business experience in the business arena and current events. Upon completion of the program the student should be well-positioned to transfer into a four-year institution to major in: Accounting, Economics, Business Administration, International Business, Finance or Marketing. Programs of Study Our military tradition benefits all students: those who go on to officer training and those who choose to pursue other paths. A study by Korn/Ferry International shows that the leadership skills learned in military training enhance success in corporate life – which may be why many of our graduates go on to captain their own businesses. Whatever your goal, VFMC has academic programs that will help you get there. The Academic Program at VFMC leads to an Associate of Arts, an Associate of Science, or an Associate in Business Administration degree. The strong core curriculum, developed on the basis of careful analysis of the general education requirements of competitive... [-]

Associate Degree of Visual Art

TAFE Western Australia
Campus Full time 4 semesters January 2018 Australia Perth Bentley Geraldton Broome Bunbury Albany + 5 more

This new degree program is designed to prepare you for professional practice as a contemporary artist. You will study with a complete focus on art experience in the studio, with each stage progressively building on practical skills and theoretical knowledge in 2-Dimensional (eg: Painting, Printmaking, Drawing) and 3-Dimensional (eg: Sculpture, Ceramics) art practice.

The course is taught in extensive purpose-built facilities at Perth Campus, offering the most in-depth and contemporary studio-based experience in WA. [+]

Associate Degree of Visual Art

This new degree program is designed to prepare you for professional practice as a contemporary artist. You will study with a complete focus on art experience in the studio, with each stage progressively building on practical skills and theoretical knowledge in 2-Dimensional (eg: Painting, Printmaking, Drawing) and 3-Dimensional (eg: Sculpture, Ceramics) art practice.

The course is taught in extensive purpose-built facilities at Perth Campus, offering the most in-depth and contemporary studio-based experience in WA.

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Associate Degree in Child Development

West Hills College - Coalinga
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Coalinga

The West Hills College Coalinga Child Development Program offers a comprehensive background in the field of child growth and development. Program emphasis includes information directed at working with culturally diverse families, addressing the needs of children at risk through early intervention, and creating and teaching developmentally appropriate curriculum to young children. [+]

Associate Degree 2017. The West Hills College Coalinga Child Development Program offers a comprehensive background in the field of child growth and development. Program emphasis includes information directed at working with culturally diverse families, addressing the needs of children at risk through early intervention, and creating and teaching developmentally appropriate curriculum to young children. Students will be offered information and skills for potential employment in Federal, State, non-profit, or privately owned early childhood educational/child care programs. Courses in this program may assist the student to qualify for Child Development Certificates issued by West Hills College and/or a Child Development Permit obtained from the State of California, Commission for Teacher Preparation and Licensing. Child Development AS or AA Degree Program student learning outcomes Students will integrate child development concepts into their daily practices with young children. Students will implement developmentally appropriate teaching practices with young children. [-]

Bachelor in Early Childhood Education (1st two years)

San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley
Campus Full time January 2018 USA San Mateo

The ECE/CD program is designed to meet the lower division education needs of individuals planning a career or currently working with children birth to approximately 8 years of age, in early care and education settings outside of a formal elementary grade school setting. [+]

The ECE/CD program is designed to meet the lower division education needs of individuals planning a career or currently working with children birth to approximately 8 years of age, in early care and education settings outside of a formal elementary grade school setting. A degree in Early Childhood Education is an excellent start on a path to a fulfilling career. While many students in the program plan to be preschool teachers and early childhood specialists, other students plan to work in the field of early education while they continue their education in preparation for careers in the fields of elementary and special education, child psychology, counseling, criminal justice, family support, and a variety of other child focused vocations. OUR PHILOSOPHY: The child, from birth through school age, is the primary focus of courses and activities, children’s typical and atypical growth, developmentally appropriate practices, cultural diversity, family support and professional development within the ECE field are major components of the program. Current research and practical applications are combined in order to assist students in planning their most effective role with children. Program Type Total Units Early Childhood Education: Child Development AS 60 Units Early Childhood Education/Child Development: CSU AS-T 60 Units Early Childhood Education/Child Development: UC AS-T 60 Units Early Childhood Education: Child Development CERT 24 Units Please note that the majority/all of the programs are available at all of our three Colleges. [-]

Associate Degree of Business in International Hotel and Resort Management

Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School China
Campus Full time 2 years March 2018 China Suzhou

This degree program gives students a broad business - focused education and training in all key aspects of hotel and resort management. The program prepares students for supervisory and management trainee positions upon graduation in the hotel industry, as well as associated accommodation, hospitality and tourism sectors. [+]

Associate Degree 2017. Study Journey 2 years in China - Associate Degree of Business (International Hotel and Resort Management) 6 months in Australia - Bachelor of Business (International Hotel and Resort Management) This degree program gives students a broad business - focused education and training in all key aspects of hotel and resort management. The program prepares students for supervisory and management trainee positions upon graduation in the hotel industry, as well as associated accommodation, hospitality and tourism sectors. Study our two-year undergraduate Associate Degree of Business (International Hotel & Resort Management) in Suzhou. Why study at Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School Suzhou? Study at Australia and Asia Pacific's Number 1 Hotel School (TNS Survey 2013) Graduate with a globally recognised qualification specifically designed for the hospitality industry (TEQSA Accredited) Benefit from the advantages and global career opportunities available as you study in China. Graduates successfully move onwards to excellent career opportunities in the global hotel industry. International students study Chinese language throughout the Associate Degree of Business (Hotel & Resort Management) and are provided with full student visa support. Advantages GUARANTEED CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Hospitality and Tourism is the fastest growing industry in the world. China's hospitality industry is booming. INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED QUALIFICATION The School has established a large network of international chain hotels and education institutions where students have built their career or furthered their education overseas thanks to their hospitality education. OUR COURSES ARE TAUGHT IN ENGLISH Our curriculum and learning materials are developed and follow the... [-]

Associate Degree of Fashion & Related Technologies

El Camino College
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Torrance

The fashion program prepares students for employment in the field of design and production or merchandising and provides upgrade opportunities for currently employed personnel. Upon completing the degree or certificate requirements, students gain proficiency in clothing, construction, fashion illustration, pattern making, draping, computer aided fashion design, and manufacturing. [+]

The fashion program prepares students for employment in the field of design and production or merchandising and provides upgrade opportunities for currently employed personnel. Upon completing the degree or certificate requirements, students gain proficiency in clothing, construction, fashion illustration, pattern making, draping, computer aided fashion design, and manufacturing. Students completing the requirements for the merchandising option will also gain proficiency in presentation techniques, planning, promotion, fashion coordination, advertising, and sales. Competencies will be assessed by portfolios and exhibitions of original apparel design and garments. Students may expect to enter industry as a design assistant, costume technician, fashion consultant, stylist, entry-level pattern maker, quality control assistant, assistant merchandiser, or sales associate. FASHION DEPARTMENT MISSION STATEMENT The Fashion Department of El Camino College is an integral program in the Division of Industry and Technology. Our primary goal is student success. We strive to achieve the following objectives: To educationally prepare students for entry-level positions in fashion design, fashion merchandising and/or related areas through certificate and associate degree programs To support and prepare students for transfer to colleges and universities to obtain a bachelor’s degree in the area of fashion design, fashion merchandising, and/or related areas To provide programs and experiences that give students applicable hands-on learning, foster professionalism, and create ties within the business community, including networking and internships To encourage teamwork, collaboration, and student awareness of the changing, global, and fast-paced fashion industry through the campus club, "Tailor Made Fashion Club.” The El Camino Community College District is committed to providing... [-]

Associate Degree in Arts - Criminal Justice Education

Parkland College
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Champaign

The AA in Criminal Justice Education prepares students for careers and furthers studies in fields related to criminal justice, policing, and law. Students gain strong complete coursework in psychology, sociology, and communications as well as specialized training in law enforcement standards and police tactics and techniques. There is also the opportunity for students to complete internships in the law-related fields. Many students who complete the AA in Criminal Justice pursue Bachelor degrees in criminal justice or subjects that prepare them for law school. [+]

Associate Degree 2017. The AA in Criminal Justice Education prepares students for careers and furthers studies in fields related to criminal justice, policing, and law. Students gain strong complete coursework in psychology, sociology, and communications as well as specialized training in law enforcement standards and police tactics and techniques. There is also the opportunity for students to complete internships in the law-related fields. Many students who complete the AA in Criminal Justice pursue Bachelor degrees in criminal justice or subjects that prepare them for law school. Criminal Justice Courses: CJS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice CJS 102 Police Administration and Operations CJS 104 Introduction to Corrections CJS 127 Juvenile Delinquency CJS 203 Criminal Law CJS 209 Criminal Investigation SCI 108 Introduction to Forensic Chemistry SCI 208 Forensic Science II: Death Analysis SOC 202 Sociology of Deviant Behavior SOC 204 Criminology Offering more than 100 Associates Degree and Certificate programs, Parkland College is well known for its small class sizes, state­-of-the-­art facilities, inclusive learning environment, and personable faculty. Parkland boasts the largest international student body of any 2 ­year college in the state of Illinois, with more than 300 students representing more than 40 countries. The Associate Degree offers an ideal and inexpensive doorway for international students wanting to enter the American education system. Having worked to perfect their English language skills through the English as a Second Language (ESL) program or earned two years­ worth of transferable credits, many of Parkland’s international students then transfer on to 4­ year universities... [-]

Associate Degree in Engineering - with transfer to 4-year university

Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Kalamazoo

Careers in this path are related to technologies necessary to design, develop, install, and maintain physical systems. These include engineering, manufacturing, construction, service, and related technologies. [+]

Concentrations Automotive Technology Automotive Drivability Systems, AAS Automotive Undercar Systems, AAS Auto Hybrid & Adv Tech Vehicle, CERT Auto Automatic Transmission/TransAxle, COA Auto Brake Systems, COA Auto Electrical/Electronic Systems, COA Auto Engine Performance, COA Auto Engine Repair, COA Auto Heat/Air Conditioning, COA Auto Light Duty Diesel Engines, COA Auto Manual Drive Train/Axles, COA Auto Suspension/Steering, COA Chemical Technology Chemical Technology, AAS Construction & Maintenance Trades Electrical Technology, AAS Maintenance Mechanic-Industrial, AAS Electrical Construction, CERT Electrical Control, CERT Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning, CERT Maintenance Mechanic-Facility, CERT Maintenance Mechanic-Industrial, CERT Cell Tower Technician Academy, KVCA Mechatronic Technician Academy, KVCA Engineering/Design/Manufacturing Technology Computer Aided Design, AAS Engineering Technology, AAS Machine Tool Automation, AAS Machine Tool Technology, AAS CAD-CAM, CERT CAD Specialist, CERT Machinist, CERT AutoCAD, COA CNC Operator, COA Inventor, COA Machine Tool Operator, COA ProEngineer, COA SolidWorks, COA CNC Operator Academy, KVCA Welding Technologies Welding Technologies, CERT Welding, COA Is this Career Path for You? If your mechanically inclined and practical, this field may interest you. If you'd enjoy painting a house, repairing a car or wiring electrical circuits, consider this career pathway. Job Outlook The manufacturing sector needs skilled workers. Unlike many other entry-level employment opportunities, manufacturing employers continue to offer on-the-job training, apprenticeships, and payment for continued education and career advancement. Average Salaries Automotive Service Technician: $38,170 Chemical Technician: $41,000 HVAC Mechanics & Installers: $42,710 Industrial Machinery Mechanic: $50,580 Mechanical Drafter: $51,200 Mechanical Engineer: $79,870 [-]

Athletic Training Program

Independence Community College
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Independence

The two year program of study in Athletic Training at ICC is designed for students who are interested in an allied health care profession specialized in the health care of athletes. ICC student athletic trainers will gain valuable athletic training knowledge and skills through both academics and practical experiences... [+]

Associate Degree 2017. Athletic Training Program The two year program of study in Athletic Training at ICC is designed for students who are interested in an allied health care profession specialized in the health care of athletes. ICC student athletic trainers will gain valuable athletic training knowledge and skills through both academics and practical experiences. When not directly dealing with an injury in the workplace or on the playing field, athletic trainers often work to educate people on how to avoid common injuries such as sprains, strains and other job or sports related injuries. Independence Community College offers an Associate of Science Degree in Athletic Training with an emphasis in sports medicine, emergency care, and injury prevention. ICC student trainers receive valuable academic instruction as well as practical experience and hands-on-training through involvement with the college’s sports teams. First Semester English Composition General Biology Introduction to Athletic Training First Aid: Responding to Emergencies Practicum in Athletic Training I Second Semester English Composition II College Algebra or higher General Psychology Anatomy & Physiology Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries Third Semester Personal & Community Health or Nutrition General Chemistry Medical Terminology Art/Humanities Elective Practicum in Athletic Training II Fourth Semester Social/Behavioral Science Elective Arts/Humanities Elective Functional Kinesiology Public Speaking Computer Concepts & Applications or Computer Information Systems [-]

Associate Degree in Mathematics

Seward County Community College
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Liberal

Mathematicians make a lasting contribution to society by helping to solve problems in diverse fields. Students who choose to study mathematics will earn a degree that allows them to use mathematical theories and techniques to formulate and solve practical problems across multiple disciplines such as business, government, engineering and the physical, life, and social sciences. [+]

Mathematicians make a lasting contribution to society by helping to solve problems in diverse fields. Students who choose to study mathematics will earn a degree that allows them to use mathematical theories and techniques to formulate and solve practical problems across multiple disciplines such as business, government, engineering and the physical, life, and social sciences. The mathematics program at SCCC provides students with a broad knowledge base through general education requirements, as well as important concepts and applications of mathematics through math and science courses. With a Math Resource Center providing free assistance with course studies and access to exclusive mathematics and science computer labs, SCCC mathematics students will graduate prepared to either continue their education at a four-year institution or enter their desired career path. [-]

Associate of Arts in Sociology

College of Marin
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Kentfield Novato

Sociology explores the patterns in human behavior and tries to make sense out of the many forces in society that shape individual lives. Courses in sociology provide the tools and intellectual frameworks students can use to better understand the society in which they live. [+]

Associate Degree 2017. Sociology explores the patterns in human behavior and tries to make sense out of the many forces in society that shape individual lives. Courses in sociology provide the tools and intellectual frameworks students can use to better understand the society in which they live. Career Options Administrator, Adoptions Worker, Affirmative Action Officer, Camp Counselor, Community Outreach Worker, Consumer Research Assistant, Corrections Officer, Criminologist, Crisis Counselor, Demographer, Drug/Alcohol Counselor, Eligibility Worker, Employee Relations Assistant, Employment Interviewer, FBI Agent, Geriatric Specialist, Intake Interviewer, Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor, Penologist, Police Officer, Probation/Parole Officer, Program Director, Psychiatric Social Worker, Recreation Therapist, Rehabilitation Counselor, Research Worker, Residential Counselor, Social Ecologist, Social Service Aide, Social Statistician, Social Worker, Sociologist, Teacher, Volunteer Coordinator, Welfare Worker, Youth Organization Leader Transfer Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution should complete the lower division major requirements and general education pattern for the appropriate transfer institution and major. Exact major requirements for UC and CSU institutions can be found on www.assist.org. Please see a counselor for more information as curriculum requirements may vary among transfer universities. All new college students are required to participate in Testing, Orientation, and meet with a counselor, unless they are exempted. The Orientation is designed to help prepare you to be successful at the College of Marin and to reach your educational goals. [-]

Associate's Degree in Culinary Arts

Cypress College
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Cypress

Established in 1975, our Culinary Arts Program combines the experience of our award-winning faculty with our newly-built revolutionary facilities, and is designed to prepare you for successful entry into the culinary industry. [+]

From epicure to etiquettes, to gourmet cookery and garde manger, HRC’s Culinary Arts Program aims to provide you, the serious student, the basic yet in-depth foundation to become a respected Culinarian. Established in 1975, our Culinary Arts Program combines the experience of our award-winning faculty with our newly-built revolutionary facilities, and is designed to prepare you for successful entry into the culinary industry. Our graduates fulfill a range of job opportunities, including the positions of Cook, Line Cook, Banquet, Pantry, Sous and Executive Chef, Corporate Chef, Personal Chef, and Gourmet Market Chef. You will learn by demonstration, instruction, and textbook studies, as well as on-the-job training through our Internship Program. At The Bistro and Café Cypress, the campus’ student-run public restaurants, you will design, prepare, and offer contemporary cuisine. You will also cater college-sponsored functions, as well as certain local community events. As well as meeting the standards of the American Culinary Federation, the Culinary Arts Program at Cypress College is only one of two schools in Orange County to offer the Culinary Arts Certificate, Apprentice Certificate and Associate in Science Degree curricula. [-]

Associate Degree in Marketing

Canadian University Dubai
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 United Arab Emirates Dubai

The Associate Degree in Marketing presents an option for students to develop their applied skills within a two year program. The program is designed specifically to develop the knowledge and applied skills required for entry level positions in the sales and marketing fields. Students in the program study general management courses and some applied courses related to selling techniques, advertising and promotion, and professional communications. [+]

Associate Degree 2017. The Associate Degree in Marketing presents an option for students to develop their applied skills within a two year program. The program is designed specifically to develop the knowledge and applied skills required for entry level positions in the sales and marketing fields. Students in the program study general management courses and some applied courses related to selling techniques, advertising and promotion, and professional communications. Upon successful completion, students are able to transfer their credits to the BBA Marketing program. Benefits Graduates of the Associate Degree in Marketing are eligible to enter the workforce with a fully accredited associate degree following successful completion of two years of study. Career Opportunities Career opportunities exist in global corporations, government and international agencies, international trade, and international public institutions. Associate Degree in Marketing graduates will be qualified to find positions in broad marketing areas including the following: Marketing and Sales Management Advertising/Promotion and Direct Marketing Brand and Product Management Public Relations Customer Relationship Management Social Media Marketing Retail Management Purchasing and Distribution Management [-]

Associate Degree in Music

California College of Music
Campus Full time 18 months October 2017 USA Pasadena

The Associate of Science Degree in Music Performance is the most in-depth and intensive program offered at CCM. Emphasizing thorough and polished musicianship, personal artistic mentoring, and preparation for the modern music industry. [+]

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6 Quarters, 90 Credits The Associate of Science Degree in Music Performance is the most in-depth and intensive program offered at CCM. Emphasizing thorough and polished musicianship, personal artistic mentoring, and preparation for the modern music industry, students in the associate degree program develop extensive practical real-world skills, creating and honing their own unique voice or playing style along the way. Courses are taught by successful musicians with proven track records and a firm understanding of the complex expectations students will face in the industry. This rigorous 6-quarter program takes only a year and a half to complete, but in that time students are exposed to a diverse, well-rounded musical curriculum. Our associate degree program emphasizes thorough knowledge of musical styles and structures, technical proficiency, accuracy, and self-confidence. By graduation, students will have performed in front of live audiences, participated in recording sessions, created electronic music, and developed a portfolio to promote themselves in the music industry at large. NOTE: The Associate of Science Degree in Music Performance is an occupational degree and does not include General Education requirements or specific preparation for study at the Baccalaureate level. CCM accepts students into the Associate Degree in Music Performance program on the following instruments: VOICE GUITAR BASS DRUMS PIANO/KEYBOARDS HOW TO GET STARTED AND APPLY Step 1: Film your Video Audition. Step 2: Complete an Online Application for Admission. Step 3: Pay your application fee and send us your supporting documents. APPLICATION DEADLINE CCM enrolls new... [-]

AP Degree in IT Network and Electronics Technology

Business Academy Aarhus
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Denmark Aarhus

Do you have a passion for working with computers, servers and/or network technology and electronics, and would you like to stay updated with developments and the most recent technology? If so, the IT Network and Electronics Technology programme is ideal for you. The AP Degree programme in IT Network and Electronics Technology is the first two years of a Bachelor’s programme. [+]

Associate Degree 2017. AP degree - 2 years - 120 ECTS Do you have a passion for working with computers, servers and/or network technology and electronics, and would you like to stay updated with developments and the most recent technology? If so, the IT Network and Electronics Technology programme is ideal for you. The AP Degree programme in IT Network and Electronics Technology is the first two years of a Bachelor’s programme. IT Network and Electronics Technology is a 2 year full-time AP degree programme qualifying for key functions within a number of trades and industries. You will be qualified for a professional position as manager of, or participant in, projects related to product development, planning and operation of systems in the fields of network and electronics technology in the private as well as the public sector. Two fields of study: Network or Electonics Technology When applying for the IT Network and Electronics Technology programme you must choose between two fields of study: Network Technology or Electronics Technology. Electronics Technology The programme During the 1st semester your work will focus on system knowledge and work method training. During the 2nd and 3rd semesters, you will work with various academic subjects and you will have the possibility of adding your individual touch to the programme by choosing specialisation subjects. The 4th semester consists of an internship in a company and your main project. Network Technology The programme During the 1st semester, your work will focus on system knowledge and training in... [-]