On-line study from abroad may sound like a new idea, but it is an established concept in many countries.
So then, what is on-line education, if it is unfamiliar? It’s a most flexible type of distance learning. 100% of studies is conducted electronically and includes lectures, seminars and exams. On-line courses became popular because of internet technologies and due to the changes in students’ lifestyle.
On-line courses provide students with an equal amount of studies as full-time education. The only difference is the study format. Studies are conducted on-line, requiring only a computer with internet access.
How does it work?
Your study centre creates a separate on-line account for you. You can access it through one of the university web-pages using a log in and pin. Such account provides you with:
- list of courses
- video lectures
- study materials
- access to teachers
- access to other students
- technical support
You can check who else is on-line among teachers and students and get in touch with them. The communication takes place through chat, video-call or e-mail.
Students also take exams on-line. For example, you will receive a link and will be required to log in within a week and to take a 3-hours exam. In such a way the time limit starts working as soon as you have accessed the test and you will be provided with a list of questions and then be allowed to type in your answers.
On-line courses have lots of advantages which eventually explain why such education became available. The major feature of on-line education is FLEXIBILITY:
- you can study from any country in the world
- you can study at any time
- you design your own study plan (for example, 1 subject per semester)
- flexible programme duration (up to 6 years)
- you are allowed to stop and then continue your studies
- you can combine education with full-time work, studies or other responsibilities
- the knowledge you receive is equal to full-time studies
- no additional living expenses
- no need to apply for a visa
On-line courses were primarily designed for people who are employed full-time and therefore can’t study in a traditional way. Though the target of on-line programmes became wider and can include everyone whom this study option suits.
Due to the nature of on-line courses it’s popular to receive a Master’s degree on-line. Especially popular are on-line MBA programmes because they are designed for experienced students from a managerial background. Such professionals are often required to combine a responsible job with studying.
It explains why on-line business courses became so popular. Students can pursue the on-line education on following subjects:
- Business Administration
- Finance and Auditing
The demand for on-line courses motivated universities to develop a complex portfolio of Majors. Among them are Law, IT, Psychology, Teaching and so on. The programme range also improved. You can receive not only your Master’s programme on-line but a Bachelor’s course as well. Short academic courses are also available.
If you want to find out whether the Major you are interested in is offered on-line, then you should get in touch with INSA Experts, who will examine your best options.
Admissions process to on-line courses is almost identical to that of similar full-time programmes.
INSA Experts prepared a survey of average admissions requirements to on-line programmes – for a Bachelor’s and a Master’s:
Admission Requirements* Bachelor Programmes
- Education(Completed high school )
- English(IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL iBt 78)
- Additional, depends on country and university(completed a min of 1 year of Bachelor's programme in home country)
Admission Requirements* Masters Programmes
- Education(Bachelor’s Degree)
- English(IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL iBt 93)
- Additional(motivation letter, reference letters, CV)
* Admissions requirements depend on the selected programme. Get in touch with INSA Experts to receive a consultation.
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