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Reputable & Free Distance Learning Degrees & Courses

studying-on-laptop-mountainThe technological development and revolution in communication have changed the world. The access of internet has made everything fast and quick. From trade and business to online banking and shopping, internet has made the life easy and the things more portable. Students are no exception when the question of getting benefit from internet comes. Now Students don’t have to go abroad or spend a lot of money in getting a quality education because the distant learning has made it all a duck soup. It is economical than actually studying abroad and there is no geographic constraint in it. Following are some of the reputable and free distant learning courses and degrees.

 

Free Distant Learning Degrees:

Commonwealth Distant Learning Scholarships

The joint venture of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission with reputable UK universities offers distant learning scholarships as it is a part of the Commission’s and the Department for International Development’s commitment to search new and dynamic methods and programs of this scholarship. It supports candidates of the developing commonwealth countries to study the Master’s degree courses and covers the overseas tuition fee at the Master’s level. It awards degrees in different courses including MSc Tropical Forestry, MSc Education for Sustainability, MSc Water and Environmental Management and MSc Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health.

 

University of the People Tuition Free DegreesUniversity_of_the_People_Logo

It offers online, tuition free, accredited American university degrees in various programs that are taught by reputable and outstanding professors hailing from the universities as Oxford, Harvard, and NYU. University of People also prepares its students for employment by giving internship and mentoring programs in order to give its students an impeccable experience with its world class partners like Microsoft and HP. It offers Associates and Bachelors degree programs in Computer Science and Business Administration. It has hitherto admitted 2000 students from 150 countries around the world.

 

Edinburgh Global Distance Learning Scholarships

The University of Edinburgh offers Master’s degree scholarship in around twenty plus distant learning Master’s programs presently accessible by the university from social sciences to health, medicine and communication.  The scholarships are for various developing and underdeveloped countries; the list of these countries is available of their website. Each distant learning scholarship will have a total value of 9,000 euro over the program duration which will be deducted from the tuition fee for the entire part-time program of study.

 

Free Distant Learning Courses:

Global Campus 21 Academy Online Training Scholarships

This E.Academy facilitates professional skills, managerial expertise and leadership qualities to be experienced and gained through its online training courses. A number of scholarships are available for various courses to be given to the qualified specialists and managers from the developing countries.

 

edX Free Online Courses at Premier Universities

it gives students the opportunity of taking free online courses offered by the premier universities of the world. edX courses are free for everyone except the professional education courses. Though some of the courses it offers have a fee for verified certificates but they are free to audit.

 

Khan Academy

It is a non-profit academy with the goal of providing free education anywhere in the world. it has a library of more than 4,500 videos on everything from physics to finance and history.

 

Coursera

It is an education company having partnership with the top universities and organizations worldwide in order to provide online free courses. It has a diverse range of courses in many fields including Medicine, Biology, Humanities, Mathematics, Business, Social Sciences, Computer Sciences and many more.

Academic Earth

Academic Earth believes in education for all and provides a comprehensive collection of free online courses from the outstanding universities around the world.

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Demystifying the enigma of SAT VS ACT

SAT-VS-ACTWe all have our strengths and weaknesses, and a wise student gauges them before embarking on a test for college. Some students are strong in logic, while others are inclined towards creativity. Some tend to use the left side of their brain, while others vice versa. It is imperative to know which sort of test suits ones personality to ensure maximum success in it. A comparison between SAT and ACT is provided to assist our readers to make smart choices when applying for college. So familiarize yourself with both of them to know what is the exact nature of them and what would they be demanding from you.

  • SAT is more of a reasoning based test as compared with ACT which is content based. So, if you’re good at logic and reasoning and use left side of the brain more than the right side you might want to prefer SAT over ACT.
  • The ACT has multiple choice questions covering English, Math, Reading and Science. Students would have 175 minutes to complete the test without any break. As far as scoring is concerned, the four mentioned areas are averaged together to come up with a composite score. The ACT also has an optional 30 minutes writing test. If writing is your strength, you can certainly boost your marks.
  • SAT on the other hand starts with a 25 minutes essay writing section followed by critical reading and mathematics sections. As in the ACT, SAT also has multiple choice questions. But in the mathematics section, the test taker has to produce his/her answer as no options are given.
  • In a SAT test you’ll be given tricky questions. Some of the times a simple question would be asked in such a way as to baffle you while in ACT questions are pretty much straight forward. You’ll be asked directly instead of giving the questions any twists and turns. So, if you are a kind of a person who likes challenges and riddles, go ahead with SAT. Otherwise ACT is a much safer option.
  • The nature of both of the tests is different, although they end up doing almost the same function. SAT is designed to test intelligent quotient (the ability to solve problems) and general thinking of a student. While on the other hand, ACT is crafted in a way as to test the overall educational development of a student.
  • If you like to experiment in the face of adversity, then ACT is a better option. No marks are deducted for a wrong answer, while in the case of SAT, marks are deducted.
  • SAT is offered seven times a year. It is offered in January, March, May, June, October, November and December. The ACT on the other hand is offered six times a year. It is offered in February, April, June, September, October and December.
  • Although ample time is provided to the candidates to complete the test, SAT however, has fewer questions while the ACT has more. 14O questions are asked in a SAT test, while 215 are asked in the ACT.
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Quick SAT Prep guide

sat-study-guideWhile reading SAT as a requirement for getting an admission into one’s desired college or university, one is often caught in the following chain of thoughts “Haven’t I done enough tests till now?  And doesn’t my academic career record prove anything yet?” But surprisingly, SAT tests are a requirement for almost all of the good colleges and universities around the globe.  Followings are useful tips to assist you in the preparation of the SAT. We hope you would find them useful and the quick prep guide will help you to defeat this last barrier as you have always managed subdue all previous barriers in your academic career.

  • Talk to a teacher:
    Teacher is your guru when it comes to take guidance about SAT prep. The candidate should take some time to talk to a teacher about the important topics and particular terminologies one ought to know before the test.
  • Online Lectures:
    Luckily, we live in a world where technology affects every aspect of our life. Online lectures are available on Youtube.com, HowStuffworks.com and Wisegeek.com. Students can go through various topics which are relevant in their preparation. Moreover, online lectures tend to stay longer in mind than books or notes because they are dynamic and comprehensive.
  • Consult Text books or buy notes:
    If you have sufficient time to prepare, then you should visit nearest bookstore and get SAT preparation textbooks. But if you are short on time and are finding difficult to go through all the textbooks, you can buy notes particularly designed for SAT. You can get them on the internet or by spreading the word in your friends circle.
  • Don’t Cram a night before the test:
    A lot of students make this common mistake. In order to learn a new thing, we have to memorize and revise couple of times before it becomes a part of our memory. Cramming a night before the test not only is futile as new information is hardly retained, but it can also cause confusion in the stuff you already know. So, when it comes to cramming a night before the test, it’s a big NO!
  • Focus on the left outs:
    It happens often that we study selectively. But in a SAT test, the nature of test is diverse. So it’s better to give a read to the topics you’ve left out or were not attentive while the teacher was delivering a boring lecture back at school. These small marks play a huge difference in the final scorecard.
  • Take a Crash Course:
    Many websites are now offering a crash course in SAT. They usually charge a small amount of fee, but have been proved useful because of their dynamic and graphical subject oriented explanations.
  • Give a mock test a day before the real:
    This is the secret weapon that will give you the positive feeling when you go for the SAT test. There are many mock tests available online. You can give them to see how well you do. But be advised; only give these mock tests if you think that you are sufficiently prepared. Because otherwise the mock test result would dampen your spirits and we certainly don’t want that to happen.
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Universities in Netherlands for English speaking international students

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

The world has become a globalized one with ever increasing technological advancement leading to a vast communicational network and easy transportation. No sphere of life is unaffected with the modern developments so education is no exception. Every year hundreds of students go from one corner of the world to the other in pursuit of higher education. Among the developed world, European countries offer quality education with an amiable study environment. Netherlands is one such European country. It not only has 13 of its universities among the world’s top 400 but has been honored to have six of its universities in the world’s top 100 with one being at 50th position.

Netherlands not only provides quality education but has affordable tuition fee too. The universities of Netherlands offer many courses in English to the facility of a large number of foreign students studying there. Some more than 90,000 international students are studying in Netherlands, a testimony to the country’s affable educational institutions. Almost all the universities in Netherlands offer courses for international students that are taught in English. Following is the list of the universities in Netherlands teaching courses in English language.

 

  • University of Amsterdam:

Ranked at 50th at the worldwide rankings, the University of Amsterdam is the largest higher education university in Netherlands. It has a large selection of Master’s degrees that are taught in English. It has few undergraduate programmes taught in English too. Almost all the courses intended for international students are taught in English there.

 

  • Leiden University:

Ranked 2nd in Netherlands and at 75th in global ranking, Leiden University is the oldest university in Netherlands (established in 1575). It has around 23,000 students and a wide range of courses including the ones specifically designed for international students to be taught in English. Law, Economics, Computer Science, Business Studies are some of the examples of courses taught in English. It has more than 40 research institutes too.

 

  • Utrecht University:

It is another oldest and prestigious university in Europe with 80th position in the world ranking. It is ranked 3rd in Netherlands and is a home to around 30,000 students. It offers various courses taught in English covering the diverse topics as Ethics, history, anthropology, art and culture studies, artificial intelligence, sciences (biofabrication, biology of disease etc), Business Informatics, and Computer Science etc.

 

  • Delft University of Technology:

It is the largest and oldest public technical university in Netherlands and is currently ranked 86th in the world. It is home to around 19,000 students and offers large range of programmes taught in English including Engineering disciplines, Mathematics, Computer Science, Policy and Management in Technology and Applied Sciences, to name a few. According to QS World University Rankings, it is among the top 10 universities in the world for Chemical Engineering.

 

  • University of Groningen:

It is the 4th ranked university in Netherlands and 90th in the world according to QS Rankings. It is home to around 28,000 students and offers wide range of courses taught in English including diverse fields as Law, Economics, Applied Mathematics and Physics, Business Studies and Management, Medical Science, Technology and Engineering, Social Sciences, Communications/Information Science and Human rights etc.

 

  • Erasmus University Rotterdam:

Home to around 21,000 students, it shares its position with Groningen University at 90th position in the world according to QS World University Rankings. It offers broad range of programmes in English but it is famous for its field of Medicine for which it is ranked 27th in the world by QS.

Other universities that offer various courses for international students that are taught in English include Wageningen University, University of Twente, Maastricht University, Radboud University Nijmegen, Eindhoven University of Technology, Tilburg University and VU University Amsterdam etc.

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Why Study in Europe?

europeThe twenty first century world is nothing like any previous centuries with its advanced technologies, vast communication network and new modes of transportation. It has become a globalized world where one can move easily from place to another, from nook to the other corner of the world. The World Wide Websites has brought a revolutionary interconnectedness among different people from various parts of the world. Where every part of life is interconnected globally, the field of education is no exception. Hundreds and thousands of students cross their borders in order to get higher education annually. The developed part of the world is particularly attractive to the students who want to study abroad.

Europe has always been an eye-catching spot for the international students for many reasons. It is the birthplace of some of the oldest civilizations and the teachings of the great teachers from these parts have influenced and continue to influence most part of our lives. Europe is an enthralling compilation of fifty dynamic nations and each country has its own distinguished identity in culture, music, art and architecture, language, cuisine and even in political culture. The European Union is one of the big markets in the world so the study in Europe is attractive to many foreign students.

The quality of education is good and it is not very expensive to study there. Europe also has one of the best universities in the world. Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Netherlands, Switzerland and UK all made it to top 10 in 2014 according to the Universities 21 rankings. The Scandinavian countries in Europe have one of the most advanced technologies in the world. In addition, the Bologna Declaration has made the education programme in Europe more students centric with an increasing budget for education and a lot of scholarships for international students. The varied style and courses are diversifying for opening the mental horizons of the students and the students can have a multicultural take on different topics. Students can learn various languages which not only enhance their language skills but also have a lucrative addition in their CV. Europe is home to many international students from all over the world so one can neither feel isolated nor find it difficult to make new friends there.

Moreover, the cost of education in Europe is affordable especially for the EU students who do not have to pay the tuition fee in most of the countries. There are different scholarships for non-EU students while in the countries like Germany the tuition fee for the non-EU international students has also been zero. In Austria, there is no tuition fee for the students from under-developed countries. In such countries where there is no tuition fee, international students only have to bear their cost of living and their burden is cut into half. The annual tuition fee for European universities is not very high compared with the tuition fee of the American universities.

To conclude, Europe is a captivating place not only for the study but also in making the living in a foreign country a mesmerizing experience with its diverse culture, dynamic art, ancient architecture and the place of origins of various civilizations.

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Tuition Free Universities in Europe for International Students

The world has become a global village due to the advancements in twenty first century. The development in technology, the vast communication networks, and innovation in transportation have changed the whole face of the globe where every sphere of life is affected by such a progress. But here people are connected more easily and are facilitated by advances of the modern world, the gap between the global north and south is increasing with every progress. The internal and civil unrest as well as international conflicts have dragged back the economies of many countries. The pursuit of quality education has become a difficult task for the students in the developing countries due to the prevailing poor economic conditions. Therefore, most of the students in the developing world tend to find free educational institutions abroad in order to get good higher education.

University of Stavanger,Stavanger, Norway

University of Stavanger,Stavanger, Norway

Europe has been a captivating place for the students who look for free university education abroad. The European countries have made fascinating decisions about the education in their countries including those who have made education free for all. There are many universities in Europe that are offering free education and some of them are as under.

Norway has made its universities free of tuition fee for all the students irrespective of their nationalities. There are many free universities in Norway e.g. The University of Oslo, University of Stavanger, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), University of Bergen, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB), University of Tromso (UiT), Norwegian Business School, University of Agder (UiA). There are some private schools that are also offering free education e.g. Norwegian School of Information Technology (NITH) and Queen Maud University College.

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Germany is another European country that came into limelight when it abolished the tuition fee from its universities for the international students too. Germany has some of the best universities in Europe with the good technical and research facilities available. Some of the top German universities are Freie Universitat Berlin, Technische Universitat Berlin, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin and Technical University, Munich.

Though there is currently no free university in Sweden but it offers quite rewarding scholarship programs for international students where a large number of universities offer tuition free education via various scholarships. In addition, there is no tuition fee for the international students applying for a PhD degree program in Sweden. Top tuition free universities in Sweden are Halmstad University, Stockholm University, Lund University, Uppsala University, Jonkoping University and Stockholm School of Economics.

Tampere University of Technology,Finland

Tampere University of Technology,Finland

Furthermore, Finland is also one of the European countries which are providing tuition free education to all including the international students. The names of the tuition free Finnish educational institutions are National Defence University, Hanken School of Economics, Aalto University, Lappeenranta University of Technology, University of Helsinki, University of Oulu, University of Lapland, University of Eastern Finland, University of Jyvaskyla, Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Kajaani University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, University Of Vaasa, Tampere University of Technology, Centria University of Applied Sciences and many more.

University of Vienna

University of Vienna

Austrian Universities do not charge any fee from the EU students and the students from the developing or underdeveloped countries. Tuition fee for most of the African countries’ students is also free. University of Graz, University of Vienna and Leopold-Franzens-Universitat Innsbruck are few of the top Austrian universities for the international students.

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Facts About Free Education in Europe for International Students

3D MAP OF EUROPE

3D MAP OF EUROPE

The world has become a globalized village with the advanced technologies, refining means of communication and innovation in transportation in the twenty first century. Everything and every sphere of life have become interconnected and unlike the old days, it is not very difficult to move from one place to another. Education is no exception. Every year flocks of students travel from one part of the world to another in the pursuit of higher education. Most of the students travel from the developing or under-developed countries to the developed one to get quality education. In the recent time, the students have started going from the war ravaged countries like Afghanistan, Palestine, Syria or Nigeria to the secure parts of the world to get better education which is not possible in their home countries because of all these crisis situations.

The Europe has been an attractive place for many students from all over the world, not only for its quality education but also because of not very expensive education. The European countries have particularly become an enthralling spot for the international students after the free education policy of some European countries equally for all the students and many are in line in freeing the students from the tuition fee costs. Most of the European countries have minimal fee and where the tuition fee is not free for foreign students, they are provided with different scholarship programmes to get facilitated. The education in Finland has been made free of charge not only for the EU students but for non-EU students as well. There have been some considerations to charge international students from 2016 onwards but such planning has been abandoned. However, students have to bear the cost of living and other study costs while studying there which costs approximately 500-800 Euro monthly. Germany is another European country that has made its higher education free for all the students irrespective of the nationalities. Norway has one of the best education programmes in the world and there is no tuition fee charged from the students, the international students included. However, the living expenses in the Norway are relatively higher with around 1200 euro per month including residence.

Almost all the European countries offer free education for EU student. The European countries that do not offer a free education to all the students, they offer the various scholarship programmes for those international students (the non-EU students). Austria is a European country full of history and arts as well as the place of birth of the great artists and brilliant minds, a captivating place for the students of arts and music. Education is free in Austria for EU students and for those international students who are either from the under-developed or the war torn countries like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Taiwan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Philippines and most of the African states. Sweden is another very good place for quality education in Europe with many different financial aids provided for the international students.

In addition, the Bologna Declaration has enhanced the efficiency and interconnectedness of education throughout Europe. To conclude, Europe is a continent with most states offering free education for international students and also with a complacent environment and the guaranteed quality education.

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