International Distance Learning FAQ

The Open University recently held a Facebook Q&A session on 'overcoming the barriers to learning', and we received a lot of great questions.

We've summarised some of the key questions and answers that were discussed here for international learners. If there is something specific that you would like to know, then don't hesitate to ask us a question of your own, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

Q: Why are some courses not available in other countries?

A: All of the courses offered via The Open University need to be signed off internally for international sale, and as such not all modules and courses are available in every country at present. The courses offered are regularly updated, so we recommend you check back for updates in the future.

See a full list of courses available in each country

Q: Is it necessary to go to tutorials in person (if you live in Spain, for example)?

A: Unless stated, tutorials are not compulsory, but attendance is advised. Notes are typically made available for those who are unable to attend tutorials.

Q: Is it possible to study a degree programme online from Pakistan?

A: Yes, there are a number of courses offered in Pakistan via The Open University. Simply visit our Courses page and select 'Pakistan' from the drop-down menu at the top of the page.

Q: Can I study the BSc Natural Sciences whilst living in Thailand or Hong Kong?

A: Yes, the BSc Natural Sciences degree is available to study internationally, but there is restricted module choice. There will be international fees charged for living in Thailand or Hong Kong, as these are based on where you are reside.

Q: Should I do a short course before starting a degree?

A: There are no formal entry requirements to most of the degree programmes offered via The Open University. If you would like to enhance your skills prior to enrolling on a degree, then there are free resources available via OpenLearn or a range of short course Modules which provide credits towards a degree - take a look at our range of courses making sure you select your country from the top right dropdown.

Q: Are courses offered in South Sudan?

A: Yes, simply visit our Courses page, then select 'Sudan' from the drop-down menu at the top.

Q: What physics and engineering degrees are available to Nigerian residents?

A: There is currently restricted availability for physics and engineering degree programmes for students that reside in Nigeria. A full list of courses can be found on our Nigerian study page.

Q: Where do I take exams if I'm studying from another country?

A: If the modules you are undertaking have exams, then you will be invited to an exam centre in your country of origin. The Open University tries to ensure exams are as close to students are possible.

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25 June, 2014 - 10:46