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Recognition in my country

An Open University degree has the same status as one from any top UK university, and degrees awarded are comparable with those awarded by other UK universities.

Recognition outside the UK may differ, however.

We recommend erring on the side of caution: if you intend to use your Open University qualifications to seek work or undertake further study outside the UK, then check whether your intended qualification will meet local requirements for your chosen career before you enrol.

We mention this because official recognition of qualifications gained outside the country in which you wish to work or study isn’t always straightforward.

For example, you might intend to use your Open University degree as a professional qualification for finding work - but membership of a professional body or professional status might also be required. In such cases, you’ll need to find out whether your chosen degree will allow entry to the next qualifying stage. 

You’re best advised to check your Open University study plan with the appropriate professional body in the country where you intend to work, prior to enrolling.

Happily, many employers and organisations worldwide do employ Open University graduates and understand that an OU degree is equal in academic standard to a degree from any other British university. See what industry says.

For further guidance, read our leaflet about recognition (PDF 215kb) of The Open University qualifications outside the UK.