Top 8 Free Distance Learning Degrees & Courses
Last updated: 18 Aug 2013
If you want to study anywhere or in your own country and at the same time want the benefit of an international education, distance learning education is for you. It is cheaper than actually studying abroad because everything is done online. scholars4dev.com made a list of distance learning scholarships to help you get an online degree for free.
Free Distance Learning Degrees
Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships
The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in partnership with UK Universities offers distance learning scholarships as part of the commitment of the Commission and the Department for International Development’s (DFID) commitment to explore new methods of scholarship delivery. The scholarships are targeted to citizens of developing commonwealth countries. The scholarships cover the overseas tuition fees at the Masters degree level.
Edinburgh Global Distance Learning Scholarships
The University of Edinburgh offer Master’s scholarships for about 20+ distance learning Master’s programmes currently offered by the University related to social sciences, health and medicine. The scholarships are targeted to citizens of selected developing countries. Each scholarship will have a total value of £5,000 which will be deducted from the tuition fee for the entire part-time programme of study.
University of the People Tuition Free Degrees
University of the People (UoPeople) is the world’s tuition-free, non-profit, online academic institution dedicated to opening access to higher education globally. UoPeople offers Associate and Bachelor Degree Programs in Business Administration and Computer Science. With a convenient virtual web address, the University of the People is accessible anywhere a computer and Internet connection exists. Tuition fee is free but students are required to pay around $110-150 processing fees per semester.
Free Distance Learning Courses
edX Free Online Courses at Premier Universities
edX is a learning platform that gives students from any country the opportunity to take free online courses offered by three premier Universities in the US – Harvard, MIT, and UC Berkeley plus 8 other premier universities. Online learners can earn a certificate of completion after completing the course. There are currently 32 courses offered but their goal is to offer a wide variety of courses across disciplines. The course are available to anyone in the world – from any demographic – who has access to a computer with internet access. For the courses in Fall 2012, those certificates will be free. There is a plan to charge a modest fee for certificates in the future.
Global Campus 21 Academy Online Training Scholarships
The Global Campus 21 E-Academy enables professional expertise, managerial skills and leadership experience to be gained, extended and passed on in developing countries through online training courses at the Global Campus 21 E-Academy. A number of full tuition scholarships are available for selected courses to qualified specialists and managers from developing countries and countries in transition who work in positions relevant to development in the private and public sectors.
Coursera is an education company that partners with the top universities and organizations in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. Currently, they offer courses in a wide range of topics, spanning the Humanities, Medicine, Biology, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Business, Computer Science, and many others.
Khan Academy is a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. With a library of over 4,500 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, Khan Academy will help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.
Academic Earth believes everyone deserves access to a world-class education. The platform offers a comprehensive collection of free online courses from the world’s top universities.
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