European Distance Learning: FAQs

For a more complete description of what studying in Europe might involve and why you should definitely do it, read this article. Below we’ve compiled a list of common concerns about studying abroad.

Do I have to learn the language to study abroad?

Generally, no. Check the instruction language is one you understand, but living in a foreign country for short periods of time without the native tongue is perfectly doable, especially if you’re somewhere that English can be used as a common language.

Are all courses free?

No. Check course websites to confirm whether a course will charge for tuition. Various countries around the world offer free tuition, and many more offer reduced prices. Generally distance courses are cheaper, but that is not a fixed rule.

What about accommodation?

Clearly, this will be on a case by case basis. For some courses with extended periods of study, accommodation will be offered by the university – this will generally have a variable cost dependent on your preferences. If there are one-off visits, for an exam for example, there may not be a room available and you’ll have to find a hotel or hostel.

Can I use the studies in place of modules of my degree?

If it’s relevant and enough credits are supplied at a high enough level, there should be no reason why you can’t apply for this. Make sure you give your university enough notice to check if a course can be approved. This is more common in Europe, and you may see this as an opportunity to gain more knowledge rather than replace study time. Remember: 1 ECTS = 2 UK Credits

For those that don’t know, the ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) is “a credit system designed to make it easier for students to move between different countries.” In short, across most European countries, this system is used, tying down modules to a set workload level so that a student can often attend different universities and acquire credits for their degree. More details here.

Does the course have to be related to my degree?

No. As long as you have the relevant entry requirements, there is no limit to the courses you apply for.

Clearly, if there are more applicants than places, there may be some other elements considered, such as whether you have other relevant knowledge or experience. I would recommend applying if you are interested and have the basic requirements, but keep in mind that the competition may go in favour of those with related degrees, especially for the masters courses.

What are the application deadlines, and when will I find out if I’ve been successful?

The Sweden courses are available for application until August 17th. Others will vary so check the respective sites. Other courses in future semesters will appear on these sites; check regularly to avoid missing opportunities.

What if my question isn’t in this list of FAQs?

Just ask. If it is specific to the course or organisation, find a contact point on the organisation’s website. If you would like to know more about general information for courses abroad or MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), email [email protected].