FAQs: DISTANCE LEARNING



I haven’t studied for some time – will I be able to manage ?

The course materials have been designed to help students pursuing a higher education degree in USA to improve their work skills as well as their knowledge. You are not expected to be an expert in your chosen field of study but you are expected to apply yourself to your reading, note taking and assignments. The most important requirements are motivation and commitment as well as a willingness to learn new skills. As a student, you will be able to find information about the study support available via the online learning platform.


Will my UK degree certificate have ‘distance learning’ or ‘online learning’ on it ?

No, the degree certificates issued by the university do not have the mode of study on them. The degree certificate that you receive after completing distance learning graduate programs will be exactly the same as those received by campus-based students at the university in the UK.


Will my qualification be different than if I had attended a course on campus ?

There is no difference between the qualification you receive on online degree programs and the qualification which you would have received if you studied on campus.


How long should it take me to complete an online distance learning degree ?

A Masters degree in business normally takes around 2-4 years to complete, and some undergraduate courses can take up to six years to complete depending on the course you choose to study. For more information about how long a course will take please see the course page.


How many hours a week will I need to study ?

The amount of time dedicated to the program varies from student to student and from course to course, but as a very rough guide the best distance learning universities recommend that you set aside approximately 15 hours a week study time for a postgraduate qualification.


Do I need to have internet access ?

It is essential for you to have regular internet access throughout your course as this will help you to benefit from the resources available as well as maintain contact with the university through the university’s online learning platform, which will be accessible 24/7 from anywhere after you have successfully registered.

As a student you will be able to maintain contact with your lecturers and tutors and fellow students online through the learning platform and you will be able to access:

  • departmental websites, resources and information
  • the e-library
  • future course choice
  • student support
  • welfare services

Your internet connection can be by dial-up or broadband from your home, workplace or Internet cafe, and you can even use your mobile. If you are travelling on business or privately, you can connect to the online platform from anywhere as long as you have internet access. All you need to remember is your user name and password, which will be provided to you after you registered successfully on to the online learning degree programme you have selected.


What should I do if I find I am struggling to manage work, life and study commitments ?

The first thing is to contact your designated tutor or the administrative team for your programme. They have years of experience in helping busy students to succeed on online learning courses.


Will I be required to visit the University in the UK ?

We understand the fact that for some of our students, travelling to the UK may not be an option. For this reason, most accredited online degree programs can be completed from wherever you are in the world without visiting the University. We do recommend that you please check with the academic consultants about the attendance requirement of the course you are interested in prior to registering on to the course.

Even though you may be studying via online or distance learning, you are still a registered student of the university and you are welcome to visit the campus at any time and make use of the university facilities. You could even graduate on campus.


Where will I graduate ?

Graduation ceremonies for online and distance learning, as well as for full-time students on full degree programmes (Masters or Bachelors) takes place at the university in the UK. Attendance is optional, but students use this opportunity to visit the university, meet fellow graduates and tutors as well.


Is there any financial support available to online and distance learning students ?

The Canadian government offers financial assistance to students. More information can be found on the USA Student Loans page


What are the tuition fees ?

Current tuition fees are mentioned on the course information page on our website. Alternatively you can contact your personal academic consultant who can also provide you with payment plan option / schemes available.


How can I pay my tuition fee ?

The tuition fee is paid directly to the university. On acceptance of the offer, the university will send exact details and options to pay the fee. The methods of payment usually include bank transfer, online credit/debit card payment or even Western Union in some cases.


How can I find out more about the quality and ranking of the University?

Information on the University of Aberdeen ranking can be found on this page of our website. However it is always suggested that students conduct independent research on the best online graduate programs that would meet their requirements and expectations.


I have further questions about distance learning programmes in USA, who do I contact ?

We understand that choosing to pursue a part time online degree is an important decision and we would like to be able to provide you with as much information as we can to assist you in the decision making process. For more information or assistance to choose the right accredited online business degree, please contact us by filling in a contact form or email us at admissions@staffordglobal.org