The World's First Tuition Free University
Course(s) Offered: Biz admin, Computer science
Course Level: Undergraduate (Bachelors, Associate)
Provider: University of the People
Country to Study in: Any Country (Online)
University of the People (UoPeople) is the world’s first non-profit, degree-granting, tuition-free, accredited online university dedicated to opening the gates to higher education globally. In February 2014, UoPeople received accreditation from the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, a U.S. Department of Education authorized accrediting agency.
In embracing the worldwide presence of the Internet by using open-source technology, Open Educational Resources, peer-to-peer learning, and the assistance of academic volunteers, UoPeople is designed to provide access to university studies for qualified high school graduates, despite financial, geographic, societal or personal constraints.
UoPeople offers online associate and/or bachelor degree programs in business administration and computer science. The University has partnered with leading academics to provide high quality academic instruction and with international companies such as Microsoft and HP for internships, mentoring and career services to prepare the UoPeople student for employment following graduation.
UoPeople accepts students who have graduated high school (i.e. secondary school), have access to a computer and the Internet and have sufficient English skills to study at the University. Applicants need to complete the application requirements and undergo an application process in order to be accepted into the program. For specific general eligibility requirements for the associate or bachelors program, see the 'Admissions Requirements' (link is below)
Citizens of ALL countries (currently the university has students from more than 180 countries)
With a convenient virtual web address, the UoPeople is accessible anytime, anywhere with any internet connection. UoPeople academic leadership comes from top universities such as Harvard, Yale, NYU, Cambridge, Oxford and many more. The institution has partnered with Yale University for research, New York University to accept students, and Microsoft and HP for internships among others.
Fields of study
UoPeople offers associate and bachelor degree programs in business administration and computer science
Number of awards
Not specified. However, to date, thousands of students from more than 180 countries have been accepted. The organization has gained the widespread support of leading academics, over 1 million people on Facebook and media throughout the world.
An Associates Degree can be completed in 2 years and a Bachelor Degree can be completed in 4 years
UoPeople is an American online university offering distance-learning courses. UoPeople is a tuition-free, non-profit institution. The University does not charge students to take classes, does not charge for any reading and other study materials, as well as does not charge for annual enrollment. In order to remain sustainable, UoPeople charges an Application Processing Fee (up to $50) as well as an Exam Processing Fee ($100) per end-of-course-exam. These processing fees are collected towards the end of each course, and not at the start of your studies.
However, for those individuals who are unable to afford even these minimal fees, the University offers a variety of scholarship funds to cover all, or part, of the processing fees. These funds are designed to meet the unique and diverse needs of its students. Some of the scholarships can be found below:
- Microsoft4Afrika Scholarships – for African Students
- Pundak-Mintz Africa Fund - degree seeking students born or living in Africa.
- The HP Women’s Scholarship Fund – for Women from any country
- Fondation Hoffmann Scholarship – open to all students
- Small Giants Refugees Fund – for degree seeking students who are refugees and/or asylum seekers.
- Emergency Refugee Assistance Scholarship Fund - all students worldwide (esp from Syria) who are refugees and/or asylum-seekers.
UoPeople’s online application is easy, quick and simple. With a few short steps (4-step application process) and providing basic information, you can begin the journey. Applicants need to complete the application requirements (see Admissions Requirements) and undergo an application process (see Applications Overview) in order to be accepted into the program. You must mail all required documentation in order to complete the UoPeople admission application.
It is important to read the FAQs, and also visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply for the UoPeople scholarship.
The admission process is administered in 5 terms annually. For the 2017/2018 academic calender, application deadlines are July 27, 2017 (Term 1, September 2017 admission), October 5, 2017 (Term 2, November 2017 admission), December 21, 2017 (Term 3, January 2018 admission), March 1, 2018 (Term 4, April 2018 admission), and May 10, 2018 (Term 5, June 2018 admission). Applications are now open again. The next deadline is 4th May 2017 for June 2017 admission.
University of the People offers a unique learning experience that combines peer-based and collaborative learning, with information technologies and the internet. Within online study communities, students share resources, exchange ideas, discuss weekly topics, submit assignments, and take exams. The University is a private institution accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, approved to operate by the Bureau for Private Post-Secondary Education.
Application Deadline: 27 Jul / 5 Oct / 21 Dec 2017 || 1 Mar / 10 May 2018
Open to International students: Yes
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