Top Distance-Learning Institutions in the US
International students who are looking for the way to get an education in the United States without a need to leave their country can consider the option of taking distance-learning programs offered by numerous colleges and universities in the country. Here are some of the top US universities to offer distance-learning programs:
Boston University is one of the largest non-profit universities in the US that offers a wide range of online graduate programs, diplomas, non-credit professional certificates, undergraduate degrees and even Ph.D. programs. Boston University’s online programs are made up of online lectures, videos, interactive animations and discussion boards. The university is known as the 21st century best distance learning higher education institution in the country.
University of Florida
The University of Florida is considered to be one of the 20 best American public universities. More than 330,000 students from more than 135 countries around the world took distance learning courses at the University of Florida that offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of disciplines including agriculture, engineering, pharmacy, business administration and so on. The university also offers a wide range of programs and courses for working professionals who want to improve their careers.
Arizona State University
Arizona State University offers about 100 bachelor’s and master’s degrees in such fields as business, social sciences, public and medical services, at both undergraduate and graduate level. Distance students of the Arizona State University are involved in a digital learning and are supposed to spend about 18 hours a week on their coursework. It is worth to mention that according to the U.S. News & World Report, the university has a reputation of the most innovative schools in student support services in the US.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
The University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a wide range of undergraduate programs, Master’s programs, and many more non-degree certificate programs in such fields as communication, management, liberal studies, political science, nursing, etc. The courses are offered by more than 25 campuses of the university. One of the most prestigious online programs of the university is Master’s degree in Engineering.
Pennsylvania State University
The University of Pennsylvania with a Penn State World Campus launched in 1998 as a modern and complex online platform for distance education offers more than 100 online education programs, degrees, and certificates. Distance students of the university can earn degrees in such fields as education, business, engineering, technology, healthcare, and more. The greatest advantage of online courses at the University of Pennsylvania is its asynchronousness which means that students do not have to attend courses at a specific time set by the university. Instead, students can use a combination of self-study and peer-to-peer interaction.
Stanford University, one of the oldest and prestigious in the country, is known in the online environment as the institution with free online courses and lectures. Stanford Online offers degrees and certificates in such fields as engineering, medicine, law, business, and humanities and sciences. There are also corporate programs available at Stanford Online.
University of California, Berkeley
The University of California with a Berkeley Resource Centre for Online Education (BRCOE) that was founded in 2012, offers a variety of courses in such fields as business analysis, marketing, advanced biosciences or paralegal studies. It is worth to mention that online courses at the University of California, Berkeley, carry transferable academic credit.
Northeastern University offers online programs in a range of disciplines, including accounting and finance, engineering technology and electronics, legal, medical and pharmaceutical studies, etc. The university is known for its high interdisciplinary research activity and is considered to be a leader in cooperative education.
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester Institute of Technology is known as a pioneer in distance education. Its nine colleges are focused on experimental learning. While there are numerous fixed courses, as well as graduate and undergraduate degrees, the institute also offers great programs that are made up of various modules of one or several disciplines and are selected by students in accordance with their professional goals.
Washington State University
The online Global Campus of Washington State University was founded in 2012 and today offers some bachelors, masters and non-degree certificates at both graduate and undergraduate level. The most reputable online courses offered by the university are business administrations courses: MBA with a concentration in marketing in particular.