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University of the People (UoPeople) is the world’s first non-profit, tuition-free, accredited, online academic institution dedicated to opening access to higher education globally. Based on the principles of e-learning and peer-to-peer learning, coupled with Open-Source Technology and Open Educational Resources, UoPeople is designed to provide access to undergraduate degree programs for qualified individuals, despite financial, geographic or societal constraints. UoPeople offers Associate and Bachelor degree programs in Business Administration,  Computer Science and Health Studies, as well as an MBA. Founded in 2009 by educational entrepreneur Shai Reshef, UoPeople has partnered with Yale University for research, New York University to accept students and Hewlett-Packard for internships. To date, students from over 180 countries have been accepted. The organization has gained the widespread support of leading academics, over 1.2 million people on Facebook, and media throughout the world.

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 curriculum itself is supported by respected scholars. A community of educators, comprised of active and retired professors, master’s level students and other professionals, participate and oversee the assessment process. They also develop ongoing procedures for curriculum evaluation and development.

With a convenient virtual address, www.uopeople.edu, University of the People is accessible anywhere a computer and Internet connection exists. The students and Instructors represent a diverse group coming from both developing and developed countries.

Founder and President Shai Reshef established University of the People to marry the opportunities between unprecedented access to the Internet, dropping technology costs, and rising tuition fees worldwide. UoPeople is the world’s first tuition free, online academic institution dedicated to the global advancement and democratization of higher education. The high-quality, low-cost and global educational model embraces the worldwide presence of the Internet and falling technology costs to bring collegiate level studies to even the most remote places on earth. With the support of respected academics, humanitarians and other visionaries, the UoPeople student body represents a new wave in global education.

Distance learning is a growing trend in the U.S. and around the world. When applied to a tuition-free model, distance learning has enormous potential to make education an equalizer by providing educational opportunities to those otherwise unable to pursue higher education for financial or other reasons. University of the People effectively functions on a limited budget without sacrificing the quality of education. Embracing collaborative learning and utilizing open educational materials, University of the People makes the best use of a student body from around the world while limiting operating costs.

As mentioned there are no buildings, trees or grass to rest on between classes – all the programs, materials, and services can be found online. UoPeople consists mainly of the people who study at the university, and the materials they use. Students are grouped in classes which reflect their progress. The student advances along with his or her peers as they are given the same lesson and assignments each week.

University of the People has enrolled thousands of students within the first five years of operation. The power of online networking and word-of-mouth marketing will facilitate the growth of the University, while the open-source, peer-based and collaborative educational model will make it possible to handle such rapid expansion.

The learning model includes lessons, classes, discussions, readings, assignments and exams like any university. The students receive maximum freedom in choosing their location and hours of study. Still, in order to ensure academic success, there are several tools that ensure their commitment, and promote their academic success. University of the People’s goal is to allow students to live their lives and make a living, whilst still being able to enjoy a supportive learning environment which will help to lead them to a more fulfilled life.

GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION

University of the People offers the following undergraduate degrees: Associate (A.S.) and Bachelor (B.S.) degrees in Computer Science, Business Administration and Health Science, as well as an MBA.

Yes. In February 2014 UoPeople received accreditation from the Accreditation Commission of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), a U.S. Department of Education authorized accrediting agency. This can be verified at http://www.deac.org/

At this stage we are unable to accept transfer students who are seeking credit for coursework completed at another institution. In the future, we hope to be able to consider credit earned at an accredited educational institution for the purpose of transferring to UoPeople.

Yes – UoPeople offers a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA).

University of the People classes take place online, so students can learn wherever an Internet connection is available. Whether you have a fast or slow connection, students receive the same lessons, as all materials, including the lessons, are online texts. To allow even more people to participate, the lessons can be read in the span of a few days. They are not restricted to a specific time so that the students can study and participate in the course discussion forums whenever their lives allow it.

At present, all exams are administered online. As a non-profit academic institution dedicated to opening access to higher education, UoPeople has succeeded in cutting down almost the entire cost of higher education. All we ask students to cover is the cost of processing applications and examinations. UoPeople asks students to cover the cost of processing exams at $100 per end-of course exam. This fee is a non-refundable Exam Processing Fee for each exam taken. For students who are unable to pay this amount, UoPeople has created a variety of scholarship funds dedicated to meeting the unique needs of our students. Students may apply for a UoPeople scholarship to cover up to the full cost of the Exam Processing Fees upon admittance to UoPeople.

University of the People offers the following undergraduate degrees: Associate (A.S.) and Bachelor (B.S.) degrees in Computer Science, Business Administration and Health Science, as well as an MBA.

What is a MOOC? A MOOC is defined as a massive open online course which aims to obtain hundreds of thousands of students in mass-classrooms to provide knowledge to significant numbers of people in an open way. UoPeople students have no other access to higher education; whereas approximately 80% of MOOC students already have a BA and about 40% have advanced degrees. UoPeople offers full student support services and academic advising, similar to that found in any other university. Additionally, UoPeople in its commitment to democratize higher education, limits the use of audio or video so that students with low internet bandwidth are able to access the courses as well. MOOCS do not currently offer the opportunity to earn a full associate or bachelor degree, something which is an important part of UoPeople’s educational model and its mission to open the gates of higher education globally. UoPeople offers full structured degree programs complete with Arts & Sciences courses to complement chosen programs of focus, while MOOCs are stand-alone courses that are sporadically selected by students.

APPLICATION PROCESS

To meet admission requirements, the applicant needs to be 18 years old or older, be able to demonstrate secondary school completion with the presentation of a certified diploma (or its official functional equivalent), and be proficient in the English language. In order to be admitted to an undergraduate degree program, students must successfully complete UoPeople Foundations courses.

Please refer to the International Applicant section (found below) for further details on English proficiency requirements. Refugees and Asylum-Seekers who are unable to produce original diplomas and/or transcripts may submit alternative documentation. For more information, please see UoPeople’s Refugee and Asylum-Seeker Admissions Policy here.

Students who meet the admission requirements are invited to apply to study at UoPeople (18 years old or older, prove high school completion, and meet English proficiency). At this time, due to US regulatory requirements, University of the People is unable to accept applications for admission from applicants residing in the following states: Alabama and Arkansas.

Yes. You will need to submit a new application, and make sure to mark ‘Yes’ to the relevant question in the online application so we can identify you in our database and locate your academic transcripts and other information.

FINANCIAL

As a non-profit academic institution dedicated to opening access to higher education, UoPeople has succeeded in cutting down almost the entire cost of higher education. University of the People does not charge its students tuition. University of the People does charge a modest non-refundable Application Processing Fee of $50. The University charges an Application Processing Fee in order to cover the cost of processing each application as well as remain sustainable. All we ask our students to cover is the cost of processing exams at $100 per end-of course exam. For students who are unable to pay this amount, UoPeople offers a number of scholarships to cover up to the full cost of the Exam Processing Fees.

University of the People 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, and does not charge for annual enrollment. As a non-profit academic institution dedicated to opening access to higher education, UoPeople has succeeded in cutting down almost the entire cost of higher education. All we ask applicants to cover is an Application Processing Fee of $50. Additionally, UoPeople asks its students to cover the cost of processing exams at $100 per end-of course exam. For students who are unable to pay this amount, students may apply for a UoPeople scholarship to cover up to the full cost of the Exam Processing Fees.

No, there are no fees for any learning materials. Everything is available via our Virtual Learning Environment and other free Internet resources.

UoPeople offers payment via PayPal, Western Union and Cashier’s Check.

 

(A) PayPal: PayPal allows you to initiate payment through the Internet (and also provides the ability to pay using credit cards). To see the credit cards PayPal accepts from your country, please refer to the following link: https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/marketingweb?cmd=_display-country-functionality-outside

 

(B) Western Union: UoPeople accepts payment via two Western Union payment methods – Global Pay (wire transfer) and Western Union agents.
To pay via a Western Union agent, locate a Western Union Agent within your region. Please refer to the following link: http://locations.westernunion.com/
To pay via Global Pay (Wire Transfer), instructions are provided via the online application.

 

(C) Cashier’s Check (a check issued directly by a bank): The Cashier’s Checks must be issued in US dollars and payable to University of the People. Your Applicant ID must be written on the Cashier’s Check and it should be mailed to the following address: University of the People 225 S. Lake Ave. Suite 300 Pasadena, CA 91101 USA

 

Please make sure that all information on the check (including amount payable) is accurate before mailing it. A Cashier’s Check with missing or inaccurate information will be shredded for security purposes and will not be deposited. Once your Cashier’s Check is cashed, your payment status will be changed and you will be notified accordingly. Please note, that UoPeople DOES NOT ACCEPT CASH OR PERSONAL CHECKS. Please do not send payments with any method other than those listed above.

— For additional options, please contact your Admissions Advisor or payments@uopeople.edu.

Yes. You may have someone else pay your Application Processing Fee on your behalf if he or she mails a Cashier’s Check (a check from the bank) to the University, with your Applicant ID written on the Cashier’s Check.

 

Please note the following:

1. It must be a Cashier’s Check.

2. Cashier’s Checks must be issued in US dollars.

3. Cashier’s Checks must be payable to University of the People.

4. Your Applicant ID must be written on the Cashier’s Check.

5. The Cashier’s Check should be mailed to the following address: University of the People 225 S. Lake Ave. Suite 300 Pasadena, CA 91101 USA

 

Please make sure that you tell whomever is paying for your Application Processing Fee, all information regarding the Cashier’s Check (including amount payable – please look at the fees section if you are unsure of your Application Processing Fee). A Cashier’s Check with missing or inaccurate information will be shredded for security purposes and will not be deposited. Once the Cashier’s Check on your behalf is cashed, your payment status will be changed and you will be notified accordingly. Please make sure to inform whomever is paying your Application Processing Fee on your behalf that WE DO NOT ACCEPT CASH OR PERSONAL CHECKS.

When making a payment via Western Union Global Pay, you may choose to pay in US dollars or your local currency. For all other payment methods, UoPeople requires all payments be submitted in US Dollars.

The Application Processing Fee is non-refundable. Please refer to the Application Processing Fee Agreement for more details https://applicants.uopeople.edu/steps/ApplicationFee.aspx

UoPeople strives to ensure that no student is left out of higher education for financial reasons. Applicants may apply for a scholarship upon admittance to UoPeople, and students may apply for a scholarship at any time. Scholarship requests are reviewed and processed on an ongoing basis, and the Financial Aid Office will do its best to respond to scholarship requests within two-three weeks.

At this time, University of the People is not a participating institution in federal financial aid programs. The University does not have any plans in the near future to change this status, however if you would like to remain updated regarding this issue, we encourage you to check our website for any updates.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

If you are a non-native English speaker, or you graduated from an institution where English was not the primary language of instruction, please click here to see which English proficiency documents you may submit to be considered for admission.

 

If you are admitted and unable to meet the English Proficiency requirement, you will be required to first successfully complete a University-approved English course in order to proceed to study in UoPeople.

Proof of English proficiency must be provided in order to be admitted to UoPeople. Your English proficiency documents may be submitted online, unless defined otherwise by the University. If required to be submitted via post, please note that documents must be original documents or notarized photocopies, bearing original stamps and signatures from a notary public or the issuing institution. Please click here for more information on providing proof of English proficiency.

Yes. If you do not hold an English proficiency qualification, or earned a score less than the minimum score required, and have met all other admissions requirements, you can be considered for admission to complete a University-approved English course. Upon successful completion of this course, you may begin your studies. For more information, please refer to the admission requirements page here.

Diplomas and transcripts that are not in English should be submitted together with an official notarized translation. This means that UoPeople must receive both a certified/notarized copy of your diploma(s) and transcript(s) in their original language, as well as notarized translations for each document. Translations should be accurate, word-for-word translations drafted by your Ministry of Education or by a professional translator or translation company.

VOLUNTEERING WITH UOPEOPLE

In order to be considered as a potential volunteer instructor and/or course developer, an online volunteer application form will need to be filled out by the prospective individual which must include a CV in English. The individual’s file is then reviewed by a member of the University of the People staff, and contact will be made. For more information, please see: http://www.uopeople.edu/volunteer/

University of the People is constantly seeking out volunteers for its various departments. While we cannot guarantee that each and every potential volunteer will be able to find a suitable volunteer position with us, we try our best to match potential volunteers with their desired position.

MBA Program

In order to apply to the MBA program, you need to:

  • Have a minimum of 2 years work experience
  • Have completed an undergraduate degree with a CGPA of 2.5 and above on a 4.0 scale
  • Have a letter of recommendation
  • Be proficient in English
  • If you are a non-native English speaker, or you graduated from an institution where English was not the primary language of instruction, please click here to see which English proficiency documents you may submit to be considered for admission.

Yes. All applicants must complete 8 pre-requisite courses at UoPeople or another institution. If these courses will be taken at UoPeople, then the minimum grade of a 2.5 for each course is required.

The courses or their equivalents are:

  • BUS 1102 Basic Accounting
  • BUS 1103 Microeconomics
  • BUS 1104 Macroeconomics
  • MATH 1280 Introduction to Statistics
  • BUS 2201 Principles of Marketing
  • BUS 2203 Principles of Finance
  • BUS 4402 Organization Behavior
  • BUS 4403 Business Policies and Strategies

The MBA can be completed in 15 months of full-time study (2 courses a term).

There is a $50 Application Processing Fee, as well as a $200 Examination Processing Fee per exam. The MBA can be completed for $2400 dollars.

The maximum number of courses students can take during the MBA is two per term.

There are 12 courses in the MBA Program.

To see the MBA course catalog, click here.