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About UoPeople

Is University of the People an accredited university?

Yes. In February 2014 UoPeople received accreditation from the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). This can...

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Will I travel if I am a student?

University of the People is an American accredited, online university. All of its studies are entirely online. You can access all of the online course from anywhere in the world as long as you have internet connection.

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How can I work as a teacher at UoPeople?

University of the People is based on the premise that education is crucial to the advancement of individuals and society at large. Millions of people around the world, especially in developing countries, are excluded from higher education for various reasons. As a volunteer with UoPeople, you help make the dream...

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What is the UoPeople time zone?

Because UoPeople students come from all over the world and from all time zones, our clock is set to GMT (-5). This ensures that we have a consistent standard in which to open and close the window for assignment submission. However, we recognize that this means deadlines for course work...

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Does UoPeople need more volunteers?

University of the People is constantly seeking out volunteers for its various departments. While we cannot promise 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.


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Application Admissions

What are the application requirements?

Applicants must submit a high school diploma or its functional equivalent. This requirement may be satisfied during your first term at UoPeople through the submission of:

An official diploma (or transcript showing graduation) sent directly to UoPeople (either mailed or submitted online); or A photocopy of the original diploma (or...

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I do not have a postal code, what do i do?

If your country does not use the zip/postal code system, please type NA or 00000 into the zip code field.

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Are undocumented students able to apply?

Yes, we welcome undocumented students. In fact, around 1/4 of our US students are undocumented. Higher education is the key to opening up doors for undocumented students. A lot of the undocumented students living in the US are young and driven but have no access to higher education, therefore they...

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I cannot provide transcripts because I’m a refugee – what can I do?

Please contact your Admissions or Program Advisor in this case.

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Many programs require a much higher CGPA for admission. Why doesn’t UoPeople?

UoPeople students are typically 25-40 years of age and are working adults and/or individuals with family responsibilities. They have been doing other things since completing their Bachelor’s degree, so that the undergraduate CGPA may no longer be the best predictor of their success in graduate school.


UoPeople’s two-stage admissions...

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Degree Programs

Will UoPeople be adding any other degree programs in the future?

UoPeople is constantly working on developing new programs for their students and expects to have more degree earning programs in the near future.

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What happens during the M.Ed Capstone Course?

Every M.Ed. student is required to complete a final applied research project. Using rigorous education research methods, students will delve into a teaching-related question that has practical relevance for their own professional practice. They submit a report on the results of the study.

Students also make a presentation on their...

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How was the International Baccalaureate involved in developing the M.Ed program?

The M.Ed. in Advanced Teaching was designed in cooperation with the International Baccalaureate (IB). The IB is a global leader in the provision of high-quality, accessible programs for K-12 students. Offered by almost 5,000 schools in more than 150 countries, IB programs encourage both personal growth and academic achievement. The...

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Who should be interested in pursuing an M.Ed.?

While the program is primarily directed at K-12 classroom teachers in public and private schools, anyone who works with children and youth could benefit from the program.

Educators work in a variety of settings – nursery schools, community colleges, after-school programs, museums, sports and recreation programs, hospitals, tutoring programs, health...

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Now that you accept transfer credits, can I skip some Foundation courses?

If you complete your transfer credit request within seven days after receiving the email notifying you that you are qualified for admission, you may be able to be admitted to the Transfer Credit Foundations Pathway. Those in this Foundations program only need to complete Online Education Strategies (UNIV 1001). Those...

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Can I pay with my local currency?

UoPeople requires all payments be submitted in US Dollars. UoPeople offers payment through Western Union Agent Location (Quick Pay) and Western Union Wire Transfer (Global Pay), Paypal, Cashier’s Checks and Payment via MoneyGram. PayPal: PayPal allows you to initiate payment through the Internet (and also provides the ability to pay...

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Why are there fees if you are tuition-free?

It is the University’s mission to provide affordable, tuition-free education for everybody. University of the People is tuition-free, which means there is no charge for teaching or instruction.


To help support the university’s continued operation, UoPeople charges a $60 application fee, and an Assessment Fee per course completed ($100...

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What can I do if the payment options you offer are not available to me?

If you are unable to make payment via PayPal or Western Union, you may submit payment for the Application Processing Fee with a Cashier’s Check, which is a check issued by a bank: 

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

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Will someone in admissions be able to assist me with a tuition deferment once I am accepted to uopeople?

Once you will be accepted to University of the People, we will be able to sign your loan deferment form. Please note that UoPeople does not directly participate in any federal financial aid programs.
Your program advisor will be happy to help you.

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So, you’ve provided an estimate of cost of fees to complete various degree programs. What are the fees for the cost of books, supples, etc.?

University of the People does not charge students to take classes, for any reading or study materials, or for annual enrollment. It is the university’s mission to provide affordable, tuition-free education for everybody. UoPeople charges nominal fees in order to remain sustainable.


For students who cannot afford those fees,...

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Student Experience

How many hours per week should students expect to devote to their coursework?

A student should expect to spend at least 15-17 hours per week on each course. This includes readings, research work, writing, project work, etc.

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What steps do I take when I am about to complete the program?

Students in their final term of study complete and submit the Graduation Application. The Office of Student Services does a graduation audit and notifies the student of his/her readiness for graduation.

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How is UoPeople’s academic year organized?

UoPeople’s academic year runs from September 1 through August 31. There are five terms in the academic year. Each term is nine weeks in length, and there are one or two weeks between terms. Term 1 begins the first week of September. Term 5 ends in the middle of August.

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Will I still be registered for my course if my proctor does not confirm?

Registrations for courses with a proctored exam are pending upon the approval of a proctor. Students who do not successfully identify a confirmed proctor will not be successfully registered to the course.

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