Welcome to University of the People (you can also refer to us as “UoPeople”)! We are glad to have you join our incredible and diverse student community as you pursue your goal of earning a prestigious university degree.
For most of you, this is likely your first experience studying online, and we know that it can require some adjustment. To help, we have compiled a list of 10 things you need to know when taking your first steps at UoPeople.
1. As a student, you will be assigned a personal Program Advisor, whose job is to guide, support and motivate you throughout your studies. Your Program Advisor is a trained and skilled professional from whom you can seek advice, share concerns or ask questions about university processes or procedures. Your Program Advisor is your biggest cheerleader, encouraging your academic success and rooting for you to excel in your endeavors. So please do not hesitate to contact your Program Advisor at any time.
2. We are an online university, so the only means of communication between you and the different offices in the university is via email. From the day you become a student—even before—you will receive emails from the various departments at the University, all geared towards keeping you informed and updated. Each email is important and should be treated as such. Therefore, always endeavor to read them carefully and thoroughly. Updates and instructions that will guide you throughout your studies will be sent via emails. If, after reading an email, you find its content confusing or have questions you need addressed, then you should reach out to your program advisor.
3. The Learning Week starts just after midnight on Thursday at 12:05 am UoPeople Time (GMT-5 time zone) and ends the following Wednesday at 11:55 pm UoPeople Time (GMT-5 time zone). All reference to time during your studies should be according to University of the People Time (GMT-5 time zone). The UoPeople clock is located at the top left corner in Moodle (our virtual learning environment).
Note: Updating your profile in Moodle and synchronizing the time zone to your local time zone does not affect the UoPeople clock. Therefore, always work based on the time and date displayed on the UoPeople Clock when it comes to meeting deadlines for your class activities.
4. The first term is the most challenging. However, as you get to understand all the different processes and course requirements, it becomes easier to progress in your studies and get closer to graduation. Each course is divided into weekly Learning Units and each Learning Unit is divided into class activities that you are expected to complete within each Learning Week. Each course at the University is eight (8) Learning Weeks long, plus a 4-day period in Week nine (9) for undergraduate students to prepare and take the final exams. You will be able to access your courses only on the first day of each term.
Note: The length of some MBA courses may vary between eight to nine Learning Weeks. This depends on the course syllabus since MBA courses do not require students to take a final exam.
5. The UoPeople Academic Calendar is a great tool for keeping track of important deadlines and activities in the university as you study. The Academic Calendar contains periods and deadlines for each academic year and it is recommended that you download the current academic calendar here. You can also find an electronic version of the calendar, here, which can be added to your Outlook, iCloud or Google Calendars for automatic reminders.
6. The Self-Service Portal is a user-friendly hub with links to the various university resources like the Student Portal, Moodle, Payment Portal, the University’s catalog, the University’s Social Media platforms (YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook) etc. You can log in to the Self-Service Portal using you email address and password.
Note: Access to the Self-Service Portal requires that you use your Email address and Password while access to Moodle requires your Student ID and Password
7. The Online Student Writing Center (OSWC), and the Peer Assessment Office (PAO) are additional tools made available for you in Moodle. You will gain useful knowledge throughout your studies at UoPeople if you will visit them and communicate with our staff members. Make sure to visit them regularly to get the boost you need to succeed in your studies.
8. UoPeople Yammer Network: Want to connect with your peers and to meet people from all over the world studying like you? Then log in to Yammer today and make sure you are in the loop and know about everything that is happening at UoPeople.
9. All the information you need to know can be found in the University’s Catalog for both the Graduate and Undergraduate programs. It includes the University’s policies, regulations, procedures, fees, curricula, programs, course descriptions and more. You can access the catalog via the official UoPeople website.
10. You don’t need to worry about registering for your first term. During your first term you will be registered for your course(s) automatically by the Office of Student Services. Graduate MBA Foundations students will be registered to one course, while Undergraduate Foundations students will be registered to two courses: UNIV 1001 Online Education Strategies and an additional course. In subsequent terms, however, you will be expected to register for courses on your own. You can contact your program advisor for the Course Selection Guide (Business Administration, Computer Science, Health Science, MBA) if you do not have it already.
Note: UNIV 1001 Online Education Strategies is a prerequisite course for all UoPeople Foundations students and must be completed successfully to ensure you can take other courses. Be careful not to withdraw from this course!