Will My Degree Be Relevant in My Country?

Many of our graduates work for top local and international companies, exemplifying the fact that UoPeople degrees are invaluable around the globe. Here’s why.

If you’re applying to University of the People from abroad, you may be concerned about how useful and relevant your degree will be in your home country. After all, every country has its own educational system and standards, making it impossible to know what institutions and employers will make of a specific degree.


University of the People is an accredited university in the United States. An accredited American degree is usually recognized worldwide due to the fact that American higher education is considered to be the golden standard of higher education. While most companies, especially international, will look favorably upon holders of accredited American degrees, it is recommended that each prospective student check the status of UoPeople’s degree in his/her own country.


According to Giuseppe Zerilli, a graduate of UoPeople’s computer science program, his new degree quickly helped him advance his career and secure a job at IBM, UK. He stated:

“My degree has already helped me land a job I could have only dreamed of before… what I’m doing now and what I will achieve in the future will be, for the most part, thanks to my degree.”

Giuseppe isn’t alone. Many UoPeople graduates go on to have great success with their UoPeople degrees in their home countries. Here are the top five reasons why:


1. UoPeople Degrees are Accredited

Accreditation is a private, voluntary, non-governmental peer-review process that reviews the educational quality of an institution or program. In the United States, accreditation is the primary means of assuring high-quality education.


Even countries with different educational systems are willing to look seriously at U.S. degrees if they are accredited within the U.S.


University of the People is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency, as well as by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


2. UoPeople Degrees are Recognized for Academic Quality

A degree from University of the People is valuable – a sign that a student has worked hard and dedicated themselves to a serious course of study. Our academic leadership stems from top American institutions such as Oxford, Edinburgh, Duke, Columbia, Stanford, and Princeton; and our academic partners include NYU.


Upon graduation, UoPeople students are ready and prepared to continue studying in high-quality educational institutions. They have continued their education at Carnegie Mellon University of Australia, University of Nairobi, Sapienza University of Rome, University of Newcastle in Australia, University of Waikato in New Zealand and elsewhere.


3. UoPeople Degrees are Recognized for Being Relevant

Students at University of the People can choose between a variety of degree paths including an Associate Degree and Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Health Sciences, and Business Administration, as well as master’s degree programs in business administration and education. These fields were specifically chosen for their increasing relevance to job markets worldwide.


Graduates with degrees in these fields are well equipped to begin meaningful careers in any country. In addition to this, students take general Liberal Arts courses in the arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and natural sciences. The purpose of these courses is to develop students as well-rounded, critical thinkers who are prepared not only for one specific vocation but to participate fully in improving and influencing communities across international borders.

4. UoPeople is Recognized by Employers and Has Professional Partnerships

University of the People graduates have gone on to have exciting careers with major multinational companies such as Amazon, UnitedHealth Group, the United Nations, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, IBM, and many others.


We also work closely with today’s industry leaders to enhance our online degree programs with companies such as Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and Union Square Ventures. These companies have an official relationship with UoPeople, taking on graduates for employment and offering internships to students during their studies.


5. UoPeople Students are Recognized for their Hard Work and Character

While employers and universities worldwide are impressed by UoPeople’s accreditation, quality education and professional partnerships, another compelling reason to recognize a UoPeople degree are the students who stand behind it.


Our students are driven, self-motivated and hardworking individuals. Many have overcome financial and political obstacles that stood in the way of them getting an education, but were driven on by their dreams. These students have gone on to achieve great things.


As distance-learners, UoPeople students are in control of their own education. They manage their time and juggle busy schedules, often balancing studies with other responsibilities such as a family and a career.


By participating in our unique educational system, which is based on international peer-to-peer learning, they become well practiced in the arts of cooperation, communication, and teamwork, graduating fully prepared to participate in today’s global, digital economy.


When applying to graduate programs or jobs in any country, graduates will not only be evaluated on credentials, but on their individual character. This means their skills, enthusiasm, work ethic, and passion – attributes which UoPeople grads have in abundance.

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