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What is an accredited university?

In the United States an accredited university is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an institution that has been approved by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). You can check here to confirm if your institution is recognized as an accredited university by the U.S. Department...

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What is your accredation?

University of the People is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), an accreditation agency that is recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) – an organization with the authority to accredit institutes of higher learning. UoPeople is...

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Are University of the People degrees transferable?

Like other universities, UoPeople cannot guarantee that its students or their credits will be accepted by other academic institutions, since this is determined by each institution individually. If you are looking to transfer credits earned at UoPeople to another institution, students should consult and verify with the receiving institution regarding...

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Will my degree be accepted at other universities?

University of the People and all of its academic degrees are accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. Students will need to check with their individual institution regarding whether degrees/credits from UoPeople are accepted. 

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Is UoPeople accredited in other countries?

UoPeople is a U.S. accredited institution. Because of the fact that, in many places, being accredited in the U.S. means that we are a highly respected institution, UoPeople has not pursued accreditation in any other country. UoPeople cannot guarantee that its degrees or their credits will be accepted by other...

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Will I get a diploma when I finish my UoPeople degree?

Yes, once a student successfully satisfies all requirements of a program, University of the People will issue an official UoPeople Certificate of Completion and transcripts stating that a student has successfully completed his/her program, with the final grades for each course taken.

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About Us

Who are the students at UoPeople?

University of the People has a steadily growing number of students from over 200 countries and territories. With students hailing from all points of the globe – from different countries, cultures and nationalities – University of the People is able to create a diverse online network. Students are introduced to...

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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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Who started University of the People?

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, American accredited, online academic institution dedicated to the global advancement and democratization of higher education.


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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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Where can I find the replay of an old webinar?

You should be able to find the replay on our events page:

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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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Learning Model

How does the educational model of UoPeople differ from the MOOCs?

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. Many UoPeople students have no other access to higher education; whereas approximately 80%...

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What kinds of research resources does UoPeople have?

UoPeople offers its students access to library resources through the Library Information and Resources Network (LIRN).


These resources support the research, writing and homework needs of its students. With a simple query, students are put in touch with an experienced librarian who can help them navigate the array of...

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How does University of the People promote its students’ success?

The learning model includes lessons, classes, discussions, readings, assignments and exams like any university. Due to University of the People’s online learning model, students have the opportunity to choose their location and hours of study. Still, in order to ensure academic success, there are several tools that ensure their commitment,...

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When can I start studying?

University of the People accepts applications on a rolling basis. UoPeople has five academic terms yearly, and students are invited to begin their studies in any one of these five terms.


For details on the start date for the UoPeople academic terms, as well as the corresponding admissions cut-off...

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How long is a course term?

The course term is 10 weeks long, including 9 learning weeks and 1 week exam period.  
In total there are 5 terms a year, below you can find a detailed academic calendar: 

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How is a course conducted?

University of the People offers a unique learning experience that combines peer-based and collaborative learning with information technologies and the internet. Taken together, this creates an affordable opportunity for universal access to quality higher education with an innovative pedagogical model.

Peer-based learning is a collaborative approach that encourages deep reflection...

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