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What are the technology requirements to complete a certificate program?

To complete a certificate at University of the People, students will need to have consistent access to a computer with a reliable internet connection. If students are working on a computer that is not their personal computer and are unable to save documents, it’s important also to obtain an external drive. Because there...
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Is the certificate program available for students from every country?


Do other universities accept credit transfers from University of the People?

Yes. Students who wish to transfer their UoPeople graduate credits to another institution are strongly advised to discuss this with the receiving institution as the transferability of credits earned at UoPeople is at the complete discretion of the institution to which students may seek to transfer.

How many students will be accepted?

There is room for everyone in an online classroom and there is no limit to how many students can be accepted into UoPeople’s certificate programs.    

However, at this time UoPeople only accepts new students into the UoPeople certificate programs. Students already seeking a degree at UoPeople are ineligible at this time.

Who is behind the program?

Each certificate program has an advisory board to guide and develop the program courses included to ensure students receive a quality education. For example, the Business Administration Advisory Board contributes to the development of the Business Administration Certificates program.

How many students per class? 


Do students’ study in cohorts?

No. Because we are an online university, and many of our students work while studying, we allow students to take breaks from their studies if they need to (although this is not encouraged), and as a result, classes are mixed up every term. We also believe strongly in making students...
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Is it possible to fail? Can students re-take exams? How many times? 

Yes, students can fail, and they are permitted to re-take exams – once. Students will need to re-pay the exam fee in order to retake the exam.

Are there opportunities for classes to meet in person?

The university does not facilitate face-to-face meetings as this would be impossible due to the global make-up of the classes. We are aware of students who have organized in-person meetings with fellow students from the undergrad programs, and when Shai travels to conferences, he does his best to meet with...
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Is there much support for students in an online classroom?

Absolutely. Highly qualified Instructors are assigned to classes of 20-30 students, usually representing as many countries, and the instructor is available to answer student’s questions and offer support. The University of the People student body hails from 194 countries worldwide, inspiring interesting dialogue between peers, and offers students alternative perspectives to...
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How are students graded? 

Every week students have readings and are assessed on their homework. Students also have to take quizzes and are assessed on their contribution to class discussion.    

How are students graded? 

Every week students have readings and are assessed on their homework. Students also have to take quizzes and are assessed on their contribution to class discussion.

Are there networking opportunities? 

Yes. UoPeople works hard to help further students’ networking abilities, offering a growing global community, making students’ networking potential international. Networking is an essential tool for building a successful career. At UoPeople our international community of students and faculty provides a global networking community. With students hailing from over 200 countries and faculty from...
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Aren’t there concerns about online programs? 

People have various opinions regarding online education because it is a new concept in contrast to the old tradition of physically attending school. Studying online is an effective and successful way to learn, and many of the best universities in the world, as well as almost all universities in the...
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How do students take exams?

All exams are administered online.