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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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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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I e-mailed my instructor and never got a response, what shall I do?

If you have emailed an instructor and have not yet heard back, then something might be wrong! Please email your advisor so they can look into it.

Can I study part-time?

Degree Seeking Students may choose to be part-time students taking 1 course per term, or full-time students taking 2-3 courses per term.
Students must complete all requirements for the Associate’s degree in no more than 25 terms of 
active enrollment excluding any periods of separation from the University. ...
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What is my first step as a student?

Before the first term begins each new student is assigned a designated username and password to log into the University of the People online platform and courses. All new students are registered for their first term courses by the Office of Student Services.

You will automatically be enrolled in...
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What is the maximum number of courses per term I can take for UoPeople degrees?

Full-time students may take 4 courses per term.This depends on each individual’s cumulative grade point average (CGPA). Please refer to the UoPeople University Catalog for additional information.

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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What is an elective course?

Electives enable students to select coursework tailored to personal interests and offer the opportunity to acquire breadth beyond that specified in General Education requirements, select introductory courses in other majors, and take additional courses in a student’s major that may not be required for the degree.

With the appropriate...
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Am I required to attend my courses at a special date or time?

University of the People offers high-quality, accredited degree programs, together with a unique learning experience that combines peer-based and collaborative learning with cutting-edge information technology and the Internet.


The UoPeople small online classroom setting (20-30 people) allows for a community of supportive collective peer thinkers and teachers. Each course...
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Is there a minimum amount of classes I can take at a time?

Please note that you can take a minimum of 1 course and a maximum of 3 courses per term.
You can also apply for a leave of absence for up to 2 terms at once, if you need some time off your studies. 

What happens if a student fails a course?

Students failing a required course can repeat the course in order to complete their program. All grades for repeated courses appear on the transcript, but only the highest grade earned is counted in the CGPA. The University, however, may deny a student’s request to retake a failed course. That being...
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How do I take exams?

All exams are administered through our online education platform, Moodle. You may review your exams and courses in your student account on Moodle.

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: 

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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What are the classes like?

Yes, all our courses and examinations are done online-only.
You may visit the website below and use the username ‘student’ and password ‘moodle’ (user name and password is without the quotation sign) to login to get a feel of what our virtual learning platform looks like.
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When will I be able to add a course, when the “add course” option tells me it’s not yet the registration period?

Please look at the Academic Calendar to see when the registration period starts. If it is your first term, Student Services will register you. If it is not, you should refer to the email that was sent to you with your specific dates to register.
Please contact your Personal...
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How do I view lectures and material?

All lectures and learning materials are provided online. You may access these materials through your Moodle account.

Are there any pre-requisite courses to take for the MBA?

No! Students are required to have completed a Bachelor’s degree from a US accredited institution or an equivalent degree from an accredited international institution in order to be eligible for the MBA program, but that’s it! To learn more about admissions requirements, please visit our Graduate Admissions page on...
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How many exams are there in total?

At UoPeople, there is one exam per course. In order to complete an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration, Computer Science and Health Science, you will be required to pass 20 courses.


Similarly, in order to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Computer Science, you will be required...
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Are the exams at UoPeople open book exams?

All UoPeople exams are closed book unless explicitly noted and administered online. Some exams require a proctor (exam monitor) and have a list of acceptable items that vary per exam (e.g., a simple calculator or a specialized computer interface). UoPeople exams are timed and it is recommended that students prepare...
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Will I need to take general education courses?

Each of the six undergraduate degree programs offered by University of the People requires completion a certain number of courses in the relevant major as well as general education courses. A comprehensive list can be found in our University Catalog  

What are the courses under Arts & Science?

Arts & Science courses are intended to add both depth and breadth to each student’s overall educational experience by providing opportunities to make interdisciplinary connections between concepts and ideas, as well as an environment to contemplate their meaning and significance.

Mastering the basic tenets of a liberal arts education, students...
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I’m having trouble registering for a course or adding a course, how can I do it?

If it is your first term, Student Services will register you. If it is not your first term, please check the email that was sent to you with your specific dates to register.
Please contact your Personal Advisor for more information.

How do I drop or withdraw from a course?

Students who do not wish to participate in courses must communicate with the University in order to drop or withdraw from a course. Failure to request a drop or withdrawal from a course will result in the student’s continued enrollment in the course even if no further work is done...
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When are the registration deadlines for the programs?

University of the People accepts applications at 5 times throughout the year. You can view the academic calendar to see the upcoming admissions cut-off date:

If I register today, when will my first term starts?

When you are accepted, you will be enrolled for the upcoming academic term.
 For details regarding when your term starts, as well as other important academic dates please visit:  

Can I take only part of the course?

At this time, UoPeople is unable to offer individual courses and students must take the programs in full. UoPeople offers Associate and Bachelor degree programs in Business Administration, Computer Science and Health Science; Master degree programs in Business Administration, and Education in Advanced Teaching.
To learn more about our degree...
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Where does studying take place?

University of the People degrees and courses are 100% online. This means that, as long as you have an internet connection, you can access UoPeople’s comprehensive online learning programs!


Our cutting-edge online platform provides students with instruction by some of the top university lecturers in the world. Part of...
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Will I travel if I am a student?

University of the People degrees and courses are 100% online. This means that, as long as you have an internet connection, you can study with us anywhere and anytime! Part of our mission is to help students overcome obstacles getting in the way of their studies, such as...
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When will course registration be open?

Course registration is for current students only. This is not to be confused with the Admissions Calendar, which is for those who wish to become students. If you are not yet a student, you should know that UoPeople has rolling admissions, which means that we are always open to new...
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