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How many hours do I need to dedicate to studying each week?

A student should expect to spend at least 15 – 17 hours per week on each course, and we recommend students take 2 courses per term.


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. Each student will be connected with a personal Program Advisor at the commencement of their studies, who will remain with them until graduation. The student’s personal Program Advisor acts as a support system throughout their studies, and our dedicated Course Instructors are also always available to answer questions when needed.


The UoPeople small online classroom setting (20-30 people) allows for a community of supportive collective peer thinkers and teachers. Instructors provide full support, while creating a community for students to work cooperatively and assist one another. In our online learning community, students share resources, exchange ideas and discuss weekly topics. Students are graded on learning journals, quizzes and final exams. Moreover, because University of the People classes take place online, students can learn wherever and whenever Internet connection is available. This means you will have the opportunity to study according to your schedule!


As proof, in our most recent student survey, 73% of students report that they have dependents to take care of and a whopping 92% of students work while they study! Some of the best educators in the world have joined UoPeople to help make education accessible and affordable. The curriculum itself is supported by scholars who are experts in their respective fields. You can learn more about this on our website. In addition, the university is guided by its prestigious President’s Council, comprising current and former leaders of top universities around the world. You can read more about them here. If you want to learn more about our grading policies and academic model, feel free to visit our student catalog here.


UoPeople graduates have used the education they receive to progress in their careers through promotion and new employment opportunities. Many of our students and graduates work at top international companies and organizations such as Google, IBM, Apple, Dell, Microsoft, Amazon and even the United Nations. You can see their LinkedIn profiles here. For additional information, you can also read more about the UoPeople student experience here.