1. Is the degree available for students from every country?
2.Is the degree Internationally recognized?
University of the People is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency.
3.Is it accredited in other countries?
We have not pursued accreditation in any other country – in many places, being accredited in the U.S. means that it is highly respected.
4.Do other universities accept credit transfers from University of the People?
Yes. UoPeople has a partnership, for example, with the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), whereby UC Berkeley will consider qualified, top-performing UoPeople Associate’s degree graduates, who wish to transfer to complete a Bachelor’s degree at Berkeley. This recognition is the ultimate endorsement of the value of our degrees and it offers a great opportunity for our students. UoPeople graduates have been known to be accepted into Master’s degree programs at universities around the world too. 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.
5.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 undergraduate programs.
6.Are there scholarships?
Yes. We have a variety of scholarships. We offer as many scholarships as we have available. UoPeople will always remain dedicated to its mission of opening access to higher education worldwide and will continue striving to ensure that no qualified student will be denied studying with UoPeople due to financial constraints. We are here to open the gates for all qualified individuals in the world, regardless of financial, geographic, societal or personal constraints.
7.Who is behind the program?
The Business Administration advisory board is comprised of distinguished industry professionals and academics working to maintain the high level of quality in our online degree program. This board includes distinguished members such as Dr. Russell S. Winer, William H. Joyce Professor of Marketing at the Stern School of Business, New York University (NYU), is UoPeople’s Dean of Business Administration.
8.How many students per class?
9.How much time per week will students need to dedicate to their courses?
15-20 Hours per course per week.
10.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 part of the global economy by being part of the global village, and exposing them to different kinds of students from different cultures, in order to broaden their horizons. This is what makes them global citizens.
11.Will UoPeople help its graduates find a job (will the University have a placement office)?
Preparing students for the workforce is a high priority of UoPeople. Beginning in the classroom, the rigor and quality of our accredited degree programs is ensured by world-class academic leaders and academic partners. Using the help of those who are behind the university, and by focusing on career planning – if needed – which, includes resume writing, interviewing, and job searching skills, UoPeople’s Career Service Center prepares students to find jobs after graduation. Networking is also 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 top international universities, corporations and foundations—the networking potential at UoPeople is vast!
Given all of these exciting options, it is not surprising that UoPeople feels confident that its students will be able to find jobs or advance in their current jobs.
12.Will UoPeople formalize any type of arrangement with companies who may sponsor employees to be accepted to the program?
We might have this in the future.
13.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.
14.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 groups of students (as was done in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Haiti, India, etc.), but in general, the answer is no – this is not something the university can facilitate.
15.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 their own. University of the People’s pedagogical model is based on an online collaborative learning environment that promotes a culture of shared learning, dialog among peers, interaction and peer-to-peer teaching and assessment, and utilizes open-source technology along with open educational resources.
Peer-to-peer interaction is a hallmark of the UoPeople program and central to the learning process. The UoPeople small online classroom setting allows for a community of supportive collective peer thinkers and teachers. Professors focus on each student’s needs and provide full support; while creating a community for students to work cooperatively and assist one another. Students share their experiences, so that knowledge-sharing and motivational support occurs on a peer-to-peer level, creating an open space for students to learn, share ideas, ask questions, and generate solutions pertaining to their academic experiences. Students are also provided with technical support throughout their studies in the classroom.
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 his/her support system throughout their studies. He/she will be happy to answer any questions the student may have, offer academic advice, discuss course selection, and offer encouragement throughout the student’s studies.
16.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. Every end, of course, they have an exam, many of which are proctored.
17.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 top international universities, corporations, and foundations—the networking potential at UoPeople is vast!
UoPeople uses Microsoft Yammer for its internal social media network. Here, students can network with other UoPeople students, even those who are not in the same class. Beyond the classroom, UoPeople partners with world-wide leading corporations to open the door to first-rate networking opportunities for our students to broaden employment opportunities.
18.Aren’t there concerns about online degrees?
People have various opinions regarding online degrees because they are 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 U.S., are offering more and more online courses, and many offer full degrees online.
There is also a strong movement for open platform education; this means organizations like UoPeople are working to bring education online in a more affordable manner. Our peer-to-peer learning, which teaches the students to study and interact with other students from around the world, is part of what works best in international companies, where people need to work with teams from around the world. More and more companies are beginning to recognize online degrees these days – so we believe it is just a matter of time before there will be more universal acceptance of online education and online degrees. Moreover, one can look at who is behind the university to see the caliber of support and recognition.
19.How do students take exams?
All exams are administered online. Some of the courses require being proctored.