Want to extend your studies but don’t have the money or the grades to do so? Gone are the days when there was only one route into higher education. Getting a degree or a diploma is now a much fairer process, with services available to all that want to take them. Here are a few of the alternative routes that might be worth taking to further your studies.
For those that haven’t got the requirements to go to uni, there are a number of access courses that can fast-track you there. Many colleges offer such access courses into major fields. You may struggle to get into medicine this way, but for jobs such as marketing, accountancy and design you’ll almost certainly find a course at your local college. These can cost a little money, although there are grants and loans available for such courses.
For those that want to skip the college commute, there are many access courses online. In fact there are many degrees that can be completed on the web from the comfort of your home. Some of these don’t require as strict entry requirements – there are online MBA programs with no GMAT available from many universities.
Studying online is often more flexible and you can work your studies around a job or family commitments. If you don’t want to make the move to a distant university, or be limited to commuting to a local university, an online course is the perfect option. However, those that want the camaraderie and experience of university life, as well as closer interaction with tutors, may prefer to take another route.
Requirements and education costs in your own country may be too high. If you still want to experience life on campus, studying overseas may be an option worth considering. International courses may have less strict entry requirements or may cost less than that of your home country. This could be not only a university experience, but a foreign adventure that you’re likely to remember for years to come (you may even find you want to live permanently in that country).
Of course, the language can be an obstacle. If English is your only language, you’ll be limited to only courses in English, unless you’re able to learn another language beforehand. English-speaking countries such as South Africa, Australia and the UK might be obvious choices for overseas courses, but you may find the study costs aren’t much better than the US. Some countries such as China, India and Germany may be able to offer courses in English, despite not being native-speaking countries. Courses that are catered specifically to international students are often conducted in English as this is the universal language. It may pay to learn a bit of the lingo of the country for the odd eventuality, but you won’t have to swot up to fluent level.