When you begin researching online colleges, you have to be careful. Not every “online degree program” can actually be completed through 100 percent online studies. Some require you to visit campus or complete an in-person internship, which may or may not include options near your home. Some global business programs even require you to spend time studying abroad, according to Forbes – a requirement which can be tough to fulfill if you have a job or other commitments. Fortunately, several top international business schools offer fully online programs.
How to Tell If Your Global Business School Offers Fully Online Degrees
How do you know if a school you’re considering will allow you to complete your degree 100 percent online, or if you will need to travel to campus – or across the world – to finish your education?
One of the best ways to determine this is to look closely at your program’s curriculum requirements. Besides learning about the courses you will take and the different concentrations or focus areas available, you can find out more about any requirements you might need to meet in order to graduate. You can also speak with admissions representatives and academic advisors to find out the details of the program.
Some colleges and universities, especially those that cater to adult learners and online students, may make this task easy by specifying that the program is fully online. In fact, some schools with highly respected undergraduate and graduate global business programs, like Jones International University, are themselves fully online colleges.
What to Expect from a Fully Online International Business Program
Different online schools and programs operate in very different ways – some of which can affect your education significantly.
For example, course length can vary significantly from one school to the next. At Rasmussen College, students complete a course in just six weeks. Liberty University offers options, so students can take eight-week or 16-week classes. Also, different schools have distinct requirements for when or how often students visit the virtual classroom – even among schools with asynchronous classes. National American University requires weekly attendance of online classes, even though students can choose their own schedule. Other schools may not regulate how often students log in, as long as they complete and submit their work by the due dates.
Various online schools also offer different amounts of freedom in terms of when students begin their studies. Tiffin University offers courses during fall, spring and summer semesters, like many traditional brick-and-mortar schools do. Other schools may offer more frequent start dates for online students. Keiser University, for example, offers new courses every month, so you won’t have to wait months for a new semester to start up to begin your education.
Knowing whether a program is fully online and what to expect from the different schools you’re considering can help you make the right college selection for your needs and learning style.