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5 distance learning scholarships for int’l students

Distance learning equips students with important technological skills required to navigate the digital world, enhancing their employability and competitiveness in the job market.
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Distance learning or online education has brought about flexibility in education for individuals who desire to study in any part of the world, even in their own countries, while enjoying the benefits of international education.

Unlike traditional education, online education affords students the opportunity to learn at a pace that suits them while also enabling them to balance their academic and professional lives. Additionally, online education provides the opportunity to learn from the comfort of one’s home or any location of their choosing, thereby reducing the cost of transportation, accommodations and other expenses that come with attending traditional classes. Another significant benefit of distance learning is its contribution to the development of students’ technical skills. Distance learning equips students with important technological skills required to navigate the digital world, enhancing their employability and competitiveness in the job market.

Some institutions that offer online courses also provide scholarships that cover tuition fees, making education more accessible to students who might not have been able to afford tuition fees in regular classes.

Here are 5 distance learning scholarships for int’l students  

Commonwealth distance learning scholarships

The Commonwealth Distance Learning programme is one of the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission’s three Master’s programmes. The scholarship operates within the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) and demonstrates the United Kingdom’s ongoing commitment to the Commonwealth.  

The Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships help candidates from developing Commonwealth countries study one of 30+ Master’s degree courses offered in collaboration with universities in developing countries or directly by UK institutions. Tuition fees are covered by the scholarships. These scholarships are available in six CSC Development themes. No deadline is stated as the scholarship is on a rolling basis. 

Edinburgh global distance learning scholarships

The University of Edinburgh offers scholarships to citizens of selected developing countries to pursue one of the University’s 30+ distance learning Master’s programmes. To qualify for these scholarships, applicants need to receive an offer at the University of Edinburgh and should have firmly accepted that offer or be intending to do so. 

Priority will be given to those who have never studied at the master’s level before. Each scholarship will cover the full cost of tuition for three years.  

University of Derby

The University of Derby is a leader in online education and has been so for almost two decades. At the University of Derby Online Learning, there are over 100 part-time courses specially designed for online study. There are courses in areas from Accounting to Education, Environmental Sciences, Nursing, Hospitality, History, Hospital management, Ergonomics and human factors and many more. There are also single modules and short courses for CPD (continuing professional development) as well as undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications. Alternatively, you can search for a course.  

Khan Academy  

Khan Academy is a non-profit organisation that aims to improve education by providing free world-class education to anyone, anywhere. Khan Academy will help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace, with a library of over 4,500 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history, as well as hundreds of skills to practise. There are online courses in Art & Design, Business, Medicine and Healthcare, Social science and others.  

Academic Earth 

Academic Earth was founded on the belief that everyone is entitled to a world-class education. The platform provides a comprehensive collection of free online courses from top universities around the world. Academic Earth has a collection of free online courses from various universities such as: Harvard University with 17 courses and 195 lectures, California Institute of Technology with 1 course and 23 lectures, and Columbia University with 5 courses and 65 lectures, among others. 

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