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How to know if a flexible degree Is right for you

By Chloe Lane

Updated April 26, 2021 Updated April 26, 2021

Sponsored by IU International University of Applied Sciences

You’ve heard of online learning and on-campus learning, but have you heard of flexible learning? If you want to study a degree but are struggling to decide between online and on-campus learning, flexible learning may be the perfect solution for you!

Flexible degree programmes, such as the ones offered at IU International University of Applied Sciences in Germany, allows students to combine online and on-campus studies and even have the opportunity to switch between the two on a semester basis.

But how do you know if a flexible degree is the right option for you?

You want your degree to fit around your life

If you’re looking for a truly flexible approach to studying, you won’t find a better degree programme than a flexible degree. Flexible degrees minimise the disruption to your daily life as much as possible, whilst giving you all the opportunities of an on-campus degree. 

When studying online, you can choose to do so from anywhere in the world. Then, if you decide you’d like to study on campus in Germany for a semester, you’ll have the opportunity to do that.

This will suit you if you want to work whilst studying, or if you want to stay close to your family. This flexible way of studying will also suit those who don’t live near campus but still want the full university experience. 

You’re looking for an affordable degree

The flexible approach is an affordable way to earn your degree. Not only is it already cheaper than full time on-campus studying, but IU International offers extremely generous scholarships which could help you save up to 80 percent on study costs.

Its wide range of scholarships for students looking to study a flexible degree are dependent on your background, your academic achievements, and similar criteria – so you’ll be able to find one that suits you!

You want to study at your own pace

One of the things students love about a flexible degree is the chance to study at your own pace.

When studying online, it’s completely up to you when and where you study. Then, if you’re looking for a little more structure and want to experience university life, you can join one of IU International's campuses in Berlin or Bad Honnef for one or more semesters.

A flexible degree really can give you the best of both worlds!

You can’t decide between an online or an in-person degree

There are plenty of advantages to studying a degree fully online: managing your own time, studying anywhere in the world and reduced cost. But then there’s also advantages to attending in-person lectures on campus: the social aspect, getting to speak to lecturers in person and experiencing life on campus.

If you’re torn between the two, flexible degrees might be the right option for you. Flexible degrees have all of the advantages of both online and in-person learning.

At IU International, for example, you can choose to study your first semester in your home country and then spend the second semester on campus in Germany, or vice versa. This way you won’t be missing out on any aspect of university life but can still maintain the flexibility that an online course offers. Visa requirements apply which IU International is happy to help and advise you on.

You want to work towards a prestigious degree

Flexible degrees can be the perfect opportunity to work towards a top degree at a respected university which will put you in good stead with future employers.

Not only that, but if you work while studying, it might be the step you need to earn you that promotion, or progress to a new area of work!

IU International offers quality, accredited bachelor, master, and MBA degrees that are recognised worldwide.

You want to build an international network

A flexible degree is a fantastic chance to connect with students from around the world, who may become lifelong friends and valuable business connections later on.

Students come from all over the world choose to study at IU International every year. What’s more, all of the university’s degrees are taught in English and the curriculum prepares you for a professional career in an international environment.

IU International's students also benefit from its extensive worldwide network of partner universities. It’s possible to do an internship abroad as part of your degree programme – an opportunity that will really boost your employability!

Lead image credit: IU International University of Applied Sciences

This article was originally published in January 2021 . It was last updated in April 2021

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A Content Writer for TopUniversities.com, Chloe has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Reading and grew up in Leicestershire, UK. She enjoys writing articles about a wide range of topics for a student audience. 

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