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A boost for international students and online learning

With the challenges posed to traditional modes of learning by coronavirus, online courses have grabbed the attention of international students. We've got the inside info on a great online learning opportunity you can take advantage of.

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2020 has certainly been an unprecedented year with the lives of international students changing radically and the need to get used to new ways of living and studying. From changes in travel plans to online learning, international students have largely remained positive about the prospects for the academic year and are committed to keeping their plans and personal development on track. New opportunities have also emerged in the midst of the challenges posed by the global coronavirus pandemic, especially in the virtual sphere with online courses, certificates and degrees.


How do students feel about online learning?


With many students unable to attend on-campus instruction, undertake internships or courses to develop their academic acumen and skills due to restrictions to travel, as well as university closures, the prospect of learning online and undertaking a course you can do at home has gained appeal. In recent research conducted by QS, over 60 per cent of international students registered an interest in studying online and/or starting online and transferring to face-to-face instruction when possible. In fact, 73 per cent of international students indicated that they were open to starting their studies online in 2020.


What is Coursera?


With strong interest and a need for the provision of such services for students, both universities and online learning platforms have responded. One such platform is Coursera, which offers a range of massive open online courses, certificates, degrees and subject specialisations. Course instructors on the platform are all professionally qualified and come from renowned institutions such as Yale and Duke University.  With over one million students signed up to Coursera and over eight years as a specialist provider, the site has become frequently bookmarked by students looking to pursue their academic interests.


What is Coursera offering?

Coursera have announced that, from June 2nd 2020, you will have the opportunity to access and earn certificate courses on the platform for free. You will be able to enroll and take up the offer until July 31st 2020 and have until September 30th 2020 to complete the courses.


The offer applies to currently enrolled undergraduate students, postgraduate students and recently graduated students. All that you require is a valid student/ university email address and you’ll be able to sign up at no cost.


What online programmes are available?

  • 3,800 courses
  • 150 guided projects
  • 400 specialisations
  • 11 professional certificates (including from Google and SAS)


The guided projects on offer will still be available to you after the 30th of September, with the chance to learn skills such as data analysis, app development and social media marketing all delivered by experts in the fields.


Coursera have stated their commitment to assisting and facilitating students during what is a difficult period. By offering free access the platform is aiming to provide an opportunity for students to continue to develop and learn in spite of trying circumstances.

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