£5400 a year is a lot. can you go to a regular university while doing this? it would be cool to have two degrees at the same time. it seems i can't pick a program that applies to canada though. >no robinhood >no open university
I was planning to do an open degree with emphasis on business, statistics and Chinese. After 2 years I go back to my home country since I am abroad right now and apply at a university (ranked top 100) for a 4 year degree.
Btw, I can find loads of graduates on facebook but most of them don't mention their degree. People that have done arts and literature seem to be very proud however, advertising it everywhere in the comments.
>>1019469 some employers like it, though tis more likely to be UK employers that have heard of it - it might sound like some dodgy online degree to people in the US (they don't have the same standardized accreditation for universities over there and so have some distance learning universities with very dubious standards)
there are other options - University of London's International Program ... perhaps a better brand name but probably the OU will likely offer more support with tutorials and better teaching materials
you can get into good universities for MSc/PhD with an OU degree if you get good grades... you'll find that some of your tutors are full time or part time lecturers at other UK universities... for example I had a tutor who also teaches at Oxford and was an OU undergrad herself
>>1021003 looking at the careers section you'll find a bunch of big companies that openly state they will consider OU grads inc banks. Granted the typical grad intake at a bank in London is going to be Oxbridge/London/Warwick... but there was an OU maths and computer science grad featured on the careers portal who landed a trading role at credit suisse from his OU degree
How identical would you say the international program is to OU? How likely is it to land a good job with a sole OU open degree on the stuff I wanted to study. Would it be a good plan to also get a regular degree or to focus on OU? I like self studying more than the class room style education.
>>1021093 >How identical would you say the international program is to OU?
the OU creates modules in a self contained manner - they will send you the study materials and they're comprehensive... complete with exercises etc.. you'll also have a tutor and can attend online or in person tutorials + will have assignments to complete through the year
the University of London International programs will offer you less support - from what I can gather you're pretty much self studying from a reading list of text books and some study guides then you have to sit exams at the end of the year
I'm not sure how likely you are to land a job with an OU open degree with a mix of modules rather than a named degree in a specific subject... I guess it does allow you flexibility to pick modules from different departments... if you've studied enough of the relevant material from a particular subject you can probably still be considered for post grad study elsewhere as you've still got all the individual modules on your transcript
if you're just looking at going for a job right after undergrad then I'd be more inclined to go for a named degree with the OU (or London Uni) as you'd have a bit of explaining to do in interviews re: what your 'open' degree is
>>1021222 Thanks for the detailed response, I will consider a named degree rather than an open one. However for me it is about the content and how much useful things I can learn from it rather than the name.
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