Written by G. John Cole

UK degrees are among the world’s most coveted qualifications. But studying in the UK is not an option for many students. The good news? If you’ve got your eye on a degree from a UK university, you no longer have to travel to the UK. Here’s a closer look at why UK degrees matter so much, and how you can get one -- no matter where you live. 

The Value of UK Degrees

British universities are renowned for their quality, creativity, and high academic standards. 

Employers and institutions everywhere in the world recognize the value and legitimacy of degrees from UK universities. The British government sets rigorous standards, and an independent regulator of high education ensures UK schools meet these standards. 

Whatever you want to study, you’ll find somewhere in England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland that teaches it. You’ll develop your English language skills, both in general terms and, if applicable, in a way which is specific to the industry you want to eventually work in. 

Naturally, an education like this is in high demand, so there are obstacles along the way. Tuition fees are high. It is possible to take a job while you study (a distinct advantage over other popular study destinations). But, if you don’t get a scholarship or choose to work, the investment might make less sense or simply be out of the question. 

International students also face the challenge of settling their immigration status, especially if they plan to follow two programs in a row or to stay on in the country after graduating. These challenges are not insurmountable but are discouraging for some, especially during the uncertainty of the Brexit negotiations. 

Turning Obstacles into Opportunities

These obstacles don’t put a UK degree out of reach. In fact, thanks to an increase in online learning options, students have their pick of programs -- without having to leave the comfort of their own homes. With an online program, you can dedicate your energy to studying and learning rather than relocating, daily travel, and the discomforts of the classroom. 

Remote access to UK degrees is not the only advantage of studying online. An online degree requires high levels of self-discipline and motivation, so it looks pretty hot on your resume, especially if it is from a respectable UK institution. Many such programs are labeled ‘self-paced', which means they needn’t push you beyond your limits, but only help you to expand your capabilities.

Old-fashioned prejudice against online programs has become a thing of the past. Students and employers now recognize the advantage of online study in a world driven by internet communication. Learning to operate through digital learning platforms is a valuable experience. Digital learning can even create a richer (virtual) classroom experience, since you are more likely to hear introverted or marginalized voices speak up in online discussion. Indeed, you may be one such voice.

And of course, there is the cost-benefit. Most online degrees are cheaper than their ‘IRL’ (in real life) equivalents. Some are even free, and you only have to pay if you want the certificate/qualification at the end.

The Unicaf Advantage

Unicaf is an online learning platform that’s leading the way for business students and others looking to earn a UK degree without having to travel. Unicaf combines expertise with technology to provide a remote student experience of the highest quality and value.

Unicaf partners with UK and African universities to deliver first-rate education opportunities to those impacted by stringent student visa regulations, high costs, and lack of academic resources. The institution currently has campuses and learning centers in Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Somalia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Zambia, with more on the way across Africa. 

The breadth and depth of degree programs available are hard to argue with. From business to psychology, education to computer science, Unicaf offers degrees at bachelor's, master's and PhD level. Students can study from anywhere in the world at a fraction of the regular cost, and without disrupting their everyday work and family life. 

Unicaf’s Professional Training Division also offers professional development and short courses taught by experienced scholars, experts, and entrepreneurs. You can access these programs without making an application, and scholarships are available to bear the brunt of the cost.

Unicaf around the world

Studying online with Unicaf doesn’t mean separating yourself from the world outdoors. The school’s African campuses and learning centers provide real-life resources and opportunities to connect face-to-face with colleagues and learning providers. 

Neither does online study prevent international collaboration. International perspectives and connections are invaluable in today’s global marketplace. Not only can you get a degree through Unicaf without travel, but you can also develop a critical international network. In addition to its connections with the UK, Unicaf has partners in the USA and Africa .

The UK connection begins with a partnership with The University of South Wales. This respected school specializes in business, computing, engineering, science, education, and the creative industries, and maintains excellent connections with employers across the sectors. 

Unicaf is also celebrating a new partnership with The University of Suffolk, “a transformational university, absorbing the best of UK university traditions and aligning them with a twenty-first-century audience and a modern world of employment and entrepreneurship.”

Unicaf has awarded $90m in scholarships to gifted, underprivileged students around the world. The application process is simple (first check if you are eligible), and this financial support is an extraordinary way to bolster the savings made by studying online.

Wherever you live in the world, there's never been a better time to get a UK degree than now, thanks to online learning and leading programs like Unicaf.

Article written in association with Unicaf.

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