10 Great European Distance Learning Universities


If you would like to pursue a degree from a university abroad, but do not have the possibility to leave your home, distance-learning academic programs are a great option for getting that competitive graduate degree.

The main advantage of distance education is that courses can be taken from anywhere in the world, as long as the student has internet access. 


Below, you can find a list of universities from Europe that offer distance-learning programs at Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Ph.D. levels, as well as online short courses:

1. Utrecht University, the Netherlands 

Placed among the top four universities in Europe by German CHE Excellence ranking, Utrecht University offers mainly Master’s and Ph.D. online programs in Clinical, Veterinary or General Epidemiology. Online students can create research projects in their own location, in cooperation with one of the participating institutes, and supervised by staff members from Utrecht University.

2. Nottingham Trent University Online, the United Kingdom

Students looking for an online MBA or a program in Fashion Management might want to consider Nottingham Trent University Online. Here, they can pursue a degree entirely online, at one of the most popular business schools in the U.K, with over 5.000 students worldwide.


3. Wismar University Wings, Germany 

Wismar University received an award for education for the international Master’s distance learning course “Professional Studies Lighting Design” and the Top Institute 2013 award for Distance Learning. Study programs are offered in the fields of Economy, Technology, and Design. The blended study option requires students to be present at a chosen study location for only three weekends per semester.

4. The Open University UK

The Open University UK is ranked on the 401st in the World Ranking University, in 2018. If that’s not a testament to their dedication towards education, their over 230 degrees, ranging from Business Administration to Natural Sciences and Mathematics, surely is.


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5. EMAS Business School, Russia 

The institute offers postgraduate distance study options for students with different profiles. Besides the online courses, EMAS Business School also offers blended and face-to-face programs, in order that students receive training according to their requirements.


6. University of Birmingham Online, the UK

The University of Birmingham Online has flexible distance learning courses which help you connect with international faculty and peers, so you obtain key skills for your professional development. The university has been awarded the ‘Gold Standard’ in the Teaching Excellence Framework in 2017, so your online learning experience will be as good as if you were studying on campus. 

7. Online Business School, Spain 

OBS Business School has collaborations with two strategic partners: the University of Barcelona and EAE Business School – the third-most reputable business school in Spain, according to the ranking published by Merco (Spanish Corporate Reputation Monitor) in 2013. Students can find courses in Business Administration, Marketing, Project Management, and Finance.

8. University of Essex Online, the UK

The University of Essex Online delivers quality online undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Business, Law, Health, Psychology, and Criminology. As an online student, you will graduate with globally-recognized qualification, while also benefiting from flexibility to fit studies around work and family.

Online courses are developed and taught by leaders in academics and industry, and you will have access to dedicated academic support whenever you need it.

9. Wageningen University, the Netherlands 

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 places Wageningen in the top 100 Best Universities in the World. Recognized as number two worldwide in the field of Agriculture and Forestry, this university focuses on programs related to healthy food and living environment.

10. Aston University, the UK

Aston University Online strives to deliver and maintain a sustainable campus that enhances the student experience, even when programs are taught online. You can build a network with peers and instructors while enjoying the convenience of an online degree. The distance learning program is designed for working professionals allowing you to take courses at your convenience.

Don’t forget that, in order to be admitted to an online learning degree, you’ll also need to meet university language requirements. To develop your English skills, join a top English learning course abroad.


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