1. Will I have to physically be present at the University at any time throughout my study?
  2. Will the degree I obtain be equivalent to that of conventional learning?
  3. Although I use computers, I don’t feel confident with receiving education remotely. Will there be any support to this?
  4. What do I have to know to be able to register to distance learning programs?
  5. I work full time and the time I will have for studying will be irregular and not known in advance.
    Do you have a system to accommodate my needs?
  6. What happens if I have difficulties or queries in my studies? How can I get help?
  7. How do I apply?
  8. How do I register to courses and pay my tuition fees?
  9. What happens if I want to withdraw from my studies?
  10. Where can I find a document that describes the details of academic requirements at Frederick?
  11. Will I bear any other expenses apart from tuition fees?
  12. How do I get access to propriety books and software that might be needed from my studies?
  13. How do you ensure that the work submitted is actually done by me? How can I be sure of fairness in evaluation?
  14. Can I take courses offered via distance learning in my conventional study?
  15. Are programs only supported in the stated language?

 

1) Will I have to physically be present at the University at any time throughout my study?

Physical presence is not required throughout the semester, although it is not forbidden. You are free to arrange meetings with your tutors, advisors and/or any other member of the supporting staff here at Frederick. However, a comprehensive range of communication facilities are available to you so that you do not have to be physically present, including synchronous communications (teleconferencing, chats) and asynchronous (email, forum posts, etc.). For further information regarding support mechanisms see question 5 .

All the work you submit for your studies will be done remotely via the Learning Management System.

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However, it is important to note that each course has a final assessment component which requires physical presence. The final assessment is a written examination (most cases) or a presentation to a panel. You will be informed at the beginning of the semester on the exact dates of the final examination and the location arrangements where the final examination will take place. Given an adequate number of students participating in the course from your home country, the examinations will be arranged there; otherwise they will take place at Frederick University premises in Cyprus.

2) Will the degree I obtain be equivalent to that of conventional learning?

All degrees granted by Frederick University are fully recognized and bear the same privileges as those obtained via conventional study. The Distance Learning programs have been accredited by the Evaluation Committee for Private Universities. They are recognized by the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture and are thus recognized in all European member states and internationally.

Importantly, both programs of study have been recognized by the Greek Naric (DOATAP) as equivalent to Greek University degrees.

3) Although I use computers, I don’t feel confident with receiving education remotely. Will there be any support to this?

Definitely! We appreciate that e-learning is not and experience that most people had before. To this end, induction sessions will be organized each September, before the start of the program. In the induction sessions you will have the opportunity to get acquainted with all academic processes at Frederick, learn and explore the electronic tools that will be used for your learning, meet members of the staff and your fellow students, and become familiarized with the supporting services. These meetings will be organized with the option of physical presence but will simultaneously be broadcast via teleconferencing, where you will have the chance to participate. The sessions will also be recorded for your future use.

4) What do I have to know to be able to register to distance learning programs?

Each program of study defines academic entrance criteria that are clearly specified in the program’s web site. Additionally, as all distance learning programs are provided via e-learning, you would need to:

  • Have access to a computer supported by speakers.
  • Have a high-speed access (2Mbps+) to the Internet
  • Be computer literate. This means that you have core competences in use a computer such as being able to use office applications (word processing, presentations, etc), manage files, and browse the Internet
  • Access to a web camera would be useful for communication but is not considered necessary

5) I work full time and the time I will have for studying will be irregular and not known in advance. Do you have a system to accommodate my needs?

Distance learning programs at Frederick are carefully designed so as to accommodate the needs of professionals that may not be available at all times or have known commitments. In relation to continuous evaluation, submission deadlines are not very tight to allow you to find the appropriate time to develop them. Also, telemeetings, teleconferences and other synchronous communication sessions are recorded and available for you to view at a later time should you be unable to attend.
The only hard commitment you need to be able to make is the final examination which you will know months in advance. In case of extraordinary conditions alternative dates for final examinations may be arranged.

6) What happens if I have difficulties or queries in my studies? How can I get help?

Students studying via distance learning enjoy all the benefits of conventional students. Frequent teleconferencing sessions are organized by tutors here at the university where you can talk with the tutor, and/or with your fellow students to address queries and concerns regarding the material.

Furthermore, the University provides a wealth of asynchronous communication mechanisms. Each course maintains at least one forum where you can post questions and expect to get responses. Also, as per university regulations, you should expect to receive a response to an academic query submitted via email within 48 hours. In relation to technical support, you can communicate with the Learning Services Helpdesk.

7) How do I apply?

Applications are made electronically. Click here for more information

8) How do I register to courses and pay my tuition fees?

Courses registration is managed by the Student Management System (SMS) to which you can gain access after you have registered. Through the system you can select from the available courses the ones you wish to register for. Note that each student is assigned an academic advisor which can be contacted for queries or advice regarding the course registration procedure.

After you register to courses you are issued an invoice (you will be notified in SMS and your university email) and be provided with instructions and deadlines on how to pay. Payments are done to specified bank accounts via wire transfer.

9) What happens if I want to withdraw from my studies?

The Students Regulation dictates the dates after the commencement of a semester when a student can add/drop courses or withdraw. Specifically, students are allowed to add (drop) new courses within two (three) weeks from the commencement of a semester. After the third week it is not possible to drop a course. However, students can withdraw from courses until the seventh week. Withdrawn courses are visible on the student’s transcript but do not count towards the GPA calculation. Students do not have any financial implications if they drop a course but are required to pay the percentage tuition fees if they withdraw.

If students wish to withdraw from the university altogether they have to apply to the admissions office after when all their student privileges are withdrawn and the financial arrangements are settled. For detailed information regarding the regulation, please contact the Studies Office.

10) Where can I find a document that describes the details of academic requirements at Frederick?

Academic requirements are defined in detail in Internal Regulations. However, these documents are quite verbose and often too detailed. Once you register to the University you will be provided with a purpose-developed booklet, the Student Handbook, that describes in detail all you should be aware. For further queries you are consulted to communicate with the Studies Office.

11) Will I bear any other expenses apart from tuition fees?

The only direct costs you have towards the University are the tuition fees which are relative to the ECTS load of the courses you register for each semester, the library and technology fee, and the application fee. All fees are specified in the program of study web sites.

You may also bear indirect expenses during your studies. For example, you may need to buy a computer or upgrade your Internet connectivity. Also, you may wish to purchase suggested textbooks you would like to keep. However, you will not be required to purchase any additional material to the provided content and what is available in the library.

Finally, you are reminded that you bear an obligation of physical presence at the examination period (3-day duration) which is twice a year. Therefore, you may incur additional travelling and/or accommodation costs.

12) How do I get access to propriety books and software that might be needed from my studies?

The University provides facilities so that you can gain access to all electronic university resources, including electronic books and software, remotely. Guides are provided to students to explain how this can be achieved.

13) How do you ensure that the work submitted is actually done by me? How can I be sure of fairness in evaluation?

Frederick University utilizes state-of-the-art software tools to verify that material submitted is not plagiarized, either by fellow students or other sources. Detailed guidelines are given to students to assist them in making informed choices and warning messages are generated by the software used to protect against such practices. Participation in communication sessions throughout the semester as well as the requirement for physical presence during final examination assure fairness and protect against impersonation and plagiarism.

14) Can I take courses offered via distance learning in my conventional study?

At present it is not possible to mix courses from conventional and distance learning programs for your studies

15) Are programs only supported in the stated language?

Yes, each program listed in the distance learning programs is only supported in the stated languages.

  

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