Destination USA: Distance Learning at US Universities

Full-time UG/PG programmes offered with various learning methods

By Author  |  Published: 8th Dec 2019  12:04 amUpdated: 7th Dec 2019  10:24 pm
Distance Learning
There are also options now available for online learning such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that are usually tuition-free, but in most cases do not offer course credit.

Based on various queries received from our readers, today we talk about distance learning programs in the United States.

Online learning, also known as distance education, is a great way to experience the US educational system. International students are generally eligible for distance education courses offered by US universities.

US institutions offer a variety of full-time degree programmes at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as individual courses. Learning is facilitated through a variety of methods, including websites, mobile apps, email, telephone, or one-way/interactive audio or video transmission. To receive credit from a US institution for distance learning, the student usually pays a tuition fee.

In addition to full-time degree programmes or individual courses, some US institutions of higher education offer part-time blended programmes that may be partially online and require occasional on-campus attendance, called “low-residency programmes.” Students taking full-time online programmes are not eligible for US student visas, but when short-term US attendance is required for low residency programmes, a visa is needed. Students attending a US university in person for full-time degree study who are also enrolled in any online courses should speak to the institution’s Designated School Official (DSO) in the International Student and Scholar Office to ensure visa compliance.

US Universities

To find accredited online distance learning programmes, please search the following website of the Distance Education and Training Council: The types of programmes/certifications offered and application process may be found on individual university websites.

There are also options now available for online learning such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that are usually tuition-free, but in most cases do not offer course credit. A few prominent MOOC providers include Coursera, Edx, and Udacity. You may check the website of each provider to understand the process of enrolment. The US Department of State also facilitates a free in-person MOOC Camp programme in many countries. You may check for further details.

— Monika Setia (Regional Officer and EducationUSA Adviser at US – India Educational Foundation, based at the US Consulate General, Hyderabad).


Q1. I am studying at a college in remote Odisha. How can I get in touch with EducationUSA office and get help on my application for US? – Aditya Patnaik

There are many ways through which you may connect with EducationUSA. You may send an email to [email protected] with your question or reach out to any one of the following phone numbers: +91-8008462712; +91-8008462560; +91-8008465712 to connect with an adviser. The center advisers are also available through WhatsApp on +91-8008462560. From Monday through Friday between 2:00-5:00 pm, you may call EducationUSA’s toll-free hotline 1-800-103-1231 from anywhere in India.

You may also connect with the EducationUSA network through the EducationUSA India Facebook page “EducationUSA India” and the official websites: and Also follow the Facebook and Twitter accounts of the US Consulate General, Hyderabad for EducationUSA announcements in the region. EducationUSA India has recently launched its mobile app by the name ‘EducationUSA India’ that you may download from Google or Apple App Store.

Q2. Our daughter is in 9th standard. We want her to go for her bachelor’s Degree to USA. What are the components of the application packet? – B Kishan Rao

A US institution considers student’s complete profile for assessment of admission, so a competitive package for bachelor’s degree application includes:

• Demonstrated strength in academics and interest in learning reflected through a student’s academic records, generally referred to as transcripts.
• Strong scores on standardized tests (SAT/ACT) and English proficiency tests (TOEFL/IELTS/PTE).
• Effective letters of recommendation(s) and personal statement/essays.
• Leadership qualities and commitment to extra-curricular activities and/or engagement with community exhibited in a resume/list of activities as part of the application
• Ability to pay tuition and living expenses as shown through the financial documents – the Declaration and Certification of Finances or Affidavit of Financial Support

All of the above components of the application package are accompanied by an online application form and an application fee.


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