Bachelor degree programmes

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What is a Bachelor's degree?

A bachelor's degree is an academic qualification that you earn from a college or university upon completing an undergraduate programme. It is typically the first level of higher education that you can pursue after completing high school.

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Duration of a Bachelor Degree

The duration of undergraduate programmes can vary depending on the institution offering them, the credits required, and whether you take on a full time or part time study period. A traditional bachelor's degree program typically takes about four years to complete, full-time.

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Types of Bachelor

Based on your passions and career goals, there are different kinds of bachelor's degrees that you can opt for. The two most common are the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.). The B.A. programmes focus on subjects within humanities, social sciences or liberal arts while B.Sc. programmes focus on subjects within the natural sciences, engineering, technology or mathematics.

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Key specifics

What makes a bachelor's degree different from other educational qualifications?

  • An associate degree programme provides a foundational understanding of a subject but is generally less comprehensive than a bachelor's programme. It usually takes about two years of study and is often offered by community colleges.
  • A master's degree is a higher-level qualification that you can pursue after completing a bachelor's degree. It typically requires one or two years of specialised study. IU offers online master's degree programmes in a variety of subjects!
  • A doctorate is the highest level of academic achievement and involves several years of advanced study, independent research and the completion of a doctoral dissertation. A bachelor's degree is a prerequisite for entering a doctoral programme.

What are the benefits of pursuing a Bachelor Degree?

A Bachelor's degree sets the foundation for your education and strengthens your career opportunities. Based on your passion or the career path of your interest, you can choose a bachelor's degree program that can help give you a solid understanding of your field and make you a strong candidate in the job market.

  • Opportunity. A bachelor's degree establishes credibility and a level of expertise in your chosen field - making you a valuable asset to companies hiring in your industry. Additionally, it also qualifies you for a master's degree, which only enhances your job profile. A bachelor's degree also opens doors to tons of job opportunities - that can only double if you pursue it with a master's.
  • Educational foundation. An undergraduate degree programme offers in-depth knowledge and skills specific to your chosen field of study. This expertise prepares you for a career in your desired field, enabling you to create impact and contribute meaningfully.
  • Higher earning potential. Bachelor's degree graduates tend to earn higher salaries than high school diploma graduates. You can take advantage of a bachelor's degree to enhance your earning potential over the course of your career!

At IU, our goal is to make quality education accessible and lucrative, career-wise. Take advantage of IU's distance learning options and do an online bachelor's degree - join our community of international students and learn from anywhere in the world! You can also make use of our flexible learning options with our full-time or part-time study options.

Why choose an Online Bachelor's Degree?

An online bachelor's degree is a convenient, accessible way of earning a bachelor degree that sets you up for a successful career path in your field of interest or passion. An undergraduate degree programme equips you with subject-specific knowledge and expertise - which contributes to your higher earning potential. This way, graduates with bachelor's degrees have a lot more scope in terms of job opportunities, especially in their particular field of study.

With IU's emphasis on flexibility and distance learning, you can now earn your bachelor's degree from anywhere in the world, and on your own time - with our online bachelor's programs. Here's why you should choose an online bachelor's degree:

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Our online bachelor's programmes make internationally recognised, quality education accessible to you no matter where you are. You can earn a bachelor's degree from the convenience of your own home and your own schedule! What's more, you can study 100% online, from start to finish - with IU's undergraduate degrees.

On your time

To further push our goal of making education accessible and inclusive to everyone, IU's academic degrees are incredibly flexible. If you plan to work, travel or have family responsibilities, our online programmes have part-time study options that allow you to do both. As an IU student, you have autonomy over your study period, your schedules and even when you'll take exams! This allows you to both work and study, or uphold any other responsibilities while also upscaling with a bachelor's degree.

Join an international community

Be part of a diverse, multicultural, international university community of students, teachers and academics right from the comfort of your living room! An online degree gives you the opportunity to interact and study with people from different countries, diverse backgrounds and cultures. This helps you expand your network and place you with better connections for jobs, around the world. An online education can help you find your community of people, no matter where you live!

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How to apply for our bachelor's programme

Want to enrol in one of our degree programmes or online bachelor's degrees? Here's a step-by-step of the application process.

1. Get to know us!

Get to know us and our programmes! You're on our website, and you're interested in higher education, preferably online or abroad? Our website has tons of information on who we are, what we stand for and the programmes we offer! Be sure to check out our detailed descriptions of our bachelor programmes so you have a clear picture, and then choose the one you want!

2. Choose your programme

Once you've decided on which bachelor's programme or online course you want, you can get in touch with us and request our free of charge information material. Fill in your details in the form that’s a part of any of our study programme pages, or click on the “request free information” button at the top, and you’ll get a personally generated brochure with all of the facts and figures about your studies, delivered straight to your inbox. If you need any further clarification, you could talk to our Study Advisors, visit our FAQ section or even attend one of our free webinars.

3. Apply online

Once you've got all the information and have really confirmed your choice of programme, go ahead and apply online! You can either fill out the application form with the help of our Study Advisors or you could simply click the 'Apply now' button and fill the form on your own time!

4. Sign the contract

Once your form is submitted, IU generates your personalised study contract. You can then read it, sign it digitally and upload it to your personal upload page. This contract has information on your study fees, starting date and a checklist of application documents that need to be submitted for your successful enrolment.

5. Upload your application documents

The documents you'll need to submit depend on your bachelor's degree programme of choice and you can find them either on our website or in the checklist in your contract. Upload all the documents to your personal page - we then review your documents within 5 business days. Our team will then notify you if you do not meet the admission requirements, if we need any other documents or if you've met the requirements and have been enrolled successfully!

6. Start your studies

On your study start date, you'll receive an email with all your login details to all of the systems you'll be using during your online degree:

  • The IU Learn app 
  • myCampus, where you’ll register to courses, get updates, and have access to events 
  • Your student e-mail 
  • Your free MS Office suite, including TEAMS, where you can chat with students and tutors 

And that's that! You are now on your way to being an IU graduate with a bachelor degree that can open doors to all sorts of exciting career opportunities!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a bachelor's degree?

A bachelor's degree or undergraduate degree is an educational qualification that you receive after you graduate from a specific programme of study. It is typically the first step of higher education that high school students can pursue once they graduate. Bachelor degrees help build a solid educational foundation in the subject of your interest, or passion, thereby making you a great candidate for a job in your field. Also, most master's degree programmes have bachelor's degrees in their entry requirements, which means you'll need one if you'd like to study further.

How many years is a bachelor's degree program?

Bachelor's degree programs are typically four years long. However, this often varies around the world and depends on the country, subject, the institution, method of study (whether full time or part time), whether the course is via distance learning or not and much more. In recent years, the usefulness of an online education is being more and more recognised, paving new ways to pursue an undergraduate programme - and this too has an impact on its duration.

Can I do an online bachelor's degree?

Yes, you can do an online bachelor's degree! AT IU, we believe that education needs to be flexible and accessible to everyone, which is why we offer online degrees in a variety of current, career-focused subjects. You also have the option of doing it 100% online, right from application all the way until graduation! Our online degrees also give you the flexibility to decide your own study schedule, so you can study on your own time.

What is a bachelor of arts?

A bachelor of arts degree is typically focused on subjects within humanities, social sciences or liberal arts. It is a B.A. programme and prepares you for careers in the creative, cultural field or for higher academic endeavors in the same. The other popular type of bachelor is the bachelor of science or BSc degree, which focuses on subjects within the natural sciences, engineering, technology or mathematics.

Which bachelor's degree is best for an MBA?

There isn't a specific degree that is universally regarded as the best for an MBA. The field of study for your bachelor's study depends on your personal interests and career goals. Most MBA graduates come from diverse educational backgrounds such as business, finance, economics, engineering, or even liberal arts! However, something you can consider is to choose a bachelor's degree that aligns with your desired MBA specialisation or the industry you wish to work in. Ultimately, the best bachelor's degree for an MBA is one that equips you with relevant skills, knowledge, and a solid foundation for your chosen MBA specialization.

Can I do two bachelor's degrees at the same time?

Depending on the institution, the programmes and your time schedules, it could be possible to pursue two bachelor's degrees at the same time. However, it could be challenging and time consuming, since both programmes will have deliverables such as research, assignments, projects and coursework, as well as examinations. Taking up two degree courses at the same time would require careful planning.