How International Students Can Study from U.S. and UK Universities Online

How International Students Can Study from U.S. and UK Universities Online

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Leaving home in the pursuit of a higher education is, for a lot of people, a dream come true. Attending a U.S. or UK university may help you perfect your English or allow you to choose an area of study that just isn’t taught in your native country. Earning an international degree may open the door to international employment too. However, many international students opt to return home and use their new qualifications to give them a leg up in their domestic job hunt.

Now, thanks to the internet, international students no longer need to spend incredible sums of money on travel and lodging to earn that prestigious degree. Today, we’ll show you how easy it is to earn an international degree from a U.S. or UK university online.


Since 2012, edX has been working to democratize higher education all over the world. By harnessing the power of online learning and partnering with over 160 member universities, edX can offer over 3,000 courses, and has issued over 1.4-million verified course certificates.1

Although we can’t break down all 3,000 of the available courses, here are some of the highlights.

Master’s Degree in Data Science

The University of Texas at Austin, through edX’s online platform, offers this fully online program for just $10,000 in tuition. The program consists of 10 courses total and can be completed in as little as one and a half years.2

Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity professionals are a hot commodity — and that demand will no doubt grow in the years to come. So why not apply to this fully online master’s degree program from Georgia Tech.

The program’s 10 courses can be completed in two to three years. Even better, it has a modest tuition of $9,920.3

Master’s Degree in Computer Science

$10,000 and one and a half years of hard work and determination are the only thing keeping you from a master’s degree in computer science. This fully online program offers the perfect opportunity to attain a top-10 computer science education from the University of Texas at Austin.4

Professional Certificate in Digital Marketing

Learn all about SEO and SEM strategies, media data analysis, and more from home with this four-month certificate program from the University of Maryland. Tuition starts at 1,702.5

Professional Certificate in Machine Learning and Finance

New York University designed this fantastic two-course, four-month program for anyone looking to add machine learning and finance to their professional skillset from home. Tuition starts at $1,434.50.6


Flexibility, accessibility, and selection is the name of Coursera’s game. They’ve partnered with over 200 universities, granting them the ability to bring you job-relevant online learning courses and programs that are affordable and in high demand. Better yet, they even offer free courses and free trials.7

Of the thousands of programs available, these ones stand out.

Master’s Degree in Business Administration

This fully online program from Gies College of Business of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign takes between two and three years to complete comes at a total cost of $21,744.

If you’re interested, apply early to save on your application fee and enrollment deposit.8

Master’s Degree in Data Science

The University of Colorado Boulder has an exciting opportunity for anyone looking make it big in the growing world of data science. This Master of Science degree takes just two-years, 30-credits, and $20,010 to complete.9

Master’s Degree in Machine Learning and Data Science

Here’s your chance to learn alongside one of the most decorated mathematics departments in the UK. Imperial College London is now offering an online master’s in machine learning. The program takes two-years to complete with tuition capped at $40,929.10

MasterTrack Certificate in AI and Machine Learning

Arizona State University is the number one ranked school for innovation in the U.S. As such, $4,500 and six-months seems like a low cost to pay to take a course from such a prestigious school. Especially one that teaches skills in such in-demand fields like artificial intelligence and machine learning.11

MasterTrack Certificate in UX Design

Study crucial user experience research methods and how to apply them with help from the number six ranked public university in the Midwest.

This incredibly valuable University of Minnesota course takes just four-months to complete. Plus, tuition starting at four payments of $750.12


upGrad is all about creating an immersive learning experience and delivering it straight to you, wherever it is that you happen to be. From industry relevant programs to world-class faculty to the latest in online learning technology, it’s all there for you to explore, learn, and move forward.13

Of the many courses that upGrad has on offer, these ones feel especially relevant in today’s ever-changing international job market.

Master’s Degree in Business Administration

18 months and $8,999 is all that’s standing between you and a Master of Business Administration from the prestigious Liverpool Business School. Choose from six industry relevant specializations and earn dual credentials from the comfort of your home.14

Master’s Degree in Data Science

Join over 40-thousand paid learners from over 85 countries by enrolling in the Master of Science in Data Science from Liverpool John Moores University. In this program, you’ll also be able to choose from six specializations, including deep learning, business analytics, and data engineering.

The program costs just $7,499 and takes 18-months to complete.15

Master’s Degree in Computer Science

Another opportunity from Liverpool John Moores University, this Master of Science in Computer Science program will help you learn critical skills in your pursuit of a career in software development. This program can be completed in 19-months and costs a total of $7,499.16

Product Management Certificate

Duke Corporate Education will teach you how to build a product roadmap from the research stage to the product analysis stage in this fully-online professional development program. The program costs just $3,200 and takes six-months to complete.17

Time to Apply

I bet you didn’t think it would be that easy to take the next step. Online education has come a long way, thanks in large part to edX, Coursera, upGrad, and the hundreds of international universities that have partnered with them over the years.

If you didn’t find the right course for you, don’t get discouraged. All the aforementioned online learning platforms have full-time coordinators ready to answer your questions and help you pick the perfect online learning opportunity for you and your future.

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