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Is Online Degree Program the Right Choice for You?

Some benefits of an online degree program include:

  • Flexibility of working at your own pace
  • Choosing a program from any school (subject to availability)
  • Working alongside study

While an online degree program may not be the first choice for many people, it is great for those who are working. Those individuals who are looking for career advancement can opt for an online degree given that they can manage the increased work load of assignments and self-study. For young high school grads, there may be some things to consider before choosing an online degree program:


The first thing to be clear upon is whether you are responsible and focused to opt for an online degree. Online programs require self study and meeting assignment deadlines. You need to be sure that you can study by yourself and meet the assigned deadlines, without having campus influence to motivate you in doing so. Procrastination and lack of motivation will kill your online degree.

Comprehension Skills

Are you an avid reader? If yes, proceed to tick that off in favor of an online program. If you cannot read lectures or understand them through videos, it may not be for you. You should also keep in mind that acquiring a degree online would require you to connect with other students or your professors through email. You should be really comfortable in using the computer and internet for communication and research. You may also be required to group online with fellow students through video chat to work on projects etc.

Home Environment

Consider the environment at home. Will you be able to devote time towards your study being at home? Will your folks be supportive or there will be too much distraction? Do you have a working computer in good condition and a high speed internet? You should also be self-sufficient in using the computers resources as all your lectures will be online in the university database.

Consider Financial Options

Another thing to consider knows how you will meet your finances. There are limited choices for financial aid in online programs. Student loans are usually given at higher interest rates as compared to getting one for the conventional degree program. There is also limited access to grants, work study and certain other financial aid in online degree programs.

Find Accredited Online Degrees

Carry out thorough research on the online degree that you would like to pursue. Find its credibility and the colleges which are offering it. Understand the course requirements and work load, thus evaluating if you would be comfortable in managing it on your own. Also consider if the degree that you want to choose will provide same or better value in acquiring it online. For example, if it requires practical coursework or exposure how that would be accomplished? How do employers in your chosen field of study view an online degree?


While online degree programs provide many benefits and allow more flexible learning it does have its drawbacks. Online study means that there is no face-to-face with your professor and any questions that you may have will take time to answer. From the viewpoint of employers, many consider it okay to have earned your degree online but there are also those who disregard it. It is advisable that you consider all options with an open mind and thorough research. Talk to your counselor and evaluate all your options. Keep in mind your preferences and limitations of choosing an online degree program and affiliate yourself with an accredited program if you wish to do so.

Top Universities in Sharjah

The importance of education is being emphasized by all countries around the world. The idea is to promote education in order to build a literate society that can play its role in improving the economy. When it comes to education, the United Arab Emirates is no exception to these trends.

Sharjah is one of the emirates of the United Arab Emirates. With respect to education, it is blessed with at least two well-established universities and a couple of colleges. All these educational institutes are concentrated in one district of Sharjah which has won the title of being the “University City of Sharjah”. The educational industry of Sharjah is currently in the budding stage and is expected to yield phenomenal growth in the upcoming years.

The universities of Sharjah have launched their international student program as well as their exchange programs to encourage cross-cultural mixing. Here is some insight about the educational institutes of Sharjah:

University Name Programs Offered Cost of Programs Total Student Population
American University of Sharjah Undergraduate and Graduate About AED 79,920 per year for all major specializations. More than 5,000
University of Sharjah Undergraduate and Graduate AED 26,820 to AED 92,900 per year depending on the course. Over 10,000
Skyline University College Undergraduate and Graduate About AED 36,000 per year. Slight variations per course. Over 9,000
Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research Undergraduate and Graduate Up to AED 99,990 per year depending on the course About 2,000
Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies Undergraduate Diploma AED 21,600 to AED 114,000 depending on the course and citizenship status. About 3,000
Police Science Academy Sharjah Undergraduate in Police Sciences Course available for locals only
Sharjah Men’s College Undergraduate and Graduate Not disclosed Over 1,000
Sharjah Women’s College Undergraduate and Graduate Not disclosed Over 2,000