Students from all over the world to have access to hundreds of online UK university courses

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The FINANCIAL — The Study UK campaign is offering students all over the world access to a world-class UK higher education experience as it launches its fifth annual online campaign today, hosted on the social learning platform FutureLearn.

From Monday 5 October 2020, students worldwide will be able to access 395 massive open online courses (MOOCs) from 40 UK universities.

The campaign,  ‘Study UK: Learn online with a UK university’, showcases the diversity of the UK’s higher education offering and offers courses on poetry, anthropology, sustainability, human anatomy, mental health, the Covid-19 pandemic and much more.  All students are welcome to take part and can complete as many courses as they wish.

Eligible learners in the 143 non-OECD countries can take advantage of a free ‘digital upgrade’ until Friday 5 February 2021. This will enable them to access courses for an extended period, take tests and assessments (if applicable) at no additional charge, and earn a digital certificate subject to completing at least five steps on the course. A total of 50,000 free upgrades will be available, capped at one per learner.

Since launching in 2017, the ‘Study UK: Learn online with a UK university’ campaign has enabled more than 480,000 learners from 136 countries to gain free certificates from FutureLearn’s UK university partners as evidence of their academic achievement.

Maddalaine Ansell, Director Education at the British Council said: ‘UK higher education is exceptionally diverse – offering something for everyone – and this is a fantastic opportunity to explore what we have to offer. It could be the start of a life-changing learning journey.’

Justin Cooke, Chief Content and Partnerships Officer at FutureLearn said: ‘Our mission at FutureLearn is to transform access to education. That’s why we’re proud to partner with the British Council to welcome another year of the Study UK campaign, which has already impacted almost half a million learners over the past three years alone. By showcasing over 40 of the UK’s outstanding higher educational offerings through 395 free expert-led online courses, we hope that thousands more learners across the globe will be able to equip themselves with new skills in a wide variety of areas, from the arts to science to business and sustainability.

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