Advice about choosing an institution

The Directory of Institutions (opens new window) provides information on those teaching institutions that are recognised to provide tuition and support to students of the University of London International Programmes.

The following check list will help you decide on the institution that is right for you:

  • Is the institution a recognised centre of the University of London International Programmes or has it started the recognition process. This information can be found on the Institutions directory (opens new window).
  • Is this college or institute registered with the relevant authorities, such as the Ministry of Education?
  • How long has it been established? Be careful about institutions with little experience teaching at undergraduate level.
  • How long has it been teaching students of the University of London International Programmes? Has it got a 'track record' of successful results in University of London examinations or examinations at a similar level of university study?
  • Does the instituion's prospectus or website give details of the specific services and facilities it can offer you?
  • How do its services and fees compare with other institutions in your area?
  • Does the timing and frequency of any classes suit you? Are there tutorials as well as lectures and what size are the tutorial groups?
  • Does the institution offer teaching and learning support for all levels of the degree? Is this support limited to a range of units or modules?
  • How many lecturers are full time and how many part time?
  • Ask to see the facilities, especially the library. Can you borrow books from the library or is it for reference only? If you already have your subject guides, check that there are copies of the essential and recommended texts. Is there room to study in the library and is it quiet?
  • Will there be a written contract between you and the institution when you enrol? If not, make sure you understand the terms and conditions that apply and your liability. Check how you pay the fees - in one payment or in instalments. What is the refund policy is if you cease studying for any reason?
  • Talk to students who are already enrolled and get their opinions.
  • We advise you not to enrol at an institution until you have an offer of registration from the University. You may be eager to start your studies before then. We recommend you ask the institution is able to charge you only for the tuition you have actually received if the University does not accept you.

Additional checks for online or correspondence institutions:

  • If based in the UK, is the institution accredited by the Open and Distance Learning Quality Council or a member of the Association of British Correspondence Colleges?
  • If the institution offers study materials as part of its tuition, do they go beyond the International Programmes subject guides in their content and coverage?
  • If a tutor service is offered, what response time does the institution guarantee?
  • Can you send in your assignments by fax or email and can you ask to receive feedback the same way?

If you have a further questions please check our FAQs about institutions to see if the answers are there.