10 Great European Distance Learning Universities

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If you would like to pursue a degree from a university abroad but do not have the possibility to leave your home, distance-learning programmes are a great option for getting that competitive graduate degree. An accredited degree from a European university can be a great advantage in your career and on the job market. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best European universities offering English-taught online degrees for international students.

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How we created the top 10 European online university list

Classic university rankings do not create lists with the best online degrees in Europe. We decided to compile our own list using information from prestigious university ranking QS Rankings 2020. Then, we selected one top-ranked university from each of the European countries providing online degrees. In cases where we couldn’t find a ranked university with listed online programmes, we included an unranked one with available online programmes. We did this to try and cover a wide variety of countries and options for students who want to earn a degree from a top European university. We also didn’t list the included countries in any particular order.

So here is our list of 10 top European universities offering distance learning degrees:

1. Utrecht University, the Netherlands 

Considered one of the top four universities in Europe by German CHE Excellence ranking, Utrecht University offers mainly Master’s and Ph.D. online programmes in Clinical, Veterinary or General Epidemiology. Online students can create research projects in their own location, in cooperation with one of the participating institutes, and supervised by staff members from Utrecht University.

You can also check out online degrees offered by Wageningen University and Research or all distance learning degrees from the Netherlands.

2. Wismar University Wings, Germany 

Wismar University received an award for education for the international Master's distance learning course "Professional Studies Lighting Design" and the Top Institute 2013 award for Distance Learning. Study programmes are offered in the fields of Economy, Technology, and Design. The blended study option requires students to be present at a chosen study location for only three weekends per semester.

You can also check out online degrees offered by IUBH Online or all distance learning degrees from Germany.

3. Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Chalmers University of Technology promotes independent thinking and is a hub for international Engineering studies, as also recognized by QS Rankings Top Engineering Schools list. You will be able to develop versatile skills to help you navigate international markets and diverse cultures.

You can also check out online degrees offered by Linnaeus University or all distance learning degrees from Sweden.

4. Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Trinity College Dublin has a history of 400 years of educating students, developing teaching methods inspired by research. This tradition in excellence attracts many international students to apply for a degree at Trinity.  

You can also check out online degrees offered by University College Cork Online or all distance learning degrees from Ireland.

5. EMAS Business School, Russia 

The institute offers postgraduate distance study options for students with different profiles. Besides the online courses, EMAS Business School also offers blended and face-to-face programmes, in order that students receive training according to their requirements.

You can also check out 14 online degrees from Russia.

6. University of Bordeaux, France

University of Bordeaux is recognized as a provider of multidisciplinary degrees in various disciplines, aiding students in upgrading their skillset and job market versatility. This French university is dedicated to attracting international students by its generous offer of English-taught studies.

You can also check out online degrees offered by OpenClasses or all distance learning degrees from France.

7. Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain

Carlos III University of Madrid is a small, innovative public university that aims to improve society through quality teaching and state-of-the-art research. The university has obtained prestigious accreditation for its Engineering, Business, Finance and Accounting degrees.

You can also check out online degrees offered by OBS Business School or all distance learning degrees from Spain.

8. Swiss School of Business and Management, Switzerland

The Swiss School of Business and Management delivers international Business studies designed to meet the needs of diverse industries and in close cooperation with global companies. This business school provides programs in 10 countries from MBAs to Executive Education and Finance and Management expertise. Due to the close industry connection studying at Swiss School of Business and Management can provide great global networking opportunities.

You can also check out online degrees offered by Academy of Leadership Sciences Switzerland or all distance learning degrees from Switzerland.

9. International Telemetric University UNINETTUNO, Italy

International Telemetric University UNINETTUNO offers international degrees recognized all over Europe also provides career advice to ambitious students in order to set study goals throughout the duration of your studies. Gain access to an international network of students and the means to communicate with them effectively.

You can also check out all online degrees from Italy.

10. Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Universite Catholique de Louvain aims towards the future hiring teachers and researches from all over the world that fit the university’s rigorous standards. The diversity in teacher staff also reflects the great variety of international students who choose to study here. The university follows an interdisciplinary approach to teaching, through numerous joint activities and has partnerships with several universities in Belgium and abroad.

You can also check out all online degrees from Belgium.

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More online degrees to check out abroad

If you’re wondering in disbelief why there is no university from the United Kingdom on this list, don’t panic! We have a full top 10 list only with universities from the UK offering online degrees. You may also want to check out our top 10 U.S. universities offering distance learning degrees.

Don't forget that, in order to be admitted to an online learning degree, you'll also need to meet university language requirements. To develop your English skills, join a top English learning course abroad.

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