Studying with the OU
More than 4,000 service personnel and their dependents are currently taking advantage of the special relationship between The Open University and the Armed Forces. They are picking from over 570 Open University and Open University Business School courses and making the most of the cost, flexibility and quality benefits on offer.
How can you benefit?
Whatever your role, wherever you are stationed, you can develop your career or your interests without upsetting your professional and personal commitments. So can your dependents. The main advantages for you are obvious.
- You only pay UK prices wherever your duties take you.
- The OU is ELC approved (Provider no. 1260) and you are eligible for support for your OU costs regardless of what you study.
- The OU has a financial assistance scheme which may also be able to help you. Visit www3.open.ac.uk/study/explained/financial-support.shtml.
- The Open University is the UK's only university dedicated to distance learning.
- Our flexibility means that you can fit your studies around shifts and postings, even when on active duty. One of our MBA graduates passed an exam held in the torpedo room of a submarine!
- The OU accepts registrations on all courses from all UK or BFPO addresses. A limited number are available worldwide even if students in the services don't have a BFPO number. (See www3.open.ac.uk/study/explained/where-can-i-study.shtml for more information.). A special scheme exists to support OU students in the forces based in Cyprus.
Courses and qualifications
To discover the quality and range of courses or qualifications available from Britain's largest university, visit www.open.ac.uk/study/
What's studying with the OU like?
If you're new to OU study, you can find out what’s different about studying with us by checking out How OU study works.
Or you can try free examples of our learning material on the OpenLearn website or on iTunes. Our podcasts have been downloaded more than ten million times from iTunes. Launch the Open University on iTunes U in the iTunes application and you’ll understand why.