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Where can I study?

Wherever you are in the world, you may be able to study directly with the OU or through one of our educational partners.

Of course, some courses (particularly in education, health and social care and social sciences) focus on UK issues and take their examples from UK settings.

Direct study

Most of our qualifications are only open for direct registration to residents of the following countries/territories:

Aland Islands, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Channel Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City State.

Tutorial support will usually be provided by online forums or email. There may be an opportunity for a face-to-face tutorial meeting depending on the number of students in your area, and you may also be able to organise your own informal student support group. Once we know how many students are registered on your module we can confirm tutorial arrangements.

A growing number of modules are available from anywhere in the world; you can register via our website, all study materials and tuition are available online and you can submit your assignments electronically.

Study with an educational partner

As an alternative to direct registration, the OU has many educational partners around the world. You may be able to study in your preferred language, study for a dual award or get face-to-face support from your local provider. The OU currently has partners in many countries, including the Arab world, Botswana, China, Ethiopia, Hong Kong, Romania, Russia, Singapore, the Slovak and Czech Republics, and South Africa.

To find out what courses you can study, select your country:  


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Nearly 21,000 OU students study outside the UK

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