International Division FAQ

Below you will find some frequently asked questions and answers that will help you learn more about the International Division.

University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and its predecessor, since 1978.

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A U.S. private university education is expensive. Through University of Phoenix, you can achieve your dream of a U.S. degree completely online without incurring the expense of room and board, travel and lost wages and salaries. When you factor in the value of your time, our online program becomes an even better return on investment.

University of Phoenix accepts transfer course work or “credits” from recognized post-secondary institutions from all over the world. For more details, please consult with your admissions representative regarding the transfer policy. Undergraduate students also have the option of earning “credits” through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). With PLA, undergraduate students can earn credits for professional or language training or certification. These “credits” may be directly applied to the general education requirements of your degree, not the core program.

By creating a portfolio and submitting it to the Prior Learning Assessment center , you will have the opportunity to have your prior work experience assessed for credit.

Our faculty have advanced academic degrees at the master’s or doctoral levels. They also work in the fields they teach, representing some of the best management minds in the United States today. 

When they are not teaching classes, our instructors are executives, supervisors, managers, business owners and professionals. They know what it takes to manage a staff, manufacture a product, market a company, achieve organizational objectives and make a profit. 

At University of Phoenix, our instructors do more than just guide you through the curriculum. They also share the type of practical experience that can give you a competitive edge.

You can complete your undergraduate degree in approximately four years or a shorter time frame depending on the number of previously earned and applicable credits. You can generally earn your graduate degree within 18-24 months.

Your admissions representative will be able to offer you a more accurate evaluation of the time you will need to complete your degree.

University of Phoenix offers continuous enrollment letting you register more frequently throughout the year. This flexibility allows for custom scheduling.

Students enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs can complete approximately eight to 10 courses per year (max of 39 credits per 12-month period). Master’s students can complete approximately seven to nine courses per year (max of 33 credits per 12-month period).

Yes, it is possible to take breaks between your courses. You must consult with your academic advisor to do so.

Holiday break—All students have a December holiday break built into their course schedules. Typically, the break will last two weeks, depending on your program. Please ensure you review your schedule on your student website.

Students access their required course material online. This is an effective way of accessing study materials that are required for each course. Your resource fee will vary from undergraduate to graduate coursework. Please consult your representative for specific cost.

Each course varies as to the length of time you will spend studying, logging into the online library for research and preparing your assignments. Bachelor’s degree students can expect to spend about 15-20 hours each week in class, working on learning team assignments and on individual assignments. Master’s degree students should expect to spend an average of about 20-25 hours per week on their coursework.