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    UoPeople or OU?

    I'm an Italian 50 y.o. with out a Bachelor, so I decided to restart to study at University. Last spring I started with English Composition at University of People, but I did not pass the exam and, having no english proficiency test, I was obliged to re-do the course and pass the exam to be admitted.
    So i discovered that you do not need any english proficency prove to be admeitted at Open University ... is it a good idea to leave UoPeople and go to OU?
    I can acheive a BS in Computer Science in six years partime instead of eight: I do not have to spend two years studying philosophy, history , biology, ... but I can study just Computer and Maths.
    Professor Vyse was a very good teacher , and I think all the teachers are very good, but I have a feeling that UoPeople has lacking in its organisation, so I think that UO is better than the less expensive UoPeople.
    Ca somebody support me?

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    There are several points to be made here. The first is that the English proficiency test required for enrollment is not just something to be discarded. It is a barometer of your ability to communicate in the school's language of instruction. How can you hope to do well in a school where you do not have the basic language skills required of the curriculum? This applies just as much to OU, even if they do not have an admissions language exam. How could I, for example, expect to study at an Italian university without having basic Italian? With that being said, I will also offer that the OU is an older, more widely known and better respected school. While it is not as cheap as UPeople, it is still quite reasonably priced. I would turn my attention to OU. This should be no real problem since you haven't actually been admitted to UPeople. You had better continue to work on your English skills though as you will undoubtedly need to improve in that area. In any case, good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kizmet View Post
    How could I, for example, expect to study at an Italian university without having basic Italian?

    You can. Or you can at some schools in at least some subjects.

    A few years back there was a story of an Italian polytech switching almost entirely to English. The reason given was that the Italian language is used virtually nowhere outside of Italy so the graduates suffered limited opportunity.

    If I have it right then a switch to English is becoming common in countries with uncommon languages.

    And now...back to the original topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pierrebi View Post
    I'm an Italian 50 y.o. with out a Bachelor, so I decided to restart to study at University. Last spring I started with English Composition at University of People, but I did not pass the exam and, having no english proficiency test, I was obliged to re-do the course and pass the exam to be admitted.
    So i discovered that you do not need any english proficency prove to be admeitted at Open University ... is it a good idea to leave UoPeople and go to OU?
    I can acheive a BS in Computer Science in six years partime instead of eight: I do not have to spend two years studying philosophy, history , biology, ... but I can study just Computer and Maths.
    Professor Vyse was a very good teacher , and I think all the teachers are very good, but I have a feeling that UoPeople has lacking in its organisation, so I think that UO is better than the less expensive UoPeople.
    Ca somebody support me?

    I think you will get better replies in an Open University forum: OU Community | Open University

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kizmet View Post
    There are several points to be made here. The first is that the English proficiency test required for enrollment is not just something to be discarded. It is a barometer of your ability to communicate in the school's language of instruction. How can you hope to do well in a school where you do not have the basic language skills required of the curriculum? This applies just as much to OU, even if they do not have an admissions language exam. How could I, for example, expect to study at an Italian university without having basic Italian? With that being said, I will also offer that the OU is an older, more widely known and better respected school. While it is not as cheap as UPeople, it is still quite reasonably priced. I would turn my attention to OU. This should be no real problem since you haven't actually been admitted to UPeople. You had better continue to work on your English skills though as you will undoubtedly need to improve in that area. In any case, good luck
    I agree with you regarding English proficiency but one point I'd make.

    If you're going to college in Europe, you can expect quite safely that you'll be able to study in English once you get past undergrad. If you take some time to find the right undergrad program this is also possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pierrebi View Post
    I'm an Italian 50 y.o. with out a Bachelor, so I decided to restart to study at University. Last spring I started with English Composition at University of People, but I did not pass the exam and, having no english proficiency test, I was obliged to re-do the course and pass the exam to be admitted.
    So i discovered that you do not need any english proficency prove to be admeitted at Open University ... is it a good idea to leave UoPeople and go to OU?
    I fully agree with those who say that if you have any doubt about your ability to learn effectively in English to consider a refresher course first.

    That said, University of the People has a form of U.S. accreditation that is not always recognized throughout Europe. With the Open University, you wouldn't have to wonder whether employers or postgraduate programs would accept it. For that reason alone I would recommend Europeans be very sure that University of the People will meet their needs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kizmet View Post
    The first is that the English proficiency test required for enrollment is not just something to be discarded. It is a barometer of your ability to communicate in the school's language of instruction.
    Maybe this video can change your mind!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJHubDG4k8I

    Anyway I left UoPeople and I enroled OU.
    I'm using this time to encrise my english, but TOEFL or Ielts are good for people who have to partecipate to a lesson, IMHO an Online lesson is different. I am talking about maths and computer, not Philosophy or Art!
    Thanks for all of your advise.

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    Cute video. In any case, I referred to "English proficiency" not TOEFL. If your English is adequate then I'm sure you'll do fine. Good luck.
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