FREE PhD / DBA / Doctorate Online or in EU / US Accredited Recognized Worldwide

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  1. steveneurope

    steveneurope Member

    Hello Guys! Here a new topic!

    Can we put down a list of all FREE PhD / DBA / Doctorate (Part Time / Distance Learning / Online) with EU and US recognition (For EU at least 180 ECTS at Level 8 of the EU Education Framework)?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Marcus Aurelius

    Marcus Aurelius Active Member

    Uh, sure. If you know of any, please let everyone know.
     
  3. steveneurope

    steveneurope Member

    Hello,

    So far I only know the 2 following (Fully Accredited in EU and US):

    1. University of Tartu (Estonia)
    2. CEU University (Hungary)

    Thanks!
     
  4. Marcus Aurelius

    Marcus Aurelius Active Member

    Could you provide links to the programs? Are they taught in English?
     
  5. Tireman 44444

    Tireman 44444 Well-Known Member

  6. mintaru

    mintaru Member

    Why do you think Central European University offers free PhDs? This page from their website seems to say something else: https://www.ceu.edu/node/13731
     
  7. Stanislav

    Stanislav Well-Known Member

    Like many non-profit universities, CEU offers financial aid for doctoral students:
    https://www.ceu.edu/admissions/funding-fees/finaid-applicants/phd

    However, in all appearances, this is for full time only. Still, not a bad package, from a good university. The only caveat for US students: the name "George Soros" can be divisive. Same is true in Eastern Europe itself, of course, but I personally would like to stay away from Soros-bashing circles anyway. Even (and especially) seeing how they are in power in Hungary now.
     
  8. Stanislav

    Stanislav Well-Known Member

    That's right. Good school, too.
    What I didn't find on the website is explicit mention that PhD can be pursued in distance or extramural mode. I hope it's true; terrific, terrific program. Of course, it's not a mass-market DL doctoral program; they admit a handful of students, in what appears to be both competitive and highly individualised process. It's worth trying to find a sponsoring faculty member with your research interests, who can be a sponsor. Basically how this works in a traditional PhD program.
     
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  9. FTFaculty

    FTFaculty Well-Known Member

    My wife's PhD program was free--heck, they paid her. She got into a major university's doctoral program and all she had to do was teach one college algebra course a semester and in return, free tuition and a stipend that in today's dollars would be nearly $20,000 a year. Most PhD students get that deal, my wife was nothing special. Of course it was a full time residential program.
     
  10. Stanislav

    Stanislav Well-Known Member

    Precisely. I was a very ordinary grad student as well, and got the same deal. Stipend of under $20,000 though, but access to a cheaper student housing. Full time residential. It seems like CEU replicates this on Hungarian soil; also, looks like their spat with the government doesn't have much of an effect on the operations. It is a very good international school; current President is an accomplished historian who was a Liberal Leader (so, Head of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition and, in American terms, a major party nominee for Prime Minister) in Canada - Michael Ignatieff. So if one doesn't have an allergy to George Soros name...
    OTOH, an American applicant who can get admission to CEU PhD program can probably get admission to some Top 100-level doctoral program in the States as well, and get the same kind of financial package. So it boils down to whether or not one wants to live in Hungary for 4 to 6 years. It's a fairly good country, but the local language is notoriously hard to learn.
     
  11. FTFaculty

    FTFaculty Well-Known Member

    How are you, Stanislav? Note, I said "in today's dollars". At the time in the late 80s/early 90s, I think she was getting about $6K a semester, probably not much different from your package. The two of you went to very comparable universities. You finished your Ph.D., though, while she burned out after a few years of grinding and trying to live on a stipend (of course, you can't eat free doctoral tuition) and on the eve of embarking on the dissertation odyssey, she left the ivory towers, went into industry, got a techie job in an F500, and immediately made a whole lot more money. Whole lot more! I regretted that she stopped at masters, but a year after leaving, her adviser died, so you can imagine what that would've been like, she'd have probably never found another adviser in that program willing to take her under their wing: out in the ocean, ship without a sail, probably never to dock again. I guess in retrospect her decision to leave worked out.
     
  12. Stanislav

    Stanislav Well-Known Member

    I seriously considered the same at one point in my program. My decisions were complicated by immigration matters, that keep getting more and more complicated every year.

    On an unrelated note: I attempted these last 2 ACCA exams in December sitting, and narrowly failed P2 Corporate Reporting. So I'll be sitting that last exam again in March; I have passed the F levels, and can submit a research report for OBU Bachelor's in May. I intend to attempt that, and then enroll into UoL Master's in June. I haven't quite decided what to do next. Life keeps intervening.
     
  13. FTFaculty

    FTFaculty Well-Known Member

    That's very impressive considering the pass rates on those P-levels. Looks like you're going to get through it and get into the master's program. In conjunction with being a CA, either the UoL or OxBrookes masters should immediately make you competitive for a faculty position in accountancy.
     
  14. Stanislav

    Stanislav Well-Known Member

    Thanks for encouragement. I'm not sure if being a foreigner wouldn't be a bigger disadvantage, but I guess I'll cross that bridge when and if I'll reach it. Visa issues did cost me job offers last time around (wow, 10 years ago! time flies). Not sure if being Canadian now helps.
     
  15. FTFaculty

    FTFaculty Well-Known Member

    I can't imagine being a foreigner would be too big an issue. Have colleagues from all over the world: Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Jamaica, Canada. Accounting academia's such a hot field and your education is already solid, I have to think in this particular field of academia, where supply is not keeping up with demand, can't imagine there won't be an offer. Long as you have presentations and pubs, hitting some AAA conferences getting visibility, you have a great chance.
     
  16. Stanislav

    Stanislav Well-Known Member

    I've got results from my March resit of the P2. I was, once again, seriously under-prepared (life intervened), plus on the exam, I froze on the consolidated return question (highest point value), lost a bunch of time, and felt like I did a really poor job. I was certain I failed it again. To my surprise, though, it turned out I actually passed, scoring exactly 50% (at cut-out). I now have F1-F9 and P1-P3 on my transcript: all of the mandatory papers.
    This means that I now qualify to apply to UL Master's program, starting June (exams in December). That's what I plan to do.
     
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  17. FTFaculty

    FTFaculty Well-Known Member

    !!!

    Outstanding--congratulations! Hey, after you get through the masters, which is at this point pretty much a fait accompli, look me up, we have some faculty acct slots coming available.
     
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  18. Stanislav

    Stanislav Well-Known Member

    I might take you up on that. Your school assembled a very solid department; it must be a good place to work. I've been it town back in 2008 interviewing for a CC job nearby, but didn't have time to take a good look.
     
  19. FTFaculty

    FTFaculty Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the compliments. My colleagues are good. But two just left for a flagship university and two more are slated to retire within the year. A third told me last week "retirement is close on my horizon". So they are opportunities here. There will be opportunities all over North America. Probably best bet is get yourself a pub along the way and an adjunct engagement. Once you have those two boxes ticked, you should be gold (and even without them, still a pretty good shot for you in this market, considering you could teach systems in your sleep what with that PhD in computer sciences).
     
  20. Stanislav

    Stanislav Well-Known Member

    Thanks.
    I maintain an adjunct status with the local community college, normally teaching a section of an IT class online. I do need to step up and at least identify a research area, and ideally produce a conference talk/paper. There'll be some training on research methods in the Master's program, so that's good.
     

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