Flexible and Customized Study Plans
International Open University offers a range of organized and structured flexible study plans for its various Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs. We give utmost importance to provide the best study guide possible to meet our students’ needs and circumstances. The purpose of IOU is not only to see its students graduate with our customized programs, but also to see them pass on the knowledge gained at IOU to others and implement that knowledge throughout their lives.
To achieve this goal, we have designed flexible and customized plans for our students to choose from, which are interchangeable each within a maximum period of 6 years (full time registration) or 9 years (part time registration).
SEMESTER PLAN 1: Full-time semester plan:
In this plan a student normally takes six courses each semester, which lasts for approximately five months. However, in this plan a student may take a minimum of 4 courses. For each module, there is one recorded lecture by the instructor. There are also recorded supplementary sessions conducted by the faculty members for each of the modules. Students following this semester plan are expected to devote four hours per week per subject – or at least three hours, to listening to the lectures, reading the assigned text for the session, taking the session (module) quiz, and preparing class assignments (if any). This requires eighteen to twenty-four hours per week of studying.
1. The plan above is beneficial to students who want to complete their degree in four years (by taking 6 courses per semester) and who wish to gain knowledge in an organized and structured manner.
2. This is an ideal study plan for students under regular/normal circumstances.
SEMESTER PLAN 2: Part-time study:
Part-time students are allowed to take as few as one course per semester, however they may take upto 3 courses per semester in this plan. The students must complete the entire program in a maximum of 9 years (18 semesters). We, therefore, recommend that students take half of the full load (i.e. three courses) and devote nine to twelve hours per week studying. If, due to personal circumstances, a student is unable to take three courses and takes only one or two courses per semester, then he/she will have to take more courses in subsequent semesters so that the entire program can be completed within nine years.
1. This is a plan recommended for busy students (e.g., working, studying, married). We advise students to go at a slower pace if they have time restrictions which prevent them from concentrating on a larger number of courses.
2. Although the students have an option to pause their studies after a semester or two, we do not recommend they do so. If a student is busy and is unable to devote time for a full-time study load, then we recommend that he/she choose the part-time semester plan.
3. The fees plan of part-time study plan is different from the full-time plan. Students must pay the fees according to their country of residence.