Flexible and Customized Study Plans

The International Open University (IOU) offers an organized and structured Youth Dual Credit Program (YDCP) flexible study plan. YDCP is a 2-year associate’s degree program. Through this program, students are able to complete up to 60 credit hours (20 courses) at International Open University (IOU).

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, 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 semester plans for our students to choose from. The only mandatory requirement is that the student completes the entire program within a maximum period of four years (8 semesters).

SEMESTER PLAN 1: Regular/Normal Semester Study

A student normally takes five courses each semester, which lasts approximately five months. For each module, there is one recorded lecture by the instructor. There are also recorded supplementary sessions conducted by the tutorial assistants for each module. Students following this semester plan are expected to devote four hours per week per subject—or at least three hours—to listen to the lectures, read the assigned text, take the session (module) quiz, and prepare class assignments (if any). This requires eighteen to twenty-four hours per week of studying.

1. The above plan is beneficial for students who want to complete their degree in two years and who wish to gain knowledge in an organized and structured manner.
2. This is an ideal study plan for students under normal circumstances.

SEMESTER PLAN 2: Part-time Study

Part-time students are expected to take at least one course in a given semester. If necessary, student may also skip a semester. However, they will have to complete the entire program in a maximum of four years (8 semesters). Therefore, we recommend that students take half of the full load (i.e. two or three courses) and devote nine to twelve hours per week to studies. If due to personal circumstances, a student is unable to take three courses and takes only one or two courses per semester, then s/he will have to take more courses in subsequent semesters so that the entire program can be completed within the maximum required period of four years.

1. This is a plan recommended for busy students (e.g., working, studying). 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 our students have an option to pause their studies after a semester or two, we do not recommend it. If a student is busy and is unable to devote time for a regular study load, we recommend that s/he chooses the part time semester plan instead.