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Open school learning is hard, it was even harder when fellow classmates from different cities weren’t closely knit in a WhatsApp group. If we compare regular college learning from open school learning we will always find that the latter is disadvantaged in terms of exposure to teaching faculty, doubt resolution, resources to practice for practical exams, campus placement opportunities and obviously ‘the college experience’.

Thankfully, pursuing a higher education abroad or anywhere else isn’t one of them!

What is an Open University?

For knowing whether foreign universities abroad accept open school degrees or not, it’s vital to first understand what is an Open University and is your distance learning program a part of that?

Institutes that offer degrees with low or no entry requirements whatsoever are open universities. They keep an open-door education system wherein admission is granted based on minimum education and previous academic record. These universities do follow a ‘no-classroom’ teaching method. This in turn, makes the fees affordable to all people coming from different backgrounds including working professionals as well. University of Delhi School of Open Learning, IGNOU, Dr. BR Ambedkar Open University (BRAOU) are few examples.

Is IGNOU degree recognized by universities abroad?

It would be rude to not recognize a university which is practically the largest university in the world – Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).

It was founded to provide seamless access to sustainable, learner-centric quality education, skill up-gradation and training to all, by means of distance and open education.

Not just that IGNOU also hosts the Global Mega Universities Network (GMUNET, initially supported by UNESCO) among others (such as SAARC’s SACODiL) and operates as an accreditor for open university and distance education systems in India through the Distance Education Council (DEC).

The degree secured from IGNOU is valid, recognized and well accepted in foreign countries. IGNOU is a central university recognized university under UGC. DEC and AICTE also approve the degrees from IGNOU. The distance learning mode allows students to earn a degree from their current city of residence. Also, the teaching from IGNOU is affordable and flexible, allowing students from all kinds of backgrounds to have the right to education.

Academically it ensures that no one can raise a question on its validity. It does not matter which degree you’re holding, whether it is a diploma, graduation, post-graduation or PhD, you can continue your higher education in any part of the world.

To conclude, IGNOU is a trusted and accredited government distance education university in India as well as abroad and can be used as a stepping stone for your dreams of a higher education abroad.

Other open school universities recognized abroad

Apart from the only national Open University – IGNOU, there are 13 state open universities, regular universities too, that offer distance learning programs through “Directorates of Distance Education (DDE)” or “Centers of Distance Education (CDE)”. Such universities are identified as dual mode universities and are successfully serving the educational needs of thousands of students in India.

Following is a short list of recognized distance learning universities and institutes in India offering open school degrees that are valid abroad:

Name of the University Type of University
Indira Gandhi National Open University National Open University
Yashwantrao C. Maharashtra Open University State Open University
IMT Distance and Open Learning Institute Autonomous Institute
Sikkim Manipal University (SMU DDE) Dual Mode University
Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning Autonomous Institute
MP Bhoj (Open) University State Open University
Dr. BR Ambedkar Open University (BRAOU) State Open University
Netaji Subhas Open University State Open University
University of Mumbai (IDOL) Dual Mode University
Maharshi Dayanand University (DDE) Dual Mode University
Maulana Azad National Urdu University (DDE) Dual Mode University
University of Delhi (SOL) Dual Mode University
Annamalai University (DDE) Dual Mode University
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University State Open University
Karnataka State Open University State Open University
Acharya Nagarjuna University (CDE) Dual Mode University
The ICFAI University Sikkim Dual Mode University
Osmania University (PGRRCDE – Prof. G. Ram Reddy Centre for Distance Education) Dual Mode University
Alagappa University (DDE) Dual Mode University
Shivaji University (CDE) Dual Mode University
The ICFAI University Tripura Dual Mode University
SNDT – Women’s University (CDE) Dual Mode University
Himachal Pradesh University (ICDEOL) Dual Mode University
Tamil Nadu Open University State Open University
University of Madras (IDE) Dual Mode University
Andhra University (SDE) Dual Mode University
Madurai Kamaraj University (DDE) Dual Mode University
Vardhman Mahaveer Open University, Kota State Open University
UP Rajarshi Tandon Open University State Open University
Uttarakhand Open University State Open University
Nalanda Open University State Open University
Kurukshetra University (DDE) Dual Mode University
University of Calicut (SDE) Dual Mode University
Patna University (DDE) Dual Mode University
Kakatiya University (SDLCE) Dual Mode University

Other open school universities which are accredited and are approved by UGC & AIU are also accepted by foreign universities. You may however be required to verify the certificates, credentials and should have transcripts as per rules of concerned institutions.

At Jamboree, we have helped several IGNOU and other open school university students make it to prestigious universities like London School of Economics, University College Dublin, ESADE Spain, City University, etc. So rest assured, your open school degree is valid and you can definitely get accepted to the university of your dreams. Connect with our expert counselors for a personalized admissions roadmap now.

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