Education without boundaries – Individualized degree programmes for self-motivated adults
European-American University (EAU) is a global Christian university without walls. It was established in 2003 to offer educational opportunities for adults who desired a more flexible alternative to the traditional university system. The majority of the University’s students undertake their programmes through attendance at one of over twenty affiliated campuses in Africa and Asia, either through a fully residential programme, or through short residency. In addition, students have the option of fully or partly non-residential study through correspondence-based distance learning.
The University is particularly suited to accommodating the mature, experienced mid-career or retired adult candidate who is seeking to capitalize on their professional competencies in order to gain an academic qualification. You may be returning to study after some time away, or continuing your education for professional and personal benefit. Either way, you will find us efficient, direct and with the necessary expertise to help you achieve your goals. Except for full-time campus-based programmes, which operate to a set calendar, you can usually start and finish at any time of the year, working at your own pace and with no unnecessary bureaucracy.
Many adults have acquired significant life experience, including valuable learning that is the equivalent of college study. As a non-traditional institution, the University privileges learning wherever it has occurred, and will recognize educational achievement gained outside a classroom setting for credit. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, an agency of the US government, credit for life experiences can be defined as:
Credit earned by students for what they have learned through independent study, noncredit adult courses, work experience, portfolio demonstration, previous licensure or certification, or completion of other learning opportunities (military, government, or professional). Credit may also be awarded through a credit by examination program.
In addition, many adults have earned some college-level credits but have yet to convert these into a degree. The University can assist with this process, and offers “top-up” programmes by dissertation for those who have already completed the majority of their degree requirements. The use of prior learning experiences can often reduce the requirements of a degree programme very considerably, and for the highly experienced individual, may fulfil them entirely.
For those who prefer, there are also more structured correspondence-based programmes that are based on the completion of essay-based modules and/or a thesis, working under an experienced mentor. At the postgraduate level, the University is experienced in the assessment of research candidates as well as those who have already published scholarly work and wish this to be assessed for a doctoral award.
European-American University holds a Royal Charter of Incorporation from the Kingdom of Bunyoro-Kitara, one of the constituent kingdoms of Uganda, and is under the Royal Patronage of H.M. the Omukama (King) of Bunyoro-Kitara. The University holds a wide range of recognition and accreditation agreements with institutions worldwide. Its degrees are validated by a group of government-recognized universities in Central America, who have agreed to award a reciprocal degree to EAU graduates without further academic requirements, on payment of a validation fee.
Since its foundation, the University has been under spiritual direction. Today it is an educational institution of the Apostolic Episcopal Church, a worldwide traditional Christian communion based in Florida, USA, and is accredited by the Anglican Association of Colleges of Schools, the educational arm of the Apostolic Episcopal Church and the Catholicate of the West. European-American University is classified as a Pontifical University because it is under episcopal direction. The University operates jointly with The Western Orthodox University, Florida, USA, which provides seminary training. Admission to the University’s programmes is open to all regardless of their beliefs.
Degree Programmes Available
The University awards degrees at Associate, Bachelor, Master and Doctor levels. All of its degrees are vocational and religious in nature, and are designed to prepare students for religious vocations as ministers, professionals, or laypersons in the categories of ministry, counseling, theology, education, administration, music, fine arts, media communications, or social work.
It uses uniquely individualized learning methodologies that empower and honour students as the centre of their learning processes, and does not place artificial barriers in the way of the assessment of learning. This allows the student to determine the nature and context of learning experiences that can count for degree assessment. All degrees issued by the University are fully verifiable, both through our online Register of Graduates and via email.
Learn while you earn
We believe that you learn best when you’re working as well. Our study model is designed so that you can use what you learn at work and design the programme around your working environment. You stay in your job, you continue earning and you apply what you have learned through the programme directly. As a result, you’ll often complete the programme more quickly than in traditional institutions.
You’re in control
We’re here to guide and support, not impose or impede. You are in the driving seat; we’re there to help. You can design your programme individually, decide on its resources, implement and analyse it. We may suggest a structure (and indeed offer the option of more “traditional” taught programmes) but we are open to all reasonable alternatives that are compatible with good academic practice.
Individualized tuition and support
In our distance learning programmes, we use the approach of mentored study: one student, one teacher – the oldest academic system known to mankind, and one that is only otherwise available at the most expensive and exclusive universities. There is no system of compulsory group participation or assessment because the programme is tailored directly to you as an individual.