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The online learning environment is based on the principle of learning by collaboration. You learn by carrying out assignments and by the comments of the instructor and the other course’s participants. The online education encourages participation and reading, and is very interactive.

Online learning is student-centered, and not center on the instructor as the traditional system of education. Assignments are designed to apply the knowledge and stimulate discussion among participants.

Participation in the virtual classroom is not set for a predetermined schedule: Students present their assignments using the timetable of their choice. Delivery dates are defined at the beginning of each study session for all individual and group assignments. FGU recommends reading the activities at the beginning of the week, so students can organize their time for their completion. It is advised that a student dedicates at least an hour and a half per day to complete assignments and to participate in class.

FGU virtual classroom offers several tools for the student participation:

  • Forum: Dedicated to information exchanges between the instructor and the course participants. The Forum is the area where the majority of interactions occur at the virtual classroom.
  • Work area: This area is designed to place or upload the course assignments. This area is individual and has been designed so that the trainer can grade and give feedback to each assignment.
  • Email: All students are assigned an email account from the University to be used in all communications with instructors, classmates and administrative.
  • Virtual Library: Inside the virtual classroom there is a virtual library resource to search for materials in digital format (newspapers, magazines, periodicals, and other references) from a variety of sources and innumerable topics of research.

Each academic term has duration of 8 weeks (2 months). Every week is a session that runs from Thursday to Wednesday. It was designed this way so that students can take full advantage of the weekend to complete readings and assignments.

It is recommended to take 2 courses on any given academic term. In this way 10 courses would be completed per year. Taking more than 2 courses per academic term requires the student to be exclusively devoted to their academic chores. On the other hand, a student can take 1 course on any academic term which would make his/her academic program longer.

The evaluation is based on continuous participation and completion of the many assignments during each of the sessions that structured the course. At the same time, many courses require the culmination of a project which is generally due at the end of the course. There is no requirement for proctored examinations on any location. All participation and evaluation occurs within our virtual classroom.

Attendance is evaluated through participation and completion of different assignments. There is no requirement that implies that the student has to stay online for a specific time. Students can complete assignments when they are not online and upload them once they are ready.

FGU is a University licensed by the Florida Department of Education Commission for Independent Education. The degree obtained online studying at FGU has the same validity as of any other degree obtained at a Florida University that is approved by the Commission for Independent Education.

You can get additional information from the Florida Department of Commission for Independent Education by visiting its website: http://www.fldoe.org/cie/

Additionally, FGU's programs are in administrative and information technology that does not require revalidation as programs in areas such as medicine, engineering, accounting, law and other areas where there are specific rules in each country.

As an additional option the Degree can be certified and legalized for international use by Apostille. This international certification of the validity of the documents is governed by the Hague Convention of 1961, which set the rules between countries that signed the agreement. Students are also encouraged to search in their countries of origin if there are any additional requirements for diploma certification/legalization.

If interested, you can get additional information about the Apostille in their website.