University of London: International Programmes

Study in Pakistan, graduate from the University of London

The University of London has 18 colleges and 10 research institutes, and, as the name suggests, it is situated in London. It offers foundation, undergraduate, postgraduate, diploma and research degree programmes. However, the most interesting fact about it is that one does not necessarily have to be residing in London to graduate from this University.

For the past 150 years, the University of London has been providing education to foreign students through distance learning. Those who have work or family commitments or simply cannot afford to live in London can prepare and sit for exams in their own country. Moreover, the standard of the degree provided is exactly the same as that awarded to those students living and studying in London. Presently, this programme is being offered in 180 countries with 54,000 students from around the world enrolled in the University. Students, residing in their respective countries, can either study on their own or at a local institution registered with the University of London.

University of London International Distance learning programs

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So you can apply online and start studying right here in Pakistan and graduate as a University of London student. About 2,600 students are currently studying for a University of London degree in Pakistan. University of London is recognised by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.

Academic programmes offered

University of London offers many degree courses, including Law, Accounting, Education, Agricultural Economics, Banking and Finance, Business Administration, Computing, Economics, English, History, International Relations, Mathematics, Philosophy, Politics, and Social Sciences.

Fee structure

Firstly, application fee has to be submitted along with the application. Once you are accepted by the University, initial registration fee has to be paid. After that, continuing registration fee is submitted yearly. Examination fee is submitted separately and you only pay for the particular year you decide to give the exam. All fees are accepted in pounds only. Apart from this, one also needs to pay the fees of the local examination centre (e.g. British Council), which conducts the examinations in Pakistan. The University does not provide text-books and one can order them online.

Achievement Awards

The University awards students with the highest aggregate marks in their first year of study. This award covers University of London fees in the second year. In 2015, Pakistani students will qualify for this award for academic programmes, such as, Economics, Management, Finance and the Social Sciences (EMFSS) and Undergraduate Laws.

Studying at a local institute

If you intend to study at a local institution registered with the University of London, you would have to pay their separate fee. Local institutions in Pakistan:

Pakistan College of Law
Roots College International DHA Campus
Roots College International Metropolitan Campus
Roots College International Millennium Campus
The Institute of Legal Studies (TILS)
University College Lahore
Bay View College
Islamabad School of Law
L’Ecole for Advanced Studies
School of International Law
Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology
University College of Islamabad

This article is written by Sunehra Mehmood, who is a lawyer and a writer. Read her blog  at for articles on various academic disciplines.
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