FAQs

UoPeople's Most Frequently Asked Questions
What is University of the People?
What is the learning model for University of the People and who are the students?
Where is the University based?
Who started University of the People?

Founder and President Shai Reshef established University of the People to marry the opportunities between unprecedented access to the Internet, dropping technology costs, and rising tuition fees worldwide. UoPeople is the world’s first tuition free, online academic institution dedicated to the global advancement and democratization of higher education. The high-quality, low-cost and global educational model embraces the worldwide presence of the Internet and falling technology costs to bring collegiate level studies to even the most remote places on earth. With the support of respected academics, humanitarians and other visionaries, the UoPeople student body represents a new wave in global education.

How can a tuition-free university succeed and be effective?
What does University of the People look like?
How many students does University of the People expect to enroll?
How does University of the People promote its students' success?
General Program Information
What programs does University of the People offer?
Is University of the People an accredited university?
Can I transfer credits to University of the People?
Does UoPeople offer a Master's degree?
Where does the study take place?
How do I take exams? Are there any fees involved?
What programs does University of the People offer its students?
How does the educational model of UoPeople differ from the MOOCs?
Application Process
What are the application requirements?
Who can apply?
If I applied before and was denied admission, can I reapply next term?
Financial
Are there any fees?
Why are there fees if you are tuition-free?
Is there a separate fee for learning materials?
How do I pay for the Application Processing Fee?
Can someone else I know pay my Application Processing Fee?
Can I pay with my local currency?
How do you decide the fee for each location?
Is the Application Processing Fee refundable?
How long will it take for me to receive an approved scholarship?
Does UoPeople participate in any US federal financial aid programs?
International Applicants
Is an English Proficiency document required?
Am I required to send my English Proficiency document with my other documents?
I do not hold an English Proficiency document. Will I still be considered for admission?
My diploma and transcripts are not in English. Will you accept them?
Volunteering with UoPeople
I want to volunteer to be a course instructor or course developer for UoPeople. What is the process like?
Does UoPeople need more volunteers? Where can I best help?