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International Student Guide

Through RDI, thousands of students from over 150 countries combine work and study in their own country. Learners can take their UK university qualifications through RDI, anywhere in the world. Below, some of the frequently asked questions we receive from international students are listed to help your with your search.

Your questions answered...

1. Visa applications

We don’t ask you to travel to the UK and you will NOT be eligible to apply for a visa to study through RDI.

Distance learning enables you to study from wherever you are in the world, without leaving the comfort of your home or your family behind. Plus, if you need to take an assessment as part of your course, we can arrange for you to take it at a local recognised centre.

2. Entry requirements
  • Work experience: At RDI, we value your experience and believe your work practice can help you move beyond reading theory to understanding the course materials in a practical framework. That is why, for most courses, you will be able to apply based on your work experience, as well as your previous qualifications.
  • English requirements: If English is not your first language, you will have to provide us with evidence of your proficiency in English (a recognised test such as IELTS or TOEFL).

The best way to find out the entry requirements for your course is by finding your course in our course finder and clicking on the “Find out more” button in the description.

  • Course exemptions: If you have previously started your studies with internationally recognised institutions, you might be able to transfer credits or receive exemptions for your module.

Contact us today on +44 2476 515709 to discuss your options with an Admissions Advisor.

3. Funding and fees

We want to make learning accessible to all, and our flexible payment options can help you make the best investment in your future. The following payment options are available to international students:

  • You can pay in full and receive a discount;
  • Pay-as- you-go: this means you stay in control of your finances and make the next payment only once you are ready to unlock your next study materials. And if you want to take a break from studying, you also take a break from your payments;
  • Funding from your employer: we put together “The answer is right in front of you” - a useful employer sponsorship guide which you can use to discuss funding with your employer.

Plus, there are no monthly payment obligations. For example, students typically take three months to study a module and make a payment towards their course fee only every quarter.

Please note: We are unable to provide sponsorships. Students residing in certain developing countries benefit from subsidised course fees to reflect economic conditions. These are reflected in our course finder and the fees page.

4. Course recognition

All our courses meet the recognised academic standards for quality in UK Higher Education and we are proud to be the largest distance learning specialist of UK university qualifications.

University partners

Our courses are awarded by recognised UK universities and bodies and you can find out more about our university partners here. We are also listed on the UK Government page, here.

When you successfully complete your studies you will receive the same qualification that campus students receive and you will even be invited to attend your graduation ceremony with them.

5. Your learning experience
How it works

By successfully helping students for over 20 years, we discovered just how important support is for your distance learning experience! Even if you are miles away, in front of your computer, you will find the community at RDI very helpful and welcoming. We will provide you with a variety of channels to keep in touch, so education is always at your fingertips!

Find out more about the life of a distance learning student here.

Testament to our dedication to quality, in a recent survey, 93% agreed with the statement “I found my course to be of a high quality”.

About ilearn

Our state-of-art learning environment, ilearn, alongside our 90 academic tutors can help you achieve your goals.

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Your course materials and supporting you all the way

Our tutors are experts in their fields, with a diverse background and extensive experience. Together they have brought to life over 30,000 hours of interactive guided learning. Plus, through RDI you will gain access to your career development service, which provides valuable tools and interactive training and can help you achieve a clearer perspective on your professional path.

6. The application process

Once you have submitted your online application form, one of our Admissions Advisors will contact you via email to talk about your application and answer any questions you might have. All in all, once we have your complete application and supporting documents, the university decision process usually takes between 5 to 10 days.

After application you will be given the contact details for your Admissions Team so you can always email or call and we can give you an update on the status of your application.

7. Suggested next steps for you

We empower students from over 150 countries to learn, connect and change their lives in amazing ways.

I had a wonderful working relationship with RDI and its support staff. They are to be commended for their professionalism. The tutors were never too busy to respond to my queries which were done in a timely manner.

Josina, Antigua and Barbuda, MBA

Every year, over


new students enrol to study their UK university qualification by distance learning with the support of RDI.

The course content is very interesting and the programme process flow is self-explanatory thanks to the administrative support of RDI. The induction module prior to commencing the real course modules is a quite good idea as it requests the student to first understand the whole process flow of the programme, which is crucial.

Andreas, Germany, BA Business & MBA (HR)

For over

20 years

we have developed strong partnerships with UK universities to deliver world-class learning.

The materials of the courses are valuable, well prepared, giving a lot of information and very useful. Tutors are of highest educational standards. Last but not least, the support team is very kind, supportive and gives immediate response/clarification for any query.

Abu-Heneidy, MBA, Nigeria