Distance Learning at ETS - FAQ

If I have a choice, should I do distance learning or attend in person?
Without doubt, you should attend in person.

What are the benefits of attending in person?
The shoulder-rubbing experience is quite unique. Students eat together, laugh together, learn together, worship together, and look out for one another. It is also easier to access library resources. And friendships are often forged which will last for a life-time.

In what situation might it be helpful to do courses by distance learning?
Where you are keeping up a job locally as well as doing part-time learning at a distance; or financial constraints make it impossible to contemplate moving to Edinburgh for some or all of the time; or, perhaps your disability or illness (or that of someone close to you) prevents you from doing the programme in person.

Will there be any opportunity to meet with full time students who are present at ETS?
Yes. Indeed, we expect UK based students to attend if at all possible four days per semester in Edinburgh so as to continue to form bonds of fellowship and learning.

Where do I sit my examinations?
If at all possible, we expect you to sit them at ETS. In exceptional circumstances, we will be able to make other arrangements closer to your own home.

Is it cheaper to study by distance learning?
The tuition fees are exactly the same. You may also incur library loan postage costs. However, you will not have to bear the accommodation costs in Edinburgh.

Do I need special software to do courses at ETS by distance learning?
No. You will need a laptop/PC with a camera and microphone. Other than that, you will simply access the lectures using an internet browser – usually Chrome or Firefox.

How good does my internet connection have to be?
You need a reasonably fast internet connection to benefit from this technology.

Will I be able to see, hear and interact with the lecturer and other students?
Yes. You will be able to access real-time video, audio and data (such as Powerpoint, etc). You will also be able to join in class discussions and question the lecturer as required.

Is there a limit on how many students can do a programme by distance learning?
Yes. It depends on the nature of the programme of study.

Is it possible to do distance learning at ETS from outside the UK?
This may be possible, dependent on the quality of the internet connection and its impact on student learning experience.

Which course/programmes are offered by distance learning?
The following courses/programmes are particularly suitable: