5 Tips for Researching Online Programs as an International Student

Researching which online program is right for you can be a daunting task, especially if you currently reside outside of the U.S. You must take into consideration your country of residence, time zone and program fit. 
Finding a program that consists of globally diverse faculty and students will help you balance the challenges of being an internationally-based student. When researching which online program is right for you,​ keep the following tips in mind.
1. Research the percentage of international faculty in the program: Programs that are truly diverse and global in nature tend to attract international faculty. Research the percentage of faculty born outside the U.S., as this can ​lend international perspective to the course material.
[Consider these three statistics when assessing online faculty.]
2. Evaluate the number of students based overseas: Look for programs that have a population of internationally based students at 5 percent or higher, including expatriates working abroad and international students. The percentage also identifies programs that are complementary to the unique challenges students living outside the U.S. face when pursuing an education online.
3. Investigate course time offerings: When reviewing a program, take into consideration the course time offerings and compare those with ​your time zone to see if they will be compatible with your schedule. I take most of my classes in the middle of the night, as all class times are offered in the evening Eastern Standard Time, but a program with more flexible class times and days of the week might be a …