University of London External System

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The University of London External System (until recently the University of London External Programme) is the external degree granting division of the University of London, in the United Kingdom.

Its web site is at

The External System is a member of EADTU.

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The External System offers undergraduate and postgraduate diplomas and degrees to students worldwide. Currently, there are over 40,000 students in the process of earning credentials.] A designated constituent institution of the University of London called the "lead college" (e.g. Royal Holloway) creates materials to allow students to study at their own pace. Examinations take place at testing centers around the world on specified dates.

Hallmarks of the programme are:

  • its low cost vis-à-vis attendance in London,
  • choice of flexibility between full and part-time study.

As stated in the University of London Statutes, External System students are graded on the same standard as internal students to ensure a uniform credentialing process. A pupil who completes a course of study under the program is awarded a University of London degree, and should there be a lead college, a notation specifying which institution provided the instruction.

Academics at the University of London are responsible for the academic direction of the External System. As evidence of the high-standards that they set for the programme, when the External System was audited in 2005 by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), the auditors decreed that "broad confidence" could be placed in the University’s management and the awards made through the External System. (According to the university, "broad confidence" is "the best verdict any institution can be given by the auditors".)

Most External System students are in former territories of the British Empire. Currently, there are: