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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 which is a federation of 19 self-governing Colleges of and a number of acclaimed central academic Institutes and activities.

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.

Its Online Study Centre (OSC) provides access to course materials and also offers academic, administrative and technical support, though there are printed textbook materials as well.

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Its web site is at

The External System is a member of EADTU.

More details

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  • 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.

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".)

The external student registers with the University of London for a University of London award. The academic direction of the programme is the responsibility of a particular College, or consortium of Colleges, of the University of London, known as the ‘Lead College’. At graduation with a degree, diploma or certificate from the University of London the student will be sent two documents - a final diploma (i.e. the parchment you receive following graduation) and a Diploma Supplement.

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

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