How to Join in the Open University


If you're considering distance learning to earn a bachelor's or master's degree and want to save money in the process, chances are, you've been considering studying at the Open University. The Open University, located in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England, offers low-cost study opportunities to people within the UK and all around the world. The low cost and ease of enrollment coupled with the ease of joining make Open University one of the largest universities in the UK. The Open University offers three ways to enroll in courses.

Things You'll Need

  • Open University prospectus


  • Visit the Open University's website. Click the link "Study at the OU." This brings you to a page which describes the different methods of learning within the university, as well as links to financial services, career advisory and links to the courses offered.

  • Select the area of study in which you would like to apply. Open University offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses to choose from, in areas such as Education, Arts and Humanities and Law. Click the link corresponding to the study area of your choice.

  • Read through the course list for your choice, then click the course in which you want to register. Once the course name has been clicked, you wind up on a page that lists the scheduled course enrollments for that course.

  • Select your country of origin from the dropdown box beside "Choose country and update fee." This way, you receive an accurate portrayal of the cost of the course. Read through the next available courses and choose the one that best fits your schedule by clicking "Click to Register."

  • Input your postcode into the "New to the OU?" section of the registration page, then click "proceed." If you reside outside the UK, simply click "proceed" without entering anything. Select your home address from the following screen and click "proceed." Continue following the on-screen instructions until fully enrolled.

By Phone

  • Choose the course or courses of your choice from either the online prospectus or the physical copy of the prospectus.

  • Call the phone number for registration according to your place of residence. Those living in England, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, British Forces Post Office addresses outside of the UK and countries aside from Switzerland and those within the EU should call +44 (0)845 300 60 90. In Northern Ireland, call 028 9032 3722. Citizens of the Republic of Ireland should call (01)6785399. For those within EU countries and Switzerland, dial +44 191 477 6100.

  • Follow the instructions given by the operator on the phone. This will include giving course numbers, registration dates and your personal and financial information.

By Mail

  • Select the courses of interest within the physical copy of the prospectus or on the online version of the prospectus.

  • Fill out the application form included with the physical copy of the prospectus. Write in the course numbers for the courses you wish to take. Include your personal and payment information in the form.

  • Send the written application back to the Open University. You will be informed of receipt of your application and given course information.

Tips & Warnings

  • Due to the high demand for Open University courses, you should enroll as early as you can to make sure you get into the class of your choice.


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