Frequently Asked Questions

Q. -Who should participate in SDGKU’s programs?
A. -Anyone interested in globally-relevant educational programs and courses that would like to acquire global knowledge and competency to enrich their professional careers and personal development.

Q. -What is so unique about the online instructional programs at SDGKU?
A. -They offer the student synchronized use of broadcast quality pre-produced video, audio and electronic text, with flexible and multi-lingual individualized instruction, assessment and feedback.

Q. -Do SDGKU students need high-speed (broadband) Internet to access its video resources?
A. -No, all videos are encoded at both high and low (56Kbps) speeds, so that they can be accessed from anywhere in the world with traditional Internet bandwidth as well.

Q. -What is the estimated study/work load per week for a student once enrolled in a Bachelors or Masters degree program at SDGKU?
A. -The study/work load per week is 18 hours in addition to 9 hours of instructional time. Each course is 5 weeks long per our Academic Calendar.

Q. -What is the estimated study/work load per week for a student once enrolled in a Non-degree Global Competency course to be offered by SDGKU?
A. -Approximately 6 hours per week if the student wants to finish each sequential module in one calendar month, and proportionally less for a slower pace. Capstone courses vary depending on the student projects.

Q. -Is there an English-language requirement to enter and graduate from an SDGKU Bachelors or Masters Program?
A. -Yes; non-native English speaking students must obtain 550 points in the academic Toefl exam or pass a competency-based exam administered by SDGKU.

Q. -Are the instructional and testing materials of SDGKU available at all times for the student to access and use electronically from anywhere in the world?
A. -Yes; they are available 24/7 during the period of the time allowed by the program.

Q. -What is the academic structure of each Course in the SDGKU Bachelors and Masters programs?
A. -The Instructor assigns at least five on-line video seminars/lectures, with their instructional support manual and tests, to be taken sequentially, and responds to specific questions and comments from enrolled students through at least two feedback loops and an electronic forum (an interactive online bulletin board) available in the student portal. A capstone academic report (module report) and in some cases as action plan for competency assessment must be completed before advancing to the following Course of the curriculum.