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About local teaching institutions

While most of our courses have been designed for independent study, over half of our students choose to receive additional tuition and support from one of our approved teaching institutions.

We work with a network of around 120 institutions all over the world. Each of these has met a set of quality requirements to ensure that they have the capabilities and expertise to support our courses.

See our global directory.

What support do you receive?

Some of our recognised institutions offer lectures and seminars. This allows you to discuss academic issues in small groups with a tutor.

Classes may be provided full-time or part-time. Check that the level of support fits with your schedule.

You can also benefit from academic and recreational facilities, including libraries, computer facilities, and clubs or special interest groups.

Some teaching institutions offer online support, which may be useful if you live too far away to attend regularly.

You may receive extra study materials, such as audio and video lectures, and the opportunity to participate in online discussions.

Enrol at a local institution

Enrolling at a teaching institution is separate from registering as a student with the University of London.

To benefit from local teaching support, you must enrol and pay any tuition fees charged by that centre.

You should await our confirmation that you are eligible to study your chosen course before you do so.

How do I choose the right centre?

Courses you must study at a local teaching institution

  • Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law
  • Certificate of Higher Education in Computing and Information Systems
  • Certificate of Higher Education in Creative Computing
  • Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences
  • International Foundation Programme.

For these courses, you must register and study at an institution that has been approved to teach that programme.

Find your nearest teaching institution.

Our quality process

Once we approve teaching institutions to support our students, they become 'Affiliate' or 'Registered' centres in accordance with our framework.

Affiliate Centre is the highest level of recognition we award. These centres are committed to developing excellence in teaching, student support, and administrative processes.

Registered Centres have demonstrated high standards in these facets.

Read our Recognition Framework. [PDF]

Supporting our students

If you are interested in supporting our students, or would like to have your existing support more formally recognised, we would like to hear from you.

Become a recognised teaching institution.