Frequently asked Questions
What is University of the People?
University of the People (UoP) is the world’s first tuition-free, online academic institution and will open its virtual doors in April 2009. Founder and President Shai Reshef established UoP to combat the discrepancy between unprecedented access to the Internet, dropping technology costs and rising tuitions worldwide. UoP promises to revolutionize higher education by providing universal access to college studies-even in the poorest parts of the world.
What is the learning model for UoP and who are the students?
Comprised of students from around the world, the student body will learn through peer-to-peer teaching with the curriculum and support of respected scholars. Within the online study communities, students will share resources, exchange ideas, discuss weekly topics, submit assignments and take exams. The curriculum will be supported by respected scholars. A community of educators, comprised of active and retired professors, master level students and other professionals, will participate and oversee the assessment process. They will also develop ongoing procedures for curriculum evaluation and development.