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  1. Oct 18, 2006 #1


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    I'm currently in the US military and stationed overseas in the UK. I'd like to finish my math degree while I'm in the military since they pay for it, but I've run into a wall. They will only pay for schools that are in the United States, so I can't go off-base to a UK college and earn credits. So I was curious if there are any schools that offer online courses for math and/or physics?

    Any help is greatly appreciated.
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  3. Oct 19, 2006 #2
    I haven't been able to find anything past integral calculus online.
  4. Oct 19, 2006 #3


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    Same here.

    Like in one of the past threads, a user said...

    "The internet is a mile wide, but an inch thick."
  5. Oct 19, 2006 #4


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    But I think since the OP is willing to pay for the course, he's not just limited by general Internet online courses. I know that Stanford has an extensive set of TV and Internet courses that are offered for employees of companies to take as "extended education". I would think that there would be other universities that would offer courses via the Internet to enrolled extension students. I'll see if I can find more info and check back in....
  6. Oct 19, 2006 #5


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  7. Oct 19, 2006 #6
    You can get a waiver for just about anything in the military. I would try going to your Education Assistance NCO or Officer and asking him/her if any such waiver is available.

    If they: a) don't give you a solid answer, b) don't know, or c) blow you off (any of these are likely), try contacting these guys for help:

    For your reference, here's a link to DoD Instruction 1322.25, which is the implementing policy for DoD Tuition Assitance programs:

    I believe what's likely holding you up is Paragraph E5.1.1.2 on page 16. Maybe there's a way around it.

    Hope this helps.
  8. Oct 19, 2006 #7


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    Thanks for trying to help y'all.

    Apost8, I talked to the education office and they made some calls back to the states. It turns out, the government will only pay for schools that are regionally accredited and other countries do not have a regional accreditation system like the states.
  9. Oct 19, 2006 #8
    At least you got an answer out of them, albeit not the one you'd hoped for. I wonder what tuition would cost if you just covered it yourself (easier said than done, I know). I'm not positive, but I think that tuition in the UK might be less than it is in the US. Anyway, I hope you can figure something out while you're there.
  10. Oct 19, 2006 #9
    Also -- where did you do your previous coursework... is there a chance that you could do long-distance, independent study through that university/college? If you know a few professor in the department really well, they might be ameniable to being your offical instuctor/mentor for some of the course you have remaining. This works better at smaller schools, where small number of majors often means independent study anyways for the upper levels.
  11. Oct 20, 2006 #10


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    Phyics girl phd, I never thought about that. I went to a small engineering college and they offered distance learning of upper level courses in just about all majors offered. That was a few years back, so I'll have to look into it, but I'm sure the program is still up and running.

    Thanks again everyone.
  12. Oct 20, 2006 #11
    also doesn't the military offer some sort of distance education system? I'm not surebut I thought I saw a brochure on that back when I was thinking of going into the military
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