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Bircham International University



It is not the degree that makes a man great, it is the man that makes the degree great.


Bircham International University provides much more than a diploma. The graduation set documents provide a comprehensive report of your academic achievements, credits earned and transferred, course descriptions, program textbooks, etc... The Graduation set documents do prove the extent and depth of your program of study at BIU.

These documents are: Diploma, Diploma Supplement, Transcript, Evaluation Reports (Academic Assignments Control Form), Research Evaluation Form (Thesis or Projects). Additionally BIU provides an Official Diploma Translation (with your picture) and a Transcript Attachment describing all the courses earned at BIU in several languages. Original copies of any of these documents may be issued from Europe or the USA. More info...



Reputation - Bircham International University

A person's professional reputation depends largely on his achievements and competence. It also relies on the know-how acquired through a good education, which is finally represented by the corresponding diploma. We should not forget that a company hires problem solving skills and not just a degree.

For most companies, completing a distance learning university program is as valid as attending classes at a traditional university campus. In fact, completing an distance learning university degree program demonstrates an indisputable level of willpower, responsibility, motivation, and personal organization. These skills are highly appreciated at the workplace and explain why Human Resources executives esteem those employees earning distance degrees.

Many Bircham International University graduates have gotten jobs or promotions at leading companies worldwide. More info...


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Accreditation - Bircham International University

Bircham International University is accredited, recognized, and is a member of several international bodies. It meets the quality standards of numerous educational organizations in various countries. More info...

The process of accreditation is non-governmental and voluntary. A distance education university normally appeals for accreditation to a private, regional, or professional association and submit an application. The accrediting institution performs an overall assessment of the university and grants the accreditation, if deemed satisfactory. Note that each accrediting organization holds its own accreditation criteria. No worldwide accreditation standards are currently available for any distance learning higher education institutions such as Bircham International University.

Higher education is normally controlled and monitored by the national government, which promulgates higher education policy. As free markets, open frontiers, and individualism spread around the world, many nations are adapting to a more liberal, competitive, and diverse distance learning higher education system. Accreditation is one of the leading factors behind this global trend. Accreditation ensures academic quality through peer review.

In the United States of America (USA), there are no Federal Ministry of Education or a centralized authority to exert unanimous national control over post-secondary educational institutions. As a consequence, the USA educational institutions vary widely in the quality and specifics of their programs. USA Accreditation becomes an important factor when it comes to evaluate and recognize the value of a distance learning degree program.

Bircham International University is accredited, recognized, and is a member of several international bodies. It meets the quality standards of numerous educational organizations in various countries. Nevertheless, none of these international bodies are recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation in the USA (CHEA–USA).

CHEA is a USA non-governmental independent association grouping almost 3,000 degree-granting traditional universities. This council recognizes around 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations that provide voluntary and self-regulation processes to ensure academic quality. In the USA, accreditation by CHEA is important for two main reasons: First, it provides standards to academic quality in a country whose Constitution establishes freedom of education. Second, it distributes US Federal Grants among its members. Distance learning higher education organizations are excluded from accessing these federal grants.

It is important to stress that accreditation is not equivalent to legality or recognition; it is a non-governmental and voluntary quality standardization process. More info...



Non-Formal Education - Bircham International University

Is BIU an authorized distance learning degree provider?
Yes, but Bircham International University degrees are not recognized by the Spain Ministry of Education. More info...

In Spain, Bircham International University is a provider of non-formal or nontraditional distance learning higher education, so it does not need an expressed authorization from the Ministry of Education of Spain. BIU distance learning higher education and diplomas are authorized by its registration under section 932.2 (Higher non formal education) of the Spain Ministry of Economy.

In Europe, by law, non-formal distance learning higher education programs are given academic freedom. These programs are not obligated to follow the regulations set by a Ministry of Education, therefore, the degrees issued will not be officially recognized by the latter. Officially validated degrees may be required for certain governmental positions and professional licensure. In this case, Bircham International University distance learning degrees cannot be used.

In 2012, the European formal higher education systems and universities were merged as agreed in the Bologna Convention. Since then, European countries are considering how to recognize the full range of an individual’s knowledge, skills, and competences, which requires new approaches to validate such learning experiences. The validation of non-formal education is a priority for the European Union.

Since 2006, Bircham International University transcripts follow the directives of the ECTS credits. BIU is member of several institutions that play some advisory role at the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and the validation of non-formal learning. More info...



Consumer Protection - Bircham International University

Bircham International University offers a distance learning degree program with unique conditions. More info...

In Spain, Bircham International University is granted by law academic freedom as a non formal higher education provider, so BIU does not require further authorization from the Ministry of Education. Although, BIU activity is heavily regulated. Spain, as well as the European Union, has strict consumer protection laws, and monitors severely that any activity is in compliance with the government regulations.

Bircham International University activity is registered in the Spanish Ministry of Economy, under the section No 932.2 (Spain Non Formal Higher Education). The Spain Ministry of Consumer Affairs monitors BIU activity, distance learning programs, and instructional quality. The applicable law is Decreto 84/2004 de 13 de Mayo (Enseñanza General).

In 2005, the Spain National Institute of Consumer Affairs (Instituto Nacional de Consumo – INC); under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, awarded BIU with the official consumer protection seal. In 2011, BIU was audited and granted an Online Trust seal which demonstrates our high level of ethical commitment and responsibility towards consumers. This seal is also part of Ecommerce Europe.



Degree Legalization - Bircham International University

Bircham International University distance learning degrees can be internationally legalized with The Hague Apostille (for Hague signatory countries) or Embassy Legalization (for Hague non-signatory countries). More info...

Today, many people with all sort of degrees want to work in a different countries and professional sectors. It is important to provide options for a better diploma recognition, because not all educational institutions share exactly the same academic curriculum, and companies may require some verification about the legitimacy of the degree. More info...



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Academic Acceptance - Bircham International University

Bircham International University distance learning degree programs meet the current higher education guidelines set forth by the European Union (European Credit Transfer System [ECTS]) as well as the USA (Generally Accepted Accrediting Practices [GAAP]). More info...

It is exceptional that any company or receiving institution will accept a distance learning degree by merely showing the paper diploma and other documents. How can anyone make sure that those papers were not made up? For this reason, companies and organizations all over request different means to make sure about the validity of the degrees presented to them.

Bircham International University offers several validation options from independent third party organizations as well as the standard international legalization procedures, but such options do have a costs and may take some time. Consequently BIU also provides a free web listing for the verification of any student or graduate's good standing status at BIU. This web reference is often enough for many receiving institutions.

Some institutions may be reluctant to accept credits from a non-formal distance education university or from a non-CHEA accredited institution. In some cases, partial credit transfer is accepted. Note that accreditation (including the one granted by CHEA–USA) does not automatically provide an acceptance or a validation of a distance learning degree, nor does it guarantee its acceptance by hiring firms.

No educational institution may guarantee the acceptance of their degrees, because acceptance criteria is different at each institution or company, and it also differs depending on their own policy, and the country where they are based.



Professional Practice

Joining the proper association is the best way to become an updated professional.

Each profession develops its own entry requirements. Potential BIU students are advised to check, prior to enrollment, whether a Bircham International University distance learning degree is accepted at the professional practice they are seeking. Requirements for a particular profession vary widely among provinces, states, or countries. Some jobs require degrees recognized solely by a Ministry of Education; while others accept a diploma duly legalized or endorsed by a professional association.

Professional practice depends on a student experience and career and not only on the university degree. In other words, a student may qualify for a particular practice while others may not, despite holding the same degree from the same distance learning university.

Bircham International University graduates may join many professional associations. Membership requirements for each association may vary depending on the degree program, specialization and graduate resume en each occasion. BIU can not guarantee membership in all instances. BIU does not intermediate in these procedures. Bircham International University provides a list of available memberships and professional references from each faculty where some BIU graduates may belong. Contact directly the ones you select. More info...



Companies of today value those who demonstrate the will power, responsibility, motivation and capacity for self-improvement required by studying at a distance learning university.

Don't you deserve this professional recognition?


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