at the Holy State University
Educational doctrine of the Holy State University is to enable any person to receive low cost education without any form of discrimination or restrictions; therefore, we have no any admission tests (see basic requirements for different degrees).
We are offering all educational degrees: Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Doctoral (PhD), Graduate Certificate Programs - Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS), all in any desired by student areas of study (some restrictions apply).
Our Costs - Free Education Concept
Education in the Holy State University is FREE - we are not charging anything for education (at present time), but we have obligatory administrative fees to cover our operating expenses. We are self-supported, we are not collecting the same tuition costs as all other universities, and we are not receiving any grants or subsidies. Despite the fact that educational services are free, to maintain financial stability of the university, we have mandatory administrative fees (correct definition would be - educational donations made by participating students). Visit our "Educational Costs" Page for current listings of applicable costs
Programs starting dates
Students are starting studies at any time, as well as graduating at any time. You can start immediately after admission.
Form of Studies
Studies at the Holy State University can be described as supervised distance learning form of education that is performed through modern form of Internet communications. Our students can study for any degree, non-religious and religious and our costs of tuition represent very small fraction of the usual costs in any other university.
In the Holy State University we are creating future professional leaders that are mature and independent individuals willing to use own efforts in educational process. All studies are independent.
We are combining North American and European principles of education. According to Bologna Process (European education principles) results of studies can be reflected in pass/fail scale. Passed studies are creating educational credits (units). Instead of multiple-choice tests, for assessment of studies, students will be sending to us written (in electronic form) detailed essay for each completed course reflecting student's knowledge of the subject.
Each course of independent studies can bring on average three credits (if North American approach is used), or six credits (if principles of Bologna Process are used). Essay quality would be the indicator of the quality and coverage of studies.
Students can create own study curriculum for each part of the year (with our supervision) or they can use our standard curriculum. Students are responsible for selecting study materials and textbooks. We are not trying to tell that students will do everything independently, we will control them, guide them, recommend right approach. Intelligent person needs very little guidance, this is why we are telling that we are creating future leaders that can navigate in this life with limited guidance.
For students that need personal assistant and constant supervision
Any student may request assignment of the personal assisting professor, but in this case, concept of free education would not be applicable. This is not a free option. For students desiring full assistance, we have tuition costs equal to average market rate in educational sector (for private institutions) per each academic year of education. Usually, most students prefer to enjoy our free education concept.
Costs are extremely low
In the Holy State University, nobody needs any loans, our administrative costs are extremely low. The Holy State University operates without any commercial motives. We are not creating any profits (with our minimal costs) and all collected proceeds are used for educational purposes.
Benefits of independent studies
In the Holy State University, burden of responsibilities would be largely shifted to students. We will not force you to study; you must have your own desire for knowledge. We will be examining your work, but only you will be that person that can hold actual knowledge.
Only your personal knowledge is that factor that will help you to find and to hold your future job. Incompetent person can be dismissed from the employment in any situation, irrelevant how much he/she spends on education. Only you personally can transfer your present dreams into reality and only your personal efforts to receive knowledge and your hard work can secure your future success.
Study at your own speed
Student can study with own speed (see details in part “How fast you can Study” http://holyuniversity.org/educational-process.htm). Educational year can be completed as soon as in 6 months if student spends about 8 hours per day for studies (completion of the year of studies in 6 months does not indicate that student will pay administrative fee only for half of the year - student pays fees for each academic year, irrelevant how quickly student can finish such academic year).
We are looking for serious and responsible people
Students of the Holy State University must be the people that know how to find their way in this life. Our students do their work independently, they research comparable education plans, they select own textbooks, they study independently.
With advances of Internet, very often, significant amount of information can be obtained free from online resources (including many online libraries).
On another end, we will be receiving student's written work in the form of essays reflecting subject of study (e-mail correspondence), we will be examining student's work and if it is performed in satisfactory manner, we would issue appropriate educational credits. Obviously, we would supervise progress of education, we will be issuing proper recommendations and will be suggesting correct educational approaches, but we want to see how student can act independently and we would intervene if student deviates from the right directions.
Our educational courses and disciplines (even when they do not carry clear religious name) to some degree associated with religious principles in one way, or another, as reflected in the historical religious manuscripts. In addition to that, each student needs to complete at least one study course (at least three credits, or any desired number of credits) in any religion (because we are religious institution and would like to see that our students have at least some basic knowledge in any religion, even if person himself/herself does not believe in the Supreme Power). Student will have personal choice for religious studies that can be performed in one religion, or in numerous recognized world religions. All credits in religious studies will be fully counted for the required number of credits for each degree.
Admission is easy
Admission process in the Holy State University is simple and easy. For admission, you will be asked to submit application by e-mail to us. We would request acknowledgement of our Disclosures - Educational Agreement. Always fill in "Subject" area in clear manner in any e-mail correspondence.
Student can start educational process at any time from the moment we confirm the admission to the Holy State University.
If you are interested to start your studies at our University, when you are ready, please download "Application Form" from Application page (http://holyuniversity.org/application.htm). Student also must sign Educational Agreement. Agreement must be signed and notarized by notary, or by your country's government/public official.
In some circumstances, notarization can be difficult to perform or too expensive. In such case, we may waive request for notarization and applicant can print Educational Agreement (that we will be sending), fill-in all spaces (name, dates, etc.), sign own name in the same manner as you sign all other official documents, scan it in JPG format (or you may convert to PDF), send it to us by e-mail. Signature must be the same as on the copy of your passport (if passport has no your signature, please provide copy of other document, together with copy of passport, that has your signature). Regarding notary public, please use your lowest cost option. We are not requiring any oath or special certifications. We only need notarization indicating that you are identified by public official (for example presented passport for identification) and personally signed the form in front of this official. It is just a form of verification that you are familiar with basics of services and at the same time, it provides verification of identity. If other public official can do the same identity verification and it cost less comparing to notary public services, feel free to select lowest cost service.
Upon completion of admission application, you need to forward to us completed application, educational agreement, application fee, all scanned copies of your educational credentials, starting from the High School (secondary education). After that, we will investigate your educational background. If you are not anticipating any problems with education verification, you can also pay at that time administrative fees for the first year (in full), or 25% of the total administrative fee for the year (not for the entire program, unless you want to do that, or if your program has a length of a year or less). You may request to pay applicable administrative fees in smaller installments (less than 25%).
Want to be admitted?
Before submission of application payment, please send us completed "Application Form", please list of all educational institutions attended (high school, colleges universities), starting from your secondary education (high school). Do not include any life-experience universities. Provide full official name of each educational institution, exact location (street address, web site address, contact information), dates of attendance. If your educational credentials are acceptable, we will ask you to submit a payment for required administrative fees. Request to submit a payment is not an indication that you are admitted. Final admission based on verification of all educational credentials. Submission of false information may result in forfeiture of your payment(s) and can create other applicable penalties.
Download Application Form (from our web site, see section "Application for Admission"). Application provided in PDF format. Fill in (in clear manner) all sections that are applicable to you. Type clearly (or use handwriting), so we can read it. Any written summaries or additional information you can attach on separate pieces of paper (generated on computer and printed/scanned).
Degrees received from some places without any studies are similar to nothing in our place
We are not taking into consideration any education received from so-called “universities” without any studies (for example, degrees for life experience) and we are not taking into consideration any “honorary degrees” (there is nothing wrong with honorary degrees, but they are not educational degrees and cannot be used for any admission to educational institution).
We only consider real studies, where student’s knowledge reflected in the form of degrees (from any university that has educational process with recognized studies).
Be realistic in your desires
If you have associate degree, you can not tell us that you want to start studies for doctoral degree, there is chain of educational events. If you have associate degree, your next step would be bachelor’s degree. If you have bachelor’s degree, your next step would be master’s degree (you can study for doctoral degree after bachelor's degree, but number of required credits would be different comparing to someone who has already master's degree). If you want Ph.D. degree, you must have bachelor’s (requires additional credits for studies) or master’s degree and length of studies is based on your initial degree.
Usually, step-up degree is a continuation of the previous degree. For example, if you received bachelor's degree in journalism, your master's degree would be also in journalism (or related specialized are of the same profession). It is not a common practice to seek step-up degree in totally different area of studies. If you want change your profession, you must request reevaluation of your degree, when some credits in general disciplines would be applied to your degree in new profession and you need to accumulate sufficient number of educational credits required for issuance of another degree in different profession.
Some step-up degrees can be in unrelated areas of studies, but at the same time interconnected with your previous degree. For example, you can start studies in Business Programs after graduating from any unrelated program (if you connect your business studies with your previous areas of studies). You can study for master's degree in Diplomacy after getting any bachelor's or master's degree in unrelated disciplines (because Diplomacy is universal degree that can be used in many professions). There are many other similar circumstances, contact us and request information (answer would be contingent on examination of all your credentials, after submission of your application). After admission, our adviser will evaluate all your credits and may suggest educational approach that you can take.
Business studies can be applied to any subject of many activities. Therefore business degree can follow any previous degree.
You will have an option to send us e-mail describing your situation (it is up to you how much information you want to provide, but our answer would be based on information that you gave to us). You can ask us for what degree you can study (including your desired degree). You will get basic, a few lines answer that will be contingent on examination of your documents, but we are not examining any of your documents before you submit your application for admission together with application fee, your resume and all required documents.
Application fee is $50 U.S. for undergraduate studies and $75 for graduate studies (see section Cost of Education for any changes in costs). Your application will be reviewed by admission department and if we find it acceptable, you will be asked to submit required administrative fees.
If you are applying for any degree, please be informed that we can accept your credits from other institutions only if such credits are received from the college or university where degrees are issued after required studies. Acceptance of credits from other institutions is strictly at our discretion.
Required documents and application fees
Please DO NOT SEND any documents attached to your e-mails before you submit admission application. You perfectly know the value of your education and there is no need for us to see copies of documents before we would examine your application. We are verifying educational credentials and only recognizing diplomas given after prescribed course of studies. All educational credentials can be submitted together with admission Application. Before your application is submitted, all questions must be presented in electronic mail form that has no attachments. We also are not discussing educational plans, dissertation proposals and other education related matters before your admission application is approved and processed (and required fees must be paid).
Your first step would be submission of fully completed Application Form. If we made decision that your level of education is acceptable (contingent on future verification of educational credentials), you will be asked to submit all required documents and any required fees. For some programs we have all-inclusive administrative fee.
1. Application Form
2. Your Professional Resume (if you have professional experience).
3. Clear photograph of your face scanned in JPG format (any size, but not less than passport size). Photograph does not need to be professional (can be done by any digital camera) and be similar to passport style.
4. Official translation of all educational documents that are not in English language.
5. Scan in JPG (or PDF in color) format all your educational diplomas, transcripts, certificates (we are requesting JPG format to examine details of your documents that sometimes not visible on black and white PDF scans). You must include (scanned in JPG format) preferably two documents issued by official authorities in your country with you photograph attached (driver’s license, passport, etc.).
6. Educational Agreement (will be provided) signed in front of Notary (with attached notary seal). We may waive requirement for notarization if you have no notary where you live or if service is too expensive.
7. Applicable fee.
Age of Our Students
Any age is the good age. The Holy State University has no limits, just one, starting age is 15 years old (if person is matured enough). Our research indicated that individual has ability to utilize his/her intellectual potentials at young age and 15 years is a reasonable age.
For some forms of education we have no requirements for high school diploma. For other forms of degrees, starting from associate degree, we require High School diploma, but only as a condition for the receiving degree. In another words, any person, starting from the age of 15 years can be our student in any of our degree programs, for example, associate or bachelor's, but the degree from the Holy State University would not be awarded, unless person can provide satisfactory proof of the completion of high school or equivalent education. We also have High School equivalent classes, so you can complete this education in the Holy State University.
This approach of the Holy State University can open additional opportunities for many individuals. Many people will be able to receive college degree almost at the time when they would graduate from the high school.
Any person that is not considered to be able to make independent decisions (minor) must provide notarized affidavit from parents or guardians (including documents establishing parent(s) or guardian(s) relationship to minor), giving his/her consent in writing with clear details describing parents/guardians responsibilities for providing payments on behalf of minor.
Parents/legal guardians must also sign educational agreement in their names on behalf of minor (all forms would be provided).
To establish identity of person, we are requiring submission of copy of the passport/national identity document (pages with full name, date of birth, signature) or birth certificate (in absence of passport), or copy of any official document with photograph of the prospective student (in absence of passport). All documents must be translated into English. We prefer to have (scanned in JPG format) two documents issued by official authorities in your country with you photograph attached (driver’s license, passport, etc.).
How you can pay our administrative fees?
Any person at the age 18 and older can provide payments on his/her behalf.
Any person under age 18 (minor) must provide affidavit from parents or guardians (including documents establishing parent or guardian relationship with minor), giving his/her consent in writing with clear details describing parents/guardians responsibilities for providing payments on behalf of minor. Age is a subject of country's rules. In some countries, persons of younger age can make independent decisions and to sign official documents.
We accept payments made with major credit cards, bank debit cards (with Visa or Master Card logos), check payments by mail, electronic transfers. For details, visit our "Payments" page (http://holyuniversity.org/payment-center.htm)
Student can pay balance (administrative fee) for the year in full or in increments and can continue to pay as study progresses. Payment in full may create some savings on the costs of submission of payment (in case of wire transfers).
Usually student pays in own currency and during payment processing bank converts student’s currency into U.S. Dollars (just tell to person accepting your money that it must be received in U.S. Dollars and provide the amount).
Student also can mail personal bank check from his/her own bank (or official bank check) to our bank mailing address (international mail delivery may take very long time, up to a month and check must be fully cleared in our bank, this may take additional 2-3 weeks, there is also possibility that check can be lost during delivery). Paper mail can be lost.
We are not involved personally in any credit card or bank transactions, everything is done by secure company that guaranties security of transaction. We have no access to credit card numbers and we only receive confirmations with name and the paid amount.
Payments can be made by some additional forms that we may consider on case by case basis. For additional details, see "Payments" page.
How much education cost?
See page "Cost of Education". We have reasonable administrative fees, but we are not charging for education itself. If student prepaid in advance, unused portion of fees would be refunded to student (upon request, refund fee may apply).
Have more questions?
Send us electronic letter (e-mail).
Transfer students will be accepted for any studies at our University (some exceptions may apply).
Our students must have internet access, ability to scan documents in PDF and JPG formats and need to have anti-virus program installed in computer. Please be sure that your computer has no computer viruses.
Student's written work must be sent in PDF or Word format.
It is required for each student to install up-to-date antivirus program (that has automatic viruses’ database updates) on his/her personal computer used for preparation and for sending to us educational summaries of studied courses. Student can obtain excellent antivirus program “Microsoft Security Essentials” absolutely free from Microsoft web site (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/security-essentials). Student will have choice of downloading this program in many languages, not just in English (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/security-essentials/download).
We prefer to see student’s written work to be converted to PDF format and be attached to e-mails during educational process (if student is unable to obtain PDF converting software, he/she can make attachments in Microsoft Word format. Each e-mail from student must have at least short cover letter explaining what documents are attached.
Student can find many places on Internet that are converting files to PDF format for free, there also are many sites on Internet offering free PDF converting software for download (please use sites with good rating to avoid spreading of viruses).
To open PDF files that we may send to student, student must have PDF reading software installed on student’s computer. Adobe offers free download of genuine software, such as Adobe Reader (but free version is not converting to PDF, only opens PDF files), you can search Adobe web site for compatible free version for your computer operating system (http://get.adobe.com/reader/).
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