NITOL <63> in Norway normally has enrolment at start of each term, i.e. January 15 or
August 15. Additional enrolments are allowed during the terms, but exams are only
arranged at end of terms, i.e. in December and June.
At the Agder College <64> in Norway, the students normally enroll in spring and fall.
They allow free progression to a certain degree, so that the students may have their
individual progression schedule.
At the Food Engineering division at the Lund Institute of Technology <86> in Sweden, the
courses are fixed in time. The students can apply four times a year.
At the Centre for Labour Market Studies at the University of Leicester <102> in the UK,
the courses have fixed start dates, but there are two intakes per year. There is some
flexibility as to finish dates. Students are allowed up to four years to complete the MSc
and two years to complete the diploma.
At the New York Institute of Technology On Line Campus <124>, start and finish dates
are fixed, but some courses have several starts each year.
At the Centre for English Language Studies in Education, University of Manchester <106>
in the UK, the start dates are fixed although two cohorts begin each year. The finish dates
are nominally fixed, but dissertations have been known to run overtime.
In all cases at the Verkmenntaskolinn a Akureyri <41> in Iceland, enrolment is fixed in
time, concerning the beginning and length of semesters, within the same time limits as the
day time school. Hence enrolment for the distance education program is twice a year; in
August for the autumn semester and in January for the spring semester.
The University of Munich, Institute for Educational Research <34> in Germany has fixed
enrolment. The course is arranged every semester, and the students enroll at the beginning
of the semester. During the general introduction phase of the course, they may go in and
out as they wish . After that period, 4 weeks, group work is started and the students have
to take part or not take part.
At the Tromso College, Faculty of Education <59> in Norway, all courses are organized with
fixed enrolment dates and fixed progression. This is also a matter of didactic policies of
organizing the face to face seminars and group communication via the web. A short course
with no formal credit in the Cultural History of Mathematics allows students to start at any
time and follow an individual progression schedule.
At the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid <83>, enrolment is not flexible. It begins and ends
on fixed dates. However, a student can enroll in several courses at the same time.
The Open University of Hong Kong <28> operates with fixed start and fixed finish. One
subject is a prerequisite of the next.
At The African Virtual University <4>, the course schedules depend on the satellite lecture
Both the Adult Education Office at the University College Dublin in Ireland <43> and the
Irish Centre for Distance Education Research and Applications <47> offer courses that have a
fixed start time, but after that there is a large degree of flexibility.
At the Universidade Virtual <19> in Brazil, the tendency is to open the courses. The students
use the system in the time and place they like. They have 4 months tutoring available.
Enrolment is not flexible. It begins and ends on fixed dates. The flexibility available is on the