Testimonials at AIU for Monday, May 25, 2020


Paul Mpundu Kulya, Bachelor in Psychology - February-10-2013
In only one word, I can describe my experience with AIU as ´exciting´.

My Experience

In only one word, I can describe my experience with AIU as ´exciting´.  My learning experience with AIU is different from any other learning I have had in my life. I have discovered new things about my abilities that I never knew I had in my life! At AIU, I have been in control of my learning pace and had to set my own convenient times to study and complete my assignments. A combination of excitement, self-belief and discovery has made my experience with AIU satisfying and memorable; I have to go for it again!

Since I am working full-time, I have found distance learning very suitable. I have been able to work and keep earning a salary while also committing some time to my academic and professional development.  I have managed to pay for my own education and not to depend on other people. I find this very interesting because I carry my own dream and destiny and I am the person to work it out; not any other person! I have gained excellent time management skills during my studies with AIU because I had to find a healthy balance between work, school and my family. This has compelled me to refine my time management skills which I can now describe as excellent.

Distance learning requires clear guidance from tutors and academic advisors. When I first began my studies with AIU, I anticipated challenges. How wrong was I! I found the guidance of my tutors and academic advisors very helpful. I quickly found my way on the on-line virtual campus and I soon started feeling like I was talking to my tutors and academic advisors face-to-face. Their prompt feedbacks and communications have made it easy for me, guiding me step-by-step at each stage of the studies.

I can not possibly describe my experience with AIU completely without mentioning how helpful the Bachelors Handbook was in my studies. I can describe it as a ´matchless´ guide to one’s studies with the AIU. In my initial stages of studying with AIU, I soon discovered that the Bachelors Handbook is a total guide to my whole studies with the university. It’s such a wonderful guide, simply done and therefore easy to follow. In the end, I considered it as a ´map´ for my studies as it sequentially showed me how to get from one place to the other.

In Africa, and particularly where I live, it is not easy to find the required books! Fortunately, AIU has prepared some videoconferences for some books and I was able to do some of my courses after listening to these videoconferences. It was such a fine experience for me to listen to AIU staff give outlines of books that are required for the completion of essays. The AIU library is well stocked with necessary books, journals and articles that I found very helpful for the completion of my academic requirements for the award of a bachelors degree.

Studying while working helped me to apply my work experience in my studies and this has worked very well for me! I have discovered that my vast experience can be translated into academic and professional development.  People have a lot of experience in their work and this should make further studies easy. Studying what one is familiar with is an excellent way to develop one’s academic and professional performance. During my studies with AIU, I found where my experience and my studies met and took advantage of that to use my field experience to study. I soon discovered that what this meant is that I was simply transforming my vast experience into academic qualifications - It is as simple as that!

Studying through distance learning has increased my self-determination. Now I know that I can achieve whatever thing I dream for through determination and self discipline. In distance learning, there is no lecture hall, no over-head projectors, no tutorials and no physical library or laboratory. The physical absence of all these develops a sense of research and discovery for students studying by distance learning - and I have experienced this research and discovery sense during my studies with AIU. It is a satisfying feeling, that I discovered things I never knew on my own as I took significant steps to succeed and live my dreams.

I found the feeling of finding out things on my own the most rewarding. I can now believe in myself that I can achieve whatever I aim for. The study program with AIU is self-designed and this allows students to connect their studies to their work experience. Creating my own curriculum also gave me an opportunity to connect my studies to my cultural and national dynamics.  Of course no one could do this better than me because I understand the cultural dimensions of the area of my study.

With AIU, you get to do things with determination. I have now discovered that willpower sets you to a different level. AIU has developed the strength of my mind and is now transforming my dreams into reality. Studying with AIU started like a dream; I dreamed my whole life that I would one day study for a bachelor’s degree for both academic and professional advancement. Now I will no longer dream; I will live my dream!

I have found paying my tuition fees through Western Union convenient. This is of course not the only way to pay for tuition to AIU. There other options from which an international student can choose from. I have observed that offering the students a number of options works well because AIU has an international body of students and convenience is certainly different from one part of the world to the other.




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