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Virtual Start Offers Online Courses for F-1 Students

By Shorelight Team
Published on May 27, 2022

Begin your studies at home — or at a local study center — with our Virtual Start option. American Collegiate Live’s online courses for F-1 students allow you to learn from US professors and earn course credits recognized at universities throughout the US and Canada — all from the comfort of your home.

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The Right Choice for Right Now

1. Don’t delay your studies 

  • If you are concerned about visa delays or COVID disruptions, you can start virtually and stay on track with your study plan 

  • Online courses for college credit start every semester from any location — no delays or interruptions

  • Academic credits transfer to your destination university 

2. Experience a digital classroom that rivals studying in person

  • We bring the university to you — state-of-the-art interactive technology means as much direct engagement with professors as in a standard classroom

  • 83% of counselors rate our program better than traditional online learning*

  • Our Live platform is a cutting-edge learning experience driven by interactive technology, with real-time instruction with renowned faculty 

3. Credits you earn are recognized across the US and Canada

  • Take accredited college courses for credit 

  • All classes taught by top faculty at nationally ranked University of Massachusetts Boston 

  • Each course is broadly recognized at US and Canadian colleges and universities 

*Data from surveys conducted during American Collegiate demonstrations, 2020

Online Courses for F-1 Students: The Student Experience 

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How it Works

Start your university education journey virtually with American Collegiate Live’s online courses for international students. Begin studying anywhere in the world and transfer seamlessly to your destination university, and bring your credits with you. 

You can take courses to satisfy first-year requirements in:

  • English reading and writing

  • Humanities, sciences, and more

Recognized Credits

All credits earned within the American Collegiate Live program are taught and transcripted by nationally ranked and regionally accredited universities with wide credit recognition at colleges and universities throughout the United States, Canada, and beyond.

Please note that the number of credits that are recognized by your destination university may vary based on university, track, and English-language proficiency. Find out more about which credits will transfer to your university at and

Program Details

If you are wondering if you can take online courses from your home country, American Collegiate Live offers a variety of program tracks and academic credits designed to ensure student success for undergraduate degree programs. Students will be placed in the appropriate track based on their English-language proficiency, academic qualifications, and destination university. All students must meet a minimum requirement of a 2.5 GPA for entry.

If students want to focus on improving their English-language skills, American Collegiate Live offers a non-credit-bearing English program that is available to both undergraduate and graduate students. 


If you have already applied to or been accepted into one of the colleges or universities listed below, you can confidently begin your university program at home through American Collegiate Live and know that you will earn recognized credits toward your degree.*

... and more! Click here to see which other universities have agreed to accept American Collegiate Live transfer credits.

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*Entry requirements and credits earned may vary based on destination university acceptance criteria and American Collegiate Live program track. Seamless credit transfer offered at select universities. Connect with an Enrollment Advisor to learn more.