Virtual Start Offers Online Courses for F-1 Students

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By Shorelight Team
Last updated on August 11, 2023

Begin your studies at home 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 can't make it to campus on time for the start of your program, 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 dedicated faculty 

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

  • Take accredited college courses 

  • All classes taught by faculty of top-ranked University of Massachusetts Global, consistently ranked among the Best Online Programs by U.S. News & World Report 

  • 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 American Collegiate Live courses are taught and transcripted by UMass Global, a nationally ranked, fully accredited university. UMass Global credits are widely recognized at US colleges and worldwide institutions of higher education.

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. 

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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.