FAQ

About Marconi International University

Who is Marconi International University?

Marconi International University is an American University in Miami that offers accredited Online and On Campus Masters, Degrees and courses. It is licensed by the Florida Department of Education’s Commission for Independent Education to offer post-secondary education programs and has authority to grant degrees under the laws of the State of Florida (www.fldoe.org). The University is also accredited by ACICS – Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (www.acics.org). Marconi International University is part of the group Proeduca (www.grupoproeduca.com).

Is Marconi International University accredited?

Yes, Marconi International University is licensed by the Florida Department of Education’s Commission for Independent Education to offer post-secondary education programs and has authority to grant degrees under the laws of the State of Florida (www.fldoe.org). It is also accredited by ACICS – Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (www.acics.org).

Where is Marconi International University?

The physical campus and office of the university is located at: 141 NE 3rd Avenue, 7th Floor, Miami, Florida 33132, USA. Office hours are from Monday to Friday 9:00 AM – 5.00 PM.

Selecting a degree

What undergraduate degrees are available at MIU?

Marconi International University offers 2 undergraduate degrees:
1. Bachelor in Business Administration
2. Bachelor in Computer Engineering
Both degrees are offered online in either English or Spanish, and on campus in English.

What postgraduate degrees are available at MIU?

Marconi International University offers 2 postgraduate degrees:
1. Master of Science in Educational Leadership, Management and Emerging Technologies
2. Master in International Business Administration
Both masters degrees are offered online in either English or Spanish, and on campus in English.

What other courses are offered at MIU?

In addition to the Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees, Marconi International University offers an Intensive English Course at the Miami campus.

What is the American educational model?

The American educational model is closer to the world of work. On campus classes encourage the active participation of the student through critical readings, case studies and individual research that provoke original reflections and conclusions. The student is continually stimulated by teachers to work individually and in groups, to understand the value of comparison and negotiation and to develop projects, managing and planning the different phases. The lessons are aimed at achieving the objectives set by the course study plan, as well as at specific transversal skills such as problem-solving, result orientation, time management, sense of responsibility and flexibility.

Getting a degree Online

What

What courses can be taken online at MIU?

All of Marconi’s undergraduate and postgraduate courses may be taken online. Only the Intensive English course is held exclusively on campus in Miami.

What does it mean to take a university degree “online”?

An “online” degree means that instead of attending classes in person, you will be able to complete your degree online without having to visit the campus, giving you the flexibility to create your own schedule and study while you work. You will still participate and interact with other students, only instead of attending a class in person it will be through weekly online assignments and discussion forums.

How do the online classes work?

Online classes are quite similar to traditional classroom-based courses. You’ll receive a course structure at the beginning of the term so you’ll know what to expect. All of your classes – lectures, tutorials, and group work with other students – as well as your course materials, will be available through the virtual learning environment.

What are the pros and cons of an online degree?

Online courses can help you achieve your goals by offering accessible education that fits into your schedule. In addition, the online degrees offered in Spanish give Spanish speakers outside the United States the opportunity to earn a U.S. degree without moving to the U.S. or needing a student visa.

On campus courses are held at the main campus of Marconi International University, in the buzzing financial and commercial center of Miami. With its warm climate and sunny beaches, Miami is a delightful place to live. MIU can help students who wish to study at the Miami campus to apply for the FI Student Visa.

Both online and on campus you’ll make many international contacts and gain firsthand experience in working with an international team.

Is an online degree respected as much as a traditional degree?

The online degrees at MIU are the same high-quality programs that are offered on campus, with the same curriculum and academic rigor, giving you the flexibility to create your own schedule and study while you work.

Will my degree certificate and academic transcript say that I studied online?

No, your degree certificate and academic transcript will not specify that you studied your course online, it will simply say the name of the degree you studied and the qualification you received.

How much contact will I have with my teacher in an online course?

You may contact your teacher as you need, using the web-based conferencing system or electronic mail. In addition, each student will be assigned a personal tutor who provides a personalized orientation and helps you organize and prioritize your study and practical activities. The tutor will motivate you to achieve your objectives within the established time frame, help you identify any problems and plan specific activities in collaboration with the teachers.

What kind of assignments are typical for an online course?

Assignments vary throughout the programs. Students are usually required to post in the group discussion each week, and may need to complete individual or group projects and give presentations.

How long

How long does an online degree take? Can I do it faster than a traditional degree?

Online courses have the same credit load as on campus courses, so they take the same amount of time to complete. There is more flexibility, however, in how your organise your week and when you complete your study.

Can I work full time and still do my degree online?

Yes! These degrees are designed so that you can study and work at the same time. In fact, 95% of all our online students work and study at the same time.

Requirements

Will I need a computer and what are the minimum hardware and software specifications?

The material needed for students (syllabus, PPT’S, PDF’S, links, tailor-made activities, etc.) are posted on the platform once the course begins. The distance learning platform requires specific features in order to “carry out” different tasks. Thus, students and teachers should have a PC that meets the following standards:

Hardware

  • Software Pentium D or higher.
  • 1 GB Memory RAM or higher.
  • [1024×728] Video resolution
  • Fixed or wireless Internet Access (1Mb).
  • Microphone and Audio Headphones.

Web Browser

  • Mozilla Firefox v.22 or more recent.
  • Operating Systems: Windows XP or more recent Mac OSX 10.5 “Leopard®”
  • Acrobat Reader (Free software).
  • Macromedia Flash Player.
  • Microsoft Office or Open Office

How do I complete exams for online courses?

For each course the student must pass various assessments and tests at different stages of study path: two multiple-choice tests in the middle and end of the course, an assignment that will be corrected by the teacher and a final exam consisting of an open question that requires the application of the acquired knowledge. 90 minutes are scheduled for the intermediate and final tests and 120 minutes for the open question. The average results achieved in the different tests will determine the final grade of the course.

When can I start an online degree?

There are three intakes per year, allowing you to start in Spring (March), Summer (June) and Autumn (September).

How many hours per week will I have to spend on online courses?

Hours vary depending on the course, but the general recommendation is around 15 hours of class time and 15 hours of personal study time.

Do I have to log on to online classes at a particular time?

Yes, there are some classes that offer online synchronous tutorials. These will generally be offered taking into account the time difference for international students, and you will receive a full timetable of your online synchronous sessions.

Does it matter where I am? What if I live in a different time zone?

No, it doesn’t matter where you are – that’s one of the biggest reasons to take an online course. You’re able to study from anywhere in the world; all it takes is a computer and an internet connection.

Do online degrees follow the normal university calendar?

Yes, online degrees have the same overall calendar, with added flexibility in how you organise your classes and study time each week.

Will I need to attend the university for any event during my online course?

No, the courses are 100% online and there are no on campus requirements. You are, however, always welcome to visit the campus if you would like to.

Online student experience

Will I miss out on the “college experience” if I do my degree online?

As an online student there will be some aspects of your student experience that are different to that of an on campus student. There will be less hanging out at parties, but the same opportunities to network and create professional connections for the future. You will need to be organized and self-motivated in the management of your time, which brings its own advantages for your professional future.

Are online degrees interactive?

In addition to the presentations and videos used in the classes, students will be asked to participate in the virtual classroom, in discussions, group projects, web-based forums and chats. In asynchronous classes these will be held over several days rather than in real time.

How many students are in the online classes?

The number of students in an online class varies per course and intake.

What support will I have as an online student?

In addition to direct contact with your personal tutor, you will learn from experts and have access to community forums, instant messaging services and regular live discussions. The online learning environment contains videos and interactive activities for you to watch and learn from as necessary. You’ll also have access to the university’s online library – including e-textbooks and journal articles. Technical support will be available for any issues regarding the virtual learning environment.

How will I access the library as an online student?

Online students have access to many library services provided by the campus. Online library services by campus can be found in the Student Management System area of this website https://crm.miuniversity.edu

Will I have a graduation on campus for my online degree?

Yes! You will be invited to your graduation on campus just the same as any other student. If you are unable to attend the graduation yourself, we will send your degree certificate in the post.

Will I have any networking opportunities?

You are able to message fellow students and tutors, participate in discussion forums and group work, and attend live lectures. It is a highly interactive environment where you’ll feel part of a community, and just as on campus, you’ll exchange contact details to follow up later.

Getting a degree at the Miami campus

Which courses can be taken on campus at MIU?

All of Marconi’s courses can be taken on campus in English:

  • Intensive English Course
  • Bachelor in Business Administration
  • Bachelor in Computer Engineering
  • Master of Science in Educational Leadership, Management and Emerging Technologies
  • Master in International Business Administration

Are the on campus courses different to the online courses?

The on campus courses are exactly the same as the online courses, with the exception of the Intensive English Course which is exclusively available on campus.

As an international student, what will I need to do to study at the Miami Campus?

In order to study at the Miami Campus, international students will require an F1 Student Visa. The Marconi administration office will help with the process of obtaining the Visa, allowing international students to live and study in Miami for the duration of the course. In order to complete the admissions process, the candidate must meet and submit the following requirements:

  1. Send the necessary documentation to the administrative office (see https://www.miuniversity.edu/en/student-visa/);
  2. The administrative office will contact you about obtaining the “I-20 Form” necessary for the F1 Visa application;
  3. An interview with the Embassy;
  4. The administrative office of the Embassy will contact you about the release of the Visa.

International students should begin the admission process at least 6 months before classes start in order to leave enough time to complete your visa application and obtain all the documents required to apply for admission.

As an international student, am I permitted to work in the USA?

American universities are organically linked to the job market. From the beginning of your degree, you are encouraged to build your professional career and are involved in internships and practical activities. The F1 student visa allows international students to work up to 20 hours per week while they are attending their Bachelor of Master program. In addition, after graduation, students with an F1 student visa have the opportunity to obtain an OPT visa that allows them to work in the USA for 1 year, putting the skills acquired during the program into practice.

Costs and conditions

How much do the graduate and postgraduate courses cost at MIU?

Course fees and scholarships vary per degree and may be consulted with a student advisor via the form on each degree page, or the general contact page accessible here: www.miuniversity.edu/en/contacts

Visa for the USA

Will I need a visa to register for online courses at MIU?

No visa is required for students of online courses at MIU.

Will I need a visa to register for the on campus courses at MIU in Miami?

In order to study at the Miami Campus, international students will require an F1 Student Visa. The Marconi administration office will help with the process of obtaining the Visa, allowing international students to live and study in Miami for the duration of the course. In order to complete the admissions process, the candidate must meet and submit the following requirements:

  1. Send the necessary documentation to the administrative office (see https://www.miuniversity.edu/en/student-visa/);
  2. The administrative office will contact you about obtaining the “I-20 Form” necessary for the F1 Visa application;
  3. An interview with the Embassy;
  4. The administrative office of the Embassy will contact you about the release of the Visa.

International students should begin the admission process at least 6 months before classes start in order to leave enough time to complete your visa application and obtain all the documents required to apply for admission.

Teaching Faculty

Who teaches the courses at MIU?

 

English or Spanish

What courses are offered in English and Spanish?

Online courses are offered in both English and Spanish:

  • Bachelor in Business Administration
  • Bachelor in Computer Engineering
  • Master of Science in Educational Leadership, Management and Emerging Technologies
  • Master in International Business Administration

On campus courses are offered only in English

  • Bachelor in Business Administration,
  • Bachelor in Computer Engineering,
  • Master of Science in Educational Leadership, Management and Emerging Technologies
  • Master in International Business Administration
  • Intensive English Course

Will my diploma be in English or Spanish?

If you take your course in English, your diploma will be in English. If you take it in Spanish, it will be in Spanish.

Student help

What career help is available for students?

Both on campus and online students have access to student services and career help, either in person on campus or online through the Student Services section.

How many hours of study is recommended per week?

Generally we recommend about 15 hours of study per week. However, the amount of study required will also depend on your way of working and the amount of time you have available.