Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: What is the credit system at Kathmandu University?
A: A credit is a value assigned to each course which reflects the number of hours the class will meet with the course instructor each week.
Q: What is a GPA?
A: Grade Point Average (GPA) is a numeric indicator for a student's academic performance, calculated on a scale of 4.0.
Q: What is the KU grading system?
A: KU follows the letter grading system. Letter grades indicate a student's academic performance. Each letter grade has a numeric value which is used to calculate a GPA, on a scale of 4.0.
Q: Are there any differences between face-to-face and online degree program courses?
A: Basically NO. The courses are the same and as far as practicable, the instructors are also the same. Online classes are different from on-campus classes primarily in the way that students and the instructor meet and interact. Convenience and flexibility are the most common reasons for taking online classes. However, you have the same start and end date.
Q: When are new admissions called every year?
A: Generally, new admission calls are made in June for August intake and December for February intake. However, we accept online applications year-round. The online applications received after the deadline for February intake will be accepted for August intake, and likewise, the applications received after the deadline for August intake will be accepted for February intake.
Q: Do I have to know much technology to be successful in an Online course?
A: You don’t have to be a computer expert to enroll in an Online course, but you should be comfortable using a computer and know how to use the Internet for coursework.
Q: What are the technical requirements for participation in the Online program courses?
A: Students must have regular Internet access at home in order to participate in the Online program courses. Courses are designed to be compatible with any device you choose to work with – laptop, tablet or hand held device – it’s your choice!
Other domains and programs we recommend for all students include the following:
- Google Docs
- Google Hangouts
- Adobe Reader
Q: What do I do if I need technical assistance?
A: If you are having technical problems, your first contact should be the Admin Desk (firstname.lastname@example.org). In most cases, they will be able to resolve your questions. If further assistance is needed, they will direct you to the right contact.
Q: How do I get access to the class materials?
A: On successful registration to the program, you will receive an email notification with detailed course access instructions, username/password details, course expiration date, and additional information within 2 business days. Once you log onto the online course portal, you can see the list of courses offered to you. Once you are in your course site, you can access course syllabus, lessons, lectures, (PowerPoint) documents, videos, links, discussion forums and the place where assignments are to be submitted.
Q: Should I be online at the same time as my teacher?
A: Students may not necessarily be online at the same time as their teacher and classmates, and will spend a lot of time working on their own and communicating asynchronously. However, through the use of online tools in the learning management system (i.e. Moodle), it is possible to carry on a lively dialogue and collaborate actively with teachers and classmates. Most of the courses, however, demand that you be online at the same time as your teacher and fellow classmates for a few sessions. The concerned course instructor will inform you about why and when.
Q: Will classes meet at a specific time?
A: Most online classes allow for asynchronous participation (not specific times). However, in order to facilitate student learning, online classes may include conference calls, online chat rooms or Skype options which do require a specific time commitment. This information will be circulated by the concerned course instructors.
Q: How much time should I expect to spend on one class every week?
A: The time you spend on a class can vary. No two instructors will format their classes exactly the same. Plan to spend 3-6 hours per week on a class depending on the number of credits. The number of credits per class varies by course.
Q: How do I interact with the teacher?
A: Students interact with their course instructors in a number of different ways. First, the online class is created and explained through the instructor’s lecture information or course overview. Then, students discuss topics in the discussion forum, where their instructor and peers provide insight, guidance and feedback. Students and the instructor also communicate through instant message system within the course site or via email, Skype or Google hangout.
Q: Is there interaction with other students?
A: There is quite a bit of interaction between other students. Some courses have group projects. Students are grouped together, given a topic to investigate, and work together electronically to accomplish their goals. There are also online discussion forums.
Q: Do I ever have to come to campus?
A: Many students complete the online programs without ever coming to campus. However, if your pace, progress and online participation are not satisfactory, you will be asked to come to campus for up to a month in a semester.
Q: Can I take a course on-campus if I want?
A: Mostly yes, given that the same course is offered on-campus at the same time. However, some programs are only offered in online format.
Q: How do I get assignments, tests, etc.?
A: Homework, tests, paper assignments and more will be clearly communicated on the class website as well as directly by the concerned course instructors.
Q: How are Online classes graded?
A: Online courses are graded just like classroom courses. High-level critical thinking is required, and students complete the course with an understanding of the subject and an ability to apply their knowledge in a real-world setting. Standard assignments include reading the course text and additional materials, active participation in online discussions, quizzes or tests, writing papers etc.
Q: How do I submit assignments and appear the end-semester exams?
A: Most assignments will be submitted online or via email to your instructor. You'll need to submit the required assignments and have them graded and returned to you before you take the end semester exam.
There are two modes to end-semester exams. If you are a local student, have poor internet bandwidth, and you think your typing speed is not so good, you may visit KUSOED and take a paper-pencil test along with other on-campus students; but if visiting KUSOED is not possible and that you have adequate bandwidth internet access, you can take an Online test. We encourage you to go for the latter mode.
Q: What are some of the challenges when taking online classes?
A: One of the keys to being a successful online student is self-discipline. Because you are not required to be in class at a specific time you have to be motivated to get the work done on your own. If you have a family and/or a full-time job while you are taking online classes it is important that you establish schedule of when and how you will get your work done.
If you don’t understand an assignment it is important to ask questions for clarification so you don’t fall behind. Instructors make themselves available to students via e-mail, discussions forums and conference calls.
Q: How much does an Online program cost?
A: There are two kinds of Online Master’s Programs: one year, and two years. Each one year program (two semesters) costs Rs. 85000 and two year program (four semesters) costs Rs. 135000 (as of Fall intake, 2015). This cost includes your fees and charges for registration, tuition, (library and lab, if you can visit) and exams but does not include textbooks for the class. You may be required to purchase some textbooks.
Q: Can I get any financial aid?
No. Financial aid is not available in any of the online programs now.
Q: When do I have to pay?
A: The semester fees are payable in two installment (i.e. you may pay the installments in every three months, first at the beginning of the semester, and the other after three months) or you may also pay the semester fees as a single installment at the beginning of the semester.
Q: What are acceptable payment methods?
A: Acceptable payment methods are described on the KUSOED website. The bank accounts and other details are also available on the website.
Q: Will my certificate state that it’s from an online program?
A: No, your certificate will not state that our program is online. Your certificate and transcripts will list your Master’s degree earned from Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel, Nepal.