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Self-Paced Learning Formats

Self-Paced Web-Based

Study online at your own pace with personalized, one-on-one interactions with instructors. Courses start each month.

Self-Paced Paper-Based

Courses are sent to you by post mail or email. Courses start each month.

uiuFlex Semester

Traditional semester schedule with online flexibility, personalized attention, and full financial aid eligibility.

With three different options to choose from —Web-based, Paper-Based, and uiuFlex Semester—Upper Iowa University’s Self-Paced Program can fit into any schedule. With Self-Paced programs, formats and course options, you can find what works best for you—on your timeline.

How Self-Paced Learning Works

Self-paced courses involve individual teaching of a student by an instructor on a one-on-one basis. You will learn by completing assignments using texts, study guides and other course materials. Communication with your instructor, as well as lesson submission, will take place by surface mail, fax, phone, email or your online classroom. Multiple course offerings are available to complete your degree.


Coursework is completed entirely at a distance—no on-campus attendance required. A student may be admitted to the program at any time during the year. It is recommended that a student enroll in one or two courses initially.

Advantages of the Self-Paced Program:

  • 3 flexible formats to choose from
  • Learning options available for students without computer or internet access
  • Flexibility to work at your own pace on coursework
  • Complete entire degree at your own pace
  • Transfer up to 78 lower division and 12 upper division credits to UIU
  • 12+ start dates a year with rolling admission
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A Reputation for Innovation

The UIU Self-Paced Degree Program started in 1973 and was one of the first of its kind in the nation. Our rich history, coupled with a student-centered mission, has created a springboard for UIU to become a recognized innovator in education.