FAQ

What denomination and church is this school affiliated with?

Open Christian University is part of Open Christian Ministries, which is an interfaith Christian charitable organization committed to promoting market ministry. Open Christian Ministries is not a church or denomination, so all courses offered by Open Christian University do not endorse any denominational philosophy but are grounded in Bible teachings. Please see our Belief Statement Here.

Where is the University registered and accredited?

Open Christian University is duly registered in South Africa, with registration number: 2021/756134/07 and affiliated Bible colleges operating in different countries and locations. The University is accredited by various religious, academic and professional bodies nationally and internationally. Please see our accreditation page.

What Programs are there and how do I apply?

The List of programs offered is available under each school. These are our mission-oriented programs that honors our mission to integrate Christian faith into business and professional work affairs. However, we understand that Christians have distinct callings, whether in the church or in the marketplace, which is why we partner with secular universities for their insightful contributions where needed.

What is the first course that I need to take? Is there any order or priority in taking courses?

Students are encouraged to begin with "The Marketplace ministry", whether studying toward a bachelor or master program. Internet students are not bound to any order and may pursue courses at discretion. However, to receive credit toward academic awards, all course requirements must be met. See the University Prospectus.

Is there a time limit for reading course material?

No, studies at OCU are fully self-paced. Students are allowed to complete courses at their own pace with the understanding that once enrolled in any particular class, they should complete it with in a twelvemonth period. A student is unenrolled automatically from any class in which there is no activity for ninety days. A student is no longer considered to have “active” status if there is no activity for twelve months.

I am having issues with E-learning and Classrooms.

If you are an existing or a new student and you are having difficulties logging in to your account, please email us at: info@openchristian.education

How much does a program cost?

Our commitment is to make our programs cheaper so that underprivileged Christians can take advantage of our classes. Depending on the program you are interested in, the list of program fees is available here. However, with these minimal fees, we are even aware that some of our students are still not able to afford the cost. Although we rely on the work of various volunteers who donate their time to fulfill various roles such as program / course design, teachers, student counselors, etc., we are still not in a position to exempt the total cost of the study. Thanks to the donations of committed men and women of God as well as organizations, we are often able to offer partial scholarships to the majority of our students. Our goal is to become a tuition-free institution in the future.

Where do I pay the University fees?

Please make your payment here or send your payment to the University PayPal Account: info@openchristian.education

How will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas are issued after a student has met all the requirements for their degree program. Diplomas are mailed by post to the student at the address provided at registration, unless the student advises otherwise.

OCU has two graduation dates per year on June 15 and December 15, and all requirements for the degree must be met at least two weeks prior to graduation. Within two to three weeks after the graduation date, Digital Diplomas are issued by email to graduates (or to the sponsor email for incarcerated graduates) at no extra cost to the graduate. Physical Diplomas are mailed within that same time frame by post to those graduates who have paid their graduation fee and responded to the Graduation Email from the Registrar’s Office confirming their correct details and mailing address.

Since the OCU is a transnational university, can my degree read my own country?

Unfortunately, the answer is no. All degrees awarded by Open Christian University are issued by our head office in South Africa, where the university is registered and officially operates.

Will credits and degree from Open Christian University be accepted?

OCU courses meet the requirements established by many private, independent, and professional associations. Various nationally and internationally accredited Christian Universities, colleges and seminaries may accept transfer students, credits and degrees from Open Christian University. However, the transferability of credits earned at Open Christian University and transferred to another institution is at the discretion of the receiving institution.

Likewise, as we have students from different countries across the globe, we recognise that each country has its own academic requirements; so we cannot guarantee the acceptability of our degree programs. In this regards, all students wishing to study with us are kindly requested to verify their governments' and employers' requirements before registration. Similarly, all ministries and Bible colleges implementing our curriculum are responsible for ensuring that they operate legally and compliant with the laws and regulations in their nations.

We seek to provide a sound educational standing from which our students may fulfill their divine purpose and calling. We are not responsible for any problems students may have with the higher education authorities in their own nations.

How does the online study and exam systems work?

Our E-campus uses an integrated Learning Management System (LMS) that hosts our courses. Students admitted to our school receive their unique E-campus login credentials which they use to access their student account. Students can choose to study online or download our materials for offline study. However, all assignments and exams are taken or submitted online.

When it comes to assessment, the university uses various assessment approaches to ensure a better experience for our students but also to assess whether the desired learning outcomes have been achieved. Our teachers are free to design or modify their coursework assignments as they see fit. While most of our courses require students to write the end module essays, other teachers use multiple-choice questions, open-ended questions, have students write journal articles, cary out some activities outside the university, organize online events or deliver open talks, etc.

What is the turnaround time for posting grades on written assignments?

Please allow maximum two weeks for grades to appear. Very often the professor assigned to your class may read and evaluate your work within a shorter period of time, but please wait two weeks before inquiring.

Have any other questions?

Please email us to: info@openchristian.education