For the first time ever, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, which is the world’s largest and most-respected university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is launching its innovative Dual Enrollment Program outside of the US. This significant step is initiated in Sri Lanka through Embry-Riddle’s partnership with Gateway Graduate School, the higher education and professional development arm of the Gateway Group. The Dual Enrollment Program will enable Sri Lankan students pursuing their UK or local A/Ls or those who have just finished their A/Ls to complete almost the first year of their undergraduate degree qualification of the prestigious US University in cutting-edge fields that define the future of the world. As such, at an early stage in their lives, the students will have the opportunity to embark on a career that will lead up to the top seat of aviation and aerospace industries in areas including aviation management, engineering and piloting.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Embry-Riddle has been at the forefront of ground-breaking aeronautical milestones since the early days of flight. The university’s collaborators in training and research include NASA and the US military. At present, there are over 30,000 students at Embry-Riddle pursuing accredited degree programs at associate, bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels. The university has three campuses: Florida, Arizona and Singapore.
The Dual Enrollment Program
The Embry-Riddle Dual Enrollment Program provides a unique opportunity to the students who are doing their UK or local A/Ls or those who have recently completed their A/Ls to earn University credits worth 80% of their first year’s degree studies in a flexible manner. The program is delivered online with the support of a few workshops in Sri Lanka by the academic staff of Embry-Riddle. Additional tutorial support will be provided by Gateway Graduate School. Upon the successful completion of the program, the participants will be able to transfer to degree pathways in innovative fields such as Aeronautics and Unmanned Systems, Aeronautical Science and Piloting, Aviation Management and Engineering. Given that the Dual Enrollment Program is based on the North American credit framework, the students can progress on to either Embry-Riddle’s campuses in the US/Singapore or to a range of other universities in the US, Canada and Australia.
The Key Benefits for Sri Lankan Students
Sri Lankan students benefit in a number of ways by pursuing the Dual Enrollment Program: a wide array of degree pathways and international transfer opportunities upon successful completion, exposure towards practical aspects of aviation and aerospace studies during the workshops conducted in Sri Lanka by Embry-Riddle’s academic staff, saving almost one year’s time of higher education studies, and financial benefits as the students can earn up to 24 Credits of a typical US degree program at a fraction of the cost in Sri Lanka. In addition to these benefits, the Dual Enrolment Program accommodates the important need for flexibility in that the courses/modules of the program can be completed at the students’ own pace. For instance, the students who pursue the program in parallel to their A/Ls or any other course can take breaks in their studies when there are school or public examinations. At the same time, the students can increase their courses/modules during their holidays.