Full-time vs. part-time post-secondary: What’s the difference?

Thursday, January 14, 2021
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Full time vs Part time studies

There are many options available for students who are looking to complete a post-secondary credential. One option to consider is whether you want to study full time, part time or through continuing education. It’s important to know the difference so you can choose the option that’s right for you.

Full-time post-secondary

Full-time post-secondary programs allow students to pursue a credential such as a diploma, degree or graduate certificate by completing a full course load—typically five to six courses per semester. 

Full-time is a great option for students who are able to focus primarily on their studies. 

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Part-time post-secondary

Part-time post-secondary programs allow students to pursue a diploma, degree or graduate certificate by completing a partial course load—typically one to three courses per semester.

Part-time is a great option for students who have work, family or other commitments. Completing your studies part time will take longer, but you will still graduate with the same credential! Click here for more information about how long it may take to complete your program part time.

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Continuing education

Continuing education is a category of programs and courses focused on skill development for career or personal interest. You can either work toward a certificate on a course-by-course basis or pick up general interest courses here and there.

Continuing Education programs include subjects in business, the arts, languages, health care and more. Alternatively, you could choose a course in a topic you’re personally interested in such as baking, American Sign Language or vehicle maintenance.
 

Fanshawe has a wide variety of full-time, part-time and continuing education offerings. Check out our website to learn more!

Are you interested in pursuing a full-time program on a part-time basis? Contact an Academic Advisor for more information.

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