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JonnyBravo



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Location: Bogota, Colombia

PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 8:45 pm    Post subject: Fort Hays State University Reply with quote

I haven't posted on this site in a long time because I didn't have much to contribute outside of asking more questions for people like Justin Trullinger and NatureGirl to answer. Hopefully I have a bit to offer now and more to come.

Over the last few years, several have posted in a few different forums about Fort Hays State University (FHSU). Is it accredited? Is it Legit? Is it recognized? Having abandoned my degree many years ago, I finally decided it was time to finish and time to use that as a Seque to travel and teaching opportunities.

I enrolled at FHSU and should be finishing Spring of next year. I plan on finishing up my current job contract in October, in Canada, and then departing around October or November for somewhere in Latin America. Ecuador is still at the top of my list, but the destination is unsettled. I'll be in a good situation, flush with cash, most debts paid, and almost the completion of a degree. If all works out, I'll be able to finish my degree on the road and across a few countries.

I assume this prohibits my ability to find myself working on a remote farm or volunteering in a remote village. Can anybody paint a picture of the availability of countryside internet connections in South America? I think Dialup would be too slow and unreliable if its the only option.

Regarding FHSU, I've been pretty satisfied so far. I have been able to purchase all of my textbooks but one electronically, which works out as a bit of a test run for me. I could sit at a cafe in Quito with all my textbooks, my word processor and my link to University right in front of me. This of course assumes that cafes in Quito have free wireless. I'd be happy to answer any questions anybody else might have regarding FHSU and will be sure to keep people updated on the quality of the program and my satisfaction. One thing I can say for sure, it's unbelievably cheap. I'm enrolled in 12 credit hours right now at a cost of slightly over USD$2000.

Side Question to Justin Trullinger: I think I saw you post a while back that you were intending to leave your job doing teacher training in Quito. Anything come of that? Are you still planning on being there Nov-Dec 2010? If so, sign me up for a TEFL course.

Jon
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prahaenglish



Joined: 18 May 2011
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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How did the Fort Hays State Masters go? What degree did you get exactly? I am also looking into getting a Masters from there. Like you said it sounds pretty good. Any comments on the program would be much appreciated. Cheers...
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naturegirl321



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:35 am    Post subject: Re: Fort Hays State University Reply with quote

JonnyBravo wrote:
I assume this prohibits my ability to find myself working on a remote farm or volunteering in a remote village. Can anybody paint a picture of the availability of countryside internet connections in South America?

Regarding FHSU, I've been pretty satisfied so far. I have been able to purchase all of my textbooks but one electronically, which works out as a bit of a test run for me. I could sit at a cafe in Quito with all my textbooks, my word processor and my link to University right in front of me. One thing I can say for sure, it's unbelievably cheap. I'm enrolled in 12 credit hours right now at a cost of slightly over USD$2000.

Side Question to Justin Trullinger: I think I saw you post a while back that you were intending to leave your job doing teacher training in Quito. Anything come of that? Are you still planning on being there Nov-Dec 2010? If so, sign me up for a TEFL course.

I think it depends. OCuntry internet is usually slower than city internet. As for free intenet, I can't speak for Ecuador, but in Lima Peru it was starting to become more common. That being said, Starbucks woudl offer you a lock and chain for your laptop and somepoeple still had theirs stolen with the lock on. It might not be as safe you think.

Congrats on finishing!

Justin is no longer in South America. He is now in Korea.
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JBrown



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a MA from FHSU. I believe all the Master's programs are accredited except for the MBA. The costs for online classes are only around $20 more than on campus classes. This is way different from other colleges whose classes are often x2-x3 times more expensive than regulars. FHSU does this, because it is easier to attract people to online courses than it is to Western Kansas. If you let me know more about what program you are in, I will be able to give you lots of information. I worked as a Graduate Assistant for 2 years and was also the student manager of the student union.
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Gringo Greg



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 3:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Every masters program at FHSU is accredited by a regional accrediting body. The MBA is not accredited by that national MBA accrediting body whose name escapes me at the moment.

I know several people have taken advice from me in the past about FHSU. It has no hassle entrance to both BS and Masters programs with cheap tuition. The bonus is that you can get federal financial aid, in other words the Feds will loan you money for a) tuition b) books c)educational expenses and d) living expenses. For a graduate program that is 20,500 per year.

In other words, live abroad, study for a masters, and have more pocket money than teaching in many Latin American countries....bonus: Spend two years out and if you choose to go back, you go back with a degree and contacts. If you stay abroad, you can aim for a university.

About fed loans: ICR baby, ICR Smile
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