Learn something that serves you

On an Edumadic Program, you can study anything you like, as long as it's online.

Browse the categories below for inspiration!

Pursuing a degree?

There are two ways you can earn online college credits while travelling with us.

Option 1:

Enquire at your current university about the availability of online classes. They may well have their own classes to offer you, in which case you can enrol in a semester of online classes through them. You will need to make sure that it's viable for you to be taking these classes while you're traveling / living abroad. A couple of things to consider:

  1. Are they synchronous or asynchronous? If the classes require you to attend live lectures online then it will be difficult to take them from locations that aren't in the same time zone as your university.
  2. Are they self-paced or on a fixed schedule? When you're traveling, the more flexible a class the better. Having to complete assignments by strict deadlines and take exams at specific times might restrict your life abroad more than you'd like!
  3. Are they very demanding? If you have a full course load of difficult classes that have you tied to your laptop 10 hours a day, then you might not be able to make the most of your time abroad.
  4. Are they good value? There's many ways to earn credit of the same value online at a much cheaper price than your university might be charging. Maybe you want to consider some of those options.

Option 2:

If your college doesn’t offer suitable online classes, or you aren’t currently enrolled anywhere, we’ve got you covered! We've collected the best online courses for college credit that you can find on the internet. All the courses listed in our catalog are:

  1. Widely transferable: Which means you will be able to apply the credits you earn through these courses to your degree.
  2. Flexible / suitable for traveling: This means they are at a minimum asynchronous, requiring no live online class attendance. No Zoomversity here! Most are also entirely self-paced, so you can take them whenever suits your schedule.
  3. Affordable: All these providers offer college credit at a fraction of the cost of most universities. They range between $40 and $225 per credit.

Even if your college does have online classes, we would encourage you to explore the courses in our catalog. They're much better suited to taking while traveling than courses delivered by almost every university!

Want to become a Digital Nomad?

The world is changing. The 9 to 5 office job is dying. More and more jobs can be completed entirely online.

Ditch the commute, ditch the arbitrary office hours, and choose the freedom of the Digital Nomad lifestyle.

A Digital Nomad is someone who works online and as a result, can work from anywhere in the world. They're usually either:

  1. A full time employee that is permitted to work remotely
  2. A freelancer serving clients all over the world through the internet
  3. An entrepreneur that is able to run their business online

If you want to join their ranks, you'll need to know practical digital skills such as those listed below. They can be learned for much less than the cost of a college degree, and if you master them, you'll be able to earn money online in no time!

In each section we've recommended some courses. We either have direct experience with these courses ourselves or they have come with a strong recommendation from our network. We do suggest that you do your own research into courses in the space that interests you as there is a whole universe of courses that all offer something slightly different.

Software Developer

Software developers, also known as coders or programmers, are responsible for designing the computer programmes and operating systems that we use in everyday life. This website wouldn't exist without the work of software developers, neither would Facebook, Netflix, your iphone. They all rely on the work of Software developers to function.

It's a fantastic career to get into at the moment. The demand for software developers far outweighs the supply and will continue to for many years to come. It's also a very well paid career, with median incomes around $100,000 per annum.

There's a lot to learn in this domain, and it's not for everyone. But learning the fundamentals of software development is going to serve you no matter what career you pursue.

Recommended courses:

Treehouse or is an online technology school that offers beginner to advanced courses in web design, web development, mobile development and game development taught by team of expert teachers. Its courses are aimed at beginners looking to learn coding skills for a career in the tech industry.
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Digital Marketer

Digital Marketers are defined as people who can use the Internet to find new leads and get customers...aka money. It's probably the most valuable skill that's needed by businesses in the digital age. All the below are created and managed by Digital Marketers:

  • Facebook & Instagram ads
  • Google ads
  • Social media content
  • Blog posts
  • Affiliate marketing

Almost every business on the planet needs the expertise of a digital marketer so it's an excellent area to learn, and you'll never be short of opportunities to apply your skills either for your own ventures, or somebody else's.

It's a good idea to get familiar with all aspects of digital marketing first and then start applying what you've learnt to your own business ideas or other people's as a freelancer.

Recommended courses:

The "Digital Gangsta' marketing course is the most comprehensive beginner course on digital marketing that we've come across. If you know nothing about digital marketing, this course is the one for you. It will take you from zero knowledge of the digital marketing world to marketing whizz, more than qualified to start a life working online as a digital marketing employee or freelancer.
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Demand Curve is an online growth marketing course designed by some of the most capable growth marketers in world. Their course is geared towards entrepreneurs and start-up employees who have a business/product to apply the learnings to.

What's the difference between growth marketing and digital marketing? You can think of growth marketing as a subset of digital marketing which focuses purely on growth of a business, by whatever metric is chosen to be important.
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The Instagram Ivy League is the first Instagram course that provides students with an elite education in Instagram, marketing and making money with social media. This course will teach you how to create an Instagram account you love, grow a following filled with targeted users, increase your engagement and web traffic, and convert your followers into real paying customers!
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This course is taught by Khalid, a Facebook ads expert with 6 years experience in Facebook ads, and 3 years spent working at Facebook as a client ads consultant. Khalid has worked with dozens of multinational enterprise clients, hundreds of small/medium companies, and thousands of entrepreneurs/marketers, helping them drive return on investment through Facebook & Instagram ad campaigns.

Khalid's course will show you exactly how ads work behind the scenes and teach you how to beat your competitors to get your ads in front of the right people, at the right time, for the lowest price possible. This really is the bible for facebook and instagram advertisers.
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Graphic Designer

If you’re a creative person, then being a graphic designer is great way to monetise your artistic talents. Companies of all kinds will always need designs for logos, promotional materials, websites, merchandise, and more, meaning there are lots of opportunities.

To make it as a digital nomad designer, you’ll want to be familiar with programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. If you want to design websites, you’ll also need to know HTML & CSS. There are many types of graphic design including brand design, website design, and product design. If you're starting out you'll want to learn a little bit about all types and then choose a niche to specialise in.

It's a perfect skill to learn if you want to be a Digital Nomad as your value is in the designs you create, which can be done anywhere, typically using design software.

Recommended courses:

The Designlab mission is empower creators through mentor-lead online design education that is rigorous, but affordable. If you’re a design beginner, no experience is required to start the intensive 4-week Design 101 online course. You’ll have access to a network of Designlab mentors and a community of students around the world. You’ll even have the help to land your first product design job once you complete the UX Academy.
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Virtual Assistant

Virtual assisting is an amazing way to kick start an online career and income without a ton of experience or tech skills. It's essentially the same as an executive assistant/secretary, but online! They complete all manner of administrative tasks for business like bookkeeping, social media management, customer service support, light graphic design work, the list is endless!

Recommended courses:

Through the 90 Day VA course, you’ll learn all the skills required to start as a virtual assistant, as well as how to find your first clients. You’ll also get access to an incredibly supportive community of other virtual assistants!
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Copywriter

Copywriting is the process of writing advertising promotional materials. Copywriters are responsible for the text on brochures, billboards, websites, emails, advertisements, catalogs, and more.

This text is known as “copy.” Copy is everywhere, it’s part of a $2.3 trillion industry worldwide. Unlike news or editorial writing, copywriting is all about getting the reader to take action. That action might be to make a purchase, sign up to an email list, or engage with a product, service, or company.

Copywriting requires zero qualifications, it's all about results! There are successful copywriters with college degrees and some who didn't finish high school. Some copywriters are only 18 and some are retired. Some copywriters are stay-at-home moms and some left six-figure corporate jobs.

The only thing you need is a computer and an Internet connection. Everything else can be learned., you have all the qualifications you need to get start

Copywriting can be an extremely lucrative career. If you're highly effective and you pick the right niche to focus on you can earn more than 6 figures a year!

Recommended courses:

Superstar Blogging was created by travel blogging expert Nomadic Matt to help you achieve your travel business dreams. Matt has teamed up with expert travel writers, photographers, and videographers who will teach you the skills, techniques, and strategies to break into the travel industry.
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E-Commerce

E-commerce is the buying and selling of goods and services using the internet, although it's most often understood as the selling of physical products online.

There are a few clearly defined types of E-commerce:

Retail and Wholesale

The standard form of E-commerce is when a seller manufactures their own products and sells them online to either a consumer or another business. They handle everything from design of the product to handling inventory, and finally shipping the product to the consumer. They may sell them on Amazon, or through their own web store that might be hosted on a ecommerce platform like Shopify, specifically designed to build websites to sell products online through.

Dropshipping

Dropshipping is selling products that you as the seller never come into contact with. The customer orders the product online through your store and then the product gets shipped directly from the manufacturer or an intermediary. The most common method of dropshipping is Amazon FBA (fullfillment by Amazon). The intermediary in this case is Amazon. All you have to do is drive the customer to your product and Amazon handles the rest!

Subscription

Subscription E-commerce is when the customer signs up to receive a physical product on a regular basis, typically monthly, until they choose to cancel. Successful examples of this are Blue Apron, Mentorbox, and Birchbox.

Digital Products

E-commerce doesn't have to be physical! Technically digital products fall into the category of E-commerce too. The most obvious form of digital product sold online is an info-product, typically a book or an online course.

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Ecom Elites offers a 100% free dropshipping course that provides the ultimate blueprint to starting, running, and growing an e-commerce business - without keeping inventory in a warehouse.
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Teaching English Online

For a native English speaker, teaching english online is probably the easiest way to earn an online / remote income. the barriers to entry are very low. You usually need a bachelors degree (the subject is unimportant) and a TEFL, and that's it!

TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. It's a standard course that teaches you the fundamentals of teaching. There are many levels that you can qualify at but often employers don't specify which you need so the cheapest shortest course can work! 

There are many companies that hire teachers. For many you'll be teaching Chinese students (both adults and children) through an online video connection. Don't worry, you don't need to know their language! The best employers even provide you with lesson plans, so you don't even have to prepare for each class.

recommended courses:

Premier TEFL is a government regulated course to earn a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate that will enable you to gain the skills, interships, and jobs that will allow you teach English in countries all around the globe.
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i to i courses will qualify you as a confident TEFL teacher, before pointing you in the right direction to their TEFL Internships in epic locations such as Thailand, Vietnam and China. Their mission is “to make teaching abroad straightforward and accessible – to push you, to inspire you, to offer our support – and to take you places you never imagined possible.”
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 VIP Kid is one of the most well-known international online teaching companies. With either a bachelor’s degree or a TEFL certification in hand, you can easily start the application process using their platform and ready-made teaching lessons. You can also work when and where you want, provided you have a stable internet connection, making this career opportunity appealing to world travelers. 
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Create your own curriculum

There are courses in anything and everything on the web from knitting to neuroscience. And there a number of education platform that amalgamate these courses into searchable databases.

We've seen many Edumads pick courses from these platforms, to learn topics they're interested in without the incentive of becoming a digital nomad, or obtaining a degree. Purely learning for the sake of learning. What a wonderful concept!

Udemy is a global marketplace for learning and teaching online where more than 30 million students are mastering new skills and achieving their goals by learning from an extensive library of over 130,000 courses taught by expert instructors.
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Although Class Central isn't a course provider or marketplace itself, they act as a search engine for online courses. If you've got a subject in mind that you want to study but aren't sure where there's an online course for it, this website is a great place to start looking.
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Udacity has created propriety classes in several domains such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science and more.

All their classes have been created in collaboration with corporations related to that field, ensuring that content is relevant to the real world. Payment is on a per-class basis.
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Skillshare is an online learning platform with thousands of classes for creative and curious people, on topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing, and more.

A monthly membership fee gives you access to the whole catalogue of classes.
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edX provides a plethora of courses from many of the top universities in the world. You can register for classes offered by Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, and a whole host of other prestigious schools.

These courses are as close as you’ll come to attending university, with structured class time and verified certificates on completion for a fee.
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LinkedIn Learning is a platform offering video courses taught by industry experts in software, creative, and business skills.

It follows a subscription model, with your monthly membership giving your access to the whole catalogue of courses.
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Education FAQs

Where do we study?

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We tend to either study from our own accommodation (which always has appropriate desk / seating space), or other spaces that are well suited to studying such as libraries or co-working spaces. Some Edumads also choose to spend time studying from cafes and restaurants. We always provide a local sim card topped up with plenty of data to each person at no extra cost. This means that we can hotspot our phone to access the internet as an alternative option to wifi.

Are there set hours to study in?

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No. We know from our own experience that people are naturally more productive and focused at different times of the day, so we don't impose specific schedules on anyone.

Having said that, people do tend to follow a similar routine as each other. The most common daily routine is studying for a few hours in the morning up until lunch. Then the main chunk of the day is spent socialising, exploring, and generally doing things that travellers do. People then tend to study again in the evenings once the sun goes down.

How do you make sure we're studying?

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Once you're on a program you are free to spend as much or as little time as you want on your educational pursuits. We send out a weekly accountability and review form which asks you what your goals are for the week and whether you achieved your goals for the previous week, and we deliberately encourage a routine and way of living that allows time and space to be spent moving your education forward. But, at the end of the day, we treat all Edumads as adults who take ownership of their goals. Program Coordinators are not tasked with disciplining participants who do not have the self control to stay committed to their studies.

How much time can I expect to spend studying on the program?

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We suggest that you should expect to study for roughly 4 to 6 hours per day. Some days it might be a couple of hours, other days it might be 10. This leaves plenty of time each day to socialise, exercise, read, write, explore, or whatever else it is that you choose to do!

5 hours per day on a 4 week program translates to 140 hours, which is plenty of time to achieve something significant academically! Often, people complete whatever they intended on studying before the end of the program. So it might be a good idea to line up some extra projects or courses that perhaps are less important to you, but you could add to your schedule should you find yourself accomplishing your main goals early.

If you want to know what a typical day looks like on an Edumadic program, you can read the "Day in the Life" features on our blog. They're written by our Edumads and give a great insight into what a typical day looks like in a location.

What do we study?

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The study aspect of our programs is self-guided. You can study anything you like, provided you can do so online / remotely. Edumads tend to study either towards a degree, or to attain skills that they plan to use professionally. We are happy to advise on the style of courses and educational pursuits that fit well with our programs, and have a catalog of courses that we recommend (look here). Ultimately it falls to each individual to choose courses that a best suited for their goals.

Many previous Edumads have pursued creative projects or developed entrepreneurial ideas while on our programs rather than studying, which we are also happy for you to do.

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