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