Getting Started

Distance Learning Programs offers many options to students, providing the ability to work on courses from practically anywhere. Distance Learning courses are taught at the same academic level as fully on-campus courses. The University of Kentucky ensures that students taking distance learning courses receive the same quality education they would receive in a face-to-face classroom.

To be successful in a hybrid or online academic environment, many different characteristics are important. These characteristics include:Online Learning Readiness

  • Self-motivated and independent learner
  • Good time management skills
  • High comfort level with technology
  • Ability to work without distraction for an extended period of time
  • Comfortable communicating in a virtual environment

In addition to these characteristics, you also need to make sure that you meet the technical requirements found here. Please contact us if you have any questions about being a distance learning student or meeting the technical requirements.


Technical Requirements

In order to have a successful educational experience in distance learning courses, there are minimum technology requirements that should be met. The University of Kentucky strongly recommends that each student purchase a personal computer. To review minimum recommendations and guidelines for your computer click here.

University of Kentucky distance learning students are also encouraged to acquire the following hardware, software, and Internet connection to ensure that all systems used by distance learning courses will function properly.





  • Headset with a microphone
  • Webcam (Recommended)


Internet Connection

  • 5 Mbps Broadband Connection Minimum

If you have any questions or need assistance, Customer Services is available for all supported student technology needs. Information for how to contact Customer Services can be found here.