The School of Extended Learning creates and delivers excellent student/consumer-sensitive programs through a wide variety of educational delivery systems.
These outreach programs in a cost effective manner enhance opportunities for economic, educational, and professional development for individuals seeking to continue their education. Recognizing the rapidly changing educational needs of a global/lifelong learning society, the unit extends the academic resources and services of the University beyond campus boundaries in an affordable manner and provide access to on- and off-campus higher education programs for the nontraditional students.
Since 1973, the B.A. in General Studies at Eastern Illinois University (EIU) has been serving adult learners in Illinois and beyond.
This flexible degree program prepares you for career advancement or to continue your education.
EIU's School of Extended Learning offers both traditional and online course formats.
We provide face-to-face courses at many locations including Champaign, Grayslake, River Grove and Schaumburg.
Online degree completion is an available option for prospective students from many states. Click here to see if your state qualifies.
Academic advisors are available to assist you with every step of your journey from admission through graduation.
click here to find more on how to get started.
The School of Extended Learning in partnership with EIU academic departments offer a variety of undergraduate programs designed to fit within the schedule and lifestyle today’s adult learner. Many of these programs are online or at various locations through the state. Click here for more information on our undergraduate programs.
The School of Extended Learning in partnership with EIU academic departments have an array of graduate programs that make it convenient for professionals to return to school to earn their graduate degree. We offer a variety of online, face-to-face, and hybrid programs at different locations throughout the state. Click here for more information on these programs.
The School of Extended Learning in partnership with the Educational Leadership Department at EIU offer programs for teachers and school administrators wanting to pursue leadership roles in education. These programs are offered at numerous locations throughout the state. Click here for more information on these programs.
"People don't realize how fortunate they are to have a program like the Academy of Lifelong Learning in this area."Julie Vahling, AARP Illinois
"My favorite part of the BGS program is being able to complete my degree with Eastern Illinois University. I left EIU in 1997 in my senior year to get married…Every doubt and fear I had about my ability to complete my degree was resolved when I walked into the EIU office at Triton college and sat down with Jackie Johnson Janesku. I have my bachelor’s degree because I got out of my own way, and started the BGS program. I AM EIU!"Juanta Griffin
"Most of the programs and classes are quite affordable. The Academy offers a wide variety of offerings for community members, which draws people from various backgrounds. We like meeting new people and sharing our common interests.”Jack and Jan Little
"The BGS Program at Eastern Illinois University gave me the opportunity to do that, taking courses I want to take, and giving me the option of either taking them online or in satellite classroom locations. It provides an intellectually stimulating environment that is responsive to the needs of adult students with families and full time jobs, without lowering the bar academically. I am very pleased that I chose EIU as my option to further my education."Jim Kelleher