International Open Academy

Contemporary & life-skill classes in modern day subjects

Times have changed, and with that, the word “professional” has started to take on a new meaning in the world of learning, online or otherwise. When we think about “professional courses” we tend think of academia, but we often overlook the very real and valuable subjects that deliver the vast majority of day-to-day services that we take for granted, that’s about to end with service courses!

Introduction to contemporary service courses through International Open Academy

With just over 50% of employees working in the services industry globally in 2020 and rapidly growing, according to, the value in these contemporary skills as a specialization is skyrocketing!

At International Open Academy, you can learn the fundamentals of running your business, as well as some of the less-well-represented disciplines that are crucial for economies worldwide, such as Hospitality, Food & Drink, Beauty & Fashion, Pet Care, Wellbeing, Social Media Marketing (to name a few) that will propel you above your competition and ensure that you’re delivering world-class service for your customers.

These cornerstone services are often overlooked by the vast majority of online course providers in favour of more traditional academic subjects and modules that are, albeit very polished, versions of modules you take as part of a traditional red brick universities.

If you’re looking for more “traditional” subjects in academia then check out our Guide to Career ChangeProfessional Partners and edX pages, our LinkedIn Learning page for more business focussed courses!


Real-world skill courses & services courses online from International Open Academy


You can view International Open Academy as your “one stop shop” for all the skills you need to make your services business a success, or you can simply hone your current skills within the following topics and put yourself ahead of the game and stand out amongst those that have taken a more casual approach to picking up their trade, with a few bad habits thrown in:

  1. Arts & Crafts
  2. Beauty & Fashion
  3. Business Essentials
  4. Food & Drink
  5. Home & Interior Design
  6. Hospitality
  7. Pet Care
  8. Social & Digital Marketing
  9. Teaching & Languages
  10. Technology
  11. Trending Subjects
  12. Wellbeing

From painters, embroiderers, chocolatiers & taxidermists to… well, you name it, the internet has opened up opportunities to do what you love and make a living from it too! With Amazon, eBay and Etsy allowing artisans the world over to advertise and sell their creations to massive audiences, artisans are no longer limited to stalls, shops or any other physical premises in a truly digital world, today more than ever. So let your creativity shine!

Whether you have a beauty salon and want to stay ahead of the game or spread your knowledge to a fanbase online, International Open Academy has you covered! Courses range from Health & Body through Nail Technician & Makeup Artistry courses all the way to kickstarting yourself as a Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger! These just scratch the surface of the wide choice on offer, you might struggle to pick just one!

OK, so they might not be able to turn you into Elon Musk overnight, but here you can find the most relevant and up and coming basics that will serve you well throughout the course of either your own business or a career working for a small firm. There are loads of fundamentals to be learned here that you simply can’t live without if you’re running your own business, or just some additional tips for existing pros

Often cited as the fastest way to someone’s heart, and for good reason. Show us someone who doesn’t love food… Nope? Didn’t think so! The appetite (get it?) for culinary learning shows and individual artisans with their own, fresh take has exploded with many newcomers that would never get heard suddenly getting a voice, and a loud one, online through guest authors on recipe sites to their very own YouTube channel

Home is where the heart is, as they say, and whether you’re house-proud or not, everyone wants to enjoy the time they spend relaxing in their home. People are constantly redecorating and remodelling their homes, building something over the years, or are they just not quite getting it right in the first place? From feng shui to your cosy nook, learn the principals that will make you nail it first time!

From running a bar or restaurant to becoming a world-class mixologist, barista, events manager or party planner, International Open Academy have some of the best skills and advice to make your personal business and career a success. If you want to see the world a better place, they even have a course on charity & fundraising. With experience fundraising for charity, we won’t lie, it can be tough, but it’s also one of the most rewarding endeavours you can ever undertake!

Some people want to spoil their pets rotten, others just simply don’t have the time to give their pets the attention that they want to or deserve. In either case, that’s where you come in! As an animal lover, you can learn the ins and outs of pet care, health and discipline that will keep your clients coming back for more, and possibly the pet’s owners more than a little jealous at how they respond to you! If you’re just starting out following your animal instincts or a seasoned pro, there’s something for you.

Up until fairly recently, social media marketing wasn’t taken seriously in the world of advertising, and boy did the industry get a wake up call when Facebook Ads started taking off! Followed by Twitter, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Reddit and now TikTok. With this industry still in its infancy, there’s everything to play for. Not even the biggest advertising agencies in the world have mastered this yet, so there’s never been a better time to fly to the top of an industry with some specialist knowledge that’s invaluable to both small start-ups and global conglomerates alike

It seems ironic to take a course in teaching, right? You’d be surprised! We can pretty much guarantee that there’s something you know that 99% of people out there don’t! With platforms such as YouTube and Skillshare allowing individuals to create their own content and courses, you can share your wisdom with the world and those who seek it. Make the most of this opportunity by brushing up on some of the finer points around delivery and structure to make yourself a mini celebrity in your field!

Technology, it’s such a broad term. Here we mean the practical skills from mastering of Excel, Word & Powerpoint for business presentations to digital design, learning to code and build your own site through WordPress or HTML. Little hints and tips to help you in the here and now. It may sound like we’re downplaying what you’ll learn here… Sure, these won’t make you an artificial intelligence engineer, but you’d be surprised how quickly you can pick up some core skills that become valuable, fast!

Trending might sound a little vague, and it is, for good reason. You never know what’s coming next, and if you could, well, you’d be sipping cocktails on your yacht right now, not reading this! This section, whilst having no specific theme, is a nice little roundup of the other courses available on the site that IOA are seeing spike in popularity, something to consider when you’re trying to choose which course you should be taking and ride the wave, not be swept under and left behind

Fitness, nutrition and exercise are booming, and there’s possibly never been a strong light shone on mental health than we see today as the world finally takes note of just how important these subjects are, with a devastating lack of resources to keep up with demand to bring even more major disorders under the very same spotlight. A few years ago, no one had really even heard of “mindfulness”, and now it’s an ethos which is being adopted at scale across the globe. Learn how to become an instrumental part of its bright future