Before you can register for courses, you need to become an Athabasca University student. The application process is a little different depending on what level you wish to study (undergraduate or graduate), where you live, and if you want to take a full program or just some courses.

Undergraduate application

We accept undergraduate applications year-round – if you’re interested in learning the AU way, you can start right away. Enrol in a program to earn a degree, diploma or certificate, or just take some courses as a non-program student. You can start registering in courses as soon as you finish your application. 

Graduate application

You can get started on your application at any time. Graduate programs have a multi-step application process. Most programs have application deadlines and intakes happen on a specific schedule. 

Types of students

International students

Do you want to come to Canada to study? Learn about the AU programs that are eligible to accept students on a study permit. If you want to stay in your home country, AU is for you too – you can complete your entire program online.

Students with loans

Your application process is the same as other students, but you’ll need to start early. Once you’re admitted, you’ll need to apply for your loan and complete a loan study plan.

Inactive or former students

Once you've become an AU student, you’ll always be an AU student, though you will become inactive after 12 months. Find out how to reactivate your status or retrieve your student ID.

Updated July 05 2016 by Web Strategy, University Relations