Questions? Ask AU
Get real-time answers to common questions about AU, including fees, admissions, courses, programs, transcripts, and exams.
Ask in the form of a question, such as "When do your courses start?"
Our closest match to your question:
How are your course credits determined?
Athabasca University credits reflect an amount of study time equal to that spent at a conventional university in formal classroom sessions. One (1) credit is defined as the equivalent of 1 hour of instruction per week for a 15-week semester. For every credit hour, students are expected to spend at least 2 additional hours per week in homework/preparation.
Most Athabasca University courses are either 3-credit (one semester) or 6-credit (two semesters), which corresponds to 3- and 6-semester hours of credit at conventional universities. Some programs offer 4-credit courses, which usually include a practicum. Browse our Courses and Programs for specific details.
For more information on course credits, contact the Office of the Registrar.
- What are your fees?
- How fast can I complete a course?
- Can I request an extension?
- How do I apply to Athabasca University?
- What are your admission requirements?
- How do I transfer credit?
- How long does it take to complete a course?
- When do your courses start?
- How do I request a transcript?
- What is Athabasca University's ranking in Canada?
Open House Webinars
Interested in becoming a student? Join one of our free monthly open house webinars and see how Athabasca University can help you meet your educational goals.