How to Apply and Register
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After you apply to become an Athabasca University student, you can register in courses. The application process varies depending on what level you wish to study (undergraduate, graduate or doctoral), where you live, and if you want to complete a full program or take courses as a non-program student.
What would you like to do?
Whether you want to earn a degree, diploma or certificate, or just take some courses, as a non-program student just follow these two steps:
Note: If you are an international student, an inactive/former student (not active for 12 months or longer), or a student with a loan you will find all required information here:
Apply to Become an AU Undergraduate Student
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 - it’s up to you. If you change your mind later, you won’t have to pay another application fee. You can start registering for courses as soon as you finish your application.
No matter what route you choose, you’ll start with our online application system.
Register for Courses
Once you are an Athabasca University student (program or non-program) you can register for your courses online at any time. Undergraduate courses start the first day of each month, but you must register and pay your fees by the 10th of the previous month to begin on the first. You can also choose to set a start date for a course up to 5 months in advance.
Apply to Become an AU Graduate Student
You can get started on your application whenever you’re ready. Graduate programs have a multi-step application process. Most programs have application deadlines and intakes happen on a specific schedule.
Graduate programs and courses are advanced studies and generally require an undergraduate degree for admission. Doctoral degrees and post-masters certificates and diplomas require a master’s degree for admission.
Once you have accepted your offer of admission, you can begin registering for your courses. Please note that most programs require you to pay an admission fee after you’re accepted into the program.
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