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COVID-19: Important information for AU Learners and Team Members.
Next Undergrad Deadline: Register by April 10th to start on May 1stApply Online
AU support services are available Mon to Fri from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (MST). It is now 01:05 pm (MST). See important calendar dates
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, AU has temporarily closed telephone services.
Office Hours at all locations:Mon to Fri from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m (MST)
As an online university that lets you learn on your own schedule, it’s our priority to make sure your education fits into your life rather than the other way around. That’s why Athabasca University approaches scheduling differently than traditional schools.
We’ve designed our admission policies and course structure with your need for flexibility in mind. Which means, even though we do have many universal events and milestones, very few deadlines apply to all of our students. Therefore, your key dates will likely be different from those of your classmates.
Apply anytime – no deadline!
You can apply to AU anytime without a deadline. All undergraduate programs enrol students year round. Just keep in mind that after your program application gets approved you will still need to register for courses to get started.
Deadlines vary by program
Most graduate programs have specific intake dates each year with related application deadlines. To find dates relevant to your program:
2 months before beginning studies
If you need funding for your AU program, apply at least 2 months before you want to begin your studies.
4-6 months before beginning studies
If you have a disability, we encourage you to contact the Access to Students with Disabilities (ASD) office 4–6 months before you want to begin your studies. ASD can provide services on a shorter timeframe, but starting the process early will ensure there is enough time to set up supports and apply for funding.
Courses start on the first of each month. However, you must register and pay by the 10th of the previous month to begin on the first.
Varies by program.
Many graduate programs are cohort-based and use online grouped study. These courses have defined start and end dates and a registration deadline. See your program website for specific information.
Some graduate programs also offer individualized study courses – Register by April 10th to start on May 1st
Up to, or 30 days after course start date.
To process a refund will require approximately 45 days from receipt of request.
Generally, you will be eligible for a tuition refund, minus a processing fee, if you withdraw before a course starts, or within the first 30 days of the course.
Apply at least 30 days before course end date
You have 6 months to complete 3- or 4-credit individualized study courses. You have the option to purchase extensions if you need more time to finish.
You may register in courses while waiting for the results of your transfer credit evaluation:
Varies by program
Monthly, on the 1st of each month
1-2 weeks before course start
For more information, check myAU.
On or before start date.
For etext courses, check myAU.
Hardcopy textbooks will arrive before your course start date, and e-texts can be accessed through myAU. You won’t be able to submit assignments or quizzes, or post to the forums until your actual start date.
Register for at least one course every 12 months.
AU’s unique structure lets you take courses as close together or as spread out as you need them to be. As long as you take at least 1 course within 12 months of the end of your last course (or within 12 months of admission), you remain an active AU student.
If you need a longer break from your studies, you will become an "inactive" student.
Get real-time answers to common questions about Athabasca University.
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Updated December 05, 2017 by Web Strategy, Advancement