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COVID-19: Important information for AU Learners and Team Members.
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AU support services are available Mon to Fri from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (MST). It is now 12:58 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)
Aside from providing high-level accredited online education, at Athabasca University we pride ourselves on flexibility, accessibility and outstanding support to help all of our students around the world succeed.
For international students, application requirements, deadlines and processes vary depending on whether you decide to study in your home country or from within Canada. Be sure to review the English language requirements section and the Transfer Credit section, as these apply to all our international applicants.
To apply for a graduate program at Athabasca University as international student, please consult the program’s website since admission requirements, deadlines and English Language Proficiency requirements are different for each graduate program. Browse our list of graduate programs.
For further enrolment information, please contact the faculty or centre that offers your program by calling 1-780-675-6100 (international) or 1-800-788-9041 (toll-free in Canada and the U.S.)
If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, and you plan to stay in your home country while completing your Athabasca University program, you can follow the regular application process. There will be a onetime, non-refundable $115 CDN fee once you submit your application.
You should register for your courses at least one month before your intended start date. Also, you should note that students studying internationally may have different timelines for:
If you plan to come to Canada on a study permit, our offerings are limited to students in specific circumstances. AU does not offer any programs that meet IRCC regulations for long-term study permits and unfortunately there’s no option to get a study permit to take an online program in Canada under IRCC regulations.
You must enrol in an eligible course or program that is held in a classroom if you plan to live in Canada on a study permit. Short-term study permits will be issued only for the required in-person components of an otherwise online-only degree. This includes graduate students required to be in Canada to complete research under the supervision of AU faculty.
The following undergraduate and graduate programs have practicums, residencies or field placements that require short-term stays in Canada:
Study permits will be issued for the length of time you are required to be in Canada only and are issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). You must meet eligibility requirements in order to get a study permit. All questions about applying for study permits should be directed to IRCC.
All non-Canadian students living in Canada must apply using the print application form.
For more guidance on short-term study permits, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to IRCC, if you are in Canada on a work or visitors permit, you can take an online course or program – even if your permit says you can’t attend school. All non-Canadian students living in Canada must apply using the print application form.
If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate English Language Proficiency (ELP) to take Athabasca University courses. AU accepts the following as proof of English Language Proficiency:
AU’s graduate programs have slightly different ELP requirements. In addition to the general graduate ELP requirements, individual programs may also have their own rules.
If you have credentials from an institution outside of Canada or the United States and you would like AU to consider them for transfer credit, you need to have an assessment done through an international assessment agency.
No. Distance education (online) does not require you to be in Canada. According to IRCC regulations, a study permit can’t be issued for distance education (online) courses or programs.
Online programs can be taken from anywhere in the world without ever having to travel to Canada.
No. If you change to an AU online program, you can’t maintain the conditions of your study permit according to IRCC regulations. You will not be able to renew, extend, or apply for a new study permit using an AU online program. To keep your study permit, you must be taking an in-person program.
If you are an international student studying at another institution in Canada you can take AU courses and transfer them into your program. You need to follow the below process:
We will send your letter of acceptance when you are ready to begin the in-person part of your program. Please send an email to email@example.com to request your letter. You may want to check IRCC’s application processing times to make sure you meet your course registration deadline. Letters of acceptance as required by IRCC are not provided to students enrolled in online programs.
Since it will be several weeks before you may be eligible for Alberta Health Care coverage, it's imperative to buy travel insurance for your trip and the first weeks of your stay in Canada. Medical costs generally can get very expensive. That’s why it’s important to get health care coverage for your trip to Canada, and to make sure you have appropriate coverage while you’re here.
Basic health care: If you are studying for 12 months or longer on-site in Alberta you qualify for the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP). You need to apply for AHCIP within 90 days of your arrival in Alberta.
Please note that the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan only covers some expenses. You may want to consider supplementary plans (see below) in case you need prescriptions or dental or eye care.
Other AHCIP exclusions: If you are studying for less than 12 months on-site in Alberta, you need to buy health insurance to cover your journey and stay.
Supplementary plans: Several companies offer private health insurance. Search online for "health insurance plans Alberta."
Graduate students may be eligible for optional dental and prescription coverage through the Athabasca University Graduate Students' Association. Undergraduate students should direct inquiries to the Athabasca University Students' Union at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get real-time answers to common questions about Athabasca University.
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You can call us during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). It is currently 12:58 pm in Athabasca.
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Updated December 05, 2017 by Web Strategy, University Relations