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How are your course credits determined?

Athabasca University undergraduate courses are offered with flexible contracts for completion but are equivalent to conventional university classroom sessions. One (1) credit hour equates to 1 hour of instruction over a 15-week period with a minimum of 2 additional hours per week of study.

As a general guideline, AU course credits can be translated as follows:

3-credit course: 
Equivalent to one semester of study
3 hours of instruction; 6 hours of study over 15 weeks
45 credit hours

6-credit course:
Equivalent to two semesters of study
3 hour of instruction; 6 hours of study over 30 weeks
90 credit hours

Some AU 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.

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