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When do your courses start?

Course start dates vary depending on the delivery mode. See the course delivery summary.

Individualized Study
Undergraduate individualized study courses generally start on the first day of every month. If you would like to start a course in a specific month, your registration must be received and processed by the tenth day of the previous month. For example, if you would like your course to start on June 1, your registration must be successfully processed by May 10.

When you register for a course, you can provide a preferred start date. Your actual course start date will be confirmed after your course registration has been successfully processed. Whether or not you receive your preferred start date will depend on when your registration is received.

Register as early as possible to make sure that you get the courses and start dates that you want. You can register for a course up to five months in advance. Check the course availability before you register to make sure that your course is open and available for registration (some courses may have restrictions).

Grouped Study
Undergraduate grouped study courses follow study schedules and timelines associated with traditional university semesters; for example, students who begin a course in September will finish it in December. The official start and end dates match regular semesters. Details can be found in the course descriptions.

Graduate Courses
Start dates for graduate courses may be different from those of undergraduate courses. Current academic schedules can be accessed from the Graduate Programs page of our website. If you are enrolled in a graduate program at Athabasca University, please contact your graduate program centre or the Faculty of Graduate Studies for assistance with start dates.

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