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Becoming an Athabasca University student is easy – our open admission policy means if you’re 16 or older, you will be accepted as a student.
For undergraduate programs, be sure to review your program’s regulations carefully so you can meet all the necessary requirements in time for your application deadline.
Requirements for graduate programs are listed on each graduate program’s website. Because program regulations can change, students are required to complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment. Students who are admitted to a program that has any entrance requirements for admission will follow the degree regulations in effect upon completion of the transfer credit evaluation.
Becoming an Athabasca University student is easy – our open admission policy means if you’re 16 or older, you will be accepted as an undergraduate student.
You must have an undergraduate degree to apply for most graduate programs. Doctorate programs require a master’s degree. You can take some graduate courses without being admitted to the program if you meet the non-program student requirements for that program.
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Before getting started on your application, make sure you understand the different types of student categories and which one applies to your unique situation. This will determine whether you apply as a program or non-program student.
To become a program student you must enrol in any of the undergraduate degrees, diplomas, certificates, or graduate programs offered by AU.
Students who are interested in taking credit courses but do not wish to apply those courses towards a degree, diploma or certificate program, are considered unclassified students.
If you someday decide to enter a degree, diploma or certificate program, you can apply credits earned now toward your future program, as long as the credits you have earned are relevant to the credential you are seeking.
If you are a student attending a different post-secondary institution and would like to take a course through AU to use towards that credential, you fall under the visiting student category.
Unclassified and visiting students both follow the non-program application process.
As a non-program student, you will enjoy all of the same rights and privileges as a fulltime AU program student.
Once you've become an AU student, you’ll always be an AU student, though you will become inactive after 12 months. Find out how to reactivate your status or retrieve your student ID
If you are an international student and want to stay in your home country, you can complete your entire program online.
If you plan to come to Canada to study, our offerings are limited to students in specific circumstances. Learn more about studying in Canada.
You do not need a study permit if you are a non-Canadian AU student living outside Canada.
The application process is a little different depending on what level you wish to study(undergraduate or graduate), where you live, and if you want to take a full program or just some courses.
If you are applying to become an undergraduate program student your online application will redirect you to Apply Alberta, Alberta's provincial online application system. Be prepared to indicate the program you are interested in prior to submitting your application and paying the one-time non-refundable application fee. If you need help selecting a program, contact Counselling Services prior to submitting your application. After being admitted to AU, you will be immediately assigned an AU student ID number to confirm your admission.
Graduate programs have a multi-step application process. Most programs have application deadlines and intakes happen on a specific schedule. You can get started on your application at any time.
Students may not enrol in an AU undergraduate degree program while they are enrolled in another degree program at another post-secondary institution. If you need assistance in deciding if you are ready to transfer into an AU program, our Program Advisors can give you some guidance on how to proceed.
When you are ready to apply, find out more about our payment methods.
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!
You can get started on your application at any time. Graduate programs have a multi-step application process. Most programs have application deadlines and intakes happen on a specific schedule.
Your application process is the same as other students, but you’ll need to start early. Once you’re admitted, you’ll need to apply for your loan and complete a loan study plan. It can take up to 12 weeks to process a financial aid application, so you should apply for funding at least 4 months before you plan to start your studies.
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Updated August 07, 2019 by Web Strategy, University Relations