Ten steps to consider first

Is AU at the top of your list for post-secondary education? Here are some things to consider making your decision easier.

  1. Do I have a clear vision of how education will help me reach my career goal?
    • If you are unsure, learn about 4 essential steps to consider when planning your career and education.
  2. Am I sure that AU distance learning is the right fit for me?
  3. Do I have at least 12 hours per week (2 hours per day, 6 days a week) available to study for each course I register for?
    • If you plan to take more than 1 course, you will need to multiply your weekly study time by the number of courses you register for. Assess your available time if you plan to register for more than 1 course.
  4. Is English not your first language?
  5. Am I ready for university-level courses?
    • If you are unsure, consider taking preparation courses if you are new to post-secondary studies.
  6. Have I selected a course or program of study?
    • You can find more information here if you need support selecting an educational program.
  7. Do I have previous college or university credits that may be transferable to Athabasca University?
    • If so, visit transfer credit services and calendar evaluations . If you are a new student and wish to apply to an AU program, you can request a transfer credit evaluation during the process of completing the undergraduate application.
  8. Am I ready to pay for my education?
    • This questionnaire is a great resource to better understand your financial situation.
  9. Have I completed the new student orientation?
    • There is a dedicated resource to new student orientation, explore here!
  10. Am I ready to be successful? Do I know how to prepare a study schedule?

Have more questions you need answered before you make your decision?

Schedule an appointment with an AU academic counsellor.

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Updated July 21, 2023 by Digital & Web Operations (web_services@athabascau.ca)