With over 50 online undergraduate and graduate degrees, diplomas and certificate programs to choose from, we offer learning solutions tailor-made for your aspirations. 

Accredited, Recognized, and Respected

AU is a leader and innovator in online education in Canada and around the world. Our courses and programs are recognized throughout North America, and we were the first Canadian university to be regionally accredited in United States through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

AU is the ideal way to pursue your post-secondary education without having to uproot your life. You are not required to be online at a specific time to complete course assignments. You can take your course work anywhere you happen to be in the world!


AU undergraduate courses start on the first day of each month (with cut-off every 10th of the month).

This offers you the flexibility to start courses on your own schedule and when you are ready.

Monthly Start Dates

Open Admissions 

Becoming an AU student is easy – our open admission policy means if you are 16 or older, you will be accepted as a student, though certain courses, programs and all graduate programs require prior education to enrol. Paying a one-time application fee lets you register for any of our direct-entry courses.

Athabasca University, CANADA'S OPEN UNIVERSITY, is an internationally recognized leader in online and distance learning. We're a government-funded post-secondary institution and one of four public comprehensive universities in Alberta.

open. online. everywhere

open. online. everywhere

Our world-class, accredited programs offer you the flexibility to learn at your own pace, on a schedule that suits your lifestyle.

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