Athabasca University

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Athabasca University (AU) has been providing leadership in distance and online learning in Canada for over 30 years. AU is the largest university in Canada dedicated to distance education serving over 30,000 students annually.

Many of our students complete full programs, others take individual courses to supplement studies at other institutions, and others take courses for personal development.

Areas of Expertise

Flexibility is the number one reason why students choose distance and online education. You can take undergraduate or graduate courses by distance and online learning, and keep earning employment income. Registration fees include all the materials needed to complete your course; there is no additional cost for textbooks. Register throughout the year, get transfer credit, and earn credits for prior learning. AU offers over 60 programs and over 600 courses. A full range of student services is available. Tutors, academic staff, and service department staff help you succeed in your studies.

On Campus Housing

Athabasca University is a distance and online university. Study from home or your workplace, so campus housing is not required.

Off Campus Housing

Not applicable. Students study in their own communities through distance and online learning.

Incoming Students

There are a variety of departments offering information and advice for students. Specialized materials regarding study and exam skills are also available. The first point of contact for information or to reach other services is the Information Centre at 1-800-788-9041 or e-mail at

Career Planning

Counsellors and advisors are available to assist with career and program planning, as well as providing information and materials, and study skills and tips for first time students and distance learners.


Athabasca University is a distance and online university, thus there are no sport teams.


Not applicable as students study at a distance.


Athabasca University Students Association and Athabasca University Alumni Association.

Information Technology

Internet e-mail access, multimedia lab, accounts on mainframe, extensive Web based library and other services, online application and registration, and full Internet access to course materials in selected courses. AU Library: Full online borrowing and search services available.

Special Services

Services have been developed to respond to a wide variety of needs including physical, sensory, learning, emotional, and other disabilities. Students can receive information, assessments for assisted technology, assistance and/or referral for funding and services, help with study skills and organization, extension of course contract dates, and alternative methods for writing exams. Contact the Access to Students with Disabilities Department at 1-800-788-9041, ext. 3424.

Affiliated Institutions

Athabasca University is an accredited and full member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the International Council for Distance Education, and the Canadian Association for Distance Education. Transfer programs and collaboration agreements allow courses to be taken towards programs offered by partner institutions (more than 100 worldwide). For information, please visit the Web site.

International Involvement

International students may enrol in a program of study leading to a university credential provided entrance requirements are met and Registrar's approval is granted. International students requiring an evaluation of post-secondary course work should contact the Office of the Registrar for an information package.

Campus Tour

Year round.

Modified on July 22, 2020