Athabasca University

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020, Athabasca University (AU) has a long history of being a leader and innovator in distributed learning. Today, AU is one of the world’s fastest growing digital education institutions, serving over 40,000 students worldwide. AU offers more than 900 courses at the undergraduate, graduate, diploma, and certificate program level in addition to online professional development. Disciplines include arts, business, health, education, and science.

To remove barriers for students, AU offers continuous enrolment; most courses start the first of every month and anyone 16 years or older, regardless of previous educational experience, can take AU courses. Textbooks, e-texts, and internet-based courses are provided, along with academic support — whether it is from a tutor or one of the student support centres. Although students may be studying independently, at AU, they are not left on their own.

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Part-time (undergraduates)

Part-time (graduates)

Source: Athabasca University (Part-time only) (Total enrolment includes students enrolled in non-credit or continuing education programs) (2019 preliminary fall enrolment)



Undergraduate tuition fees:
$4,760 - $6,710

Graduate tuition fees:


Undergraduate tuition fees:
$14,330 - $15,290

Graduate tuition fees:

Source: Athabasca University. Fees for general programs in arts and humanities (2019-20)

Note: In addition to tuition fees, universities generally charge fees for goods and services supplied to students. This includes areas such as student associations, sports and health. These additional fees vary widely per university and per student and can run from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. Check with the university for details.


Athabasca University does not provide on-campus housing given that all of its courses are offered online or by distance education.