All Athabasca University
courses are available through distance or online education. Please
visit our Courses—Search page
You may also search our courses by their area
of study (Humanities, Social Science, Science, etc.).
• a keyword Search for
• Full course list arranged
subject or area of study
• Courses listed by type
• Course availability
Reference section 3.0 Undergraduate
Programs, if you are looking for full programs rather than individual
Course Fees and Materials
The payment of course fees entitles students to receive most learning resources. Learning resources include, but are not limited to, texts, student manuals, study guides, tutorial assistance where provided, and other instructional materials required to complete the course for the period of active registration.
Miscellaneous fees for small items such as binders, calculators,
home lab materials, etc., may be associated with many AU courses,
and are the responsibility of the student.
Course Start Dates
All of AU's individualized-study courses have start dates and
contract (end) dates. These courses always begin on the first day
of a month.
The start date is also the first day that you may contact your
tutor. Your contract date is the last day of your individualized-study
course. Course contract dates always fall on the last day of a month.
All of your course work, including assignments, quizzes, and exams,
must be completed before the contract date.
Grouped-study or e-Class® courses follow similar timelines
as other traditional university courses and usually begin in September
and January. These courses generally last 13 weeks (3 credit) and
26 weeks (6 credit).
An AU course may
occasionally be unavailable because it is being revised or the
learning resources may be temporarily depleted. Please confirm
is available before you register by referencing the Course
Availability Web site.
Challenge for Credit
If you believe that you have already obtained the competencies presented in a particular course, you may challenge it. Not all AU courses may be challenged. The Office of the Registrar maintains a list of courses that are available for challenge and each course syllabus notes its challenge status.