Located in Canada, Athabasca University is an open university founded in 1970 with the motive to remove barriers on access to education for adult learners around the world. It provides high quality post-secondary education to over 40,000 students through more than 850 courses with 55 undergraduate and graduate programs. It is also one of the 4 public comprehensive universities in Alberta and is one of the reputedly ranked higher education institutes of Canada.
Over the years, the institute has entered more than 350 agreements to collaborate with other Canadian and international post-secondary institutions and employers. With a total student enrollment of over 40,000 that includes international candidates from over 87 countries around the world, the institute is undoubtedly a site of diversity and inclusion in the country.
Admission at Athabasca University is available in multiple intakes round the year and requires a nonrefundable application fee of 118 CAD. The institute observes a moderate acceptance rate and a high rate of employment which is nearly 93%. This ensures that the university not only guarantees quality education for all but also can help its candidates land some of the high-paying jobs in Canada.
|Type of university||Public university specializing in online distance education|
|Total faculty and staff members||1000+|
|Test scores accepted||IELTS, CAEL, MELAB, PTE, TOEFL PBT, TWE, TOEFL iBT|
|Marks required||IELTS- 6 CAEL- 60% MELAB- 80 PTE- 59 TOEFL PBT- 213|
TWE- 4.5 TOEFL iBT- 80 with an essay score of 20
The institute is a non-residential campus which means there is no on-campus housing opportunity for students.
Application Fee: 118 CAD
Application Deadline: UG applicants do not have to meet any application deadlines. Classes for courses begin at the starting of each month.
While deadlines for postgraduate programs can be found in the table below:
|Master of Counseling||February (each year)|
|Master of Nursing (General)||March, July and November|
|Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)||April, August and December|
Basic Admission Requirements
|Exam||Minimum Requirements for Undergraduates||Minimum Requirements for Graduates|
|TOEFL - IBT||80||80|
|TOEFL - PBT||-||550|
|TOEFL - CBT||213||-|
Supporting Documents to be submitted with the admission application for evaluation include those which can be used for getting credits such as:
UG applicants: Official transcripts, post-secondary education records, previous diplomas, undergraduate degree credits, and foreign credentials from other institutions in the U.S. or Canada, work and life experiences.
PG applicants: Official transcripts from post-secondary institutions, resume, biography, questionnaires, and letters of reference.
For all the prospective candidates of the institute seeking enrolment in the upcoming seasonal year, an estimated cost of living in Canada is as been tabulated below
|Expense||Estimated Cost for students living in Canada||Estimated Cost for students living outside Canada|
|Tuition fee||1020-3060USD (0-9 credits)||510-1530 USD (0-9 credits)|
|Course Administration and Technology Fee||139 USD||139 USD|
|Course Materials Fee||51 USD||51 USD|
|Out of country fee||-||1127 USD|
The institute provides various awards and scholarships in Canada for international students. Candidates willing to avail financial aid must firstly apply for student financial assistance following which they must submit the course registration plan. The institute offers 55 scholarships to its students based on the level of study, residency, and various other factors.
The following table gives details of various scholarships, eligibility criteria and the amount awarded to international students:
|Scholarship Name||Eligibility Criteria||Amount Awarded|
|Athabasca University Institutional Leadership Scholarship||Enrolled in undergraduate or graduate program at AU; Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.60 or higher||1000 USD|
|AU Academic Leadership Scholarship||Enrolled to an undergraduate degree program at AU; Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.60 or higher||1500 USD|
|AU PLAR Scholarship||Enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at AU; Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher; S|
submit an essay within 1000 words explaining the role of PLAR in their success and future goals.
|Dominique Abrioux Graduate Scholarship||Enrolled to master’s degree program at AU; Completed at least 12 credits since July 1 of the previous year;|
Minimum GPA of 3.6 or higher; Not be enrolled for a doctoral program
|AU Graduate Student Scholarship||Enrolled to a graduate program at AU; Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.60 or higher.||1500 USD|
|Walker Family – Master of Counseling Scholarship||Enrolled as a full-time AU Master of Counseling student; Must be in the third year of the program;|
Minimum GPA of 3.8 or higher must be achieved in the program; Must be in a practicum placement.
The Master of Counselling program graduates have an employment rate of 93% with an average salary of 65000 USD. The graduates of the Master of Nursing program have maintained a 100% employment rate with students earning an average salary of 70000 USD.
|Average Cost of Attendance||$12,916 / Year|
|Student : Faculty Ratio||31 : 1|
The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees
|Undergraduate Programs||$12,916 / Year|
|Post Graduate Program||$14,429 / Year|
|Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada|
|Program Wise Accreditations|
|Nursing Programs||Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing|
|Programs||Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario|
|Total Faculty||Full Time||Part time||Graduate Assistants|
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Rank (Out of Colleges)
#301 - #400 [Out of 500]
*All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary