Begin Open Studies in Spring 2020

Applications for the spring semester are open between December 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.

Degree holders and non-degree holders

Open Studies gives you access to hundreds of academic courses. Whether you want to take courses to meet admission requirements or out of personal interest, there's a course for you.   

Admission upgrading

Complete courses needed to meet admission requirements or for pre-requisites.

Degrees or certifications

Complete courses that lead to a degree or take specific courses for a professional certification.

Personal enrichment

Find new interests, or take a deeper dive into your area of expertise. You'll find UCalgary offers plenty of options. 

Open Studies admission requirements

Open Studies is administered by the Office of the Registrar. Students in this registration category are permitted to take credit courses but are not admitted to a program leading to a degree, diploma or certificate. Open Studies degree holders and non-degree holder registration categories are available to students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Open Studies is a non-designated learning program as defined by the Alberta Government.

Open studies non-degree holders can take up to four three-unit courses per term to a maximum of twelve three-unit courses.

  1. Academic Requirements

    • Present a minimum 65% in English 30-1, or equivalent; OR
    • Present a minimum 2.00 GPA in a transferrable post-secondary English course(s); OR
    • Achieve a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA on the most recent 12 units from another post-secondary institution

    and

    Note: When more than one academic requirement is presented, the highest level of education is used for admission.

  2. Required Documents

    Official transcripts from all high school and post-secondary institutions attended. See details on submitting document here: https://www.ucalgary.ca/future-students/undergraduate/documents

    Note: When more than one academic requirement is presented, the highest level education is used for admission.

  3. English Language Proficiency

    English is the official language of instruction at the University of Calgary. All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency to be considered for admission: https://www.ucalgary.ca/pubs/calendar/current/a-11.html

Open Studies students with a degree can take up to six three-unit courses per term to a maximum of twelve three-unit courses. 

  1. Academic Requirements

    • Achieve a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA on the most recent 12 units from another post-secondary institution; OR
    • Be a University of Calgary alumnus

    and

    Note: When more than one academic requirement is presented, the highest level education is used for admission.

  2. Required Documents

    Official transcript reflecting the credential awarded

    University of Calgary alumni are not required to provide transcripts provided they have not attended any other post-secondary institutions.

    Note: When more than one academic requirement is presented, the highest level education is used for admission.

     

  3. English Language Proficiency

    English is the official language of instruction at the University of Calgary. All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency to be considered for admission: https://www.ucalgary.ca/pubs/calendar/current/a-11.html

Students who do not meet Open Studies degree holders and non-degree holder academic requirements can be considered for Open Studies under the Diverse Qualifications Admission Process by requesting this through open.studies@ucalgary.ca. Find out more about the Diverse Qualification Admission Process.

How to apply

  1. Requirements

    Review our Open Studies admission requirements.

    View requirements »

  2. eID

    Create your eID »

  3. Complete your Open Studies application

    Complete your Open Studies application.

    Start application »

  4. Pay your application fee

    Pay a $125 non-refundable application fee. ($145 if you have international credentials).

    Paying your fees »

  5. Submit your documents

    Learn more »

Have questions?

Email open.studies@ucalgary.ca or call +1.403.210.7625. NOTE: We're closed on weekends and Canadian statutory holidays.