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What is Open Studies?​

​As an Open Studies student you'll be eligible to take university credit courses, without being admitted into a degree program.

If you're a visiting student, you can also apply under this category. For information on being a visiting student, click here.

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Pathways to your degree or certification

Begin to complete courses leading to a degree or specific courses for your professional certification.

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Upgrade or complete missing requirements

Opportunity to complete courses needed for admission requirements or pre-requisites.

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Visiting and exchange students

Attend the University of Calgary while on a letter of permission or experience a unique learning opportunity through a variety of international exchange programs for credit towards your degree.

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Personal enrichment

Explore a variety of courses offered.



in English 12
(Academic/Core/30-1/ or equivalent)


A degree from a recognized Canadian institution with a

2.0 GPA

All applicants must also provide:

  • Be Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada
  • English Language Proficiency
  • Official transcripts from ALL post secondary institutions attended and non-degree holders must also submit official high school transcripts.

Important dates and deadlines

How to apply

  1. To apply for Open Studies you must create an eID.

    Create eID

  2. Complete the Open Studies Application.

    View application

  3. Submit all transcripts, including proof of English Language Proficiency (if applicable).

    Learn more

  4. Pay a $125.00 non-refundable application fee.

    Pay fees