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What is Open Studies?

An Open Studies student is one who is permitted to take regular university credit courses, but who is not admitted to a program leading to a degree or diploma. Visiting students also apply under this category. For information about being a visiting student please click here.

Open Studies students are limited to three courses per session to a maximum of ten courses. This is not a designated program and therefore ineligible for study permits.

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65% 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:

  • English Language Proficiency
  • Official transcripts from ALL post secondary institutions attended and non-degree holders must also submit official high school transcripts.

Please note: There is an application fee of $115 (non-refundable). This fee is waived for rcu alumni.

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

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  3. Submit all transcripts, including proof of English Language Proficiency.

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  4. Pay a $125.00 non-refundable application fee. This fee is waived for rcu Alumni.

After you’re admitted

After you have been admitted as an Open Studies student and have received your UCID, we strongly recommend you sign up for a one-hour workshop.

The workshop will touch on topics such as: rcu terminology, open studies rules, regulations and campus resources.

Open Studies workshop