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Frequently Asked Questions

Admission & Registration

How do I sign up?

Click on this link for information about becoming an AU student.

Should you need course or program advice, please contact the Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge & Research:

In Edmonton: (780) 428-2064
In Alberta: (800) 637-3725 ext. 2064
In North America: (800) 788-9041 ext. 2064
Email: indigenous@athabascau.ca
Website: www.athabascau.ca/indigenous/

  1. To Apply to Athabasca University: "Undergraduate General Application Form" - there is a $115.00 application fee.
  2. To register for a Course: "Undergraduate Course Registration Form" Individualized study courses generally start every month, if you register before the 10th of any given month you will begin the following month.
  3. Ensure the course you want is available
  4. Check to see if there are Course Prerequisites
  5. Explore your course or program options, through our Undergraduate Calendar and Graduate Calendar

Financial Assistance

What potential funding is out there for Indigenous Students?

There are several different forms of funding available. Please contact the Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge & Research for advice.

Types of funding:

  1. Band Sponsorship
  2. Federal Sponsorship
  3. Freehorse Family Wellness Society (FFWS)
  4. Student Loans
  5. Canada Student Loans
  6. Alberta Student Loans
  7. Bursaries/Scholarships/Grants
  8. Indigenous bursary search (Aboriginal Canada portal)
  9. Research Funding

Prior Learning & Challenging for Credit

I have worked in this field for years/have taken classes in this area; can I apply to get a degree without going to school for the whole 4 years? (prior learning)

When you are considering your life skills and past education, you will definitely want to take a look at the:

  1. Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) web page from the Centre for Learning Accreditation. Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) gives you credit for learning related to Athabasca University degrees, university certificates, or diplomas, regardless of where or how your learning occurred. Use PLAR to get credit towards your degree, certificate or diploma from Athabasca University and open many other doors to advancement.
  2. Evaluation Services webpage from the Office of the Registrar is the department who evaluates academic credit that you have earned from other accredited institutions.

I would like to challenge a course for credit.

Courses

What is an Individualized/Paced Course?

This page explains the different ways a class can be taken:

Course delivery methods:

  1. Individualized Study: In an individualized-study course students receive a course package that may include, but is not limited to, a student manual, a study guide (required reading, if included), textbook(s), CD-ROM, audiocassettes and/or videotapes, and home-lab kits. Students are assigned a tutor and are given a recommended study schedule within the time limits allowed for the course. Students determine the actual timing of assignments and exams within the course contract period.
  2. Individualized-study online: describes a course delivered by the Internet. Students registering in online courses require access to computers and the student's own Internet Service Provider connection. Students should refer to the suggested minimum computer requirements online.
  3. Paced/Grouped Study: Grouped-study (seminar) courses follow a set study schedule and the timelines associated with a traditional university semester; for example, students who begin their course in September will finish it in December. Grouped-study courses generally last 13 weeks (three-credit courses) or 26 weeks (six-credit courses) and are delivered in classroom situations by video and/or audio conference. Delivery of each grouped-study course is dependent on a minimum number of registrations. Refer to the following Web sites for details.

Grouped-study Course Offering List

Collaborating Institutions

How do I find out about times and meetings for Paced Courses, how often?

The Learning Services Collaborations department is responsible for the overall coordination of grouped-study courses. Learning Services Tutorial staff will assist you with questions or concerns that you may have about your tutor whether you are taking a course by home-study or individualized study delivery.

Complete list of current Group Study Courses

What Indigenous Studies (INST) courses do you have? Information on specific INST courses? How do I study the courses? Are they all the same?

Are the Cree courses (INST 111/112) offered online, or by homestudy?

The Cree course is currently available by grouped study only, which means it can only be offered in a classroom, subject to sufficient enrolment. We are working towards developing these courses for homestudy in the future.

Is Cree difficult to learn?

INST 111 - Introductory Cree I and INST 112 - Introductory Cree II are designed for students with no previous knowledge of the Cree language. The course introduces students to the Plains Cree (Y dialect) grammar and vocabulary, and provides the opportunity to practice speaking Cree and working in the language laboratory. There are many online resources for the Cree language. Please contact the Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge & Research for more information, or contact your local institutions' Department of Native Studies.

Programs

What kinds of programs can I take at AU?

Go to this link to see the complete list of all of our Undergraduate and Graduate programs

How will a major/minor in Indigenous Studies in my program benefit me / be useful in finding employment in the near future?

A focus on Indigenous Studies can definitely be of benefit to you. If you have interest in the subject, or intend to work specifically with Indigenous people in the future it will be a plus. In Canada , there is no doubt that having knowledge of Indigenous Studies will come in handy.

If you are not yet sure of what concentrations you want to focus on, I would suggest INST 203 - Indigenous Studies Level I. This course will give you an overview of the history about Indigenous people in Canada .

What is the Bachelor of Management - Indigenous Nations & Organizations (INO) Major?

The Bachelor of Management Degree - Indigenous Nations & Organizations Major is available in a regular and a post diploma route. The Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge & Research (CWIKR) and the School of Business are collaborating to offer a degree that encompasses the components of Management and Leadership specializing in an Indigenous perspective.

For more information, please contact the Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge & Research (CWIKR) or view the degree regulations in the Athabasca University Calendar.

What professional programs do you have for Indigenous Students?

Athabasca University has many Programs in several disciplines, including Undergraduate programs (3 & 4 yr. Degrees, Post-Diploma degrees, Diploma programs, and Certificate programs) and also Graduate Studies.

Does AU currently offer Indigenous Masters or PhD programs?

Currently there is no Masters program in Indigenous Studies at Athabasca University ; however we have the MAIS which is Master of Arts - Integrated Studies.

Here is the entire list of Graduate Studies programs, in all disciplines. And yes, these programs are offered through distance education.

Making a Decision

How do I know Indigenous Studies is right for me?

Though there are lots of options for courses and programs, a good way to start taking one course for interest. (INST 203) Individual courses start every month, so you don't need to wait until traditional semester start dates to sign up, you may register on any given month throughout the entire year.

Advising Services and Counselling Services can help you to clarify your educational and career goals.

Is Cree difficult to learn?

INST 111 - Introductory Cree I and INST 112 - Introductory Cree II are designed for students with no previous knowledge of the Cree language. The course introduces students to the Plains Cree (Y dialect) grammar and vocabulary, and provides the opportunity to practice speaking Cree and working in the language laboratory. There are many online resources for the Cree language. Please contact the Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge & Research for more information, or contact your local institutions' Department of Native Studies.

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For other questions:

For other questions, please refer to Ask AU.

For more information:

  1. Here is the link to Athabasca University's Office of the Registrar
  2. Here is a link to Athabasca University's Access to Students with Disabilities (ASD) webpage
  3. Here is a link to Athabasca University's main Advising Services webpage and many more FAQs

Contact the Aboriginal Student Advisor at the Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge & Research!

In Edmonton: 780-428-2064
In Alberta: 1-800-637-3725 ext. 2064
In North America: 1-800-788-9041 ext. 2064
Email: indigenous@athabascau.ca
Website: www.athabascau.ca/indigenous/

Updated July 20 2017 by Student & Academic Services

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