Open Studies

Access dynamic, interesting college courses without needing to meet a program's admission requirements.
Program at a Glance
All Campuses
Intake Dates
Duff Sutherland
UAS School Chair, Instructor
1 (888) 953-1133
1 (250) 365-1318

    An open admission program of credit-bearing courses. Open Studies enables students to take a course from a program in which they are not registered. Students may choose Open Studies to try courses before choosing a program, take courses for interest, earn prerequisites for other programs, improve course knowledge and grades, or take courses for professional development.

    Courses identified for Open Studies have availability for additional students from the community or from other programs. Open Studies course offerings may change year to year.

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    Apply to Selkirk College

    Follow the steps to apply to Selkirk College. Select Open Studies as your subject area.



    Choose your course(s)

    Explore the courses currently being offered through Open Studies.

    Open Studies Courses


    Find out your tuition and fees

    Tuition and fees for Open Studies vary by course. Please contact us for an estimate.

    Transfer Your Credits

    You can transfer Open Studies courses into a program for credit, as long as you apply to the program and meet the admission requirements. 

    Program Outcomes
    1. Enrol in a post-secondary course.
    2. Identify the learning outcomes for a post-secondary course.
    3. Navigate the learning requirements of a post-secondary course.

    1. Students may apply to the Open Studies program without meeting College admission requirements. An Open Studies student may register in courses designated eligible for Open Studies without meeting admission requirements for the course or program in which the course resides. Open Studies students attend courses subject to:

    • Only attending courses identified by Selkirk College as eligible for Open Studies
    • Apprising themselves of course prerequisites, including English language proficiency requirements, and accepting responsibility for adequate preparation for successful participation and completion, irrespective of not having to meet course admission requirements

    Adherence to all policies at the College applicable to attendance of any specific course, with the exception of admission requirements as noted above.

    • Courses are not a graduation requirement of the academic program the student is currently attending
    Additional Requirements


    1. Before an applicant’s file is considered to be complete, the following must have been received by the Admissions Department:

    a) Completed application form.

    2. Entry may be restricted by space limitations.

    Graduation and Promotion

    1. Credits granted for successful completion of courses may be applied toward program graduation once a student has been accepted into the respective program.

    2. Successfully completed Open Studies courses may be considered by program chairs in the admission decision, if the completed course is at a higher level than the admission requirement for a program.


    Open Studies, Year 1
    Mandatory Fees
    Student Union Fees

    Tuition and fees for Open Studies vary by course. Please contact us for an estimate.

    Effective Term:

    Fall, Winter, Spring

    Effective Year:


    Advanced Standing:


    Courses available through Open Studies may be transferred for credit into the program within which they are situated, provided a student applies and meets program admission requirements.

    For information on course challenges and other forms of prior learning assessment, see Policy 8614: Advanced Standing: Course Challenge, Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), and Transfer Credit.



    1. Grading

    Each course offered in the Open Studies program uses the grading table from the applicable course outline. To view all College grading tables, see Policy 8612: Grading.

    2. Assessments

    a) Students are assessed and graded for course outcomes as indicated in the respective course outline.

    b) Assignments, exams, group or individual projects, labs, participation, presentations, and other evaluative activities are weighted and averaged as indicated in the respective course outline.


    Grading Table:


    Other Regulations:

    Cheating and Plagiarism

    See Policy 8618: Cheating and Plagiarism


    See Policy 8400: Student Appeals


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