Open Studies

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What can you expect from the program?

Open Studies programs are designed to help you find the areas that you are most passionate about so you can decide which program you want to join.  These programs help you explore credit courses from a range of Olds College programs and ease into the post-secondary environment

Reasons to enrol in Open Studies

  • To receive specialized training
  • To explore career areas
  • To add to present training and experience
  • To gain employability skills in specific career areas
  • To complete courses for transfer to other program areas
  • To gain admission requirements to other programs at the college
  • To develop an individualized program based on specific needs and interests

Program at a glance

Credential: Open Studies is not a program that leads to a certificate or diploma

Length of Program: Students may study full-time (nine or more credits) or part-time (eight or less credits).

Method of Delivery: On-Campus

Program Intakes: Fall (September program start), Winter (January program start)

Applications Open: October 1 for Fall Intake

Selection Process for Admission: Only certain courses are available for Open Studies enrolment. Courses may be limited by class size, co-requisites, pre-requisites and some courses are only open to program specific students.

Tuition, Mandatory Fees, Books, and Supplies: Please refer to the current Fee Schedule for details

  • Tuition & Fees: $2,940 / Books & Supplies: $750 (per semester, if taking 5 courses)

*These fees are provided as estimates only for the purposes of budgeting. Please note that all fees are best estimates and are subject to change.

What do I need to apply?

Admission Requirements: There are no admission requirements to enter Open Studies; however, please submit your high school and any post-secondary transcripts as these will be retained on file.

Out of Province Applicants: Please refer to the Provincial Equivalency Chart for course equivalencies.

International Applicants: Olds College welcomes applications from international applicants and those who have completed their high school education outside of Canada. Please note, it is still necessary to meet all of the noted admission requirements, including English Language Proficiency. Further information can be found on our website under International Students.

Where can I live on campus?


CHOC is the exclusive service provider of on-campus housing for Olds College. Live in Centennial Village, our newest campus living facility featuring 450 private suites (no roommates), or in College Courts our 4-bedroom townhouses. Enjoy a short commute to class, partake in weekly residence life events and enjoy the safety of living on campus.

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I have some more questions. Who do I contact for help?

Our Admissions office can help navigate you through the admissions process and answer any questions you have about your program of study.



Admitted Students

What materials and supplies will I need?

Congratulations! Admitted students will be required to purchase the following materials & supplies:

The majority of your classes require learning resources that can be purchased from the Campus Store or downloaded to your laptop/iPad. Information on required textbooks and supplies will be provided as you attend each class. It is highly recommended you wait until your first class before buying your learning resources to ensure that you obtain the correct materials.

Visit the Admitted Students site