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Can I take classes at the U of A after my degree is complete?
You can attend the University of Alberta as a Special Student if you have completed a previous university degree and wish to enrol in additional undergraduate courses (e.g. for professional development, or to try to improve your GPA for admission to another program).
As a Special Student, the courses you take will be for credit, in that you will be graded and they will appear on your record, but they will not count towards a degree program. Instead, the credits you earn can be evaluated for transfer credit should you later apply to a degree program, either at the University of Alberta or another institution.
Enrolment for Special-Student applicants can sometimes be limited, as priority is given to degree-program applicants, and certain courses may not be open to Special Students.
To be considered for admission as a Special Student, you must have already received a university degree in a related field from an accredited postsecondary institution. You must also present a competitive admission (grade point) average and meet the Language Requirements.
In some cases, you must reapply each year as a Special Student, and priority may be given to students who have not previously attended as Special Students.
Before you apply as a Special Student, please contact the faculty you are interested in studying with. Note that deadlines for Special Students are slightly different than those for regular degree programs. When you are ready to apply, complete the online Admission application form.
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