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Online and Remote Learning

Learn where and when you want.

SCS is committed to making learning as accessible as possible both locally and across the globe. We are continuously expanding our list of over 540 online learning opportunities. From languages to accounting, we offer flexible learning opportunities.

Our online courses are instructor-led and delivered through the University of Toronto’s Learning Management Engine – Quercus. Quercus uses weekly, real time modules and has tools for engagement and community building. Course preparation has built in flexibility so you can read, study, and complete assignments on your own time.

You will communicate with your instructors via discussion boards and/or email. Some online courses include live, interactive webinars. If you’re unable to attend the live webinar, you will be able to view a recording of the webinar on your own schedule.

You may also want to investigate funding opportunities available to you on our  Financial Assistance  page. Your path to lifelong learning is more attainable than you think!

0081 - Quantitative Methods for Business Management

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0083 - Corporate Finance & Performance Analysis

0084 - Capital Markets, Asset Valuation & Portfolio Management

0087 - Strategic Customer Relationship Management and Sales

0166 - Pronunciation

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0442 - Japanese: Level I

0579 - Spanish: Level III

0580 - Russian: Level II

0582 - Chinese (Mandarin): Level I

0586 - Spanish: Level I

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Online and distance learning in Canada

If you want a Canadian education, but you’re unable to leave home for all or part of your studies, virtual studies may be the right option for you. Canada’s commitment to innovative and universal education has made us a leader in online learning and distance education. Thanks to technology, international students have never been closer to a Canadian education.

Connect online, anytime

Distance education allows international students like you to gain remote access to our world-class universities and colleges and learn from our renowned academic faculty. Virtual learning gives you the benefit of a Canadian education when you are unable to be physically present in the classroom. It also offers opportunities for flexible learning, often at your own time and pace.

Find online programs in Canada

Many Canadian universities and colleges welcome international students into their online and distance education programs. Search for your academic program to find out whether you can complete part or all of your studies via distance education.

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Cost of online and distance education

Fees for online learning vary based on whether the program is part of a college diploma, bachelor’s degree or at the graduate studies level. Costs can also vary depending on the institution and program you choose. Use our search tool to calculate the costs of your distance education program.

Language and academic requirements

You must have good French or English skills before you can participate in a Canadian online program. Language requirements can change depending on the program and the institution. Learn more about the language requirements of your program on the institution’s admissions page.

There may also be some academic or entrance requirements. Check with your chosen college or university to find out more. If you’ve completed part of your studies in your home country, you may be able to transfer credits to an online program at a Canadian institution.

How to enroll

To enroll, complete an application to the university or college you wish to attend as an online or distance student. If you have any questions, contact the international office at the Canadian institution you’re interested in applying to.

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Programs and courses

Studying online with Athabasca University may be right for you, and we encourage you to explore our wide variety of distance learning programs and courses. Try out a single course, or jump into a full program – the choice is yours.

Program and course offerings

Open undergraduate programs.

We offer online undergraduate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in business, health, technology, science, humanities, and more! Our open admission means that you don't have to jump through hoops to start your educational journey with us. For most of our first-year undergraduate programs, the only requirement is that you need to be at least 16 years old to apply.

Flexible graduate programs

Ready to advance your career? Our online graduate programs give you the knowledge and skills to succeed in your chosen field. Along with offering doctorate and master's degrees, we also provide opportunities for graduate-level research, allowing you to delve deeper into your area of interest and contribute to your field's body of knowledge.

Online courses

With over 850 courses in a variety of subject areas, we're sure to have something that meets your needs. Whether you're pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies, our online courses are designed with your life in mind. They offer the flexibility to study while working full-time, traveling abroad, or raising a family, ensuring that your education fits your schedule, not the other way around.

On-demand professional development

Enhance your learning with short, individual courses or a series of courses that can be combined to earn a certificate – or explore our digital services to bring your organization's learning and development activities online.

The Centre for Continuing Learning

The centre for continuing learning at laurentian university aims to develop and offer a wide range of learning opportunities for professional and personal development..

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It’s easier than it’s ever been! All of our offerings -- whether completing a degree program through Laurentian Online or a short course micro-credential -- provide you with the flexibility to get ahead, keep up or catch up as your schedule permits. 

Undergraduate Programs

The following undergraduate degree programs are available fully online or through distance education.  Click on the program title, followed by "Program Details" and "Degree Options" for more information on specific degree requirements.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) 

  • Criminology  (3-year Concentration)
  • Equity, Diversity and Human Rights (3-year Concentration, 4-year Major)
  • Gerontology  (3-year Concentration, 4-year Major, 4-year Specialization)
  • History  (3-year Concentration, 4-year Major)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (4-year Major, only with subject areas available completely online)
  • Psychology  (3-year Concentration, 4-year Major, and 4-year Honours Specialization with non-thesis)
  • Sociology  (3-year Concentration)

You may also complete a General BA (3-year) with two (2) minors. For further information regarding minors please see below. 

Other undergraduate degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)  (4-year)
  • Bachelor of Forensic Identification Degree  (3-year, may require on-site practicum attendance) Offered exclusively to Forensic Identification Officers
  • Bachelor of Indigenous Social Work  (4-year)
  • BIOLOGY (BIOL 1000; BIOL 1700; BIOL 2011; BIOL 2110; BIOL 2701; BIOL 2757; BIOL 2806)
  • CHEMISTRY (CHMI 1031; CHMI 1032; CHMI 2031; CHMI 2041; CHMI 2220; CHMI 3031)
  • GEOLOGY (GEOL 1021; GEOL 1022; GEOL 2021; GEOL 2022; GEOL 2046;  GEOL 3312; GEOL 3811)
  • PHYSICS (PHYS 1211; PHYS 1212; PHYS 1905; PHYS 2606; PHYS 2616; PHYS 3306; PHYS 3616) 

* The  3-year online  degree is a terminal degree which does not allow you to transfer directly into the 4-year Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Science.  The 4-year degree is only available on-campus and requires 1st and 2nd year courses that are not covered by the 3-year online degree.  Interested in the 4-year degree? Refer to the on-campus  page here for more information  

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  • Equity, Diversity and Human Rights *new
  • Gerontology

Certificates

  • Family Life Studies  and Human Sexuality

Professional Development

  • Cardiac Care on the Web
  • Faculty of Education – Additional-qualifications courses
  • Fingerprint Detection and Analysis *
  • Fire Scene Management and Investigation * Offered exclusively to Fire Investigators
  • *NEW*   Palliative and End of Life Care

*These professional development opportunities require on-site practicums

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Important Information

Laurentian online faq.

How much time should I spend on one class every week?

A three credit course is offered over one semester. You should set aside 15 - 20 hours a week to read, work on assignments, do research, participate in online discussions, watch videos, and study for tests. 

How do I access my online/distance education course?

Laurentian Online uses the learning management system Desire2Learn (D2L). You will have access to your course(s) on the first day of term.

Are textbooks included?

All the material for your online course(s) except for required textbook(s) can be found online. You may order the required text(s) and case packages from the online Bookstore.

Are there weekly class times?

Laurentian Online courses are geared towards asynchronous learning. Meaning there are no scheduled weekly class meetings, however course professors may chose to schedule a videoconference once or more during the semester. 

Do I have a specific time frame in which I must complete a course?

You must complete a course within its assigned academic semester. 

How many semesters are offered each year?

Courses are delivered in four terms annually: fall (F), fall/winter (FW), winter (W) and spring (SP).  You can consult the Important Dates calendar to learn the “start” and “end” date of each semester. https://laurentian.ca/important-dates-0

Will I have to come on campus?

You will not be required to come on campus to complete an online/distance course.  

Will I have to write a final exam?

Your course may contain a final in person exam. Note that every effort will be made to provide an examination location that is within 100 km for students residing in Canada. However, you will be required to find an invigilator for your invigilated exam if:

  • You are located more than 100km from one of our listed test centres; or
  • You are registered with Accessibility Services and writing outside of Sudbury; or
  • You are writing your exam outside of Canada

If you selected an exam centre, the exam location address, room information and allowable examination room materials will be provided to you seven days prior to the examination period.

Can online students apply for financial assistance?

Yes, Online students can apply for financial assistance. Grants, awards, bursaries, and loans are available to part-time and full-time students who qualify. 

What services are available to online learners?

There are many services available to online learners. Online learners can benefit from Accessibility Services, Academic Advising, Library, Counseling, Indigenous Student Affairs as well as many more. 

How much is tuition?

Based on several factors, your university fees consist of tuition, incidental and administrative fees. The Fees and Financing section of our website will provide you with the information to help you organize and prepare your finances. 

https://laurentian.ca/fees-financing/undergraduate-tuition

How do I pay my fees?

You can use one of the following methods to pay your tuition fees:

Internet banking Telephone banking Interac® debit card In person at the bank

Paying your tuition fees online is the easiest and fastest way. You can pay your tuition fees online if your financial institution is on the following list: CIBC Bank, Bank of Montreal, National Bank, Royal Bank, Scotiabank, Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), Caisses Desjardins, Credit Union.

The only way to pay your fees by credit card would be through a third-party service provider. For further information regarding payment methods: https://laurentian.ca/fees-financing/payment-options#how-to-pay

What do I need to know about Online Learning?

In an online course, everything you need is found on the  D2L  Brightspace platform except for your textbooks and/or select reading packages which you will need to purchase from the  Laurentian Bookstore . The benefits of online courses are that they are more interactive and contain built-in communication features such as the discussion board. You can therefore connect with other students and your instructor easily.

All Laurentian Online courses are completed via a learning management system. Depending on the course, you may be required to work independently or with a group. Working online does have its challenges, but it also comes with many benefits. The majority of the Laurentian Online courses are delivered in an asynchronous format, meaning students have the flexibility to read, do coursework, and go online at their convenience rather than be at a specific place at a designated time. Assignments however will have set deadline dates throughout the semester.

Important Dates

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for online programs at Laurentian University are the same as for on campus programs.

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Questions to ask yourself in order to become a successful online learner.

Do I have the time and support required to successfully complete my online distance education course?

Do I have the support of my family and employer?

Do I have 15-20 hours a week to read, work on assignments, do research, participate in online discussions, watch videos, and study for tests?

Do I have a designated space that I intend to do my coursework and readings throughout my course(s)?

Can I arrange time off on weekends or evenings to attend my final exam or work on a major assignment?

Support Services for Online and Distance Learners

The Student Success Centre

The Student Success Centre  offers a variety of academic supports to help students transition to university and succeed during their studies. 

  • Student Success Advising Academic advisors help students better understand their goals, their academic plans, and guide students as they make important decisions about their future.
  • Academic Writing Support Academic Writing assistance is available to all Laurentian students who would like some extra help to improve their writing skills.
  • Student Success Tutoring Learning Assistance provides students with resources and opportunities to improve their ability to learn at a university level.

Laurentian Online Understanding the distinct needs of online learners, our team provides support and guidance to our student community to help them achieve their academic goals. Self register for the  A1-Orientation for Online Learners  available on our learning management system. 

Laurentian University Services and Supports

  • Accessibility Services
  • Counselling Services
  • Equity, Diversity and Human Rights Office

The  J.N. Desmarais Library  offers a variety of services for online and distance learners.  For example, any library material that is not available to you electronically, can be ordered through  OMNI , whether the material is located in Laurentian's own collections - or elsewhere.

Looking for a new career and need a degree to land an exciting job?

An undergraduate student who needs a flexible learning option other than an in-class course?

A college graduate who wants to pursue a lifelong dream of obtaining a degree?

A student from another university who is interested in completing a course on a Letter of Permission (LOP)?

A working professional looking for professional development opportunities?

A student living abroad and interested in learning from a Canadian University? 

Laurentian Online

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Learn Online

Thinking online learning think waterloo .

The University of Waterloo has more than 525 online courses in over 40 subjects that provide the variety and flexibility you need to earn a complete degree or fit a course into your busy schedule. Online learning at Waterloo offers you choice and convenience without compromising academic excellence.

Support for Students

  • Explore our Get Ready to Learn Online module
  • Visit the Current Students pathway page
  • Contact The Centre

Before getting started with an online course, please take some time to explore an introductory module to learn about:

  • the benefits of taking an online course
  • how to make the most of your online course, and
  • how to succeed as an online learner.

You might also find some useful information in our What to Expect section.

The University of Waterloo has long been recognized as a leader in online education in Canada. We are committed to advancing learning and knowledge through teaching, research, and scholarship. Every faculty offers online courses and there are multiple undergraduate and  graduate degrees  available fully online.

Our learners are discovering that online courses provide new opportunities to engage with course material, interact with peers and instructors, and learn using different types of media, all while maintaining the flexibility to study when and where you want.

Join the thousands of students who take Waterloo's online courses every term.

  • when an on-campus course is full, won't fit into your schedule or isn't being offered on-campus - think online
  • when you work full- or part-time and can't attend on-campus classes - think online
  • when you want to discover a new subject in an interactive and supportive environment - think online
  • if you like the idea of learning the material at your own pace - think online
  • when you're on a work term or away for the summer - think online

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