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Application Instructions for Open Studies and Visiting Students

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If you are a University Transfer applicant (including after-degree applicants) to the BSW program who requires the pre-requisite course, SOWK 201 Introduction to Social Work, for fall 2017 admission, you can complete the course online through Open Studies in the winter, spring or summer 2017 term. We will have a total of 100 seats available in each term in this web-based course.

Open Studies vs Visiting Student

Students apply and register as an Open Studies (OS) student if they are not enrolled in a degree program at a post-secondary institution.

If you are enrolled in a degree program at another post-secondary institution in winter, spring or summer 2017, you must apply as a Visiting Student (VS). As a visiting student, you must provide a Letter of Permission from your home institution which must indicate the intended term of study and approval to attend the University of Calgary. It is highly recommended that the specific course (SOWK 201) is identified, but this is not mandatory.

Application and Registration Process

In 2017, the Open Studies application will open on February 6 for spring 2017 and April 3, 2017 for summer 2017. You will be required to submit your application and supporting documents online to the University of Calgary. The link to the online application is available in the 'How do I apply' section at

To access the application, you need a University of Calgary eID. Your eID includes a name and a password and will be your personalized, unique identification for access to various electronic processes and services at the University of Calgary. If you have previously attended or applied to the UofC, use your already-assigned eID to log in. If you are new to the UofC, create an eID by selecting the 'Create an eID' link at the bottom of the log in screen or go to the following link:

Please record your eID (name and password) in a safe place as it will be important throughout your association with the University of Calgary. You will need your eID every time you access your online application form and your Student Centre.

The Faculty of Social Work is committed to accommodating all those Open Studies and Visiting Student applications for SOWK 201 in winter, spring or summer 2017, who meet the following criteria:

  • Applied to the BSW program at the University of Calgary for fall 2017 start. Students who are planning to apply to the BSW program for fall 2018 admission are encouraged to register for the summer section of SOWK 201;
  • Have been cleared by Enrolment Services for admission as an Open Studies or Visiting Student for winter, spring or summer 2017;
  • Submitted an Open Studies or Visiting Student application in a timely manner (by April 28 for spring 2017 or June 16 for summer 2017).

If you landed on this page by clicking on the SOWK 201 link in the Open Studies application, please make sure to return and submit your application.

After submitting your application you will receive an email (normally within one hour) that includes information on how to upload your supporting documents (if applicable) to your Student Centre, and how to check the status of your application.

Once you are admitted as an Open Studies or Visiting Student, a green check-mark will appear next to your Open Studies application in the Admissions section of your Student Centre. Then, you must contact the appropriate student advisor in the Faculty of Social Work, who will help with the course registration.

Important dates for Open Studies and Visiting Students

  • Spring 2017
    Application opens: February 6, 2017
    Application deadline: April 28, 2017
    Registration begins: March 6, 2017
  • Summer 2017
    Application opens: April 3, 2017
    Application deadline: June 16, 2017
    Registration begins: March 6, 2017

SOWK 201 - Next Steps

Submitted by sconley on Thu, 11/05/2015 - 2:53pm

Now that you are registered for SOWK 201, you may be wondering what's next?  We have outlined a few steps below to help you get started.

If any of your questions are not covered by the topics below, please contact a student advisor at the location you have applied to, or will be applying to.

  • Open Studies or Visiting Students who applied to the BSW program in Edmonton, Grande Prairie or Red Deer should contact a student advisor in our Edmonton office at: or call (780) 492-3888.
  • Open Studies or Visiting Students who applied to the BSW program in Lethbridge should contact the student advisor in our Lethbridge office at: or call (403) 329-2119.
  • Open Studies or Visiting Students who applied to the BSW program in Calgary or to the BSW Online (Virtual Learning Circles) program may contact a student advisor in our Calgary office at: or call (403) 220-5942.

Create an Information Technologies (IT) Account

An IT account is required to access key UofC online services.  In particular, students use IT accounts to access Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system used in SOWK 201 and other courses.

Students must self-register for an IT Account using the online Account Registration System. You can initiate the IT account registration process the day after you register in your first course.

Prior to beginning you must log in to the contact email address you provided to the university when you first submitted your Application for Admission, as a one-time Activation Code will be sent to this email address and is required to complete the registration process.

Visit to begin the IT account registration process.

Step by step instructions can be found online at

Once you have registered for an IT account you must set up your University of Calgary email. The University of Calgary’s policy is to communicate with students only at their email address.  Further instructions on setting up your University of Calgary email address can be found online at:

Review the Course Outline

The course outline for SOWK 201 can be found online at:
Course outlines are typically available two weeks before the class begins. Select the term in which you are completing SOWK 201 to view the course outline, if available.

Additionally, you may receive an email from the instructor prior to the start of the course with information on accessing the online component. Any questions relating to the course in particular should be directed to the instructor.

Pay Tuition

The Online University Calendar is considered the official record of academic dates and deadlines. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with these dates and adhere to them. Failure to pay by the deadline will result in a hold on your account and late charges. Access your Student Centre via the myUofC portal to view your fee assessment.

The UofC provides students with 3 options for tuition and fee payment, described below.

Option 1: Online banking (preferred method)

Online banking is the fastest and preferred payment method for anyone with a Canadian bank account. Payments are processed through your financial institution’s own banking service.

  • Log on to your bank’s online system.
  • Add the “University of Calgary – Tuition Fees” as a payee on your bill payment profile (name will vary from bank to bank).
  • Your account number will be your 8-digit UofC student ID number, plus the first five (or fewer) characters of your last name (e.g., 00293847MCCAL).
  • It may take up to 5 business days for online payments to be processed. Payments initiated on or before the term fee deadline will not be subject to late interest.

Additional detailed information and steps for online banking can be found at:

 Option 2: Cheque, Money Order, or Bank Draft sent to Calgary

  • Make your cheque payable to University of Calgary, write your full name and your Calgary Student ID number in the memo section of the cheque.
  • Cheques take 3 business days to process, plus mailing time.
  • Address for cheque: University of Calgary, Enrolment Services, MB 117, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4
  • Post-dated cheques are not accepted.
  • Fee payment deadline refers to when payment must be received at the UofC rather than the date by which you need to send payment.

 Option 3: In Person at Enrolment Services (MLB 117)

  • If you plan to pay by debit card (Canadian financial institution) in person, check with your financial institution to ensure your debit card has the appropriate daily transaction limit for your tuition payment.
  • International debit cards are currently not accepted for Tuition and General Fee payments.
  • Cash and credit card payments are not accepted.

Purchase SOWK 201 Textbook

The required textbook for this course is: 
Hick, S., & Stokes, J. (2016). Social Work in Canada (4th Ed.). Thompson Educational Publishing. ISBN# 978-1550772562


Textbooks are usually purchased through the University of Calgary Bookstore in the MacEwan Student Centre. 

The Bookstore’s hours of operation are Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (closed Sunday/holidays).


Textbooks are usually purchased through the University of Alberta Bookstore in the Students’ Union Building (SUB). You can contact them directly at (780) 492-4215 or check their website ( regularly for updates on book availability.

The Bookstore’s hours of operation are Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (closed weekends/holidays; expanded hours during peak periods).


Textbooks are usually purchased through the University of Lethbridge Bookstore on Level 2 of the Students’ Union Building. You can contact them directly at (403) 329-2611 or check their website ( regularly for updates on book availability.

The Bookstore’s hours of operation are Monday – Wednesday & Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Thursday 8:30 am – 7:00 pm, and 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm on the second Saturday of every month (closed Sundays/holidays).