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University-Level Programs

University Studies

We provide university-level courses that can transfer into degree programs at many post-secondary institutions across Alberta. Study in your home community instead of going to a major centre. University Studies classes are small and the instructors are helpful, caring, and invested in your future. University Studies courses are accessible, affordable, and convenient. 

You can also transfer the university credits to another institution, into programs such as Aboriginal Studies, Arts, Education, General Studies or Social Work.

  • Delivered through Supported Distance Learning
  • Available Anywhere
  • Apply as a part-time or full-time student
  • The length of the program depends on the requirement of each student
  • Courses are offered during the Fall, Winter, and Spring terms
  • You can earn university credits towards a Northern Lakes College certificate or diploma. Credits can be transferred into Early Learning and Childcare, Educational Assistant, Practical Nurse, or Social Work.

Applications should be submitted at least four weeks prior to term start date.

Program Dates


Full-time September – June

  • Term 1 September – December 
  • Term 2 January – April 
  • Term 3 May – June 

Areas of Study


Further Educational Opportunities


Credits can be transferred into Addiction Services Worker, Community Health Promotion, Early Learning and Child Care, Educational Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician, Practical Nurse, or Social Work. You can also transfer the university credits to another institution, into programs such as Aboriginal Studies, Arts, Education, General Studies, or Social Work.

University credits are transferable to a number of post-secondary institutions in Alberta. Refer to the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT), for more information. ACAT works with post-secondary institutions in Alberta to ensure the transferability of courses and programs.

University of Calgary Community-Based Bachelor of Education

You can earn your Bachelor of Education (K-12) Degree studying from your home community! Whether you are starting your post-secondary studies, or have already completed a handful of courses, the four-year Community-Based pathway can work for you!

How does it work?


The transfer agreement allows you to complete the non-Education coursework required of the Math, Science, Early Childhood Education, Revitalization of Indigenous Languages, English Language Arts, and Social Studies teachables through NLC, while taking your major courses through the UCalgary. Four years full-time.

Career Potential


Attracting teachers to northern communities and retaining them are ongoing goals for many school jurisdictions. Excellent employment opportunities exist for certified teachers in northern Alberta communities.