Section 13.6.1 Mature Students
Section 13.6.2 Visiting Students
Section 13.6.3 Independent Students
Section 13.6.4 Senior Students
Section 13.6.5 Bridging Students
Mature students are undergraduates who have not met the regular academic admission requirements (e.g. completion of a DEC or equivalent), but have been admitted on the basis of age, experience, and potential. Mature students may study full-time or part-time.
Information on Mature Entry is contained under Mature Entry in Section 14 Alternative Entry.
Visiting students are undergraduate students from other universities who have written approval from their home university to take courses at Concordia University, or they are students currently registered in certain certificate programs sponsored by external associations. The granting of such status in no way guarantees a student a place in a course.
Concordia University allows individuals to register as Independent students — students who can take individual courses but are not registered in a degree program — if they satisfy the admission requirements.
Canadian citizens and permanent residents can qualify for admission by providing proof of being over 21 years of age as of May 15 for the summer session, September 15 for the fall term or January 15 for the winter term OR providing proof of meeting the minimum academic requirements for entry to the University. International students must be academically eligible for University entrance.
Independent students may register for a maximum of 18 credits a year, equally divided between fall and winter terms; their Independent status in no way guarantees them a place in a given course. International Independent students are required to register for a minimum of 12 credits each fall and winter term according to Immigration Quebec rules.
Independent students are admitted through Enrolment Services and will subsequently receive academic advising through the respective Faculty. Students who wish to enter a degree or certificate must submit a formal application. Credits acquired as an Independent student may be applied towards the degree or certificate if applicable. In the case of the Faculty of Arts and Science and the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science, a maximum of 30 credits earned in the Independent status may be transferred towards a degree.
Concordia University is committed to lifelong learning and community service. Seniors at Concordia either take credit courses in a program or as Independent students. They can also choose to audit courses on a non-credit basis through the Senior Audit program administered by the Office of the Registrar.
Students aged 55 and over who wish to attend undergraduate courses primarily in the Faculty of Arts and Science for personal interest rather than for credit, may register to audit courses. Though not required to write class assignments or final examinations, they participate in every other aspect of the courses. Senior Audit students pay significantly reduced fees. For more information, call Sylvia De Niverville at 514-848-2424, ext. 3893.
If seniors wish to pursue an undergraduate program or take courses as Independent students for credit, they may do so at the regular tuition fees. Some assistance through the William Schiff Scholarship is possible for those 55 or over. Applications and information may be obtained at the Financial Aid and Awards Office.
Bridging students are undergraduates who have not met the regular academic admission requirements (e.g. completion of a DEC or equivalent), but have been admitted to a bridging program on the basis of age, experience, and potential. These students follow the course sequence of the bridging program to which they are admitted, and are not initially enrolled directly in a degree program. Upon successful completion of the bridging program requirements the student may be admitted to a related degree program. Please see 9. Bridging Program under Section 16.2.4 Concentration Requirements for the definition of a bridging program.
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