Apply & enrol

We have made it faster and easier to enrol in Open Studies courses. Just a few steps will get you started.

Application Process

How to apply depends on your previous education and student status:

To access courses, you must apply through ApplyAlberta and pay the nonrefundable application fee. After you become an Open Studies student, you use the university's online registration system, myStudentSystem, to enrol in courses. If you do not attend any classes for one year, you will have to apply again.

Apply & enrol

If you have enrolled in Open Studies at MacEwan University within the last year, your file is still active and you do not need to reapply. Use your existing MacEwan University Network ID and password to enrol in classes immediately. If you've forgotten your ID or password, our technology support staff can help you with that. Call or email Technology Support.

If you have not enrolled in any classes within the last year, you will need to reapply to Open Studies via ApplyAlberta and pay the nonrefundable application fee.

Apply & Enrol

Note: if you have already completed the maximum of 24 credits, you will not be eligible to return to Open Studies.

To take a course at MacEwan University as a visiting student you must provide a letter of permission from your home institution. Review the process to apply as a visiting student before you enrol in classes.

International students considering Open Studies should speak with an advisor at MacEwan International before submitting an application.

International Student Advising


  • International students in Open Studies are not eligible to work off campus.
  • Letters of Admission are not issued for Open Studies, which will impact study permit eligibility.

Enrolment process

Enrolling in a course online might look a little daunting the first time you try it, but we'll walk you through it. If you have any trouble, contact us.

After you apply, the Office of the University Registrar will send your Network ID to the email account listed on your application. This will be the username and password you use to log in to If you have not received your Network ID within one hour of your application, email Don't forget to check your junk mail folder, it may be waiting for you there.

The university’s student portal is where you can find links to several online applications and tools for students, such as:

  • Gmail: your student email account
  • myStudentSystem: to search for and enrol in classes
  • Blackboard: to access electronic materials for your classes
  • Library access: to search for books, articles, and more
  • Tech Support: for troubleshooting help
  • Launch myStudentSystem from
  • Go to the Manage Classes tile in myStudentSystem.

Courses that show “Reserve Limit in Effect: 0” or “Rsrvd: Open Studies” are available to Open Studies students. Enrolment limits apply; you may register or join the waitlist for a maximum of 6 credits per term.

Once you are admitted, you will eligible to enrol in classes on or after the Open Enrolment date for each term. Open Enrolment for Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 terms starts on June 8, 2020. Open Enrolment for Spring/Summer 2020 term is February 10, 2020.

General student information

The Getting Started guide includes general information for all new students including details about the student portal, email, requesting learning accommodations, planning your finances and paying your fees.