F.A.Q.

How long is the Augustine College program?

The Augustine College program is divided in two parts of 4 months each (September to December and January to April). The entire course may be completed in 8 months.

How many weeks of classes are there?

There are 13 weeks of classes in each of the two parts of the program. In the fall and the winter section, this is followed by one week of exams. In the winter section there is a Reading Week, with no lectures, in the third week of February. In sum, there are 26 full weeks of classes, plus 1 reading week and 2 exam weeks.

When does the next academic year begin?

The program runs from the Monday after Labour Day, in September, to, usually, the last Saturday in April, with a 3-week break at Christmas.

Are there electives?

Because Augustine College follows the ancient model of higher education, focused on knowledge important to the life of any human being, electives have not been created. All full-time students follow the complete program.

Can students enrol in part of the academic program, or take single courses?

Students may enrol in one of the two parts of the program (the fall section or the winter section); they may also sign up for courses individually. However, a student who wishes to go through the full program may find a benefit in doing so as part of one graduating class.

After completing their studies what kinds of certification or diploma would students receive?

Students who successfully complete the program – passing all courses as well as the 2-hour oral comprehensive exam – receive the Augustine College diploma. In the case of superior orders of performance final standings of cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude are awarded. All students, whether they receive the diploma or not, receive a transcript of grades for the courses they have taken.

Does Augustine College have accreditation?

As a college offering a single eight-month program (one academic year), Augustine College is ineligible to receive accreditation.

However, this does not reflect on the quality of the courses offered at this College, as is evidenced by their recognition of our credits at accredited institutions and by the esteem in which our students are held.

As Augustine College was conceived to offer an educational alternative to the large university, our enrolment will always be well below that number, making us ineligible for membership in the AUCC. Instead of accreditation we have transfer agreements with a growing list of universities keen to have our students.
For more information see: accreditation.

What are transfer agreements?

We have an alternative accreditation through the recognition and acceptance of our courses at larger, established, degree-granting universities and colleges in both Canada and the United States. Some of these universities grant Augustine College graduates the equivalent of one-and-a-half years of credit at their university. If there is a college or university you plan to attend after Augustine, let us know and we can establish with that institution what credits it will accept. It is our experience that almost all our full courses are granted credit, while seminar courses may not be exchangeable credits.