Correspondence Studies

This page provides general information and a walkthrough of the process for a Correspondence Studies subject.

Correspondence Studies is a self-paced method of learning, supported with telephone access to an instructor. As a student, you have up to twenty weeks to complete each subject, giving you an additional six weeks over the classroom format. All subjects start the first week of the month. Faculty are available to assist you by telephone, fax or email. You can discuss a plan of study with your faculty contact to ensure an appropriate assignment and test schedule. In some cases this may be included in your study guide. You schedule yourself into a Test Centre or appoint a proctor in order to write required tests.


Register for your subject in one of three ways:
  • Online
    Whether you are a new or returning student, you can pay by VISA, MasterCard, or American Express on our website, at:
  • Telephone
    If you are paying by VISA, MasterCard, or American Express, you can register by telephone by calling 416-493-4144. Please have your subject code and credit card ready.
  • In-Person
    If you wish to pay by cash or debit card (VISA, MC, AMEX also accepted), you must visit one of our three main registration offices to register:

    Newnham Campus
    1750 Finch Avenue East (at Don Mills Rd.)
    York Campus
    70 The Pond Road (Keele St. and Finch Ave.)
    King Campus
    13990 Dufferin St. (at Bloomington Sideroad)
Regardless of the method of registration you choose, payment is due in full when you register. At the time of registration, please ensure we have your updated mailing address and contact information.

Welcome Package

You should receive your package before your subject starts, the Seneca College Bookstore will send you your subject materials that may include textbooks (if applicable), study guide, test centre information, proctor information and any additional materials. You should review your materials and compile a list of questions in preparation for talking with your Faculty member.

Your Faculty Member

Your faculty will contact you before the end of the second week of your subject. During this telephone call you will discuss:
  • How you will communicate with your faculty member -- support may be available in person, by telephone or possibly E-mail.
  • Subject requirements (tests, assignments, exams, etc.).
  • An appropriate and realistic schedule for completing your course within the 20-week time frame.


You should familiarize yourself with all your materials and begin working with your materials right away. Learners who make an early start toward subject completion are most likely to complete their subject successfully within the 20-week time frame. Your assignments are included in your subject materials; these should be submitted to your faculty at the times agreed upon during your initial discussion with your faculty member.

After you submit an assignment, your faculty member will provide feedback and a mark. Marked assignments are returned to students by mail. The Faculty of Continuing Education keeps any unreturned assignments and all exams for a period of one year.

Tests and Examinations

You have two options for writing your tests. If you have access to one of the Seneca College Test Centre locations, you will write your test at the centre nearest you. Students must provide photo identification and proof of registration (registration receipt) before writing any test. In some subjects, students must first obtain permission from the teacher before writing a test. If you cannot use a Seneca Test Centre, you may identify a proctor. Guidelines and suggestions on how to arrange for text/exam proctoring are outlined in your welcome package. Once you have identified a proctor, tests and exams are administered by your proctor and marked by your assigned faculty member.

Final Grades

After August 30th, you will be able to view your grades online via SIRIS . Your grades will be available 4-6 weeks after the course end date. You should keep this in mind if you intend to register for another subject following your completion of a subject. Faculty of Continuing Education staff are not authorized to tell you your final grade. Please refer to a copy of the Seneca Academic Policy for full details.

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