How do I add people from outside the University of Michigan to my Canvas course?

Before completing the steps below in Canvas, you should have the individual create a friend account. Instructions for creating Friend Accounts can be found by clicking the following link:


Yes. Adding individuals who are external to U-M as members of a Canvas course site can be done by clicking the Canvas Course Manager option listed near the bottom of the course's site menu (usually located above Settings):

Canvas course manager

Once the U-M Course Manager window opens, click the Add non-UM users button:

Add Non-UM users button

You will then be prompted to provide the email address for each non-UM user, either manually or via CSV upload, and select to which course section(s) they should be added. This will also automatically create U-M Friend accounts for them, so they can authenticate to U-M Canvas.

If there are any problems, instructors may also contact the ITS Canvas support team ( for assistance, and include the following information:

  1. Canvas Course Name
  2. A list of each student to add, including:
    • Email Address
    • First Name
    • Last Name


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