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University of Victoria
The University of Victoria (UVic) offers a wide range of programs to meet the needs of students from all parts of BC. With a picturesque campus and a medium-sized student body (about 18,000) UVic includes faculties of: Sciences, Fine Arts, Human and Social Development, Humanities, Business, Education, Engineering and Law, and is a national leader in co-operative education.
FACILITY/SERVICE HIGHLIGHTS: UVic has many athletic and recreational facilities, including: a large stadium; an ice rink; indoor and outdoor pools; racquet sports courts; a dance studio; fitness/weight training centre; and a sailing compound and rowing centre. Services available to students include: interfaith chaplaincy; health services centre; three child care centres; extensive on-campus housing; off-campus housing registry; student employment centre; and national and internal student exchange program coordination.
The general requirements listed below apply to transfer applicants from recognized institutions wishing to enter the Faculties of Humanities, Science, and Social Sciences. Admission requirements for other faculties are stated in the appropriate faculty section in the Calendar.
Note that applicants who have failed their previous year or who have a weak overall academic record may be refused permission to transfer, even if they meet the minimum admission requirements.
Transfer credit granted in a degree program is limited. Students who plan to begin their studies at another institution and transfer to UVic should ensure that the courses they take are eligible for transfer credit in their planned program at UVic.
If a student’s performance warrants a review of transfer credit granted on admission, the University reserves the right to require the student to make up any deficiencies (without additional credit) before proceeding to studies at a higher level. These decisions are normally made at the department level.
Transfer credit from BC colleges will be assigned according to the equivalencies listed on the BC Transfer Guide website for the year in which the courses were completed.
University transfer programs
Applicants require successful completion of at least 12 units of transferable courses with a minimum average equivalent to 2.0 (“C”) at UVic; the average is calculated from the grades for the most recent 12 units of university-level courses attempted and includes repeated and failed courses. Applicants with less than 12 transferable units must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 (“C”) on any post-secondary record and also meet the secondary school requirements for admission to Year 1.
Associate of Arts or Science Degree from a BC post-secondary institution
Applicants who have been granted an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from a recognized BC post-secondary institution will be granted 30 units of transfer credit if admitted to a degree program. Note that students receiving 30 units of transfer credit for completion of the associate degree are still obliged to fulfil all prerequisites in the degree program to which they are admitted.
Institutes of Technology
Applicants who have completed one full year of a diploma program at an institute of technology with a cumulative average of A- are eligible for admission. Credit is considered on a course-by-course and case-by-case basis.*
Applicants who have completed in excess of one full year at an institute of technology with a minimum cumulative average of B are eligible for consideration. Credit is considered on a course-by-course and case-by-case basis.*
*Block credit agreements have been established for some specific diploma programs to transfer to specific UVic degree programs. Normally, 30 units of block credit is granted to those admitted under such agreements.
Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT)
Applicants who have completed one full year of a diploma program at a CAAT with a cumulative average of A- are eligible for admission but no transfer credit.
Applicants who have completed a two-year diploma program (or two years of a three-year diploma program) with a minimum cumulative average of B are eligible for consideration. Up to 7.5 units of credit may be granted upon admission.*
Applicants who have completed a three-year diploma program, with a minimum cumulative average of B, are eligible for consideration. Up to 15 units of credit may be granted upon admission.*
Certificate programs are not considered for admission or transfer credit.
*Credit is determined on a case-by-case basis, but where block credit agreements have been established for specific diploma programs to transfer to specific UVic degree programs, credit may exceed the amounts indicated, but may not exceed a maximum of 30 units.
Applicants with more than one full year completed of an approved CEGEP program, with a minimum overall average of 70%, maybe granted up to 15 units of transfer credit at the first- or second-year level.
Canadian Bible Colleges
Admission and transfer credit for applicants from recognized bible colleges are considered on an individual basis. Courses can be considered for admission and transfer credit if the institution where they were taken is chartered as a degree or diploma granting institution in its home province, appears in the British Columbia or Alberta Transfer Guide or is a member of one of the following: the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, the Association for Biblical Higher Education or a U.S. regional accrediting body. For more information contact Undergraduate Admissions.
Transfer Applicants to the Faculty of Science
In addition to the requirements set out above, transfer applicants to the Faculty of Science must:
- meet the Year 1 subject and minimum math grade requirements for admission to the Faculty of Science directly from secondary school, or
- have transfer credit for at least 9 units of science courses including at least 3 units of Mathematics selected from MATH 100, 101, 102, 109, 151.
See Undergraduate Calendar for more information
- Additional Resources
BC Transfer Student
Information on admission requirements for BC post-secondary transfer students can be found here.
Out-of-Province Transfer Student
Information on admission requirements for transfer students can be found on this page by selecting ‘transferring from another college or university’ and select the type of institution you are transferring from.
Mature Student & PLAR
Mature Student admission at UVic is categorized as Special Access Category.
The number of applicants admitted under this category is limited by the availability of University resources. Admission under the Special Category is not automatic. An applicant for admission under the Special Category must meet the following criteria:
- be at least 23 years of age by the begining of the session applied for; and
- the applicant’s academic achievements have been significantly and adversely affected by health, disability or family or similar responsibilities.
Candidates for admission in the Special admission category are selected on the basis of:
- applicant’s educational history
- non-educational achievemnts that indicate an ability to succeed at university.
For detailed info, verify directly with the school.
Information for international student applicants can be found here.
How to Apply & EducationPlannerBC
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3800 Finnerty Road