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Vancouver Island University

Established in 1936 and located on Canada’s magnificent West Coast, Vancouver Island University (VIU) is a public university offering over 120 programs in popular areas of study like Art, Design and Performing Arts, Business, Tourism, Sport and Recreation and Hospitality, Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, Sciences, Computers and Technology, Health and Human Services, and Trades and Applied Technologies.

Each year over 16,000 new and returning students, including 1,500 Aboriginal students and 1,800 international students, choose VIU for their education. VIU’s inspirational setting, small class sizes and hands-on research, offers students the opportunity to experience the best of educational activities and student life. Vancouver Island University encourages all students to explore their potential, discover more about their world and excel in both life and learning. VIU is committed to ensuring that students are supported, engaged and encouraged to excel in whatever they choose to do. Students are, and will always be, VIU’s number one priority.

Areas of Expertise

Vancouver Island University (VIU) provides a range of educational opportunities from fundamental literacy skills through trades and technical programs to undergraduate and graduate degree programs providing an entry level for all applicants.
At VIU, students matter. We are dedicated to creating a supportive campus environment with an emphasis on teaching and student-faculty interaction in classrooms where you can be seen and heard. A focus on the student experience and opportunities for experiential learning, undergraduate research, study abroad and other co-curricular activities enhance the value of your post-secondary education. At VIU we respect other ways of knowing and being and are proud of our relationship with our First Nations partners in our region.

  • Transfer Credit

    Apply to the appropriate program. You will qualify for admissions as a transfer student if you have:

    • At least 24 university transferable, or,
    • Less than 24 credits but high school graduation with a minimum “C” in English 12.
    • Some programs require you to have a completed diploma in a specified discipline to continue at year three of the program.

    You are required to submit to Registration all official secondary and post-secondary transcripts from institutions you have attended.

    Transfer credit will be assessed after you have been admitted as a student and VIU has received your official transcripts. Transcripts should be sent directly to Registration/Admissions from the institutions that you have studied at. It may take some time for these credits to be added to your VIU Student Record. VIU is committed to processing transfer credit in a timely manner and attempts to award as much transfer credit as possible. If you have questions about your transfer credit you can email transfer.credit@viu.ca.

    If you have a completed diploma with a minimum of 60 Credits complete for the purposes of entering into year three of a degree, in most cases, a block transfer of 60 credits will show up on your VIU transcript.

    If you are waiting for your transfer credits to be processed you can still discuss course selection with the appropriate advisor for the program that you have applied to. Here is a link to the Degree Advisor contact list. You may wish to have copies of previous post-secondary transcripts available to refer to when you call the appropriate degree advisor. If you are transferring from a BC post-secondary institution, you can assist the process by using the online BC Transfer Guide before your discussion.

    Please be aware that VIU has a Residency Requirement for VIU credentials.

    Register for courses.

    • Normally, you will be assigned a date in May to register for the upcoming Fall (September) and Spring (January) courses. You should review the Web Registration Tutorial before that date.
    • You should try and have all transcripts assessed and your VIU Student Record updated before you go online to register in your courses.
  • Additional Resources

    Contact
    Transfer Credit Coordinator
    Registration and Admissions
    Tel:250.753.3245 Ext. 2280
    FAX: 250.740.6479
    transfer.credit@viu.ca

     

    Website
    viu.ca
    Transfer Credits

Transfer Information
  • BC Transfer Student

    If you have transfer credits from another post-secondary institution, you may qualify for transfer credits.

    You will qualify for admissions as a transfer student if you have:

    • At least 24 university transferable credits; or
    • Less than 24 credits but high school graduation with a minimum “C” in English 12

    For details on transfer credits, verify directly here.

  • Out-of-Province Transfer Student

    If you have transfer credits from another post-secondary institution, you may qualify for transfer credits.

    You will qualify for admissions as a transfer student if you have:

    • At least 24 university transferable credits; or
    • Less than 24 credits but high school graduation with a minimum “C” in English 12

    For details on transfer credits, verify directly here.

  • Mature Student & PLAR

    See admission details in General Admission Requirements sections referring to Mature Students.

    Students admitted to Vancouver Island University as ‘Mature Students’ must still meet individual course prerequisites. Check the Course Descriptions section of this Calendar, or consult an Educational Advisor at VIU to find out if you first need to complete prerequisites. Students can meet course prerequisites through VIU’s Adult Basic Education program.

  • International Student

    Information for international student applicant can be found here.

  • How to Apply & EducationPlannerBC

    Learn more about admissions at Vancouver Island University and apply online.

     

    Vancouver Island University is a BC public institution authorized under provincial legislation to deliver post-secondary education and training in B.C. Use EducationPlannerBC.ca to explore and apply for admission to BC public post-secondary institutions.

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