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  Placement tests
High school   Important Admissions Dates
Transfer and
Post-secondary transcripts
  Special Admission
How to reapply/change program   Additional application forms (program specific)
Aboriginal student self-identification    

What is a program?

A program is a structured set of courses that leads to a credential, such as a certificate, diploma, or degree.

Some programs include a practical component as well as theory courses. The UFV Calendar contains program information such as entrance requirements, course prerequisites, and program requirements. 

Certificates, diplomas, degrees

These are credentials you can earn when you complete a program. Diplomas and Associate degrees are generally two years in length and Bachelor’s degrees are usually four years, based on full-time study. Most programs can also be completed on a part-time basis over a longer period of time. Certificate programs vary in length, and are generally completed in one year or less. UFV offers credit certificate programs (about 1,000 hours of training) as well as non-credit certificate programs (about 200–300 hours of training).

Qualifying Studies

Qualifying Studies is for students who need to upgrade their education to gain admission to UFV certificate, diploma, or degree programs; are undecided about their post-secondary goals; have missed a university program admission deadline; have failed to meet the continuance requirements of a UFV program; or are studying for general interest. Students admitted to Qualifying Studies may begin taking courses in their preferred area, provided they meet course and program prerequisites and seats are available. 

Admission to Qualifying Studies allows you to:

  • take courses to satisfy the entrance requirements for a program, provided you meet the course prerequisites;
  • take courses to fulfill the first- or second-year requirements for professional programs; or
  • take a few courses to get started if you are not ready to enter a program. 

Laddering from one program to another

If you begin in a certificate, diploma, or associate degree, you may be able to “ladder” into another program, building on previously earned credentials. For example, credits earned in a diploma or associate degree could be used as credit toward a four-year degree in the same area. Check the current UFV calendar for additional details.

» Find programs offered and entrance requirements in the UFV calendar
» See programs accepting applications

Credit versus non-credit

There are two types of courses offered at UFV: credit courses, and non-credit courses. Credit courses may satisfy certificate, diploma, and degree requirements or may be taken for general interest. They have a credit value and are generally assigned a letter grade. Information about credit courses and programs can be found in the current UFV Calendar.

Non-credit courses are usually offered through Continuing Studies (CE) and can be taken for general interest, upgrading skills, employment, and/or professional development.


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Applying for re-admission

You will be required to apply for re-admission if:

  • you have not completed credit courses at UFV within the past two calendar years
  • you do not register for the first semester to which you are admitted
  • you withdraw completely in your first semester

Some programs require re-admission if attendance is not continuous, e.g., Health Studies programs, Applied and Technical Studies, Aviation, etc. Check individual program listings in the UFV calendar for more information.

An application (apply online) and a re-application fee are required to apply for re-admission.

How to change to a different program

Applications are not transferable from one program to another. If you wish to apply to a different program, submit another application. If you are a new applicant to UFV, and decide to pursue a different program for your initial admission to UFV, you must submit another application‌ and pay a re-application fee.

Placement tests

Students may be required to take tests which will help to determine skill levels and aid in selection of courses appropriate to their educational backgrounds and abilities. Placement tests may also be used to meet some entrance requirements and course prerequisites.

Take placement tests early — allow at least one month to receive your results from UFV.

Dates, times, locations, costs, minimum scores, and detailed handouts on UFV placement tests, are on the Assessment Services website or at the Assessment Services offices located in Building G (Abbotsford campus) and Room D117 (Chilliwack campus). Contact the Abbotsford office at 604-557-4006, or the Chilliwack office at 604-792-0025, local 2460.

Register for placement tests at any UFV Office of the Registrar.

Aboriginal student self-identification

At UFV, students of Aboriginal ancestry can choose to self-identify so that they may benefit from supportive programs and services. By doing so, students also enable UFV to identify, review, and analyze data that will contribute to improved programs and services for Aboriginal learners. More info...

Special admission

Any person who does not meet stated admission requirements may petition our Academic Standards committee for special consideration. Download a Request for Special Admission (pdf) form or pick one up at the Office of the Registrar. Requests for Special Admission, with supporting documents, should be forwarded to the Admissions Coordinator in the Office of the Registrar. The request must be accompanied by an Application for Admission (pdf) form, the application fee, a letter from a UFV advisor or counsellor, a rationale from the applicant, and a copy of a recent high school transcript.

Special admission applicants may also be required to undertake testing, write provincial examinations, attend an interview, and/or write an essay in order to assess academic level. Applicants are advised to apply for special admission by April 30 for fall entry, October 31 for winter, or February 28 for summer semester. 

If you are a home school applicant, please contact UFV Admissions at the Office of the Registrar for further information.


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