General Studies

General Studies at a Glance:

Students may enroll in courses for which they meet the prerequisites. Some certificate, diploma, and degree program courses may be more difficult to gain access to as seats are reserved for students admitted to the program. General Studies students may be able to enroll in these courses if there are vacancies in courses after program students have registered. Refer to the course descriptions for prerequisite information.

Following is a list of programs and disciplines for which students may enrol as a General Studies student:

Adult Education
Art History
Business Administration
Child & Youth Care
College and Career Prep (see individual subject areas)
Computer Information Systems
Computing Science
Criminology/Criminal Justice
Early Childhood Education
Education and Career Planning
English as a Second Language
Family Childcare
Fashion Design
Fine Arts
Kinesiology and Physical Education
Latin American Studies
Library & Information Technology
Mathematics and Statistics
Media and Communications
Political Science
Religious Studies
Social, Cultural, & Media Studies
Social Services/Social Work
Speech and Language
Women’s Studies

(Many non-credit courses are available through the Continuing Education division. Check the Continuing Education section of this calendar, or or check C.E. course offerings online. )

General Studies is not a true “program”; it has no structured group of courses, but can allow you to:

The general studies category is designed for students who are not ready to apply to a specific area, are exploring various options, are combining coursework to keep their options open, or who find that a program doen’t exist which accommodates all their needs. Credits completed while in the general studies category may be applied to program areas at a later date, assuming the coursework was appropriate. The general studies category can be as simple or as complicated as the intended goals.

Student Services educational advisors can assist you in developing an individual educational plans. Advisors encourage all new students to attend a free “Introduction to UCFV” workshop. “Intro” schedules are published for each campus. To register for the workshop please call Student Services at (604) 854-4528 (Abbotsford), (604) 795-2808, or (604) 826-6001 (Mission).

If you need more individualized assistance after attending the “Intro” session, please contact the above numbers to book a confidential 45-minute appointment with a Student Services educational advisor. These appointments can help you refine your goals and objectives, understand available choices, and select courses which will apply to your intended program or programs.

For further assistance, please contact Student Services:
Abbotsford (604) 854-4528
Chilliwack (604) 795-2808

Entrance requirements

You can become a General Studies student if you have completed B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, or if you are 19 years of age or older before the first day of classes.

How to apply

1. Submit the application fee along with your UCFV application for admission form to the Admissions and Records (A&R) office. Application forms are available from any A&R or Student Services office. See the program information charts in the Admissions and Registration section for a complete list of application dates and general information.

Additional documents required for a complete application:

You must show that you meet the prerequisites for each course before you begin classes, or at the time of registration.

If a Composition Placement Test (CPT), Math Placement Test (MPT), Computing Skills Placement Test (CSPT), College & Career Prep assessment (CCP) score is required, please make arrangements to write it early in the year.

2. Upon admission to UCFV, you will be provided with registration information.

You should contact a Student Services educational advisor if you require assistance in choosing your courses.

3. For students under 19 years of age, admission is conditional upon B.C. secondary school graduation. Proof of graduation is due at the end of the first week in August for the Fall semester. B.C. Grade 12 students can arrange at their schools to have transcripts sent directly to UCFV.

It is essential that you provide your Provincial Education Number (PEN) on the application form.

Priority admission

Applications for priority admission for Fall semester are accepted from April 1–April 30 only. See the Priority Admission information in the Admissions and Registration section.

B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent

For information about equivalents to B.C. Grade 12 graduation, please see the B.C. Secondary School Graduation or Equivalent information in the Admissions and Registration section.

Course selection and transferability

You may register for any course for which you meet the course prerequisites. Prerequisites are listed for each course in the Course Description section of this calendar. Be sure to consult an educational advisor in Student Services if you are planning to transfer courses to another university, or check transfer information in the B.C. Provincial Transfer Guide, available on the internet at We also suggest you pick up your free copy of the Transfer Tips handbook available from Student Services or online through Some courses carry transfer credit only to certain universities, and careful planning is important. Courses numbered 300 and 400 will be considered for transfer on a course-by-course basis by the university to which you are transferring.

For further information on transferring credit, please see Guidelines for Transfer to Other Universities, in the Transfer of Credit section.

General Studies diploma requirements

Although there are no specific entrance or course requirements for this option, you may request a General Studies diploma upon successful completion of any 60 credits of course work with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0. You must apply for graduation by submitting a Request for Graduation form, available at the Admissions and Records office, by April 1.

Continuance in General Studies

Failure to maintain a 2.0 GPA will result in loss of registration priority for subsequent courses.

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