General Studies

General Studies is not a true “program”; it has no structured group of courses, but may 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 doesn’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 604-826-6000 (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 at 604-854-4528

Chilliwack at 604-795-2808


The General Science category is designed for students entering UCFV who wish to study science. After one year of studies (28 credits), General Science students can apply for admission to the Bachelor of Science program (see the BSc Entrance Requirements under the Faculty of Science, Health, & Human Services).

Entrance requirements

1. B.C. Secondary school graduation or equivalent or minimum of 19 years of age before the first day of classes.

Note: You must meet the prerequisites for your course(s) before you begin classes. Please read the course descriptions to determine which prerequisite courses are needed. If a Composition Placement Test (CPT), Math Placement Test (MPT), or Computer Skills Placement Test (CSPT) is required, please make arrangements early in the year to write it.

How to apply

1. Submit the application fee ($45) 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. You can also print an application form from our website at, or you can apply directly through the internet at See the Admission chart for a complete list of application dates and general admission information.

Additional documents required for a complete application:

Proof of completion of course prerequisites is due the end of the first week in August for the fall semester. Please submit your official high school transcript as soon as you receive your final grades.

2. Upon admission to the program, you will be provided with registration information. A deposit is required when you register (see the Fees and Other Costs section). This money will be applied to the tuition fees and is not refundable. Final payment of all course fees is due the end of the second week of classes.

Admission with registration priority (formerly known as Priority Admission)

Applications for admission with registration priority for Fall semester are accepted from April 1–30 only. See Admission with registration priority under the Admissions & Registration section.

Fees and additional costs

Fees stated are in effect for 2002/03 and are subject to change for 2003/04.

The fees for a full-time student (five courses or 19 credits) would be about $1,300 per semester. Books and additional supplies cost $80 to $100 per course. See the Fees and Other Costs section for more information.


First-year courses can be completed at either the Abbotsford or Chilliwack campus. Currently, all courses beyond first-year are only offered at the Abbotsford campus.

Visiting students

Students from other institutions may wish to take courses in the UCFV program in order to complete their studies at their institution. This requires a Letter of Permission from their institution as well as an application to UCFV as a visiting student. Students should consult the Registrar’s office at their institution. Visiting students may not receive the same priority in registration as UCFV students.

General Studies diploma

Students in the General Science category are eligible to complete the General Studies diploma. 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 at UCFV with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. Students must submit a Request for Graduation form to the Admissions and Records office by April 1.

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