General Studies is not a true
“program”; it has no structured group of courses,
but may allow you to:
take courses to satisfy the
entrance requirements for a program
take courses to fulfill the
first- or second-year requirements for professional programs
explore various disciplines
before choosing a program
enrol in courses or a UCFV
program, or for transfer to another institution
take upgrading and some program
courses at the same time
take courses for interest
take some of the courses from your
preferred program if you have not yet been accepted to the
take a few courses to get started
if you are not ready to take a program full-time
choose from College and Career
Prep, English as a Second Language, and post-secondary courses.
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.
General Arts and General Science are
subcategories of General Studies. See this page for details of
General Arts and General Science.
Student Services educational advisors
can assist you in developing an individual educational plan.
Advisors encourage all new students to attend a free
“Introduction to UCFV” workshop.
“Intro” schedules are published for each campus.
register for the workshop please call Student Services at
604-854-4528 (Abbotsford), 604-795-2808 (Chilliwack), or
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
will apply to your intended program or programs.
For further assistance, please contact
General Arts is a category of General
Studies, and is designed for students entering UCFV who wish to
study humanities or social sciences. After completing nine
university-level credits with a cumulative grade point average
of 2.0 based on all university-level credits attempted, General
Arts students can apply for admission to the Two-Year Arts
program (Liberal Arts diploma or Associate of Arts degree).
General Science is a category of
General Studies, and 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
BSc Entrance Requirements).
Entrance requirements for all
General Studies categories
B.C. secondary school graduation or
equivalent or minimum of 19 years of age before the first day
Note: You must meet the prerequisites
for your course(s). Please read the course descriptions to
determine which prerequisite courses are needed. If a placement
test is required, please make arrangements early in the year to
How to apply to any of the
General Studies categories
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. You can also print an application form from
our website at www.ufv.ca/ar,
or see the
for a complete list of application dates and general
Additional documents required for a
Proof of graduation (an
official high school transcript) if you are under 19 and no
longer in school.
• A transcript is recommended for
students over 19, in order to meet course prerequisites.
No documents need to
be submitted by students currently in Grade 12, until final
grades are available at the beginning of August.
You must show that you meet the
prerequisites for each course. All prerequisites must be met
when you register, except students currently in Grade 12 will
have until the beginning of August to meet high school
If a UCFV Placement Test or College
& Career Prep assessment (CCP) score is required, please
make arrangements to write it early in the year.
Upon admission to UCFV, you will be provided with registration
You should contact a Student Services
educational advisor if you require assistance in choosing your
courses and planning your timetable.
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.
Admission with registration priority
(Applicable to General Studies, General Arts, and General
Applications for admission with
registration priority are accepted for Fall semester only from
Feb. 1–30. See
Registration Priority for information.
B.C. secondary school graduation or
For information about equivalents to
B.C. Grade 12 graduation, please refer to the
Equivalents to BC Graduation
section in this calendar.
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 online
B.C. Provincial Transfer Guide at
www.bccat.bc.ca. We also
suggest you pick up your free copy of the Transfer Tips
handbook available from Student Services or online through
www.bccat.bc.ca. 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
For further information on
transferring credit, please see
Transfer to other Institutions.
Continuance in General Studies
Failure to maintain a 2.0 GPA will
result in loss of registration priority for subsequent courses.
Fees and additional costs
Fees stated are in effect for 2005/06
and are subject to change for 2006/07.
Tuition fees for most full-time
students are about $1,900 per semester (based on enrolment in
five courses or 15 credits). Books and additional supplies cost
approximately $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
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
(Program requirements for the General
Studies diploma are under review. Effective September 2006, new
requirements will be in place. Contact an Educational Advisor
in Student Services for more information.)
Students in any of the General Studies
categories 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.
All credit courses attempted will be
calculated into the cumulative grade point average (CGPA).
Students must submit a Request for Graduation form and the
graduation fee to the Admissions and Records office by April 1.
When you are ready to apply to a
different program, see an educational advisor in Student
Services for assistance and planning. You may need help with
your transition, application, and course selection.
Contact Student Services in Abbotsford
at 604-854-4528 or Chilliwack at
Please refer to
information on this program.