Open Studies allows students to:
• take courses to satisfy the entrance requirements for
a program, provided they 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.
Students in Open Studies must meet the following minimum entrance requirements:
1. B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent or
minimum of 19 years of age before the first day of classes.
2. Applicants must satisfy the English language proficiency requirement. For details on how this requirement may be met, see English language proficiency requirement in the Admissions section of the calendar.
When to apply
Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall, Winter,
and Summer semesters. For application deadlines, see
Specific intake application
How to apply
1. Submit the application fee along with your UFV
application for admission form to the Office of the Registrar (OReg).
You can apply online at ufv.ca/admissions/admissions/apply.
Additional documents required for a complete
• 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
No documents need to be submitted by students currently
in Grade 12, until final grades are available at the beginning of August.
If a UFV Placement Test, English as a Second Language (ESL) assessment score, or Upgrading and University
(UUP) assessment score is required, please make arrangements to write it early
in the year.
2. Upon admission to UFV, you will be provided with
registration information. You should contact a Student Services academic
advisor if you require assistance in choosing your courses and planning your
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 UFV.
Note: It is essential that you provide your Provincial Education
Number (PEN) on the application form.
Basis for admission decision
Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be
admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an
application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been
Fees and additional costs
See the Fees and Other Costs
section. Books and additional supplies cost approximately $100 per course.
Course locations vary from campus to campus.
When selecting your courses, refer to the entrance or
program requirements for your intended program so that credits you complete
while in Open Studies may be applied to your preferred program at a later
date. You may enrol
in courses for which you meet the prerequisites. It may be difficult to enrol
in some courses as seats are reserved for students admitted to the program.
Students in Open Studies may be able to enrol in these courses if there are
vacancies after program students have registered. Refer to the course
descriptions for course prerequisite information. If a placement test is required,
please make arrangements early in the year to write it.
Student Services academic advisors can assist you in
developing an individual educational plan. Call Student Services at
604-854-4528 (Abbotsford), 604-795-2808 (Chilliwack), or 604-826-6000 (Mission) or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment with an academic 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.
Be sure to consult an academic 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
bctransferguide.ca. We also
suggest you pick up your free copy of the Transfer Tips handbook available from
Student Services, or online through
bctransferguide.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 transferring.
For further information on transferring credit, please
see Transfer to Other Institutions.
To remain enrolled as a student, you must meet the criteria for continuance as outlined in the Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).