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How to choose what to study?

If you are planning on attending university, the transition to post-secondary education can be both exciting and confusing. One of the questions on every student's mind is 'How do I choose a program?' To help you get started with the process, we've put together a simple 5-step plan.


Reflect on yourself

How do you like to work, to study? Here are some areas that you might want to reflect on to help you choose a program that meets your personal needs and your career goals.


  • Think about what interests you
  • If you study a topic that genuinely interests you, it will be much easier to focus, study, and work on your assignments.
  • Consider your strengths
  • What are your areas of interest?
  • Do you have a career in mind?
  • Find out how to sample career pathways with experiential learning.



Explore program options

UFV offers more than 100 programs, including master’s degrees, certificates, diplomas:



Search by credential or subject to find a
university program.


Find out when the program you are interested in
 begins accepting applications. 


Check what the
admissions requirements to a program are before you apply.


Gather information about the cost of studying at university

  • How much does it cost?
  • The cost to study at UFV varies depending on several factors: what program you are studying, the number of courses you are taking, whether you are a domestic or international student, and whether you are taking an undergraduate or postgraduate program.
  • Visit the Fees and payments page on the admission website to find out approximately how much your tuition and other expenses will be.


Evaluate your options and make a decision

  • Have you missed an application deadline or don’t yet meet the requirements for your goal program?
  • You may still be able to start at UFV in Qualifying Studies.
  • Look into Qualifying Studies »


Have more questions or want to discuss your options?

Talk to an Academic Advisor for help with exploring fields of study, admission requirements, or to confirm transfer credits.

Book an appointment


Take action: apply for admission to UFV

  • What else do I need?
  • After you’ve applied, you’ll need to order and submit your official transcripts (high school and post-secondary).


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