Applying to UFV
Canadian citizens and permanent residents (landed immigrants) are eligible for admission as domestic students. Depending on the program, qualified applicants are admitted in two ways:
A first-qualified, first-admitted basis, depending on how early you applied.
A competitive basis, according to criteria the program has established for admitting the best prepared students. Students still need to apply by the deadline. Early application is recommended.
* International applicants are also welcome. International applicants should contact UFV International at 604-854-4544, or visit the UFV International website for information about admission. Different fees, timelines, and procedures to apply.
Post-secondary programs at UFV usually require BC high school graduation or equivalent. In some circumstances, certain programs may accept mature students (age 19 or older on the first day of classes) without high school graduation.
If you are under 19 and a non-graduate but believe you have special circumstances, you may request special admission. If you are in the process of completing secondary school and want to take one or two post-secondary courses at the same time, apply for concurrent studies.
Many programs have additional entrance requirements such as completion of specific courses with certain grades or averages, written statements, references, etc. See the entrance requirements for your program of choice in the online calendar.
Click for programs that require submission of additional application forms.
If you are applying to a degree program and have already completed a degree, additional requirements apply. Please review the Subsequent Degree process.
English language requirements
English is the language of instruction at UFV. Applicants are expected to be able to demonstrate language proficiency. UFV will verify that applicants meet language proficiency requirements prior to admission.
If you don’t meet entrance proficiency levels, there are programs at UFV to help you upgrade your language skills:
High school equivalents
You may be considered to have the equivalent of a BC high school diploma for admissions purposes if you have completed:
- the International Baccalaureate diploma program
- the Adult Basic Education provincial diploma
- the BC Adult Graduation diploma
- the General Education diploma (GED)
Students from other provinces
You are considered to have the equivalent of a BC high school diploma if you graduated from high school in:
- Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, or Newfoundland
- Quebec, and have completed one full year at CEGEP
You can also look up your out-of-province equivalents to BC high school courses.
If you don't meet the entrance requirements
UFV can help you get the requirements you need. One of our academic advisors would be happy to meet with you and discuss the best method to help you achieve your educational goals. Learn more at on the Advising Centre website.
Many students can still take courses as Qualifying Studies students. This means upgrading their high school while also taking university courses to be credited towards a future degree. It is also a great way for you to explore options by taking university courses before applying to a specific program. These students can take up to 30 credits while they work on getting the requirements needed to enter a program.
Learn more about Qualifying Studies.