What does it mean to be Canadian?

This interdisciplinary program, leading to a Diploma in Canadian Studies, is designed to offer both international and Canadian students a way to explore Canada from a variety of perspectives: artistic, cultural, historical, geographical, political or economic, the choice is up to you.


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Program description

The Canadian Studies diploma program offers students a way to satisfy their academic, professional or personal interest in subjects relating to Canada. Students will complete required core courses in Canadian culture and issues, and choose electives from a range of other courses related to Canada.

Program outcomes

  • Introduce students to the study of Canada from a multidisciplinary perspective
  • Provide a supportive academic environment to assist international students in making the transition to a Canadian university
  • Provide an environment that encourages dialogue and cross-cultural learning between Canadian and international students
  • Assist international students in developing their English (and French) language skills
  • Introduce students to concepts relating to the construction and negotiation of Canada’s national identities
  • Help students develop their ability to think critically about the connections between Canada’s past, present and future

Courses and fees

The diploma requires a minimum of 12 courses, equivalent to 18 credit units. Diploma students are required to complete three core courses (CS101, CS102, and CS200) in Canadian Studies and choose the remainder of their courses in subjects related to Canada offered by the faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences and Fine Arts at UVic.

Students may take up to four years to complete the diploma. Courses completed as part of the diploma may be transferred towards an undergraduate degree.

Required courses

Elective courses

Students choose the remainder of their courses (nine in total) in subjects related to Canada offered by the faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences and Fine Arts at UVic.

Graduation information

For students who have completed the program, please review the graduation deadlines and application.

Estimated fees

Description Fee
Program application fee $125.00
UVic application fee ($137 if transcripts come from institutions outside Canada) $79.25
Three required courses ($593 per course) $1,779.00
Nine elective courses ($593 per course) $5,337.00
UVic student fees $740.00
Estimated Total $8,060.25*
Fees listed in this section are an estimate. Total program fees may vary depending on delivery format, course selections, student fees, textbooks and taxes.

Application information

Admission requirements

This diploma is a credit program and requires admission to both the Canadian Studies program and the University of Victoria. Students applying to the Canadian Studies diploma program must meet UVic admission requirements, including the language proficiency requirement.

Individual courses

If space is available, students may register in core Canadian Studies courses for non-credit, without having to be enrolled in the diploma program. Non-diploma students who want to take a single course for credit must be admitted to UVic.

Transfer credit

With the permission of the Canadian Studies program steering committee, students may transfer up to 4.5 units of appropriate credit courses towards their diploma, as long as they have not previously used these credits towards a degree.

How to apply

To apply to the Canadian Studies diploma program, please submit an online application describing your education and/or work background and interest in studying Canada. If accepted into the diploma program, you must then apply to the University of Victoria.

Application dates

Starting in
September 2021
Accepting Applications
Apply by
July 1, 2021
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Starting in
January 2022
Accepting Applications
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Nov. 1, 2021
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