Certificate in General Studies FAQ

Students who complete this program are awarded a University of Victoria credential.

The value of this certificate lies in its interdisciplinary nature and in the unique combination of courses chosen by you to meet your specific needs.

This program was created so that you will have maximum flexibility to learn what you identify as being most useful to your professional or personal objectives and receive a credential for your work.

Each of the applicable courses is part of a recognized certificate or diploma program offered through the University of Victoria’s Division of Continuing Studies.

No, only courses taken through UVic’s Division of Continuing Studies are applicable to the program.

Courses range from 18 to 52 instructional hours each and the majority of courses are 36 or 39 instructional hours. Each course will also require reading, research and completing assignments outside of class.

The Division of Continuing Studies offers bursaries in the fall and spring terms to assist learners in furthering their education. Bursaries are awarded to learners who can display evidence of a commitment to lifelong learning and who can demonstrate financial need. Visit the Continuing Studies Bursary page for more information. 

Yes, you have the same access to the library as all students at UVic.

You can view and change your contact information (phone number, mailing address, email address) in the online student registration system. You can view and print off your unofficial transcripts there too.

The primary language of instruction at the University of Victoria is English. In order to succeed in this program, you will need verbal and written fluency in English. Please contact us if you wish to discuss how English fluency is assessed.

Your Learning Contract can be adjusted. Please contact the Program Coordinator at cgsprogram@uvic.ca to discuss.

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