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.

This unique program offers you a way to satisfy your academic, professional or personal interest in subjects relating to Canada. You 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 student 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

Required courses

Elective courses

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

Admission and completion requirements

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.

Transfer credit

With the permission of the Canadian Studies Program Steering Committee, you may transfer up to 4.5 units of appropriate credit courses towards your diploma, as long as you have not previously used these credits towards a degree.

Completion requirements

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.

Estimated fees

Description Fee
Program application fee $125.00
UVic application fee ($114.50 if transcripts come from institutions outside Canada) $71.75
Three required courses ($526.20 per course) $1,578.60
Nine elective courses ($526.20 per course) $4,735.80
UVic student fees (when taking less than 4.5 units per term) $159.97
Estimated Total $6,671.12*
*IMPORTANT NOTE:
Fees listed in this section are only an estimate. Total program fees will vary depending on course selections, student fees, textbooks and taxes.

Application dates

Starting in
September 2016
Availability
Accepting Applications
Delivery Style
/ Online and on-campus
Apply by
Jun. 30, 2016
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Starting in
January 2017
Availability
Accepting Applications
Delivery Style
/ Online and on-campus
Apply by
Nov. 01, 2016
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How to apply

Canadian Studies Diploma

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.

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.