Once you’ve submitted your program application, it will be reviewed by the Program Coordinator and Academic Administrator within a few weeks. We’ll contact you if additional information is required. If you meet the admission requirements, you will receive an electronic letter of acceptance and additional registration instructions from the Program Assistant.
Yes, you can take the Canadian Studies Diploma Program while also completing a degree program at UVic.
You may transfer in up to 4.5 units of appropriate credit courses completed at other accredited institutions toward their diploma.
Students who are unable to complete the diploma requirements while attending UVic may:
Each course requires 36 to 39 instructional hours, plus a usual minimum of 80 hours of reading, research, and completing assignments outside of class. You should count on about eight to 10 hours per week, per course, during the term.
Students whose first language is not English, and who have not resided in a designated English-speaking country for three years immediately prior to the entry-point applied for, must provide proof of English language proficiency.
For more information about meeting the University of Victoria's language proficiency requirement, please click here.
International students who need to advance their English to the level of proficiency required for admission to UVic may wish to consider an enriched program for language skill development such as the University Admission Preparation and Canadian Studies program, prior to applying for the Canadian Studies diploma.
This is not an extra fee. UVic requires that every newly admitted student confirm the offer of admission by paying a deposit of $200. This deposit is deducted from the balance of the tuition you will pay to Accounting for the first course you take. You should not pay the $200 unless you are sure you will take a course during the session in which you are admitted, as it is not refundable if you do not take a course. You will not be able to create a NetLink ID or register for courses until your acceptance deposit has been processed.
Please visit UVic’s Course Registration page for information to help you navigate My Page and learn how to register for courses. For other important Records information, see the UVic Registrar website or consult the University of Victoria calendar.
Your program application fee is payable to UVic but is paid at Continuing Studies.
Tuition and student fees for the courses you are taking are paid through Accounting Services:
UVic Accounting does not accept credit card payments for deposits or tuition fees. For information on how to pay your tuition fees, click here. Note that you will not be billed until your fees are late. You can find out how much you owe through your My page.
Credit students: your T2202a forms are available through UVic's My page.
Please ensure you print the print version for CRA and do not use the viewable version as it is not the official form.
Please contact Tuition Fees at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-721-7032 with any questions.
Non-credit students: use the receipt you receive when you pay your fees to Continuing Studies.
The Division of Continuing Studies offers small bursaries to assist learners in furthering their education. Bursaries are awarded on the basis of financial need and a demonstrated interest in lifelong learning, and may be used towards the program fees for Canadian Studies. Applications are available from the receptionist at the Division of Continuing Studies.
Credit students may be eligible for student loans. Check UVic Student Awards and Financial Aid website for more information.
Yes, you have the same access to the library as all students at UVic.
You will need to familiarize yourself with the requirements for the degree by reading the UVic calendar. Most degrees require a certain number of credits in a major and a minor area of interest, as well as electives. In addition, there may be regulations, such as no more than five 100-level courses can be applied to a degree.
When you are nearing completion of your diploma, you should go to the Advising Centre for Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences to discuss a plan to work towards a degree. Most courses you will take for the diploma should be transferable to a degree, but it will depend on the degree you choose as well as a number of other factors.