Once you have submitted your application, it will be reviewed by the Program Coordinator within a few weeks. We will contact you if additional information is needed. If you meet admission requirements, you will receive an electronic letter of acceptance and additional information from the program Assistant.
The program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.
If you have not registered in a course in the last 2 terms (i.e. for 8 months), you will need to complete an online Undergraduate Reregistration Application form on your UVic account and pay the reregistration fee before registering in future courses. However, you will not need to reapply to the program.
For students looking to fast-track through the program, the diploma may be completed in 8 months with full-time study (depending on course scheduling and elective choices). Concurrent undergraduate students who enter the program with acceptable core and elective courses already completed may be able to complete the program in as little as one term!
While English language proficiency is not specifically required for acceptance to this program, it is required for acceptance to UVic.
No. At this time, core courses are not available by distance education, so the program cannot be completed online.
Type of fee
Diploma application fee
Division of Continuing Studies (DCS)
Charged one time upon admission to the program only.
UVic acceptance fee
University of Victoria
Charged one time upon admission or new UVic students only and used toward tuition.
UVic undergraduate application fee
University of Victoria
For new undergraduate students only.
University of Victoria
For returning students only.
Course tuition(for each 1.5 unit course)
University of Victoria
Based on domestic fees – check the UVic website for international fees.
Student fees (per term)
The amount varies according to the number of courses taken.
University of Victoria
Includes UVSS, Athletics and UPass transit fees.
Fees are subject to an annual increase. Late fees, official transcripts, housing (of applicable), course material, and graduation fees are in addition to the fees quoted above. Please consult the UVic Calendar or UVic Accounting on the most up-to-date and accurate information on tuition and ancillary fees.
Once you’ve been accepted into the ISP program, you will need to submit a Request to Declare Program (RDP) to declare your intention to complete the ISP program. Declaring the program will help you make decisions and track your progress towards completing your diploma. Your personal Curriculum, Advising and Program Planning (CAPP) report will act as an important planning tool. If you are a concurrent student completing an undergraduate degree and wish to add the ISP diploma to your student record, you can modify your program by choosing Request to Change Program through your UVic Online Tools and note the change in the "Student Note" box on the form. Are you only declaring the diploma? Simply submit a paper Request to Declare Program (RDP) form.
Up to 3.0 units of transfer credits may be approved as elective credits. Transfer courses must be equivalent to UVic courses.
All this and more can be done by signing in to your UVic Online Tools.
The Program Coordinator is available to help with:
NOTE: If you want to complete the ISP program concurrently with your undergraduage degree, it is important that you make an appointment to talk to an Advisor at The Academic Advising Centre for Humanities, Science and Social Sciences, so you can ensure that the requirements for both credentials are being met. You don't want any surprises when it comes time to graduate.
Yes! Completing the diploma in Intercultural Studies and Practice along with an undergraduate degree means you will not only graduate with two credentials, but will be equipped with invaluable and applicable skills as you move into your career or further your education in graduate school! Graduating with two credentials will give you a leg up over your peers graduating with only their undergraduate degree.
Most students completing an undergraduate degree in the Faculties of Fine Arts, Humanities, Human and Social Development, Business, Social Science, or Education can complete two credentials with no extra time or financial commitments! Often core ISP courses can be used toward elective courses in your BA major program, and core courses for your BA major program can be used as electives toward the ISP diploma. Please note that in order to share courses between programs, you must graduate from both programs at the same time.
Not usually. If you join the ISP program in your 3rd year of undergraduate studies, you will usually be able to complete all requirements for both your BA major program as well as the ISP diploma in two years. Additionally, many students join the ISP program only to discover they have already competed a number of core or elective courses for the program and are well on their way to finishing! Please contact us to discuss further or see which courses you have already completed could be used toward an ISP diploma!
After completing the online application to the Intercultural Studies and Practice program, complete a Program Change Request form on your account to add the program to your student record.
You can register for courses as soon as you are accepted into the program. Students who are already admitted to UVic can register for courses at any time.
Intercultural Studies and Practice program students register for courses through the normal UVic registration system, Online Tools. Step-by-step tutorials for registration are available here. Students with questions can call 250-721-8142 or 8143 for personal assistance or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes. Undergraduate students may register in any of the core course options for the ISP program at any time. In fact, many students complete courses that count toward the ISP diploma without even realizing it!
This program involves the completion of four required core courses, four elective courses, and a practicum/final project. Program students can begin their studies with any core or elective course. The practicum/final project however, should not be completed until your last term/year of study.
Yes, you will attend courses with students registered in Bachelor's programs at UVic.
There are two courses—ISP 420: Special Topics in Intercultural Studies and Practice and ISP 430: Facilitating Intercultural Relationships—for which you can register through the Division of Continuing Studies as a non-credit registrant.
Participants who audit a class, attend for personal enrichment without the benefit of assessment. Non-credit participants are expected to attend all classes, come prepared to class, participate in course discussions, participate in group work and complete all class readings and assignments. In short: full participation is required from non-credit registrants. Please remember that the majority of registrants in these courses will be 4th year university students completing the course from University credit. Non-credit participants should expect academic rigour and should take their registration in the course as a serious professional and personal development opportunity. Upon completion, participants who have completed all requirements will be issued a Certificate of Completion from the program office. Not all courses are available for audit or non-credit.
While some courses may be scheduled in the late afternoon or evening, others are scheduled in the morning or early afternoon, so some degree of flexibility in your work schedule is needed to participate.
If you don’t meet a course prerequisite but believe you have other background experience that qualifies you to take the course, you should contact the instructor of the course by email to seek their permission directly.
If the instructor grants permission, it is up to you to forward confirmation to the Undergraduate Secretary in the home department of the course. He/she will then do a permission override which will allow you to register for the course (or, alternatively, the Undergraduate Secretary may just register you directly at the same time as overriding the course permission).
While only one of the core course options will be used toward fulfilling your core courses for the program, any additional courses taken from the list of “or” options will count as electives toward your diploma.
The ISP Program Coordinator should be your first point of contact.
Except with the written approval of the Dean, the maximum course load per term is 9.0 units (six courses) and includes studies taken elsewhere.
There are three ways to find out what courses are being offered:
To help plan your timetable, use this timetable worksheet.
A CRN is a unique five-digit course registration number that you’ll need to register for courses. You will find course CRN’s while looking up classes in the timetable or Online Tools class search.
Courses are assigned section numbers that start with a letter which identifies the type of section. Lecture sections start with an "A," lab sections start with a "B," and tutorial sections start with a "T." They are followed by a two-digit sequence number which differentiates between more than one offering of a course per term.
If the course is full and has an active waitlist, you can choose to go on the waitlist while registering in Online Tools. Choose Waitlisted from the Action pull-down list, then click on Submit Changes. You will then have to confirm that you want to waitlist by clicking again. Go to the Waitlisting menu option to monitor your position, confirm your place, drop from the waitlist and register in the class.
Size and level. Seminar courses are generally offered at the fourth-year year level with less than 20 students registered. Assessment for participation is usually greater in seminar courses.
During the regular winter session (September – April), you will spend three hours a week in class for each course. Summer (May – August) class schedules vary and may include more intensive classes. In addition to in-class time, you should plan to spend another three to six hours per week outside of class reading reference materials and completing assignments. Please keep in mind that learning styles vary and the hours listed above are approximate.
You should apply to graduate in your last term of study. Once you have checked your graduation requirements, you should apply to graduate by Dec. 15 for graduation in the spring term (May) or July 15 for graduation in the fall (October).
If you miss an application deadline, you can always apply at a later date. Information on graduation can be found here.
Your program will normally be governed by the regulations in effect at the date of your first registration in the program. If the requirements change in subsequent UVic Calendars before you have finished your degree, you can usually elect to take advantage of those changes if it’s in your interest to do so.
Detailed information on the Intercultural Studies and Practice Co-op can be found at the Humanities, Fine Arts and Professional Writing Co-op website.
Yes. Workstudy positions both directly with Intercultural Studies and Practice, as well as in other departments focussing on intercultural activities, are posted in September of every year. For more information see the UVic Work Study Office. You will have to qualify to be eligible for work/study positions. Contact Student Awards and Financial Aid for information on how to qualify.
Many ISP students find volunteer placements with local intercultural organizations in the city themselves, but we’d be more than happy to provide you with suggestions of organizations that could use your help! Please note that an active volunteer role in the community is not required for the ISP program and is separate from any practicum requirements.
A number of our core courses—as well as ISP 420: Special Topics in Intercultural Studies and Practice—have strong experiential or applied learning opportunities. In addition, the practicum and final project are fully applied and are a way to put your learning to hands-on use in the community or through a project.
We have former students working for the government, in law/social services, education, business, non-governmental organizations and non-profit organizations locally, nationally and internationally, as well as in many other fields. See our career options and alumni pages for more information.
Any student who needs help with writing is encouraged to visit the Centre for Academic Communication (formerly The Writing Centre) for support developing academic writing and communication skills.
The Centre for Accessible Learning should be your first point of contact before and during your studies. The Center will provide you with resources and support for accessible learning. You should also notify your instructors immediately.
The University will provide an online receipt through Online Tools for income tax purposes in February for fees assessed in the previous calendar year. You should also keep the receipt for your Diploma Program Application fee as it is tax deductible. If you have registered in a non-credit course, your registration receipt can be used for your income tax.
Yes, you have the same access to the library and other services as all students at UVic. Library services can be accessed electronically by NetLink ID.