First Year University Studies

Important information about Spring 2021 University Program courses

5 October 2020

Dear Student,

Vancouver Island University has recently announced that the Spring 2021 semester will follow the same hybrid learning model as Fall 2020 has been using. Here are some details about what you can expect in your VIU courses that begin in January or February: 

  • Academic courses will be delivered in fully online formats, with no in-class attendance at the campus required.
  • Many classes will have some synchronous (everyone together) activities for students that will take place online, in the timeslot scheduled for that course;
  • However, students will also be able to complete courses asynchronously (on their own schedule) without penalty.  Please see your class VIU Learn page a few weeks before your courses begin for more details.
  • You can expect to connect with your instructor and classmates regularly online through VIU Learn, Zoom, and VIU Tube. No other special software or applications will be required.
  • Some courses will make course readings available electronically, but others may require a purchased textbook either in paper or eBook forms.  The VIU Bookstore has excellent online ordering and delivery options, as well as competitive pricing.  Information about required texts is available from instructors and on the Bookstore website.

When classes are in session, your instructors will communicate with you by email and through the class VIU Learn page, and you can contact your instructor through VIU Learn as well, or by email.  Your course VIU Learn site will have details on how the specific course material will be delivered, how your instructor will be hosting office hours online, and more information about supports and resources available.

Your professors have been working hard to develop online course delivery that is engaging, creates community, and enables you to enjoy and stay on track with your learning goals.  We are excited about all the tools and resources we have ready to share with you!

I also want to let you know that all of our student services and supports, such as counselling and advising and VIU’s Writing Centre, are available online. I know that many of you may still have questions about the spring semester and I want to assure you that VIU is here to assist you in various ways to ensure that you have an enriching experience.

The University has put together an FAQ for students that is being updated as new questions come in, and we are also happy to answer any further questions you may have – please reach out to me directly if you have questions about the Powell River University Program, or with more general questions to  General information about the Powell River campus is available on our website

I’m very much looking forward to seeing you (virtually) in the spring. In the meantime – I hope you are having a rewarding fall.


Zora Soprovich

English Professor and University Program Coordinator

Vancouver Island University

Powell River Campus


First Year University Studies, Powell River Campus

Powell River's university studies program is designed to provide students with a rewarding and engaging learning experience, in preparation for further academic study. 

Students may receive transfer credit for these courses at any of the colleges or universities in the provinces. Students can check transfer credit at the BC Articulation and Transfer site

Students who would like to take distance education courses through other post-secondary institutions can meet with an advisor to discuss their options.The Powell River campus of VIU can provide access to the computer labs and student support services. For more information, or to contact about these services, please visit an advisor for details.

Students may go on to complete a degree at Vancouver Island University or at other universities. These courses could be part of programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Child & Youth Care, Bachelor of Elementary Education, and Bachelor of Liberal Studies. Elective courses can be taken towards Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science and other diplomas and degrees.

Classes begin in September and January.

Why I Study Here!

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General Admission Requirements

No application deadline date, however register early as space is limited

Canadian citizens and those with permanent residence status in Canada are eligible for admission to University programs if they meet one of the following conditions:

  • Graduation from a B.C. secondary school, or equivalent, with a minimum “C” grade in English 12 or equivalent*;
  • Previous degree from a recognized university;
  • Visiting student from a College or University (a “Letter of Permission” from the home institution is required);
  • Transfer student from a College or University (at least 24 transferable university-level credits completed);
  • Mature student – at least 21 years of age (or will turn 21 in the first semester of admission) and has a minimum “C” grade in English 12 or equivalent*.  
  • Unclassified Student - students who do not meet any of the admission categories above may be admitted as an “Unclassified Student” and register in classes for which they meet the prerequisite. Unclassified students are not eligible for "Continuing Student" status and must reapply each academic year into which they would like to register.

Courses Offered

Fall 2020 (Online)

English 115 - University Writing and Research (Mon/Wed 9-10:30) 

Global Studies 100 (Tues 5-8 pm)

Psychology 111 - Contemporary Psychology I (Wed 4:30-7:30 pm)

Sociology 111 - Introduction to Sociology (Tues 1-4 pm)

Spring 2021 (Online)

English 115 - University Writing and Research** (dual-credit scheduling - early Feb. start; Tues/Thurs 5-6:30 pm)

Psychology 112 - Contemporary Psychology II (Wed 4:30--7:30 pm)

Subject to change: please check back for more updates.
**Early February Start

Are you interested in specific university-level Math, Science, or other course that we don't currently offer? If so, please contact us to start an interest list for possible course delivery if/when minimum numbers are met.


Fee Type


Tuition (per 3 credit course)


Student Fees (per semester)




Application Fee


* Audit Option (non-credit)

* Seniors Age Exemption

Subject to change - please check here for any updates

Additional Expenses

  • Required textbooks (approx. per course): $120.00

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance may be available to students demonstrating financial need. This program is government student loan eligible. Applications for the academic year are available each June online at StudentAidBC or at Vancouver Island University.

Find information about available funding sources.

Are you studying part time?  If so, you may be eligible for a Part-Time Studies Grant: see an advisor for details.