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 VIU or 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 BC 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 2022 (In Person)
English 115 - University Writing and Research (Zora Soprovich, Mon./Wed. 11 am - 12:30 pm or online see note*)
Indigenous Studies 103 - Introduction to Indigenous/Xwulmuxw Studies I (TBA, Mon. 1-4 or online - see note**)
Psychology 111 - Contemporary Psychology I (Marla Morden, Wed. 6-7 pm plus online - see note***)
Spring 2023 (In Person)
 English 125 - Literature and Culture (Zora Soprovich, Mon./Wed. 11 am-12:30 pm or online - see note*)
English 115 - University Writing and Research (Zora Soprovich, Feb. 7-May 16, Tues. 4:30 pm-7:30 pm or online see note*)

Subject to change: please check back for more updates.

* Delivery of ENGL 115 and 125 will be split between face-to-face and online; each week students may participate in face-to-face classes at the Powell River campus, online on their own schedule, or in a mix of the two.

** Delivery of INDG 103 will be split between face-to-face and online; there will be one face-to-face class each month that can be joined remotely on their own schedule. This course will be available to students wanting to participate from a remote location (online only).

*** Delivery of PSYC 111 will be split between face-to-face at the Powell River campus and online; each week students are expected to attend in-person sessions (Wednesdays 6-7 pm), and also complete online modules on their own schedule.

Students registered in VIU courses can access supports and resources such as advisors, computer labs and the Writing Centre at the Powell River campus. 




Fee Type


Tuition (per course)


Student Fees (per course)




Application Fee


* Audit Option (non-credit)

* Seniors Age Exemption

*Love of Learning

*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.