First Year University Studies

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.

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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 2021 (In Person) Click to see Flyer

English 115 - University Writing and Research (Mon/Wed 10-11:30 am or online--see note*) 

Psychology 111 - Contemporary Psychology I (Wed 6-7 pm - plus online - see note**)

Sociology 111 - Introduction to Sociology (Mon 1-4 pm) via video-conference

Faculty of Social Sciences On-Line Course Offerings – Fall 2021 CLICK HERE

Spring 2022 (In Person) Click to see Flyer

Criminology 101 - Introduction to Criminology (Thurs 5-8 pm) via video-conference - see note ***)

English 125 - Literature and Culture (Mon/Wed 10-11:30 am)

English 115 - University Writing and Research (Tues 4:30-7:30 pm or online--see note*) Feb 1 - May 11 

Psychology 112 - Contemporary Psychology II (Wed 6-7 pm - plus online - see note**)
Sociology 112 - Canadian Society in the Contemporary World (Tues 1-4 pm)

Subject to change: please check back for more updates.

*Delivery of ENGL 115 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 PSYC 111 and 112 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.

***Delivery of CRIM 101 will be in a Blended Asynchronous format, with lectures delivered to students at the Powell River Campus by Zoom during the scheduled class hours (5-8 pm Thursdays) some weeks and with all content available online asynchronously other weeks.

For the 2021/22 year, additional courses are available from VIU's other campuses through online and blended delivery formats (For example, CREW 110 F21D01 and CREW 120 S22D01 on Tuesdays from 5:30-8:30 pm): contact an advisor for details. Students registered in VIU courses can access supports and resources such as computer labs and the Writing Centre at the Powell River campus. 



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.