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Exploratory University Studies (EXPO) Program


Intake
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer

  • Program Start Date
    September, January, May
  • Campuses
    Cowichan

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    Nanaimo

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    City of Nanaimo
    Powell River

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  • Length
    Varies
  • Tuition Estimate
    (domestic students)
    $5,550 per year (domestic students); or $18,650 per year (international students)
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $1500 per year
  • Credential Granted
    • University Block Transfer
    • University Course Transfer
  • Learning Method Options
    Face-to-Face

Learning Method Option:

  • Face-to-Face: Program is fully delivered in class with face-to-face interaction
  • Online: Program is fully delivered online
  • Blended (Face-to-Face + Online): Program is delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online learning
  • Off-site: All or part of program is delivered in a physical location away from regular classroom/campus

This is a developmental program.

Looking for ways to fund your education? Check out VIU's financial aid and awards page.

Application Deadline Advice

Applications are accepted from the first business day in October to August 13 for the September intake (Nanaimo and Cowichan campuses). Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for September intake at the Powell River campus. 

Application Fee: $42.55 (domestic students); $150 (international students)

1) Program Admission Requirements

Academic (minimum grade needed in brackets)

One of:

  • high school graduation (or equivalent) with English Studies 12 (C) or English First Peoples 12 (C) or equivalent 
  • completion of a university degree
  • be a visiting student from a college or university (a "Letter of Permission" from the home institution is required)
  • be a transfer student from a college or university with at least 24 university transfer credits
  • mature student status (be at least 21 years old in your first semester) with English Studies 12 (C) or English First Peoples 12 (C) or equivalent 

Note: If you don't meet any of the admission categories, you may be admitted as an "Unclassified Student" to register into university-level courses which you meet the prerequisites. You will register after other students, so course availability will be limited.

Admission Advice

1. Exploratory University Studies (EXPO) allows students to take university credit courses while exploring your options further. As an EXPO student, you will need to meet the above-noted general university admission requirements and satisfy all course prerequisites.

2. All students considering EXPO are encouraged to visit VIU's Advising Centre to discuss whether this Program is the right opportunity for you.


 

2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy VIU's institution admission requirements as listed below.

English Language Requirements

Summary

If your first language is not English, you must have one of the following (minimum scores):

  • English 12 (C) or equivalent
  • Completion of VIU's English Language Centre's University Preparation Level 5 Program
  • TOEFL paper-based = score of 550 overall with no section under 56
  • TOEFL iBT = 88 with no score under 20
  • IELTS Academic = 6.5 overall with no score under 6.0
  • CAEL Canadian Academic English Language assessment = score of 60
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) = 176 overall
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) = 176 overall
  • Pearson (PTE) = score of 60, with no selection below 60
  • International Baccalaureate English A1/A2 Higher Level (HL)/ Standard Level (SL) = grade 3 or higher
  • Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition = Grade 2 or higher 
  • 6 credits of post-secondary English composition and literature with a minimum grade of "C" from a recognized university where English is the language of instruction
  • General Certificate of Secondary Education = English at the O-level with a minimum grade of C or 4

Verify with the institution directly

 

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

English Language Requirement - You must have proficiency in English at a level suitable for your desired program.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

View details on VIU Admission page.

On the above web page, you will have to scroll down to the following admission categories:

  • General Admission Requirements for University Academic Programs
  • General Admission Requirements for Trades & Applied Technology Programs 

 

 

Out-of-Province

View details on VIU Admission page.

On the above web page, you will have to scroll down to the following admission categories:

  • General Admission Requirements for University Academic Programs
  • General Admission Requirements for Trades & Applied Technology Programs 

 

BC Transfer Student

If you have transfer credits from another post-secondary institution, you may qualify for transfer credits. 

You will qualify for admissions as a transfer student if you have:

  • At least 24 university transferable credits; or
  • Less than 24 credits but high school graduation with a minimum "C" in English 12
For details on transfer credits, verify directly here.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

If you have transfer credits from another post-secondary institution, you may qualify for transfer credits. 

You will qualify for admissions as a transfer student if you have:

  • At least 24 university transferable credits; or
  • Less than 24 credits but high school graduation with a minimum "C" in English 12
For details on transfer credits, verify directly here.

Mature Student

See admission details in General Admission Requirements sections referring to Mature Students.

Students admitted to Vancouver Island University as ‘Mature Students’ must still meet individual course prerequisites. Check the Course Descriptions section of this Calendar, or consult an Educational Advisor at VIU to find out if you first need to complete prerequisites. Students can meet course prerequisites through VIU's Adult Basic Education program.

International Student

Information for international student applicant can be found here. 

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

For other admission categories, please check here.

Note: By scrolling down you can access the following admission categories:

  • General Admission Requirements - Unclassified Students
  • Admission on the Basis of a Previous Degree
  • Special Admission
  • International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement Program

 

How to Apply

View details on How to Apply for Admission.

 

 

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