General

What does it mean to be an Open Studies student?
What is a GPA?
What is a Credit Point?
How do I find my GPA and Credit Points earned?
What is Open Stuides?
What does it mean to be undeclared?

Program Questions

How do I select Open Studies?
How do I apply to a program?
How do I succeed in my program of study?
How to a raise my GPA?

Career Questions

What career is right for me?
Will there be a job for me when I graduate?

myUFV FAQ's

https://portal.ufv.ca/misc/FAQpage.html



General

What does it mean to be an Open Studies student?
An Open Studies student is one who is permitted to enroll in regular credit courses, but does not have acceptance in to any particular program of study that leads to a degree or diploma.

Open Studies students can be classified as those looking to upgrade in preparation for a program or degree, to fill graduate program requirements, or simply for personal development.
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What is a GPA?

A Grade Point Average (GPA) is a measure of how well a student is doing in their academic studies. At UFV, the grading system ranges from A+ to NC (No Credit - Fail), with corresponding grade point ranging from 0.00 to 4.33. See UFV's Grading System for information on how to interpret grades and grade points.
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What is a Credit Point?

A credit is a generic measurement for the workload of a university course. One credit generally represents one course-hour (i.e a 3-credit course has 3 hours of class time each week).
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How do I find my GPA and Credit Points earned?

Read our ‌ to navigating the student portal, myUFV.
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What is Open Studies?
Open Studies is an open admission category that allows you to take courses toward your educational goal. Open Stuides are an option when a specific program is not available, or you do not meet all the entrance requirements. Admission to Open Studies allows you to:

  • take courses to satisfy the entrance requirements for a program
  • try a variety of courses that interest you
  • take some of the courses applicable to your preferred program

Open Studies are intended to be temporary and students should pursue admission to a specific program as soon as possible.

Program
A program is a structured set of courses that leads to a credential, such as a certificate, diploma, or degree. Some programs include a practical component as well as theory courses.

Find programs offered and entrance requirements in the UFV calendar.

Certificates, diplomas, degrees

These are credentials you can earn when you complete a program. Diplomas are generally two years in length, bachelor’s degrees are usually four years, and associate degrees are two years, based on full-time study. Most programs can also be completed on a part-time basis over a longer period of time. Certificate programs vary in length, and are generally completed in one year or less. UFV offers credit certificate programs (about 1,000 hours of training) as well as non-credit certificate programs (about 200–300 hours of training).

Laddering from one program to another

If you begin in a diploma, associate degree, or certificate, you may be able to “ladder” into another program, to build on previously earned credentials. For example, credits earned in a diploma or associate degree could be used as credit toward a four-year degree in the same area. Check the current UFV calendar for additional details.

» Find programs offered and entrance requirements in the UFV calendar
» See programs accepting applications
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What does it mean to be undeclared?
Undeclared is a term used by the university that means you are a student that has not chosen or decided on a major or minor.
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Program Questions

How do I select a program?
Select a program from UFV's program list and be sure you meet the specific entrance requirements. 

Are you unsure of which program is best for you?
  
Make an appointment with an Educational Advisor through Advising Services...

You can also use an Education Planner to help you determine your education & career path

Do you know which program you're interested in but are unsure of your next steps? 
Make an appointment with an Open Studies Advisor. Click here to make an appointment online or email openstudies.advice@ufv.ca
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How do I apply to a program?

International Students:  Please contact the UFV International Office.

  1. Seek advice from an Advisor
  2. Choose a program and check the Entrance Requirements 
    (some programs require additional documents)
  3. Check which term you can apply to at Program Application Information
  4. Read through the the Admissions Information Page
  5. APPLY for Admission
    • Online 
    • Mail/Fax/In-Person

Download the PDF for a visual on myUFV Instructions

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How do I succeed in my program of study?
Visit the UFV Counselling webpage:
     1.  Take a look at their Student Success handouts
     2.  Attend a study smart workshop
     3.  Make a Study Skills counselling appointment

Use this resource to learn effective study skills and time management:
      1.  Time Management, Study Guides and Strategies  
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How do I raise my GPA?
Make an appointment with an educational advisor for specialized advice -  Click here to make an appointment online.
Visit these sites to learn of ways to raise your GPA
      1. How effective note taking can boost your GPA
      2. 20 Easy ways to raise you GPA- Education Choices

Learn how to calculate your GPA



Career Questions


What career is right for me?
1.  Take a self-assessment quiz to determine what jobs best suit your personality"
     - Identify your Skills
     - Identify your Values
     - Personality Assessments
                  - The Holland Code 
                  - Human Metrics 
                  - Career Zone 

2.  Explore your options and plan for your future with this helpful resource:
     - Sunrise Online Career Services 

3.  Visit the UFV Career Centre
     - Learn about career coaching services
     -"What do I do with a major in..."

4.  Attend a Career & Life Planning Workshop or make an appointment with a Career Counsellor
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Will there be a job for me when I graduate?
Explore the BC and Canadian labour market, starting with the following resources:
      1.  Working in Canada
      2.  Working in British Columbia
      3.  UFV Career Centre Labour Market Information
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