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Academic Advising Centre

General Studies diploma

This guide has been prepared with the information you need to successfully register for your first year at UFV. Please review the information provided on this page thoroughly before contacting your academic advisor with questions.



The General Studies diploma is UFV’s most flexible two-year program, allowing students to choose courses that are most relevant to their personal and professional goals. General Studies diploma students will demonstrate foundational skills in communication, numeracy, and science or digital literacy.

The General Studies diploma is flexible enough to allow students to:

  • Explore courses from a variety of areas of study;
  • Use transfer, applied, and professional program credits;
  • Tailor a program of study to specific needs of their workplace; and
  • Complete entrance and lower-level requirements for degree-level study and professional programs.


Program structure and requirements

Watch the recorded planning session below.

The General Studies diploma requires:

  • A minimum of 60 credits in courses numbered at the 100 level or higher. A minimum of 24 credits in courses numbered at the 200 level or higher. Successful completion of courses in at least four distinct disciplines.
  • Demonstration of having met the following Core Competencies: effective communication, use and interpretation of numerical data, and one of scientific practice and digital competency.

Where can I find a list of courses for the program?

You can access a list of all approved and required courses for your program in two ways:


First time using MyGRADplan?

Visit MyGRADplan website to get login instructions and review tutorials. Specifically, you will want to learn about the 'What if' and 'Look ahead' features as they will be most helpful in your course planning.



Given that 3 classes correspond to approximately 20+ hours/week of school work both in and out of the classroom, it is very important that you consider your workload capacity carefully.

It is much better to start with less and add more coursework in future semesters than to start out feeling overloaded in your first semester.

Ultimately, the number of courses you take each semester is up to you, but here is what we recommend for first-year students:



3-4 courses per semester


9-12 hours per week in class


And at least
9-12 hours per week
for homework


Suggested course plan (first and second semester)

As General Studies diploma is a flexible program, students are encouraged to consult with an academic advisor to plan courses of their interest.


Next steps

Prepare for registration

Watch tutorials, review information on fee payment, important dates, and more.

Explore courses of interest

Find official course descriptions and outlines in the Academic Calendar.

Track your degree progress

Access your program audit & identify the requirements that are needed for graduation.


Still have questions?

Book an appointment with an academic advisor or email your questions to

If you are starting in the fall, book your next appointment prior to the winter registration (October).