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Qualifying Studies

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.



What is Qualifying Studies?

Qualifying Studies (QS) is a first step in your educational journey. Within this admission category, you are able to:

  • Explore your interests before applying to a certificate, diploma, or degree program.
  • Take classes while working toward meeting program entrance requirements.
  • Enroll in any class that is offered as long as you meet the pre-requisites and there is space available. In many cases, the credits you earn in QS will count toward your future program.

Watch a recorded planning session to learn more about Qualifying Studies.



Courses can be worth 3, 4, or 5 credits. That’s approximately the number of hours you’ll be in class per week.

To be considered "full time" you would take 9 credits per semester. If you want to graduate with a degree in four years, you will take 15 credits every fall and 15 credits every winter. You can speed up or "catch up" in the summer semester if you want to.

If it’s your first semester of university, consider taking a lighter course load so you don't get overwhelmed.


Allocate about 10 hours per week for each 3 credit class:


3 hours per week
in class


6 hours per week
for homework


Commute time


Suggested course plan

  • Upgrading or other courses to meet entry requirements
  • Build a strong writing foundation
  • 100-level classes in subjects you like
  • Core classes from your goal program
  • An introductory course like UNIV 101


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).

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