Academic Calendar Winter/Summer 2018

General Studies

General Studies diploma

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;
  • Complete entrance and lower-level requirements for degree-level study and professional programs.

Students successfully completing a General Studies diploma will have met several of the competency requirements for the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS). Diploma students interested in continuing in the BGS with the intention of developing a thematic specialization can work with an Advisor while in the diploma program to ensure that necessary prerequisites have been completed.

Entrance requirements for students entering prior to Fall 2018

B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent or minimum of 19 years of age before the first day of classes.

Applicants must meet the Degree/diploma level English language proficiency requirement. For details on how this requirement may be met, see the English language proficiency requirement section of the calendar.

Entrance requirements for students entering in Fall 2018

All students, regardless of entrance option, must meet the Degree/diploma level English language proficiency requirement. For details on how this requirement may be met, see the English language proficiency requirement section of the calendar.

Option 1: High school (for students with high school graduation only)

B.C. applicants

  1. B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent.
  2. A minimum of a C+ in English 12 or equivalent (see Note) and a minimum of a C+ in one additional Approved Grade 12 course.

    Note: English 12 equivalent courses include English 12 First Peoples, English Literature 12, AP English, and IB English A (standard level or higher level).

Out-of-province applicants

Students will be considered on the basis of courses equivalent to Approved Grade 12 courses. See the Admissions section of the calendar for more information on equivalents to B.C. secondary school graduation.

Out-of-country applicants

Students must have B.C. secondary school graduation equivalency, meet the prerequisite for ENGL 105 or CMNS 125, and have completed an equivalent of C+ (equated to the UFV grading system) in one Approved Grade 12 course.

Students who do not meet these requirements might consider Qualifying Studies.

Alternatives to high school graduation

Students who have completed the International Baccalaureate diploma program, the B.C. Graduation diploma (B.C. Adult Dogwood), or the General Educational Development (GED) certificate may be considered to have the equivalent of B.C. secondary school graduation for admission purposes.

Option 2: University entrance (for students with some post-secondary education)

Completion of a minimum of 9 credits in courses numbered at the 100 level and above, with a CGPA of 2.0 on all credits attempted.

Students who do not meet these requirements might consider Qualifying Studies and/or a meeting with an Academic Advisor.

Students who do not meet these requirements might consider Qualifying Studies.

When to apply

Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall, Winter, and Summer semesters. For application deadlines, see Specific intake application process.

How to apply

  1. Apply online at

    Note: It is essential that students provide their Provincial Education Number (PEN) on the application form.

    Additional documents required for a complete application:

    • Official transcripts (or interim transcripts) from all post-secondary institutions attended (other than UFV) showing grade/course achievement as per entrance requirements. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to UFV from the originating institution; see the Transfer Credit section for details. To retain their original application date, students should order early so transcripts arrive within two weeks of the date the application is mailed or submitted.
    • For high school entrance, a final official transcript (if graduated). For students currently in Grade 12, final grades are due August 3.
  2. Applicants will be advised of an admission decision and, if accepted, will be provided with registration information. A deposit is required prior to registration (see the Fees and Other Costs section). This money will be applied toward tuition fees. Final payment of all course fees is due the end of the second week of classes.
  3. In cases where course work is in progress, an admission decision may be made conditional upon completion of academic requirements. Proof of completion of entrance requirements is due the end of the first week in August for the September intake.

If a UFV Placement Test or Upgrading and University Preparation (UUP) assessment score is required, please make arrangements to write the assessments early in the year.

Basis for admission decision

Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section.

Program requirements

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.
Core Competency Requirement
Written communication

CMNS 125 or ENGL 105

Additional written, oral, or visual communication

One of AH 100, AH 101, AH 102, AH 204, CMNS 175, CMNS 235, CMNS 251, GEOG 257/CMNS 257, HSER 120, SOC 254, VA 113, VA 115, or VA 116

Use and interpretation of numerical data

One of COMP 331/STAT 331, COMP 431/STAT 431, ECON 100, ECON 101, GEOG 252, GEOG 253, MATH 100 or above, PSYC 110, PSYC 202, SOC 255, or STAT 100 or above (see Note 1)

Or completion of one of the following credentials:

And one of the two following competencies:
Scientific competency

One of AGRI 123, AGRI 124, AGRI 129, AGRI 163, ASTR 103, ASTR 104, BIO 100-level or higher, CHEM 100-level or higher, GEOG 103, GEOG 116, HSC 111, KPE 163, KPE 170, PHYS 100-level or higher, or PSYC 202

Or completion of one of the following credentials:

Digital competency

One of CIS 100 or higher, COMP 120 or higher, CMNS 251, CMNS 376, ENGR 151, GD 157 or higher, GEOG 253, VA 160, VA 180, VA 271, or VA 365

Or completion of one of the following credentials:

Note 1: STAT 104 or STAT 106 is recommended for students planning on continuing into the Bachelor of General Studies degree.

Note 2: Individual courses can only be used to meet one competency.

Advisors can assist students in developing individual educational plans. An advising appointment can help students refine their goals and objectives, understand available choices, and selectcourses which will apply to the intended program. Students wishing to apply to the Bachelor of General Studies after completion of the General Studies diploma should familiarize themselves with additional BGS requirements. Contact Advising at

Note: Students may enrol in courses for which they meet the prerequisites. Some courses may be more difficult to gain access to as seats are reserved for students admitted to a particular program. General Studies students may be able to enrol in these courses if there are vacancies in courses after program students have registered. Refer to the course descriptions for prerequisite information.


At least 15 credits used for the diploma (25% of the total) must be completed at UFV.

Transfer credits

Up to 45 university-level transfer credits can be used towards the completion of the General Studies diploma. Students wishing to use transfer credits to meet one or more core competency requirements will need to meet with an Academic Advisor in order to request a review. Contact Advising at

Courses at other institutions

UFV students who wish to take course at another institution for credit toward the General Studies diploma must obtain permission in advance from an Academic Advisor. A Letter of Permission request is available at or can be obtained from the Office of the Registrar. Students must be in good standing (CGPA > 2.0) to receive a Letter of Permission. When approval has been granted, the Office of the Registrar will issue a Letter of Permission to the student. Residency and transfer credit policies apply.

Undergraduate continuance

Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or above) must maintain an undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 to remain enrolled in Good Academic Standing at UFV.

Students in Good Academic Standing will have no registration limits placed on them. Failure to meet the minimum CGPA requirement will result in restrictions on registration and may eventually lead to academic suspension from undergraduate studies at UFV. Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation are limited to registering in 10 credits. For further details, see the Academic standing and undergraduate continuance section of the academic calendar. Academic standing is governed by UFV’s Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).


A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher on all courses that count toward the diploma is required for graduation.

Students must submit a Request for Graduation form and the graduation fee to the Office of the Registrar by April 1 to be eligible to participate in convocation ceremonies in June. Students can graduate from the program at any time if the diploma requirements have been completed; the April 1 deadline is only important for June convocation.

Students who are applying to graduate with the General Studies diploma while also completing additional programs at UFV should be aware than no more than 50% of credits used for the diploma can be used toward a second credential. Please refer to UFV's Credentials policy (64).

Changing programs

Advisors can assist students with transitioning from one program to another. Contact Advising at

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