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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some important documents for students registered this 2017-18 year:

See below for more answers to your questions.

Prospective Dual Credit Students

Q. When can I learn more about this program?

A. Attend an information session in early February of your Grade 11 year. You can also email your questions to dualcredit@viu.ca to learn how to plan ahead.

Q. What is the maximum number of courses I can take?

A. You can take a maximum of two courses per semester.

Q:  Does completing this course count as credit toward a program or degree I might enroll in later?

A:  Absolutely, all courses will be listed on your transcript and will count for full credit towards any future program to which it can be applied. If you want to see how a specific course will transfer to a specific University you can consult the BC Transfer Guide.

If you plan to attend a school out of province or country you will need to check into this with that specific school.

Q:  Can I get high school credit for completing a course at Vancouver Island University?

A:  Your course is a dual credit course and will be reflected as post-secondary institute (PSI) on your high school transcript.  If you require a transcript from VIU, to transfer these courses to another institution, you will be required to request and pay for the fee yourself. 

Q:  Some VIU courses require that I have certain Grade 12 courses done before I apply.  How do I do this?

A:  You need to plan your courses with your school counselor, so that you complete any required courses in the first semester of your grade 12 year.

Q. How can I take a university level English course?

A. We recommend that you take English 12 in Grade 11. You can be completing your English 12 in first semester of grade 12 and take first year university English in spring semester at VIU.

Q: Am I responsible for any homework through my School District?

A: Some school districts require it. Please check with your own district.

Q:   Will the VIU course be more difficult than a high school course?

A:  Most students find out that if they put in the required effort and time they can do as well in a university course as they do in their high school classes. However, some differences may include:

  • homework ranges from 4-7 hours per week of instruction at VIU (14 weeks in total)
  • classmates will include older university students and students are expected to be more independent.

Q. Will the grades from my VIU courses be included in my GPA for the purposes of admission to University?

A: There are many factors involved including: what year you plan to apply, admission requirements, and the university you choose just to name a few.  Most universities do not include the grades or completion of Dual Credit courses in their admission decisions. For this reason students need to be sure they are taking the necessary number of high school courses to be admitted at their chosen institution.

Q. Can I include the grades from my VIU courses, in my overall high school GPA for VIU Entrance scholarship purposes?

A. Only for the VIU President’s Dual Credit Entrance Scholarship for High School Students , not any of the other awards. Students should check with school counsellors on criteria for their own school district awards.

Registered Dual Credit Students

Attendance

Missing classes could affect your grade. Instructors have the responsibility to ensure that appropriate learning takes place and they will usually announce any policies regarding attendance on the first day of classes. Students should also be aware that there are policies that cover illness, emergencies, etc. You are expected to be familiar with these policies.

Q:  What happens if I don’t show up for the first class?

A:  VIU feels that the first day attendance in a class is so important that they have any existing policy that all students should be aware of:  “Vancouver Island University reserves the right to cancel any student’s registration in a course if the student does not attend the first scheduled session of a course and does not notify the instructor or area secretary.”

Q:  When do classes start and finish?

A:  University courses for the fall semester will begin the first week of September and Spring Semester will begin the first week of January. Visit this site for important dates.

Q. Can I attend the New Student Orientation that happens near the end of August?

A. Yes, you can attend. You need to register for New Student Orientation with your VIU student number. You can find this on communication sent to you from VIU.

Q. Where can I get a student card to access the gym and library?

A. Head into the main floor of the Library (Building 305) and turn right. Be sure you have photo ID and your student number.

Q: What do I have to pay?

A: In most cases the school district pays your tuition and you are responsible for the following fees: Student Union, Activity Fees, Student Services Fees, any lab fees and the cost of books and any supplies needed for the the course. Some districts vary. Please check with your Dual Credit Coordinator.

Q. What do I do if I would like to withdraw from a course?

A:  Students wishing to withdraw must do so officially.This includes emailing the Dual Credit Coordinator in your District and the VIU Dual Credit Coordinator.

Please make note of all VIU important dates. Neglecting these important dates can cause you costly mistakes. 

Q:  How do I find out about my textbooks?

A:  You can visit the VIU Campus Store online or in person. Be sure you have the name and section number of your course with you.

Q:  How do I confirm the time and location of my class?

A:  You can visit the VIU course timetable and input your course ID to receive the most up to date information on your course.

Q:  How do I know when and where to go for my final exam?

A:  Exam information will be given out well in advance of the December and April dates. Some classes will not require exams and instructors will let students know.

Q. Can I now take a summer course after taking a fall or spring dual credit course?

A. If you have not taken your four course limit then yes. Please connect with the Dual Credit Coordinator to review the process to request courses.

Q. What do I do if I am interested in attending VIU full time next year?

In addition to your acceptance as pre univeristy student, we are pleased to offer you early admission to Vancouver Island University for the following September into your choice of any one of the following programs: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Science or Exploratory University Studies.  This offer is conditional upon graduation from high school and successful completion of BC English 12 with a minimum “C” grade, or equivalent. 

If you are interested in any program other than the ones listed above, you must submit an appliation and pay the application fee.