Discovery Studies

Interested in taking a university course or two, but not planning to complete a whole degree? Discovery Studies at UVic may be the right fit for you.

This flexible admission option is available to mature students hoping to either explore a passion or develop their professional knowledge. As a Discovery student, you can register in up to three units of courses per term (e.g. two classes) to a maximum of 12 units of coursework overall. Choose from courses offered by:

  • Division of Continuing Studies
  • Faculties of Fine Arts, Human and Social Development, Humanities, Science and Social Sciences.

The University reserves the right to limit the number of students admitted under this category.

Admission requirements

Transcripts are not required to be considered for admission as a Discovery Studies student, but applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • be at least 21 years of age prior to the first day of class
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (this category is not available to visa students)
  • provide a letter of introduction outlining your reason for wishing to take courses and your ability to succeed
  • meet UVic's English Language Proficiency requirements
  • not have been a UVic student in the past
  • not have been previously refused admission to UVic
  • not have been required to withdraw from any post-secondary institution in the previous three years

If you decide at a later date to complete an undergraduate degree, you will have to apply for regular admission and provide documentation proving that you meet the requirements of the degree program to which you apply.

Course options

A number of first- and second-year course options are available to Discovery students, and requests for other courses will also be considered on an individual basis.

Please read the course descriptions carefully, as all pre-requisites must be satisfied in order to enrol in any course. It may be necessary to provide a transcript to show proof of satisfying a specific course prerequisite.

How to apply

To be considered for Discovery Studies, submit the Discovery Studies application form and your application fee to Undergraduate Admissions.

Undergraduate Admissions
University of Victoria
PO Box 3025 STN CSC
Victoria, BC V8W 3P2

Undergraduate Admissions
University of Victoria
University Centre, Room A102
3800 Finnerty Road
Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

More information

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