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Discovery Studies

Wanting to take a few university courses without completing an entire degree? If so, Discovery Studies might be the right fit for you. 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.

Admission requirements

No transcripts are needed to apply to Discovery Studies.

To apply you must:

  • be 21 years old before the first day of class
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • provide a letter of introduction describing why you want to take courses and your ability to succeed
  • meet UVic's English language proficiency requirements
  • not have been a UVic student before or been refused admission in the past
  • not have been required to withdraw from any post-secondary institution in the previous three years

If you decide later to complete an undergraduate degree, you'll have to apply for general admission.

Course options

A number of courses are available, and we consider requests for other courses on an individual basis.

  • You must meet the prerequisites to enroll in any course.
  • Transcripts may be requested as proof of meeting prerequisites.

How to apply

Submit your application to UVic through the EducationPlannerBC application service.

  1. For "Level of study", select Undergraduate and indicate that you are not applying for a degree, diploma or certificate at this time.
  2. For "Type of study", select Discovery Studies.

More information

Contact the admission coordinator for more information.