Frequently Asked Questions

Prospective Dual Credit Students

Q. When and where can I learn more about this program?

A. Attend an information session in early spring of your Grade 11 year. Call or email your Career Centre Coordinator and learn how to plan ahead. You can also email your questions to Dual Credit Coordinator, Tanya Lanigan.

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

A. You can take a maximum of 2 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 High school Counsellor, 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 your grade 12 year and take first year university English in spring semester at VIU. Please check with your School District to confirm whether or not they will cover the tuition for an English 100 level course.

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

A: Some School Districts require it.

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 our President’s Dual Credit Entrance Scholarship for High School Students (see below for details) not any of the other awards. Students should check with school counsellors on criteria for their own school district awards.

President’s Dual Credit Entrance $1000 Scholarship for High School Students

Available for academic excellence, to one top graduating student who is graduating from a qualifying Vancouver Island regional high school, who is enrolled in 2 or more Dual Credit courses in their final Grade 12 year, and who is entering VIU in the fall semester, in any post-secondary program.   

Selection is based on the student’s highest overall grade 11 and 12 percentage in academic courses, combined with the highest GPA (3.5 or higher) of two dual credit courses. To apply, update and submit your "Scholarship/Award/Bursary Profile" from your your student record by the March 31 deadline.  Funds are awarded as a tuition credit for the fall semester.

Questions? Please contact Financial Awards Specialist, Audrey Dubyna (Audrey.Dubyna@viu.ca)

 

 

 

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. See: Dates and Deadlines.

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 Careers Centre 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 both your Career Centre Coordinator in your District and the VIU Dual Credit Coordinator.

Please make note of all VIU Dates and Deadlines. Neglecting these important dates can result in you paying costly penalties. 

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 your Career Centre Coordinator to review the process to request courses. Some School Districts do not fund our spring or summer intersessions.

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

In addition to your acceptance as pre university 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 (BBA), 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. For the BBA program, you also need Pre Calculus 12 with a minimum "C" grade.

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