Vancouver Island University Nanaimo Campus

High School Counsellors

What School Counsellors and other key school staff need to know?

Students in high school who meet admission requirements can take VIU courses for dual credit.

Credits towards both high school diploma and university, available for both academic and trades programs.

There are three options for academic courses:

  1. Enrichment– this opportunity is targeted for students entering Grade 12. It is marketed to schools and the community in early February. Students review a number of preselected courses that are approved by Faculties and consult with high school contacts to ensure feasibility. These courses have a limited number of reserved seats and are made available to students to apply late April early May. Admission is considered based on Incoming Outstanding Student criteria: 3 A’s and 1 B in core grade 11 courses. Once all applicants are reviewed and registered, remaining available seats are opened up for general registration to full time VIU students. Maximum of two courses per semester. Accepted students will be notified early May. Public school systems are funding these courses for students. Application fee, books, supplies and Student Union, Student Services and Activity fees are paid for by the student.
  2. Late Admission – Students at any time of the year can apply to take a course as long as they meet course prerequisites. Students follow the same process to apply through their School districts as they would any other time of year. Contact your school district Dual Credit Coordinator for more information specific to your district.
  3. Cohort Model – Entire sections of a course are purchased by the School District and filled with high school students only.  This option can be arranged at a start time preferred by the school district Eg: start in February to align with high school semesters.

Frequently Asked Questions

See: full list of FAQs

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 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 for a total of 4 courses in one year.

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 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 with the specific institution.

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 transcript.

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 counsellor, so that you complete any required courses in the first semester of your grade 12 year.

Q: What are some examples of courses students can take?

A:  English, Psychology, History, Marketing, Social Work, Anthropology, Media Studies, Philosophy, Biology, Chemistry, Math, Music, etc.

Q: What times are these courses offered?

A: Courses are offered at all times of the day from 8:30am to 9:00pm. A number of different times are available to give options for students.

Q: How can I take a University level English course?

A: We recommend that you take English 12 in Grade 11. You could also be completing your English 12 in first semester of grade 12 and take first year university English in spring semester at VIU. There would be less than one month overlap.

Q:  What do I have to pay?

A:  The School District pays your tuition and you are responsible for the cost of books, application fee, any necessary lab fees and Student Union, Student Activity, and Student Services fees.

How can you help? What do you need to know?

  • Start identifying students that would benefit from this opportunity as early as grade 10.
  • Encourage strong students to take English 12 in second semester Grade 11 to leave more options open for courses.
  • Refer students to Dual Credit to see posted Information Session dates and other important notices.
  • Work directly with a student to ensure the courses they want will work with their high school timetable.

Did you know?

Students select choices from 150 sections of courses.Courses in Biology, Chemistry, Math, Business, Interior design, and Graphic design were all added in 2015.

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