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UVic Guaranteed Admission

University Studies at NIC now leads to guaranteed admission at UVic

Where: College Wide
Starts: September, January
  • Explore your interests at NIC knowing your admission to UVic is guaranteed.
  • Be admitted to UVic based on your grades at NIC, not on your high school grades. If you achieve a 2.0 GPA (C average) or higher in eight or more eligible university transfer courses (at least 24 credits), UVic will guarantee your admission to select programs.
  • Choose from five eligible UVic degrees with majors in humanities, social science, computer science, science and art history and visual studies. 
  • Guaranteed admission is open to both new and continuing NIC students.

Why Choose North Island College?

  • Your university access centre. At NIC, you'll have access to an ever-growing network of university partnerships and degree pathways, including options for guaranteed and dual admission at top universities in BC. Whatever degree or university you want, starting here will get you there.
  • Quality education, recognized success. The University of Victoria tells us that transfer students from NIC are consistently well-prepared for success at university; this admission guarantee demonstrates their confidence in NIC students.

What is Guaranteed Admission?

The NIC-UVic Guaranteed Admission for NIC Transfer Students Agreement provides NIC students with guaranteed admission and course transfer to many UVIc programs. 

Guaranteed admission is a great choice for anyone interested in completing a UVic degree in one of the eligible programs listed below. The agreement bases university admission on your academic performance at NIC rather than your high school transcripts. This creates a previously unavailable admission guarantee for mature students, current NIC students, individuals who may not have previously completed Grade 12 or students whose final high school grades may not have met UVic's competitive first-year entry levels.

How does it work? Upon entering the University Studies program at any NIC campus or centre, you will complete at least 24 credits (eight courses) of UVic transfer courses, chosen with help from an NIC educational advisor. Please book an appointment. With a 2.0 GPA. (C letter grade) average, you can apply to UVic for guaranteed admission to eligible programs in your final semester at NIC. See the Admissions tab for complete information.

Which UVic Programs Are Eligible?

Through guaranteed admission, UVic offers majors in humanities, social science, computer science, science or art history and visual studies including: 

  • Social Sciences
    Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
    Majors include anthropology, economics, environmental studies, geography, political science, psychology, sociology
  • Humanities
    Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
    Majors include English, French, Germanic and Slavic studies, Greek and Roman studies, Hispanic and Italian studies, history, Latin American studies, linguistics, medieval studies, Pacific & Asian Studies, philosophy, religious studies, women’s studies, arts of Canada, European studies, film studies, Indigenous studies, social justice studies
  • Science
    Bachelor of Science
    Majors include astronomy, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, earth and ocean sciences, mathematics, microbiology, physics, statistics
  • Fine Arts
    Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts
    Major in art history and visual studies
  • Computer Science
    Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts, Co-op
    Major in computer science with options in bioinformatics, business,computer communications and networks, and computer graphics and gaming, software engineering, mechatronics and embedded systems and theory

Didn't find what you were looking for?

Not all UVic programs are eligible for guaranteed admission (i.e. commerce, nursing, etc) but are still available for transfer through our general university transfer agreement. Contact NIC's educational advisors to have a customized study plan created for transfer to any UVic program. Visit University Studies for study plans that transfer to UVic.

Admission Requirements

Apply to the North Island College University Studies program. There are no formal admission requirements for the University Studies program; however, courses will have specific entry requirements, called prerequisites, which are listed under each course description. A minimum C letter grade in English 12 is often required.

To be eligible for UVic Guaranteed Admission, you must:

  1. Complete at least 24 credits (8 courses) of university transfer courses that are eligible for transfer to UVic. Students are responsible for ensuring that their chosen courses transfer to their intended program of study at the university. Please use the BC Transfer Guide online to check transferability AND meet with an NIC student advisor for guidance BEFORE registering in courses.
  2. Achieve a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 (C letter grade) average on your most recent 24 credits of NIC coursework prior to entering studies at the University of Victoria.
  3. Admission to programs within UVic's Faculty of Science requires completion of specific math and science courses at the high school or post secondary level.
  4. When you are ready to transfer to UVic, submit your admission request to UVic by completing and sending it with your NIC transcripts to UVic Undergraduate Admissions.

International Language Requirements

For international language requirements click here.

Before Classes Begin

Make sure your courses count. Each UVic degree and major has its own list of required courses and electives that count toward graduation. You should review UVic's Online Calendar to find out your program's first and/or second-year requirements, then meet with an educational advisor to determine which courses at your local NIC campus will earn you the most transfer credit toward your chosen UVic program.


NIC-UVic Transfer Courses 

The following NIC courses are eligible for transfer credit through the NIC-UVic Guaranteed Admission Agreement (as of Nov 9, 2011).
 
Humanities

Social Sciences

Sciences

Business

Sample UVic Study Plans

Each UVic degree and major has its own list of required courses and electives that count toward graduation. NIC students should review UVic's Online Calendar to find out their program's first- and/or second-year requirements, PLUS meet with a student advisor to determine which courses are available at your local NIC campus.
 
Bachelor of Arts – Anthropology
Consider including: ENG-115 or 117, ANT-150, ANT-151, ANT-251, ANT-250, ANT-260, and up to eleven ELECTIVES
*At least 1 first year and 1 second year Anthropology courses will need to be completed at UVic
 

Bachelor of Science – Astronomy
Consider including: ENG-115 or 117, CPS-100, CPS-101, MAT-181, MAT-182, PHY-120, PHY-121, CHE-110, CHE-111, MAT-210, MAT-133 or 200
*At least 1 first year astronomy course and 8 second year courses in Astronomy, Physics and Mathematics will need to be completed at UVic

Bachelor of Science – BIOCHEMISTRY or MICROBIOLOGY
Consider including: ENG-115 or 117, BIO-102, BIO-103, CHE-110, CHE-111, MAT-181 and 182 or MAT-102 and 151, PHY-100 and 101 or PHY-120 and 121, BIO-200, BIO-202, CHE-200, BIO-215, MAT-115 and up to 3 ELECTIVES
*at least 2 second year courses would need to be completed at UVIC

Bachelor of Science – Biology
Consider including: ENG-115 or 117, BIO-102, BIO-103, CHE-110, CHE-111, MAT-181/182 or MAT-102/151, PHY-100/101 or PHY-120/121, BIO-201, BIO-230, BIO-200, BIO-202, CHE-200, CHE-201, MAT-115, SCIENCE ELECTIVE, 3 GENERAL ELECTIVES
*Full two years can be completed at NIC

Bachelor of Science – Chemistry
Consider including: ENG-115 or 117, CHE-110, CHE-111, MAT-181, MAT-182, PHY-120, PHY-121, CHE-200, CHE-201, MAT-210, MAT-133 or 200, SCIENCE ELECTIVE, up to 4 GENERAL ELECTIVES
*At least 4 second year Chemistry courses will need to be completed at UVic

Bachelor of Science – Computer Science
Consider including: ENG-115 or 117, CPS-100, CPS-101, MAT-181, MAT-182, MAT-133 or 200, ENG-160 or 260, MAT-115 and up to five ELECTIVES
*At least 2 first year courses and 5 second year courses will need to be completed at UVic

Bachelor of Science – Earth and Ocean Science
Consider including: ENG-115 or 117, BIO-102/103 or BIO-110/111, CHE-110, CHE-111, MAT-181, MAT-182, PHY-120, PHY-121, MAT-115
*At least 2 first year Earth and Ocean Science courses and 8 second year courses would need to be completed at UVic

Bachelor of Arts – Economics
Consider including: ENG-115 or 117, ECO-110, ECO-111, MAT-181 or MAT-102, one SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE, one first year ENGLISH course and up to eight ELECTIVES
*At least 1 Computer Science courses and 5 second year Economics courses will need to be completed at UVic

Bachelor of Arts – English
Consider including: NIC’s English flexible pre-major (see NIC website for more information)
18 credits (six courses) of first and second year English, nine (9) of which must be second year
At least one second year historical survey course
Two other second year English literature courses
fourteen elective courses
*Full two years can be completed at NIC

Bachelor of Arts – Geography
Consider including: ENG-115 or 117, GEO-105, GEO-106, GEO-111, GEO-112, GEO-210, GEO-214, three SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVES, and up to seven ELECTIVES
*At least 3 second year Geography courses will need to be completed at UVic

Fine Arts – History in Art
Consider including: ENG-115 or 117, FIN-100, FIN-101, and up to fourteen ELECTIVES
*At least one first year Fine Arts course and two second year History of Art courses will need to be completed at UVIC.

Bachelor of Arts – History
Consider including: ENG-115 or 117, and a minimum of 4 History courses chosen from HIS-111, HIS-112, HIS, 120, HIS-121, HIS-205, HIS-215, HIS-216, HIS-220, HIS-225, HIS-231, HIS-232, HIS-250, HIS-251, HIS-260, and up to fifteen ELECTIVES
*Full two years can be completed at NIC

Bachelor of Science – Mathematics
Consider including: ENG-115 or 117, MAT-181, MAT-182, CPS-100, CPS-101, MAT-210, MAT-133 or 200, and up to six ELECTIVES
*At least 1 first year Mathematics course and 6 second year Mathematics courses will need to be completed at UVic

Bachelor of Arts – Philosophy
Consider including: ENG-115 or 117, PHI-100, PHI-101, PHI-150, PHI-220, PHI-230, PHI-240, PHI-260, and up to eleven ELECTIVES
*At least one required 200 level Philosophy course will need to be completed at UVic.

Bachelor of Science – Combined Major in Physics and Biochemistry
Consider including: ENG-115 or 117, CHE-110, CHE-111, CPS-100, MAT-181, MAT-182, PHY-120, PHY-121, BIO-110 and 111 or BIO-102 and 103, BIO-200, CHE-200, CHE-201, MAT-210, MAT-133 or 200, and BIO-215
*At least 5 second year courses in Physics, Mathematics will need to be completed at UVic

Bachelor of Science – Physics
Consider including: ENG-115 or 117, CHE-110, CHE-111, CPS-100, CPS-101, MAT-181, MAT-182, PHY-120, PHY-121, MAT-210, MAT-133 or 200, and up to one ELECTIVE
*At least 8 second year courses in Physics and Mathematics will need to be completed at UVic

Bachelor of Arts – Political Science Major
Consider including: ENG-115 or 117, POL-109, POL-119, POL-151, POL-200, POL-201, POL-203, and up to thirteen ELECTIVES
*Full two years could be completed at NIC (note: POL courses are not always offered on a regular basis)

Bachelor of Arts – Psychology
Consider including: ENG-115 or 117, PSY-130, PSY-131, CPS-100 or 101 or BUS-170, PHI-100 or 101, BIO-102/103 or BIO-110/111, PSY-204, PSY-215, MAT-181 or 102 or 151 or PHI-150, additional ENG course, two SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVES, six HUMANITIES ELECTIVES
*At least 1 second year Psychology course will need to be completed at UVic

Bachelor of Science – Psychology
Consider including: ENG-115 or 117, PSY-130, PSY-131, CPS-100 or 101 or BUS-170, PHI-100 or PHI-101, BIO-102, BIO-103, PSY-204, PSY-215, MATH-181 or 102 or 151, addition ENG course, two SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVES, six SCIENCE ELECTIVES (at least 4 of which must come from a single department)
*At least 1 second year Psychology course will need to be completed at UVic

Bachelor of Arts – Psychology/Biology
Consider including: ENG-115 or 117, BIO-102, BIO-103, PSY-130, PSY-131, MAT-181 or 102 or 151, CHE-110, CHE-111, BUS-170, additional ENG course, BIO-200, BIO-201, PSY-204, PSY-215, CHE-200, CHE-201, PHY-100/101 or 120/121, and up to two ELECTIVES
*At least 1 second year Psychology course will need to be completed at UVic

Bachelor of Arts – Sociology
Consider including: ENG-115 or 117, SOC-110, SOC-111, SOC-220, SOC-230, and up to thirteen ELECTIVES
*At least 2 second year Sociology courses will need to be completed at UVic

Bachelor of Arts – Women Studies
Consider including: ENG-115 or 117, WST-100, WST-101, ENG-224, ENG-225, HIS-250, HIS-251, and up to twelve ELECTIVES
*At least one required 200 level Women Studies course will need to be completed at UVic.

 

Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2017, Winter, Spring & Summer 2018

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Year 1
Tuition $2,850
NISU Fees $120
Books $1,500
Learner Resource $150
Total $4,620
Tuition may vary from approximately $285 to $490 per 3-credit course. Lab fees vary from $0 to $340 depending on the course. Book costs are specific to each course.
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

International Fees

Year 1
Tuition $12,480
NISU Fees $120
Books $1,500
Learner Resource $150
Total $14,250
Additional Costs for International Students include a $100 Application fee and a $280 Accommodation Placement fee (optional).
Tuition is based on 3 - 5 courses per term.
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

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