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VIU Dual Admission

Dual admission degree path available exclusively through NIC

Where: College Wide
Starts: September, January, May
  • Complete your Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree while studying at both VIU and NIC.
  • Choose from 17 majors and 26 minors available to NIC students within VIU's Bachelor of Arts degree, including anthropology, creative writing, English, global studies, history, psychology and sociology.
  • Bachelor of Science students can major in biology, computing science and psychology. Choose three majors and seven  minors including chemistry, earth science, geography and mathematics.

Career possibilities: A Bachelor of Arts degree supports a wide range of careers, from law and education to journalism and marketing. A Bachelor of Science degree prepares you for successful careers in education and science. Both degrees provide a solid foundation if you wish to continue on to professional programs or graduate school at major universities. 

WHY CHOOSE NORTH ISLAND COLLEGE?

  • Here to help you. Advisors at both NIC and VIU will be available to assist you, and you'll be able to move back and forth between these two institutions with next to no administrative inconveniences.
  • In good company. Graduates tell us that NIC classes feel like interactive work groups, where everyone has a chance to contribute their opinions and ideas and connect with instructors and classmates.
  • Same degree, save money. NIC students who study in their home communities spend up to $8,500 less for their first year of studies (rent, transportation and tuition) compared to students attending VIU.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Study at North Island College, Vancouver Island University, or both with dual admission. In any given semester, within year one or two of your degree, the North Island College / Vancouver Island University Dual Admission Agreement allows you to move freely and easily between both institutions to complete your Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with minimal administrative inconveniences.

As a dual admission student, you will have access to educational advisors and support at both institutions and BC student loan funding is based on your combined credits at both institutions. At the end of each semester, your transcripts are automatically passed along to the other partner school. Courses are assessed and transfer credit is awarded. There is no need for you to order transcripts or make any additional requests.

Career Opportunities

A Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree provides you with the training needed for a variety of disciplines. The rigorous skill-training and general cultural awareness that you receive while pursuing an arts or science degree prepares you for careers in education, business, science, law, architecture, art, the media, public service and more. You will also be prepared to move into further educational opportunities, such as post-degree diplomas or graduate study.

Admission Requirements

Dual Admission students must meet VIU’s general admission requirements. Applicants can apply to either VIU or NIC and must identify that they wish to apply to the NIC-VIU Dual Admission/Co-Admission option.

In addition,

Bachelor of Arts:
  • General admission requirements include an option for mature students who were unable to complete secondary school.
Bachelor of Science:
  • Principles of Mathematics 12 with a minimum “B” grade is a prerequisite for the required Math courses.
  • Other high school science courses may be required for the different Majors and Minors.
  • No more than 60 credits can be transferred from elsewhere toward a VIU degree.
  • Application deadline for Bachelor of Science admission is March 31.  

 

International Language Requirements

For international language requirements click here.

To Be Successful

  • Your first and most important step as a VIU dual admission student is to call, email, or visit a Student Advisor at your nearest NIC campus or centre. Educational advisors have extensive knowledge of programs, funding options, career paths and post-secondary transfer agreements to help you get started on the right track.
  • NIC also offers high school-equivalent Upgrading options if you need help meeting prerequisites for entry into individual courses. 

NIC-VIU Transfer Courses
The following NIC courses are eligible for transfer credit through VIU Dual Admission (as of Feb 20, 2012).
 

Humanities

Social Sciences

Sciences

Business

Tourism

Health

 

VIU Sample Study Plans
Bachelor of Arts – Anthropology
Consider including: Two of ENG-115, ENG-117, ENG-120, ENG-121, ENG-125, ENG-126, ANT-150, ANT-151, ANT-251, ANT-250, ANT-260, and up to eleven ELECTIVES
*At least 2 second year Anthropology courses will need to be completed at VIU
*You will only receive credit for one of ENG-115, ENG-117, ENG-125

Bachelor of Science – Biology
Consider including: two of ENG-115, ENG-117, ENG-120, ENG-121, ENG-125, ENG-126, BIO-102, BIO-103, CHE-110, CHE-110, MAT-181/ MAT-182 or MAT-102/ MAT-151, PHY-100/ PHY-101 or PHY-120/ PHY-121, BIO-201, BIO-230, BIO-200, BIO-215, BIO-202, CHE-200, CHE-201, MAT-115, SCIENCE ELECTIVE, 3 GENERAL ELECTIVES
*You will only receive credit for one of ENG-115, ENG-117, ENG-125

Bachelor of Science – Computer Science
Consider including: ENG-115, ENG-160, CPS-100, CPS-101, MAT-181, MAT-182 AND up to six ELECTIVES.
*At least 2 first year courses and 6 second year courses will need to be completed at VIU

Bachelor of Arts –Creative Writing
Years 1 and 2: Minimum of 21 credits (7 courses) of first and second-year courses, including three courses from the five following genres: journalism/non-fiction, poetry, fiction, scriptwriting/drama, or publishing and at least one course at the 200-level; students must attain a minimum grade of “B-” in the 200 level course in order to progress to a senior-level course in the same genre at VIU.
Consider Including: Two of ENG-115, ENG-117, ENG-120, ENG-121, ENG-125, ENG-126 AND ENG-107, ENG-108, ENG-109 AND one of ENG-207, ENG-208, ENG-209, ENG-212 AND up to thirteen ELECTIVES.
*Students will only receive credit at VIU for one of ENG-115, ENG-117, ENG-125

Bachelor of Arts Criminology
Complete a two year Criminology diploma at NIC and apply to year 3 at VIU . Degree English requirements must be met. Please ensure all courses transfer to VIU.

Bachelor of Arts – Economics
Consider including: Two of ENG-115, ENG-117, ENG-120, ENG-121, ENG-125, ENG-126, ECO-110, ECO-111, MAT-181 or MAT-102, MAT-115, and up to fourteen ELECTIVES
*You will only receive credit for one of Eng 115, ENG-117, ENG-125

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
• example: ENG-135, ENG-120, ENG-202, ENG-203, ENG-212, ENG-213 plus electives

*Full two years can be completed at NIC
*Students will only receive credit at VIU for one of ENG-115, ENG-117, ENG-125

Bachelor of Arts – First Nations Studies
Consider including: Two of ENG-115, ENG-117, ENG-120, ENG-121, ENG-125, ENG-126, FNS-160, FNS-200, ANT-150, HIS-111, HIS-112, and up to eleven ELECTIVES (must be approved by VIU faculty)
*At least 2 first or second year First Nations courses will need to be completed at VIU
*You will only receive credit for one of ENG-115, ENG-117, ENG-125

Bachelor of Arts – Geography – Natural Resource Management Stream
Consider including: two of ENG-115, ENG-117, ENG-120, ENG-121, ENG-125, ENG-126, GEO-111, GEO-112, GEO-105, GEO-106, GEO-200 as well as a variety of elective courses
*At least 5 lower level Geography courses will need to be completed at VIU.
*You will only receive credit for one of ENG-115, ENG-117, ENG-125

Bachelor of Arts – Global Studies
Consider including: Two of ENG-115, ENG-117, ENG-120, ENG-121, ENG-125, ENG-126 AND ECO-110, ECO-111, POL-203, SOC-110, S0C 111, SOC-220, AND three courses of post-secondary language and/or cultural studies Consider including SPN, FRE-100 AND FRE-200 level AND up to six ELECTIVES. Other recommended courses include HIS-121 and HIS-122.
*At least two GLST and one POLI course will need to be completed at VIU
*SOC-110 and SOC-111 are prerequisites for SOC-220
*You will only receive credit for one of Eng 115, ENG-117, ENG-125

Bachelor of Arts – History
Consider including: Two of ENG-115, ENG-117, ENG-120, ENG-121, ENG-125, ENG-126 and a minimum of 6 History courses chosen from HIS-111, HIS-112, HIS, 120, HIS-121, HIS-122, HIS-215, HIS-216, HIS-220, HIS-225, HIS-231, HIS-232, HIS-250, HIS-251, and up to twelve ELECTIVES
*You will only receive credit for one of Eng 115, ENG-117, ENG-125

Bachelor of Arts Liberal Studies
Complete an Associate of Arts degree or the a minimum of 54 credits at NIC and then complete your Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Vancouver Island University at NIC's Comox Valley campus.

Bachelor of Arts – Philosophy Major
Consider including: Two of ENG-115, ENG-117, ENG-120, ENG-121, ENG-125, ENG-126 and PHI-150, PHI-100 and PHI-101, plus up to 13 Electives.
*At least two required 200 level Philosophy courses will need to be completed at VIU
*You will only receive credit for one of ENG-115, ENG-117, ENG-125

Bachelor of Arts – Physical Education
Consider including: Two of ENG-115, ENG-117, ENG-120, ENG-121, ENG-125, ENG-126 and up to seven ELECTIVES
*At least 33 credits of PHED first and second year courses will need to be completed at VIU
*You will only receive credit for one of ENG-115, ENG-117, ENG-125

Bachelor of Arts – Political Studies Major
Consider including: Two of ENG-115, ENG-117, ENG-120, ENG-121, ENG-125, ENG-126, AND POL-151, POL-203, POL-201, AND two of POL-109, POL-111, POL-200, POL-209 AND SOC-111 and SOC-112 and SOC-220 OR CRM-101 AND CRM-220 and up to nine ELECTIVES
*At least one second year PHIL or FNAT course will need to be complete at VIU
*SOC-111 and SOC-112 are prerequisites for SOC-220, while CRM-101 is a prerequisite for CRM-220. Only one of SOC-220 OR CRM-220 is needed.
*You will only receive credit for one of ENG-115, ENG-117, ENG-125

Bachelor of Arts – Psychology
Consider including: Two of ENG-115, ENG-117, ENG-120, ENG-121, ENG-125, ENG-126, and PSY-130, PSY-131, PSY-204 and PSY-205. One of MAT-102, MAT-151 or MAT-181. One of PHI-100, PHI-101 or PHI-150, and up to ten ELECTIVES.
*At least 2 second year Psychology courses will need to be completed at VIU
*You will only receive credit for one of ENG-115, ENG-117, ENG-125

Bachelor of Arts – Sociology
Consider including: Two of ENG-115, ENG-117, ENG-120, ENG-121, ENG-125, ENG-126, SOC-110, SOC-111, SOC-220 and one additional lower level Sociology and up to thirteen ELECTIVES.
*At least 1 second year Sociology courses will need to be completed at VIU
*You will only receive credit for one of ENG-115, ENG-117, ENG-125

Bachelor of Arts – Women’s Studies
Consider including: Two of ENG-115, ENG-117, ENG-120, ENG-121, ENG-125, or ENG-126, and WST-100, WST-101, WST-110, WST-260, HIS-250, HIS-251, ENG-224, ENG-225, SOC-240 and up to eight ELECTIVES
*At least 2 second year Women’s Studies courses will need to be completed at VIU
*You will only receive credit for one of ENG-115, ENG-117, ENG-125

Bachelor of Science – Psychology
Consider including: TWO of: ENG-115, ENG-117, ENG-120, ENG-121, ENG-125 or ENG-126 AND BIO-102, BIO-103, CHE-110, CHE-111, MAT-181, MAT-182, PSY-130, PSY-131, BIO-200, BIO-201, CHE-200, CHE-201, PHY-100 OR CPS-100, AND PSY-204, PSY-215 and up to one SCIENCE ELECTIVE.
*At least 1 second year Psychology course will need to be completed at VIU
*You will only receive credit for one of ENG-115, ENG-117, ENG-125
*BIO-102 AND-103 are prerequisite course for BIO-200, BIO-201 AND PHY-100 is a prerequisite for PHY-101.
*NIC does not offer VIU PSYC-210 which is recommended by VIU 

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, NIC appointed uniforms, 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 $2,910
NISU Fees $125
Books $1,530
Learner Resource $155
Health and Dental $275
Total $4,995
Tuition may vary from approximately $290 to $500 per 3-credit course. Lab fees vary from $0 to $345 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 $12,730
NISU Fees $125
Books $1,530
Learner Resource $155
Health and Dental $275
Total $14,815
Additional Costs for International students include the $100 Application fee (required) and the $250 Accommodation Application 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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