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VIU Education Pathway

NIC offers 17 courses (51 credits) toward VIU's Bachelor of Education degree

Where: College Wide
Starts: September, January
  • Complete first and second-year English, math and science courses at NIC before transferring to Year 3 of VIU's Bachelor of Education.
  • Develop university-level research skills in NIC's discussion friendly classes.
  • Gain leadership skills and boost your résumé by participating in college committees, becoming a peer tutor or joining NIC's student leadership team.

Transfer possibilities: Universities, colleges, and institutes across Canada and around the world give transfer credit for NIC programs and courses. Work with an NIC educational advisor to develop a study plan transferable to an education degree at VIU and beyond.


  • NIC transfer benefits at VIU. If you are planning to transfer from NIC to VIU after your first or second year of study, you may be eligible for priority registration or direct admission into the education program.
  • Freedom to follow your interests. Sample study plans offer direction and flexibility, allowing you to concentrate your studies for a specific degree or explore your interests and keep your options open.
  • 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.

What is a study plan?

A study plan is a list of University Studies courses that can be further customized for transfer to a specific program or university of choice. NIC's educational advisors can develop a study plan with you from NIC to just about anywhere.

The Education pathway is designed to meet the general first-year course requirements of degree programs province-wide. NIC's educational advisors will work with you to personalize this plan to meet your personal interests, goals and university of choice.

Study plans offer a great deal of flexibility. You can choose your preferred courses, making it possible to concentrate studies in one specific area or explore a variety of subjects to meet the requirements of your university of choice.

Course subjects may include: anthropology, biology, business, chemistry, criminology, economics, English, equity and social justice, fine arts, First Nations studies, French, geography, history, mathematics, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, sociology, space science and astronomy, Spanish and women’s studies.

To qualify as a transfer student, many universities require a minimum of eight courses (24 credits) and a specific grade point average. The Bachelor of Education transfer plan usually outlines 30 course credits, which may be taken on a full or part-time basis.

Options are also available for completing a second year of university transfer coursework at NIC. Thanks to a unique transfer agreement between NIC and VIU, when you complete an NIC Associate of Arts degree (or 60 credits of university transfer coursework), you may be eligible for direct admission into third year of the Bachelor of Education program at VIU. Ask an educational advisors for details.

Admission Requirements

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. To meet prerequisite requirements, submit transcripts or complete English and/or Math assessments.

Recommended courses include: English 12 with a C or better and Math 12 (Principles 11, Applications 12, Foundations 11, or Pre-Calculus 12) with a C or better.

International Language Requirements

For international language requirements click here.

To Be Successful

  • Your first and most important step as a university transfer student is to call, email, or visit an educational 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.
  • Each university has its own unique transfer requirements and deadlines that must be met. Familiarize yourself with the university transfer process and how transfer credit works.
  • Transfer and degree requirements may change frequently and without notice. Always review your study plan with an educational advisor to make sure you’re registered in the best courses to reach your goals.
  • Use the online BC Transfer Guide to confirm the transferability of your chosen courses.
  • To qualify as a transfer student, many universities require eight courses (24 credits) as well as a specific grade point average.
  • NIC also offers high school-equivalent upgrading options if you need help meeting prerequisites for entry into individual courses.

The following list is a sample transfer plan that fulfills the general first-year course requirements for many Bachelor of Education (Elementary) programs throughout the province. However, choosing the right combination of courses will depend on a number of factors, including your personal interests and university of choice. Our Student Advisors will work with you to personalize this plan to meet your goals.

Sample Study Plan

  • 6 credits of 100-level English
  • 3 credits of 100-level math. Math for Elementary Education I and II (MAT-162 and/or MAT-163) are recommended when available.
  • 3 credits of courses with Canadian content. A variety of Canadian content courses may be found among subjects such as English (ENG), First Nations studies (FNS), French (FRE), geography (GEO), and history (HIS).
  • 3 credits of transferable 100-level science. This may include biology (BIO), chemistry (CHE), physics (PHY), geography (GEO), or space science and astronomy (SSA).
  • Other transferable 100-level courses in your area(s) of interest. This may include anthropology (ANT), biology (BIO), business (BUS), chemistry (CHE), criminology (CRM), economics (ECO), English (ENG), ), fine arts (FIN), First Nations studies (FNS), French (FRE), geography (GEO), history (HIS), mathematics (MAT), philosophy (PHI), physics (PHY), political science (POL), psychology (PSY), sociology (SOC), space science and astronomy (SSA), Spanish (SPN), or women’s studies (WST).

Considering Vancouver Island University?

Students who intend to transfer to the Bachelor of Education program at VIU can also earn transfer credit through the following two courses:

  • EDU-101 - Teaching: The Human Interaction (VIU transfer only)
  • EDU-102 - Teaching: Making an Informed Decision (VIU transfer only)


Important: Post-secondary transfer agreements and degree requirements change frequently. Additionally, not all NIC courses are transferable to all universities. Always refer to the BC Transfer Guide online AND have a Student Advisor at NIC and your receiving institution check your study plan before registering in courses.

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 a $100 Application fee (required) and a $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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