VIU Education Pathway

Start your teaching degree at NIC. 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.

Where: College Wide
Starts: September, January
Tuition: $290 approx per course
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The NIC/VIU Education Pathway is a wonderful opportunity. Without being able to do pre-reqs at NIC I may not have been able to accomplish my goal of becoming a teacher and staying in the small town I grew up in. 

Sarah O' Shannessy, MEd, NIC University Studies alumna

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Sample Study Plan

Educational Advisors are here to answer all your questions about programs, provide information about funding options, and help you create an educational plan based on your specific needs and interests. Choose from the following courses to transfer to Year 3 of VIU’s Bachelor of Education degree:

•One of ENG-115, ENG-116 or ENG-117

• One of ENG-120, ENG-121, ENG-122, ENG-125 or ENG-126

• 3 credits of Canadian studies. Canadian history or politics are recommended (HIS-111, HIS-112 or POL-151)

• 3 credits of 100-level math. Math for Elementary Education 1 and II (MAT-162 and MAT-163) are recommended when available.

• 3 credits of transferrable 100-level science. This may include biology, chemistry, geography, physics or space science and astronomy.

• up to 36 credits of transferable 100 and/or 200-level courses. Choose from anthropology, biology, business, chemistry, criminology, economics, English, fine arts, French, geography, history, mathematics, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, sociology, space science and astronomy, Spanish and women's studies.

Important: Post-secondary transfer agreements and degree requirements change frequently. Before registering for courses, check the BC Transfer Guide and meet with one of NIC's educational advisor to confirm your study plan.

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.

International students must meet NIC international admission requirements.

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.

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.

Tuition & Costs Estimate

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 our tuition page.

Domestic Fees

per course
Tuition $290
NISU Fees $15
Learner Resource $15
Health and Dental $275
Total $595
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 $15
Books $1,530
Learner Resource $155
Health and Dental $275
Total $14,705
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).