UVic Guaranteed Admission

Whether you concentrate your university studies in one specific area or explore a variety of subjects, NIC’s fully transferable English, math, science, humanities and social science courses will equip you for success. After completing eight or more eligible transfer courses with a 2.0 GPA or higher, you will be eligible for entrance to select UVic programs with full credit for your NIC coursework.

Where: College Wide
Starts: September, January

NIC smoothed my transition from high school to university. I didn’t have to worry about finding housing or living by myself on top of attending UVic in my first year.

Max Watamaniuk, NIC/UVic Dual Admission student 

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North Island College students may apply for guaranteed program admission and course transfer into the following faculty/program areas:

North Island College

The University of Victoria

University Studies – Arts

University Studies – Science


Computer Science

History in Art



Social Sciences

Students should meet with an NIC Educational Advisor to develop a personalized transfer plan. Please review the UVIC transfer plans for help in planning your course of study.

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

If you are applying as an international student, you must meet NIC international admission requirements.

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.

Accessible Learning

Making education accessible for those with a documented disability is a key priority for NIC. We offer a wide range of services, supports and resources for students. For more information visit: Accessible Learning Services.

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 advisorPlease 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 and 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 and social justice studies.
  • Science
    Bachelor of Science
    Majors include astronomy, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, earth and ocean sciences, mathematics, microbiology, physics and statistics.
  • Computer Science
    Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts, Co-op
    Major in computer science with options in bioinformatics, business, computer communications and networks, computer graphics & gaming, software engineering, mechatronics and embedded systems & theory.
  • Engineering
    Bachelor of Engineering
    Major in computer, electrical, mechanical, biomedical, civil or software engineering.

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.

Tuition & Costs Estimate

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 $311
NISU Fees $15
Books $200
Learner Resource $15
Total $541

Tuition may vary from approximately $311 to $439 per 3-credit course. Lab fees vary from $0 to $352 depending on the course. Book costs are estimates for planning purposes.  Accurate book costs are available by course through the NIC book search.

Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

Find out if this program is eligible for Student Aid BC funding.

International Fees

per Course
Tuition $1,377
NISU Fees $15
Student Services Fees $92
Books $150
Learner Resource $15
Total $1,649

Additional costs for International students include a $100 application fee (required).

Lab fees vary from $0 to $352, 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).

For more information on tuition costs and refunds refer to International Tuition and Costs.