Canadian Studies Diploma

Think you really know Canada? Take our Canadian Studies program and find out!

The Canadian Studies Diploma program at the University of Victoria offers you a way to explore Canada from the perspective of your choice - artistic, cultural, historical, geographical, political, or economic - and satisfy your academic, professional, or personal interest in subjects relating to Canada.

Program format

Study for credit in a program format that:

  • introduces you to the study of Canada from the perspectives of different academic disciplines
  • provides a supportive academic environment to help you make the transition to
  • a Canadian university
  • helps you develop your English and/or French language skills
  • encourages dialogue and cross-cultural learning between Canadian and international students

Admission and completion requirements

You must meet the admission requirements for the University of Victoria. The diploma requires a minimum of 12 courses equivalent to 18 credit units (about 470 hours of course work). You are required to complete three core courses in Canadian Studies and choose the remainder of your courses in subjects related to Canada offered by the Faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Fine Arts at the University of Victoria.

With the permission of the Canadian Studies Program Steering Committee, you may transfer up to 4.5 units of appropriate credit courses completed at UVic or other accredited universities towards your diploma, as long as you have not previously used these credits towards a degree.


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