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Canadian Virtual University - Distance education FAQ's
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Canadian Virtual University?
2. What is distance education?
3. What are the advantages of taking an online degree from a CVU university?
4. How do I enrol?
5. Does Canadian Virtual University grant degrees?
6. Can international students enrol?
7. Can I use university credits earned in another country toward a degree listed on this website?
8. Can I get credit for knowledge or training I've gained at work?
9. How can I find out if CVU has a program I am interested in?
10. How can I get more information on a program?
11. Can I transfer credits I have already earned at one CVU partner university to another?
12. What are the registration deadlines?
13. How much do distance courses cost?
14. Who can help me find a program to best suit my needs?
15. Can I audit a distance course?
16. Can I receive financial aid from CVU?
17. If my university is not a member of CVU, can I still take online courses listed here?
18. Do I need special computing skills to take distance programs?
19. What kind of computer or other equipment do I need?
20. Where do I go for technical help?
21. When should I use the Letter of Permission form?
22. Can you send me a calendar in the mail?
Canadian Virtual University, or CVU, is an association of Canadian universities that offer complete university degrees, diplomas, and certificates over the Internet or through distance education. These universities are chartered under provincial legislation and offer high quality education that is recognized by employers and other universities across Canada and around the world.
Distance programs are offered using a variety of methods to help you complete a degree according to your schedule, no matter where you live.
You may work with printed material that you receive in the mail or with electronic material you receive via the Internet. Some courses require computer conferencing, audiotapes, videotapes, television, and radio programs. You will likely use the phone, e-mail, or regular mail to submit assignments and to get help from your tutor.
Some programs are completely online, that is, available on the Internet. Others use a combination of these methods. Some courses have specific start dates; others may be started any day of the year.
If you are not sure if distance learning is right for you, see Is Distance Learning for Me?
Or read what real students say about their experiences.
If you are not sure if you are ready for university studies, try our university readiness tests.
When you enrol in a program listed on this website, you become eligible to take courses from other CVU universities without paying the standard Letter of Permission and Visiting Student Application fees.
This means that you have more courses to choose from. As long as the course meets your program needs, you can mix and match from the over 2000 distance courses offered by participating universities.
Each university is committed to allowing transfer credits, as long as long as the credits fit your program requirements.
Please read the instructions accompanying the CVU Letter of Permission Request/Visiting Student Application form.
You may enrol in a program by clicking on Applying. This will take you to the online application form at the university offering the program.
If you are already enrolled at a CVU partner university and wish to take a course at another CVU partner university, please complete the Letter of Permission/Visiting Student Application form. This will save you fees and time, since you only need to complete one form, instead of two.
Because all partners are chartered under provincial legislation and are members of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), you can be confident you are earning a credential that will be recognized by other post-secondary institutions and employers around the world.
Adult learners from around the world may enrol in many, but not all, CVU programs. Courses marked with "CND" mean they are only available to students living in Canada. Most universities charge higher fees for non-Canadian students. Each university has its own policy and Fees.
To help you decide if you are ready for university studies in the English language, please try our university Readiness Tests.
For general information see the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials.
Universities may give credit for extensive training programs offered by employers. For more information on assessment of work place training for academic credits, please see Prior Learning Assessment.
See online and distance Courses.
If you cannot find what you are looking for here, you may wish to check for college-level online programs found at OntarioLearn.
At some universities, you can registration year-round. Sometimes, programs have specific start dates. Read the program details on the home university's website or calendar for registration deadlines.
Yes. You will pay regular tuition fees but are not required to complete assignments and exams. You will not receive credit for the course when completed.
CVU universities also offer many generous Awards and Scholarships.
Yes. Most CVU courses are university credit and can be transferred to any university in Canada, as long as the course meets your program requirements.
First, complete a Letter of Permission at your home university to be sure that your university will accept the CVU course for transfer credit.
Some courses require computing, keyboard, and word-processing skills, and you must be able to navigate with your Internet browser.
Once you have registered for a course, the university will provide a contact for technical assistance.
If you are already enrolled in a distance program listed on this website and wish to take a course from another CVU university, you should use the CVU Letter of Permission/Visiting Student Application form.
By using this form, you will save fees usually charged for these services.
Most of our universities can mail you a print calendar of its own courses, programs, and policies. Please go to Order Print Calendar.