Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Canadian Virtual University-Universite virtuelle canadienne?

2. What is distance education?

3. What are the admission requirements?

4. What are the advantages of taking one of the CVU-UVC online programs?

5. How do I enroll in a program?

6. Does Canadian Virtual University-Université virtuelle canadienne grant degrees?

7. Can international students take courses?

8. Will my education from another country count toward an online degree?

9. Can I get credit for training I've gained at work?

10. Will credits count toward degrees at other universities?

11. What are the registration deadlines?

12. How much do courses cost?

13. Who can help me find a program to suit my needs?

14. Can I receive financial help from CVU-UVC?

15. If my university is not a member of CVU-UVC, can I still take online courses listed on the CVU-UVC website?

16. Do I need special computing skills?

17. What kind of computer or other equipment do I need?

18. Where do I go for technical help?

19. Is a distance education credit equivalent to a classroom credit?

20. Where do I write exams?

Answers

1. What is the Canadian Virtual University-Université virtuelle canadienne Consortium?

The Canadian Virtual University-Université virtuelle canadienne Consortium, or CVU-UVC, 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 the high-quality education that is recognized by employers and other universities across Canada and around the world.

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2. What is distance education?

Distance education allows you to complete a university degree from wherever they are, on your own schedule.

You may work with printed material that you receive in the mail or with the electronic material you receive via the Internet. Some courses require computer conferencing, audiotapes, videotapes, television, and radio programs, but increasingly programs are moving more and more online. 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. 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?

If you are not sure if you are ready for university studies, try our university readiness tests.

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3. What are the admission requirements?

Admission requirements depend on which program you choose. For many programs, you need only be 16 years of age or older. Other programs have additional requirements. You can find out the admission requirements for the programs you are interested in by clicking the name of the program on our website and following the links.

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4. What are the advantages of taking one of the CVU online programs?

When you enroll 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 2500 distance and online courses offered by participating universities.

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5. How do I enroll in a program?

You may enroll in a program by clicking on Applying. This will take you to the online application form at the university offering the program.

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6. Does Canadian Virtual University-Université virtuelle canadienne consortium grant degrees?

No. The degree, certificate, or diploma you earn will be granted by one of our partner universities, which is considered your "home" university.

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.

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7. Can international students take courses?

Yes, learners from around the world may enroll 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.

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8. Will my education from another country count toward an online degree?

To determine how much of your past education may be recognized for credit in a program offered on this website, see Credit for Your Foreign Education.

For general information see the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials.

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9. Can I get credit for training I've gained at work?

Universities may give credit for extensive training programs offered by employers. For more information on assessment of workplace training for academic credits, please see Credit for Workplace Training and Experience.

If I don't find what I am looking for here, does that mean that it is not available in Canada?

If you cannot find what you are looking for here, you may wish to check for college-level online programs found at OntarioLearn.

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10. Will credits count toward degrees at other universities?

University courses are generally transferrable if they meet your program requirements.

If you are already enrolled in a distance program at one of our partner universities and wish to take a course at another partner university, complete our 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. Once approved, your letter of permission is your guarantee that your university will count your distance education course towards your degree.

If you are enrolled in an on-campus program at any university, go to your university's registrar's office and complete a Letter of Permission form to see if credits from the distance course will meet your program requirements. Your letter of permission is your guarantee that your university will count your distance education course towards your degree.

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What are the registration deadlines?

At some universities, you can registration year-round. Sometimes, programs have specific start dates. Read the program details on the home university's website for registration deadlines.

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How much do courses cost?

You pay the regular Fees set by the university offering the course you wish to take. Fees are higher for international students.

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13. Who can help me find a program to suit my needs?

For further information on career or program planning, please contact an Advisor at the CVU university offering the program you are interested in.

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Can I receive financial help from CVU-UVC?

Not directly. However, we have provided links to Financial Aid offered by Canadian government programs.

CVU universities also offer many generous Awards and Scholarships.

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15. If my university is not a member of CVU-UVC, can I still take online courses listed on the CVU-UVC website?

Yes. Most 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 form at your home university to be sure that your university will accept the online course for transfer credit.

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16. Do I need special computing skills?

The level of computing skills varies. Many online, distance programs are delivered via print materials you receive in the mail. You communicate with your tutor through the phone, e-mail, or mail.

Some courses require computing, keyboard, and word-processing skills, and you must be able to navigate with your Internet browser.

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17. What kind of computer or other equipment do I need?

It depends on the course. Some courses are offered completely online. Others may have online activities. Each course description tells you what equipment you need if any.

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18. Where do I go for technical help?

Once you have registered for a course, the university will provide a contact for technical assistance.

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19. When should I use the Letter of Permission form?

If you are already enrolled in a distance program listed on this website and wish to take a course from another CVU-UVC university, you should use the CVU-UVC Letter of Permission/Visiting Student Application form.

By using this form, you will save fees usually charged for these services.

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20. Is a distance education credit equivalent to a classroom credit?

Yes. The course credit is the same for both, whether a student takes the course on campus or online.

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21. Where do I write exams?

You will have to write your exam at an acceptable institution. The university you are taking your course through will have a list of acceptable invigilators. If you are in a remote area, the university will work with you to find an acceptable invigilator (exam supervisor) in your area.

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