Students Transferring to VIU

VIU Blog: 5 Questions about University Transfers

Please be aware that VIU has a Residency Requirement for VIU credentials. Connect with an educational advisor if you have questions about how transfer will affect your progress towards your desired goal.

Steps to transfer to VIU

    1. Apply to the appropriate program. You will be considered for admission as a transfer student if you have: 
      • at least 24 transferable university-level credits completed
    2. You are required to submit all official secondary and post-secondary transcripts from institutions you have attended to Registration Services before receiving an offer of admission. Transcripts should be sent directly from the institutions that you have studied at.
    3. Transfer credit will be assessed from official transcripts after you have been admitted as a student.  It may take some time for these credits to be added to your VIU Student Record. VIU is committed to processing transfer credit in a timely manner. 
    4. If you are waiting for your transfer credits to be assessed, you can discuss course selection with an Educational Advisor.  Connect at You may wish to have copies of previous post-secondary transcripts available to refer to when you contact us.  If you are transferring from a BC post-secondary institution, you can assist the process by using the online BC Transfer Guide before your discussion.  In some cases, you may be referred directly to the appropriate Degree Advisor.

Red Seal Certification to Academic programs

Students are required to meet all admission requirements, course prerequisites and program requirements for their new program choice. Red Seal certification can provide a jumpstart towards an academic credential.  Students are given a block of 60 unassigned transfer credits to use towards an academic credential. Unassigned transfer credits may be used towards general lower level elective credit requirements of academic degrees or diplomas. The red seal provides some additional opportunities such as admission to the Graduate Certificate in Business program. 

Important points for those wishing to use Red Seal certification to continue further education:

  • The first step is to apply to the program of interest.
  • Submit a copy of your red seal certification to the Admissions Department
  • Once the documents are received you will be assigned a block of 60 unassigned transfer credits to your VIU student record.
  • The transfer credits can provide a jump start into a second credential, depending on the program.
  • We encourage you to meet with an Educational Advisor as outlined in the email or letter sent to you from our Transfer Credit Coordinator.
  • An Advisor will review the credential requirements and create an  educational plan so you have a clear path to completion.

Register for courses

    • You will be assigned a date in May (or, if applying late, after you accept your offer of admission and pay your tuition deposit) to register for the upcoming Fall (September) and Spring (January) courses.  Course planning is easiest if you have all transcripts assessed and in your VIU Student Record.
    • Review the Web Registration Tutorial before your assigned date and plan and draft your course registration.
    • Contact if you have questions.

    *It is, ultimately, the student’s responsibility to choose courses and programs to meet his or her own career or educational objectives.