LOVE OF LEARNING: Come back to university - on your own terms

Do you want to take a university course, but don't need the grade or the credit?

Consider taking an academic course without the stress of exams or assignments - simply for the love of learning!

Who can apply for Love of Learning courses?

  • The Love of Learning program is open to all adults except students who are currently registered in another VIU undergraduate program.

What are the admission requirements?

  • Transcripts are not required to register, however, you should take a look at any course prerequisites listed under the course description. These will give you an idea of how prepared you should be for the level of discussion within the classroom.

What does it cost?

  • The cost is just $99 per 3-credit course, plus the application fee and applicable service fees.
    • Students’ union fees are approximately $80.00 per semester and student activity and service fees total $8.33 per course.
  • Students who are 65 years or older will have tuition and other fees waived, except for the students’ union fee.
  • Course fees will be due two weeks after the start date of the semester and will be calculated based on course enrolment as of that date.
  • Please note that some courses do not qualify for the reduced Love of Learning rate.

What courses are available?

Most academic undergraduate classes at VIU with available seats are open to local community members through our Love of Learning program.

  • Courses such as Music Performance or instrument, Studio Visual Art or Kinesiology skills courses are not normally available through Love of Learning. 
  • Courses in programs that have limited entry through restricted admission requirements, such as Nursing, Teacher Education programs, Directed Studies courses or courses offered on a directed studies basis, are not eligible.

If you are interested in any of the types of courses mentioned above, you are advised to contact the Department Chair prior to registering.

Some disciplines that may have space in their courses are:

  • Anthropology
  • Creative Writing
  • Geology
  • History
  • Music
  • Liberal Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Studies in Women and Gender

Steps to Register

  1. Fill out the application form for the Love of Learning program and send the completed form and application fee to the Registration Centre:
  • By mail to:

900 Fifth Street
Nanaimo, BC
V9R 5S5

  • Or, scan and email the form to and arrange to pay the application fee by credit card or through online banking.
  • Or, deliver the form and application fee to the dropbox outside Building 200 on the Nanaimo campus.

  2. When your application has been processed and the application fee paid, you will be sent a student number if you do not already have one.

  3. You will also be sent registration instructions and be notified of a date to register for your Love of Learning courses.

  4. Next you can view the timetable to find courses that interest you and that have available space.

  5. And then you can register for your courses online through your Student Record on or after your designated registration date.

Apply to VIU's Love of Learning program!

More Information

Call: 250-740-6400