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? Take an academic course without the stress of exams or assignments - simply for the love of learning. Most VIU academic undergraduate classes that are not full are available to local community members through our Love of Learning program. Apply now to gain access to a wide selection of courses at only $99 per 3-credit course, plus students’ union, student activity, and student services fees. Students who are 65 years or older will have tuition and other fees waived except for the students’ union fee. (Students’ union fees are approximately $80.00 per semester and student activity and service fees total $8.33 per course.)

The Love of Learning program is open to all adults. (The program is not available to students who are concurrently registered in another VIU undergraduate program.) Transcripts are not required to register, however you should take a look at the course prerequisites (found in the course description). These will give you an idea of how prepared you should be for the level of discussion within the classroom.

You'll love it!

4 Steps to Register

  1. Apply to VIU using a paper application. Select the Love of Learning program and include the application fee. When your application has been processed you will be sent a student number in the mail.

  2. View the current semester's timetable to find courses that interest you that have available space.

  3. You will be notified of a date to register for courses.

  4. Your course fees will be due two weeks after the start date of the semester. Fees will be calculated based on course enrolment as of that date. Please note that some courses do not qualify for the reduced rate. 

    "Participatory" courses such as Music Performance/instrument, Studio Visual Art and Physical Education Skills courses are not normally available through Love of Learning.  If you are interested in any of these courses, you are advised to contact the Department Chair prior to registering. In addition, courses in programs that have limited entry through restricted admission requirements (such as Nursing or Teacher Education programs) and Directed Studies courses (or courses offered on a directed studies basis) are not eligible.

Some disciplines that may have space in their courses are:

  • Anthropology
  • Creative Writing
  • Geology
  • History
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Women's Studies

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Call: 250-740-6400