Advising for Course Selection

How to Choose Your Courses

Step 1. Decide What Courses You Want to Take.

  • Explore the University Calendar.
    • The listings of all the courses at a university is called a program and course calendar.
    • View the VIU Program and Course Calendar
    • What you’ll see: The VIU Program and Course Calendar contains information about what courses are offered at our university. It allows you to browse by:
      • the program area that interests you
      • the degree/diploma/certificate you want to achieve
    • Note: Not all courses listed in the Calendar are available every semester.
  • Talk to an Advisor.
    • Educational Advisors are people who can give you assistance in making educational and career goals. They are knowledgeable about the various programs and courses at VIU, and they can help you decide what courses to take.
    • All VIU campuses have advisors. Call any of the following numbers of advising help:
      • Nanaimo Campus Advising: 250-740-6410
      • Cowichan Campus Advising: 250-746-3509
      • Powell River Campus Advising: 604-485-2878
    • Degree Advisors: You can also contact an advisor in a specific degree program. Find a list of advisors for specific programs.
    • Tips for Undecided Students in Exploratory Studies, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Students: Tip sheet for course selection for these particular programs.

Step 2. Find Your Courses in the Timetable.

  • Once you know what courses you want to take, find your courses in the Timetable to check when they are available.
    • View the Course Timetable.
      • Search the Timetable by:
        • Term (e.g. Fall or Spring)
        • Campus (e.g. Nanaimo, Cowichan, Powell River)
        • Program Area (e.g., Degree and Diploma, Trades, English as a Second Language)
        • Subject Area: (e.g., Biology, Management, Practical Nursing)
    • Things to Know:
      • Not all courses listed in the Calendar (the full listings of VIU’s courses) are available every semester.
      • Some courses only run at certain times of the year, so not all courses will be on the Timetable for a particular semester.
      • Courses listed in the Timetable are those that are scheduled to run for a particular semester.
      • Make sure to check any Pre-requisites and Co-requisites to ensure you will meet requirements for that course
      • In most programs you decide on your own Course Load

Step 3. Build Your Own Personal Timetable.

Make sure you build your timetable for both semesters (Fall and Spring)!

  • Now that you know what courses you want to take and when they are available, you can build your personal timetable using the Web Registration system.

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