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About Distance Education
BCOU Course Delivery Formats
(includes requirements for Web courses)
Note to Students Residing outside Canada
Note to Canadian Citizens Residing outside Canada
Notice to All Students

How to Register
Online (Web Registration)
Phone
Fax
Mail
Registration and Course Completion
BCOU-Delivered Distance Courses
SFU-Delivered Distance Courses
UBC-Delivered Distance Courses
UVic-Delivered Distance Courses
Course Prerequisites
BCOU Student Card
Note to Students Residing outside Canada
BCOU requires a street address (not post office box number) and telephone contact number to send course packages to students residing outside Canada.

Note to Canadian Citizens Residing outside Canada
All students residing outside Canada pay the international tuition rate when they register for courses. Canadian citizens will be reimbursed a portion of their tuition on submission of proof of Canadian citizenship. With the reimbursement, tuition paid is equal to tuition for permanent residents of Canada residing outside British Columbia (non-BC Canadian).

To apply for reimbursement, students are required to submit a request in writing to the Office of the Registrar, accompanied by a photocopy of their birth certificate, passport, or citizenship certificate as proof of Canadian citizenship.

Students may submit requests for reimbursement by mail:
BCOU Office of the Registrar
Box 82080
Burnaby, BC V5C 6J8
Canada

or by fax:
604-431-3444

How to Register
Register Online, Quickly and Conveniently
With Visa, MasterCard, or Approval Loan

With Visa or MasterCard
Phone Student Services, with course details and credit card information, on any weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Pacific Time); closed on statutory holidays.

Register by Fax
604-431-3444
With Visa or MasterCard
Fax both sides of the completed Course Registration form to Student Services. (Do not mail the original Course Registration form when it is sent by fax.)

Register by Mail
BCOU
Student Services
Box 82080
Burnaby, BC V5C 6J8
Canada
With Visa, MasterCard, cheque, or money order
Mail the completed Course Registration form with full fee payment to Student Services. Cheque or money order is payable to the British Columbia Open University.

With student loan or grant
Mail the completed Course Registration form with a completed Part-time Student Assistance application or a completed Full-time Fee Deferral Request.

When registering, applicants should:
Select course(s) and confirm course availability by accessing the course description(s) or by contacting Student Services.
Ensure that course prerequisites (outlined in the course descriptions) are met and declare when registering how the necessary prerequisites have been met.
Confirm access to equipment required (such as to the Internet for a Web course). Required equipment is specified in the course descriptions.
Be aware of the application deadline and the course start date, especially if the course is delivered by SFU, UBC, or UVic.
Disclose a disability when registering if accommodations are required and submit a written request, including relevant medical documentation, a minimum of ten weeks prior to the course start date.
Select one of the methods of payment listed above.

Registrations are not processed until all course fees have been received.
Payment is deposited on receipt.
Payment is refunded for registrations not processed.
BCOU-Delivered Distance Courses
Many BCOU-delivered distance courses are offered on a continuous basis, so students may register throughout the year. Labs, clinicals, selected classroom offerings, and an increasing number of Web, paced courses have fixed start dates. Some courses may not be available at all times. For current information about course availabililty, access individual course descriptions or contact Student Services.

BCOU courses that have rental materials (equipment and videos) are not available to students residing outside Canada.

Credit Courses
Credit courses require that students complete all mandatgory coursework, including assignments and the final examination or project. Full tutorial support throughout the duration of the course is provided for all credit courses.

Credit-free Courses
Some courses offer a credit-free option (refer to the professional development courses list). Students complete coursework, including assignments with full tutorial support but are not required to write the final examination. Refer to the policy.

BCOU Course Completion
Most 3-credit BCOU-delivered distance courses are designed to be completed within a four-month period, based on twelve to fifteen hours of study time per week. However, the maximum course completion time for these courses is thirty (30) weeks from the date of registration. Students normally receive their course package by courier within two weeks of registering. As many courses are self-paced, students may choose to complete a course in less than the allowed maximum time.

BCOU course packages include all the required texts and course materials unless otherwise noted. Students also receive information about their course tutor. Tutors contact students registered in courses, or students may choose to contact their tutor first.

By choosing an early examination session, students may complete a course in less than thirty weeks. Students may usually choose from three examination sessions over the thirty-week period from the date of registration. This schedule is included in the student’s confirmation of registration package. Refer to information on this Website about writing examinations.

Full-time financial aid students should refer to their Study Contract for course completion deadlines.

Refer to registration cancellation, withdrawal, extension, and repeat registration policies.

SFU-Delivered Distance Courses
Distance courses delivered by Simon Fraser University (SFU) are offered in September, January, May. Not all courses are offered every semester. Courses offered are posted approximately two and a half months prior to the start of the session. Registration opens at that time. Registration deadlines apply. Space is limited and early registration is advised.

Refer to individual course descriptions or contact Student Services for registration deadlines.

Course fees listed usually include tuition, textbooks, course materials, GST, and refundable deposits. Fees are subject to change without notice.

Students registering for SFU-delivered courses through BCOU are strongly advised to obtain a copy of the course outline, which notes the requirements of the particular course (e.g., required textbooks, number of assignments, examinations, equipment and/or software and computer requirements, etc.). For course outlines, refer to the SFU Centre for Distance Education (CDE) Website or contact CDE by email or phone 604-291-3524 or 1-800-663-1411 (toll-free in BC).

Students are sent a letter by BCOU confirming course registration. SFU provides course packages, which include all the required texts, course materials, and instructions on how to proceed. Additional research materials are available through SFU’s Library.

Students are required to complete the course in thirteen (13) weeks from the course start date (normally the first Monday in September, January, or May) and submit assignments according to established timelines. Course completion times are given in the course descriptions.

Many courses have mid-term examinations. Final examinations are scheduled on specific dates in weeks fourteen or fifteen and are arranged by SFU. Refer to examination policies for more information.

Those wanting to audit a course delivered by SFU should contact the institution directly.

Students residing outside Canada who are interested in registering in SFU-delivered courses through BCOU are considered on an individual basis. Contact SFU’s Centre for Distance Education (CDE) for more details.

Refer to registration cancellation, withdrawal, extension, and repeat registration policies.

UBC-Delivered Distance Courses
Some distance courses delivered by the University of British Columbia (UBC) are offered in September, November, January, March, May, July. Others are offered three times a year, and some are available only once or twice a year. Courses offered are posted approximately two months prior to the start of the session. Registration opens at that time. Registration deadlines apply. Space is limited and early registration is advised (three to four weeks before the start of a course).

Refer to individual course descriptions or contact Student Services for registration deadlines.

Course fees listed do not include textbooks or other course materials. Fees are subject to change without notice.

Students are sent a letter by BCOU confirming course registration. UBC provides course packages. UBC provides course packages, which may include a book order form to purchase texts from the UBC Bookstore. Additional research materials are available through UBC’s Library.

Courses are of variable lengths. A schedule for course completion is included in the course package or provided on the UBC courses Website, together with timelines for submitting assignments. Course completion times are given in the course descriptions.

Examinations for courses delivered by UBC are arranged by UBC. Refer to examination policies for more information.

Those wanting to audit a course delivered by UBC should contact the institution directly.

Some distance courses delivered by UBC may not be available to international students residing outside Canada. Contact UBC for more details.

Refer to registration cancellation, withdrawal, extension, and repeat registration policies.

UVic-Delivered Distance Courses
Course start dates for courses delivered by the University of Victoria (UVic) are specific to the program area offering the course. Course start dates are given in the individual course descriptions. If none is listed, contact the program area at UVic. Courses offered are posted approximately two and a half months prior to the start of the session. Registration opens at that time. Registration deadlines apply. Space is limited and early registration is advised.

Refer to individual course descriptions or contact Student Services for registration deadlines.

Course fees listed do not include textbooks or other course materials. Fees are subject to change without notice.

Students are sent a letter by BCOU, confirming course registration. Registered students receive instructions by mail about purchasing texts and course materials from the UVic Bookstore and accessing additional library resources.

Course completion times are given in the individual course descriptions. If none is listed, contact the specific program area at UVic.

Examinations for courses delivered by UVic are arranged by UVic. Refer to examination policies for more information.

Those wanting to audit a course delivered by UVic should contact the institution directly.

Some distance courses delivered by UVic are available to students residing outside Canada. Contact the UVic program area for more details.

Some courses delivered by UVic include face-to-face lab, classroom, or field-trip components, which may require travel to UVic or a designated site. Contact the UVic program area for more details.

Refer to registration cancellation, withdrawal, extension, and repeat registration policies.

Course Prerequisites
Course prerequisites for courses delivered by BCOU, SFU, UBC, or UVic are specified in the individual course descriptions. Students are not required to submit transcripts in order to register in a course that has prerequisites.

When registering for courses, students are required to declare that they have met the formal or equivalent prerequisites. Students who provide a false declaration may be subject to penalties under the student conduct policy.

English Requirement for Post-Secondary Courses
BCOU’s college-level and university-level courses require post-secondary English reading and writing skills. Students who have English as a second language may be required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. Refer to information about the English proficiency requirement..

BCOU Student Card
Students registered with BCOU who meet the following criteria are eligible for a BCOU student identification (ID) card:

Are permanent residents of BC.
Declare they are completing a BCOU credential.
Are enrolled (minimum of 9 credits) with BCOU or in a BCOU program with a duration of twelve or more weeks. Note: The 9 credits must have the same start and end date.
The fee for the BCOU student ID card is $25 a year, and the card is valid for one year from the date of registration or admission to a program. Application forms are available from Student Services.

A student ID card entitles full-time, registered students to BC transit fare discounts and travel discounts.