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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I start part-time studies at UW?
  2. If I want to study part-time at UW, do I have to do a degree?
  3. What if my study skills are rusty?
  4. What is a "unit"?
  5. If I want to obtain a degreein Arts, do I have to major in something?
  6. As a part-time student, can I take courses in the daytime?
  7. Are the standards for admission to the University as a part-time student different from those for a full-time student?
  8. Do I have to take 100-level courses in first year, 200-level courses in second year, etc.?
  9. As a part-time UW student, can I take a course at another university and have it count towards my UW degree?
  10. How long does it take to complete a degree part-time?
  11. How much time should I set aside to study?
  12. Will I receive transfer credit from my previous academic work?
  13. What about exams?
  14. What if I find that I'm in "over my head"?
  15. Once I have finished all my degree requirements, how do I arrange for graduation?

Answers

1. How do I start part-time studies at UW?
Start by reviewing the information on this website. You can also find more information at the Undergraduate Admissions website and the Graduate Studies website. There are academic advisors in every faculty who can also assist you with program specific questions.

If you're still have questions you can call us at 519-888-4002 or email us.


2. If I want to study part-time at UW, must I be seeking a degree?
No. If you want to pursue specific interests without seeking a degree, you can enrol in courses as a non-degree or post-degree student. However, you must apply for admission to the University in the usual way and pay the appropriate tuition. Normal admission requirements must be met.

The courses you take on a non-degree or post-degree basis will earn credits which can be used towards a degree should you decide to, and qualify to, enter a degree program at a later date.

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3. What if my study skills are rusty?
You're not alone if you feel this way. Many adult students are concerned about their study and learning skills, feeling that they may need some brushing up because of a lack of recent practice. UW offers a number of services to help prospective students "get started again".

The Student Success Office offers students a number or workshops throughtout the year that might help, and the UW Library arranges tours and workshops at the beginning of each term. You may also be interested in the Pre-University courses offered through the Centre for Extended Learning.


4. What is a "unit"?
A unit is the credit value associated with a course. Unit weights are used in the calculation of averages for academic standing. Most courses have unit weights of 0.5, but some have weights such as 0.25, 1.0, 2.0.

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5. If I want a degree in Arts, do I have to choose a major?
No. Many Arts students do not major in a specific discipline. You have the option of not declaring a major and pursuing a general degree called Liberal Studies.


6. As a part-time student, can I take courses in the daytime?
Yes. Part-time students are welcome in UW's daytime courses.

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7. Are the standards for admission to the University as a part-time student different from those for a full-time student?
No. The application form for part-time studies is different, but the admission requirements are the same.


8. Must I take 100-level courses in the first year, 200-level courses in the second year, etc.?
While this is not necessary, lower level courses are often pre-requisites for upper level courses. Courses do not have to be taken in any special order unless there is a prerequisite or unless your program requires that they be taken in a certain sequence.

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9. As a UW part-time student, may I take a course at another university and have it count towards my UW degree?
Perhaps, but you must submit a Letter of Permission and the non-refundable fee to the Registrar's Office first for approval.

Generally, part-time students must have successfully completed four half-credit courses at UW before they are permitted to take courses elsewhere for credit.


10. How long does it take to complete a degree when studying part-time?
Int depends. Many students take 2 courses each term (Fall, Winter, Spring), completing a degree in 5 years; some take 1 course in each term, finishing in 10 years. While many are keen to finish as soon as possible, it is best to proceed at a pace that allows you to maintain the average required for your program.

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11. How much time should I set aside to study?
Since the number and weight of assignments and readings varies considerably among courses, the amount of time you need to spend will vary too. As well, you may initially need further preparatory or remedial work. In making up your study schedule, you should also leave time for writing essays and preparing for examinations.

Most people need about ten to twelve hours a week, including classroom time, to do the work for one course. You should also expect to spend more time on an advanced-level course.

The Student Success Office offers students a number or workshops throughtout the year that might help.


12. Will I receive transfer credit from my previous academic work?
When you apply the Admissions Committee looks at your post-secondary transcripts, not only for admission purposes, but for transfer credit as well. Individual faculty policies regarding transfer credits can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

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13. What about exams?
Each instructor determines whether an exam will be held in the course. In some courses, your grade is based on midterm and final exams; in others, it is based on essays and quizzes. Instructors may also take into account your participation in class discussions.

The Student Success Office offers students a number or workshops throughtout the year that might help.


14. What if I find that I'm in "over my head"?
If this happens, don't become discouraged, and don't lose sight of your ultimate goal. The course instructor can help with course-related difficulties. As well, mature student advising is available. Departmental undergraduate officers, Faculty undergraduate officers, and UW Counselling Services may be of help.

Another option is the Student Success Office.

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15. Once I have finished all my degree requirements, how do I arrange for graduation?
For information about graduation, please see the Convocation page.

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