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Associate of Arts

University Canada West (UCW), Canada


Next enrollment cycle

January 2024

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First Year Course Fee

USD 14,106

Course Accredited By


  • 2 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
  • Up to 10% scholarship
The Associate of Arts (AA) degree provides you with a broad foundation of knowledge. This 60-credit (20 course) program prepares you for additional post-secondary education or to enter directly into the workforce. The AA degree is accepted for transfer into bachelor degree programs at University Canada West (UCW) and all British Columbia degree-granting institutions provided other admission requirements are met.
Students pursuing an Associate of Arts degree at UCW can gain a broader multi-disciplinary focus in their chosen field. Students can focus on one of eight areas while completing the requirements of the Associate of Arts degree. You will not earn a formal credential by completing a focus area but it can be a great way to shape your Associate of Arts degree and help prepare you for your career or further study.

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2024
  • April 2024
  • July 2024
  • October 2024
  • Canadian High School (Grade 12) diploma or equivalent with an overall average of C or better (2.0 on a 4.33 scale)  


  • Twenty-one (21) years of age or older and out of high school for at least two years, and
  • Documented success through academic, professional or volunteer activities  


  • For students whose first language is not English, academic IELTS - 6.5 or better with a minimum of 6.0 in the writing band, or equivalent. More information is available in the English Proficiency section of this website.
  • For students who need to upgrade to meet our English proficiency requirements, UCW offers English pathway courses in our University Access Program

Program Structure
The Associate of Arts program is an interdisciplinary set of courses designed to provide core skills in writing, communication, research and team performance. UCW Academic Advisors can help with your course selection to meet your post-secondary education goals.
NSO 098 - Student Orientation
Through this mandatory orientation students come to understand their academic expectations, requirements, and rights and responsibilities at University Canada West. Students learn how to access university services and systems that they need for success in their studies. Orientation includes practices of information literacy, academic integrity, critical thinking and academic writing. 
Tier 1 University Foundation I
Tier 1 courses establish the basic university skills of research and writing while introducing you to a variety of disciplines and topics. Our experienced instructors will prepare you for continued academic success.
Two (2) first-year English courses (6 credits)
One (1) Science course (3 credits)
One (1) Mathematics or Computing Science course (3 credits)
Two (2) Humanities courses (6 credits)
Two (2) Social Science courses (6 credits)
Two (2) Arts elective courses (6 credits)
Tier 2 University Foundation II
Tier 2 courses build a broader academic exposure and deeper exploration in a variety of subject areas. You have the opportunity to further demonstrate critical thinking, analytical, quantitative and communication skills.
One (1) Lab Science course (3 credits)
Six (6) second-year Arts courses (18 credits)
Three (3) general electives (9 credits)
For a comprehensive list of all available courses, please refer to the Academic Calendar here


  • Number of courses 20
  • Cost per course $696
  • Total Tuition Fees $13,920*
  • Typical Full-time Tuition Fees $8,352 (Year 1) $5,568 (Year 2)
  • First term tuition deposit for domestic students: $500
  • 30% discount for Canadian forces members and veterans
  • Compulsory Registration Fees Domestic
  • Library & Technology $17 /course
  • Student Activity & Alumni $8 /course
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  • Keep Me Safe $35/year

        *medical insurance coverage for the first term (3 months) 

  • Fees for Additional Services
  • Application Fee $150 Appeal to
  • Academic Council $50 (refunded if appeal is successful)
  • Audit Fee1 50% of course tuition
  • Credit Card Refund $35
  • Credit Card Charge Back Fee $45
  • Confirmation of Enrolment $0 (free)
  • Course Challenge 50% of course tuition
  • Duplicate Credential $50
  • Duplicate Tax Receipt $50
  • Financial Hold Release2 $150
  • Graduation Application Fee3 $75
  • Late Graduation Application Fee $250
  • Letter of Permission $35
  • NSF Fee for Returned Cheque $55
  • Parchment Shipment (International Only)$60
  • Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) $500 per portfolio
  • Program Transfer Fee $75
  • Readmission Fee4 $150
  • Student ID Card Replacement $35
  • Supplemental Exam Fee $100 on campus / $150 off campus
  • Transcript5 $10 / $8
  • Tuition Refund Processing Fee $250
  • Wire Transfer Fee $45
  • Wire Transfer Fee ‑ By Third Party$65
  • Printing Fee $0.10/B&W - $0.20/color (Minimum $5 prepaid)

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