The Fraser Valley is a vibrant, rapidly growing region full of economic and educational opportunities in a spectacular natural setting.
It’s a great place to live, work, study, and play.
And it’s home to an innovative, forward-thinking university that has campuses in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, and Hope.
The University of the Fraser Valley takes a bit of a different approach when it comes to serving the more than 14,000 students who enroll each year.
With an emphasis on community connection, experiential education, teaching excellence, and applied research, UFV offers its primarily undergraduate student population many opportunities to excel.
And with an interdisciplinary approach to programming, you’ll find many learning options open to you.
An English degree with a minor in kinesiology? Can do.
A few courses in graphic design to augment your business degree? That works.
Or, build your own degree with the UFV Bachelor of Integrated Studies as the framework.
And while you’re pursuing your studies at the degree, diploma, or certificate level (with a few master’s degrees also offered), you’ll have ample opportunity to enhance your education.
UFV offers study-abroad semesters with dozens of partner universities. Several programs have co-operative education options, allowing you to earn while you learn by completing work terms alternating with your study terms.
And community partnerships such as CityStudio Abbotsford allow students to work in teams on challenges provided by the City of Abbotsford as part of the course curriculum.
UFV is also known for its applied research focus and the many opportunities for students to be involved in research at the undergraduate level.
For instance, kinesiology students are currently working with professors on research related to whether core exercise can help reduce lower back pain, and whether outdoor activity such as hiking can alleviate symptoms of anxiety for cancer survivors. Biology students work in Dr. Lucy Lee’s lab on research on topics such as the effects of pesticide on fish cell genomes.
Why do research?
Physics major Sarah Reimer explains:
“Knowing what’s important to look for in experiments has helped me in many of my classes, and I expect will continue to help me in both future studies and a career. It’s also really interesting to know that you’re discovering things that nobody else has before.”
UFV has also introduced some new program options recently.
- A Graphic Design major within our Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, which means that now you can complete four years of design studies at UFV, or exit after two with the already established Graphic + Digital Design diploma. You can also explore design with a Bachelor of Media Arts degree or by adding a minor to a degree of your choice.
- An innovative new Digital Manufacturing diploma program, which will help you become proficient in 3D modelling, 3D printing, computer numerical controlled (CNC) machines, fabrication strategies, and more. Graduates will be able to work as operators, technicians, or technologists, either in digital manufacturing or any economic sector deploying technology.
The recently created School of Creative Arts (SoCA) brings together the Theatre and Visual Arts departments, expanding interdisciplinary opportunities for students and creating a hub for creative innovation in the Fraser Valley.
If an academic degree isn’t for you, UFV has more than a dozen trades and technology certificate and diploma programs.