How to Apply

First: Check admission requirements

Students applying to take the Summer Program at the BMSC should have completed 2nd year of an undergraduate degree program before the course start date. Each summer course also has one or more course-specific prerequisite(s). Check which prerequisite courses are required before you apply.

Students accepted into the Fall Semester program will have completed their second year in biology, zoology or botany. Completion of introductory courses in ecology and statistics are required, and courses in introductory invertebrates and non-vascular plants are strongly recommended.

Second: Apply online to BMSC

2021 Summer application deadline: April 15, 2021 (to be eligible for scholarships)

2021  Fall application deadline: April 30, 2021 (to be eligible for scholarships).


For student applications to be considered complete, we must receive by 11:59 pm of the deadline date, your:

  • Online application form
  • Emailed official or unofficial transcripts
  • BMSC application fee

Student applications received past the application deadline, or incomplete applications, will be assessed on a first-come, first-served basis, and will not be considered for scholarships.


Acceptance to courses at BMSC is based on academic performance and a statement of interest. Priority will be given to degree program students registered at member universities, and those needing a field course as a degree requirement.
Other applications from qualified persons are welcome and will be considered on their individual merits.

The Director of BMSC has final authority in accepting students for courses.

Step 1 - Complete and submit the BMSC online application form and required documents below.

**Summer 2021 – APPLY ONLINE HERE**

Summer application deadline (to be considered for scholarships): April 15, 2021

Note: If you have technical difficulties with your application before the deadline, please email us at university@bamfieldmsc.com and we will work with you to complete it the next business day – the application will be considered complete even if it’s after the deadline.

**Fall 2021 – APPLY ONLINE HERE**

Fall application deadline (to be considered for scholarships): April 30, 2020

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (for Summer and Fall Programs):

  1. One set of transcripts for all post-secondary academic activities (official or unofficial).
  2. A brief statement of interest (max 500 words) explaining the appropriateness of the requested course(s) to your own professional development.
  3. Course specific additional documentation (if applicable, listed below).

You will be notified by e-mail when your application is complete.


Summer Directed Studies: Students applying to complete a 3 or 6 week directed studies must submit a project proposal and letter from a supervising faculty member. Contact the University Program Coordinator if you need help finding a faculty member to supervise your project.

Fall Directed Studies: You do not require any supporting documents. Fall Directed Studies projects will be discussed after you arrive


To use SCUBA during University Program courses, or to take the SUBTIDAL SCIENCE course (not offered in 2021):


Questions?

Email the University Programs office
Phone: 250-720-3301 ext. 216 or ext. 240

Step 2 - Pay the BMSC application fee.*

*Early bird application fee (before deadline): $50 CAD
*Application fee (After deadline): $75 CAD

  • Credit Card – Call the University Programs office 250-728-3301 ext. 221 to pay by VISA, MasterCard, or American Express
  • Cheque or money order – can be mailed to:

University Programs
Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre
100 Pachena Road
Bamfield, BC
V0R 1B0

*(refundable only upon course cancellation).

NOTE: if you apply by the deadline and call in to pay your application outside of business hours, your application will still be considered complete. Please leave a voicemail (follow instructions in voicemail message) and we will contact you the next business day with confirmation.

Step 3 - You will be notified by email of the course(s) you have been accepted to.

**The Director of BMSC has final authority in accepting students for courses.

A confirmation email will be sent once your application is complete. All students will be notified of their acceptance to courses by email. Students that are not accepted to courses will also be notified.

Email notifications will be sent out in late April (Summer Program) and mid-May (Fall Program).

Third: You’ve been accepted! Next steps:

1. Pay course deposit to BMSC

Course deposits are applied toward BMSC fees.

Summer and Fall course deposits are non-refundable*. If you decide not to take a course after you have paid the deposit, you must notify the University Programs Coordinator at BMSC, in addition to withdrawing registration at your member university.

Summer deposit – $500. Prior to May 15, you must pay a deposit to hold your place in the summer program.

Fall deposit – $1000. Prior to June 1, you must pay a deposit to hold your place in the fall program.

Payment methods:

  • Credit Card – Call the University Programs office 250-728-3301 ext. 221 to pay by VISA, MasterCard, or American Express
  • Cheque or money order – can be mailed to:

University Programs
Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre
100 Pachena Road
Bamfield, BC
V0R 1B0

*(refundable only upon course cancellation)

2. Register for course(s) at the correct university

Your acceptance offer will contain the course registration numbers and instructions to register for the course at your university. Registration procedures vary, select the appropriate category below.

– Canadian undergraduate students:

– International undergraduate students:

– Non-Credit Option:

Auditing Student

Application procedures for persons who do not require credit, including those not registered at any college or university:

If you do not require credit for courses, it is not necessary to apply/register at a member university. Instead, you simply pay tuition to BMSC. This tuition is in addition to the BMSC fee that covers room and board. Tuition at BMSC is $500 for a three week course and $1000 for a six week course.

Note: Students must have permission from the instructor to audit or to take the course for no credit. Students taking courses for credit have priority over noncredit students.

Fourth: Prepare for your trip to BMSC

  1. How will I get there?
  2. Obtain a PCOC card and First Aid certification for boat use.
  3. See ‘How to prepare’ FAQs
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Questions? Contact the University Programs Office.

phone: 250-728-3301 ext. 216