Frequently Asked Questions


What is a First Year Seminar?

A First Year Seminar (FYS) is a first-year course that you take in the Fall or Winter semester of your first year. It counts as an elective. There are no exams. Course topics vary widely. The maximum enrolment in an FYS is 22 students. They offer unique topics that you will not find in your specific program of study.

How many First Year Seminars can I take?

You can only take one. Sorry, First Year Seminars are really popular!

Why should I register for a FYS?

You will get one-on-one attention and you will get to know your instructor and the other students in your class from across the university. FYSs are known to help students transition between high school and university. They offer a fun and unique teaching and learning opportunity.

How do I sign up for a First Year Seminar?
You sign up for an FYS the same way you sign up for your other courses (on WebAdvisor). The course code is UNIV*1200.

How is a First Year Seminar counted in my degree program?
An FYS counts as a free elective. For further details, please contact your program counsellor.

Who is eligible to take a First Year Seminar?
Any first-year student (fewer than 5.0 credits) who has a free elective in their first year.