The Forensic Psychology in Canada program will give you the chance to explore a breadth of fascinating topics including, but not limited to, detecting deception, recovered memories, jury decision making, interrogations and confessions, criminal profiling and eyewitness identification. The program goes beyond the role psychology can play in identifying criminals and solving crimes to look at its use by treatment facilities to help achieve successful reinsertion. As this a very dynamic and engaging program which makes the most of its environment, you will take part in highly relevant and eye opening field trips to correction facilities, treatment and rehabilitation centers, etc. You will also meet with professionals working in the field in a variety of roles such as in mental health facilities.
*This program is under development and is subject to final change*
Topics are still to be confirmed however below is a list that will likely be covered:
- Deception Detection
- Recovered Memories
- Jury Decision Making
- Interrogations and Confessions
- Criminal Profiling and Eyewitness Identification
Vancouver Island University
VIU's Nanaimo campus lies on the lower slopes of Mt. Benson and offers views overlooking the city of Nanaimo, the Straits of Georgia, the Gulf Islands and the mountains of the Coast Range on the mainland. The campus is located on Fifth Street and easily accessed off the Island Parkway, which passes by its western perimeter.
VIU’s infrastructure is built to accommodate today’s modern day student:
- wireless internet access is available throughout the campus
- food service outlets are open throughout the day on most days of the week
- student lounges are located in most buildings
- security officials are on-campus and available 24/7
The instructors for this program are still to be confirmed.
Students will participate in a number of relevant field trips and activities, focusing on the many elements related to forensic psychology. Site visits will be confirmed closer to the departure date however below is a list of visits that are likely to occur:
- Visit to the Nanaimo branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
- Visit to the Nanaimo Correctional Centre
- Visit to the Guthrie Therapeutic Community
- Visit to the Edgewood Treatment Centre
Students will also participate in cultural activities, below is a list of activities that will likely be included:
- Breakout Nanaimo escape room
- Weekly yoga and meditation sessions
- "Nanaimo Mysteries Program" at Nanaimo museum
- Nanaimo city tour
- Murder myster at Milner Gardens (rock climbing may also potentially be available)
- Trip to Victoria
- Visit to the Royal BC Museum (RBCM)
- Tour of the Victoria Courthouse
In addition to these visits, students will be also participate in weekend 'Cultural Connections' activities which are open to all VIU students, activities are likely to include:
- Totem pole tour and skating in Duncan
- Visit to Capilano Suspension Bridge
- Tour of downtown Vancouver
- Snow tubing down Mount Washington
You will be staying in a homestay for the duration of the program (TBC).
Vancouver Island University (VIU) is located in the city of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, off the west coast of beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Just over 460 kilometres long and 80 kilometers wide, Vancouver Island is the largest island on the West Coast of North America and is blessed with beautiful beaches, mountains, temperate rainforests, freshwater lakes, and rolling farmland. Considered one of the top vacation destinations in Canada, Vancouver Island also has the mildest climate in Canada. With temperatures ranging from 20 to 25 degrees Celsius in the summer months and 0 to 10 degrees Celsius in the winter months, Vancouver Island is known for its accessibility to year-round outdoor pursuits, including hiking, kayaking, surfing, mountain biking, caving, rock climbing, whale watching, camping, and much more. As an added bonus, skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing activities are also available in the winter months by driving a short distance to the popular Mount Washington Ski Resort just 1.5 hours north of Nanaimo.
The City of Nanaimo is home to over 90,000 residents and is considered a mid-size city by Canadian standards, yet still offers all of the amenities and services that one would expect in a major city. With numerous public recreational facilities, shopping malls, banks, grocery stores, restaurants, public parks, art galleries, wineries, outdoor attractions, and local markets, visitors to Nanaimo find that there is always something to see or do. In addition, visitors can choose to attend one of the many public festivals, sports competitions, or multicultural events that are held throughout the year, showcasing Nanaimo’s commitment to a safe and caring community and highlighting devoted community partners.
Nanaimo is close to Vancouver, Victoria, and Seattle, and is truly accessible and central. Due to this, visitors can easily travel to Nanaimo by air or sea.
All our programs are designed to count for credit as electives. However, it is up to your university to decide whether they will approve some credit for your participation in one of our programs. Normally it is a course convenor, Head of Department or program convenor who approves your credit.
Your course convenors will not be able to approve credit for a course unless you have a copy of the syllabus so you should not visit your course convenor until you have received a copy of the course syllabus from AIM Overseas. You will receive the syllabus upon being assessed as eligible for the program.
You might be able to obtain the $6000+ OS-HELP loan, as well as a scholarship from your university, when participating in an AIM Overseas program.
Our programs are designed so that eligible Australian students can access the OS-HELP scheme, which can provide funding of over $6,000 for international study experiences.
We give you detailed information about OS-HELP and how to apply for it in your Initial Consultation with us, which we further outline in an email following your Initial Consultation.
Many Australian universities offer scholarships for their students to take part in overseas study programs. We will provide you information on scholarships that we are aware of at your university as part of your application/acceptance for a program. You can also check your university’s international office webpage to see what might be offered.
Applications for our Summer 2020 programs will open on 29th April, 2019. In the meantime, you can REGISTER YOUR INTEREST for a January 2020 or July 2020 program, meaning you’ll receive more program info and updates. You’ll also be notified when applications are open so you can be the first to apply!
The application process for this program are as follows:
1. Apply online via the “Apply Now” button or by clicking this link.
2. You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results from your studies at university so far after submitting your application.
3. We’ll review your university results and application and, if you are eligible for the program, we will invite you to book an initial consultation by phone with one of our Student Experience Coordinators. You will also be sent the course syllabus with more program info.
4. You’ll pay our $55 application fee and book in your phone consultation at a suitable, available time with a Student Experience Coordinator.
5. The phone consultation lasts about 20-30 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.
6. After your consultation we’ll send you a follow-up email with instructions on what to do next, an invitation to join a program specific Facebook group to connect with other students applying for the program and a process document, which we have developed in conjunction with your Australian university, to guide you on how to apply for credit and funding.
7. Once you’ve completed the next steps in that follow-up email we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, you’ll be accepted onto the program.
8. Upon acceptance, you will receive three emails containing your AIM Acceptance letter, steps for applying for credit and funding at your Australian University, as well as your downpayment invoice. Note: Your downpayment is due in two weeks from the date of your acceptance and secures your place on the program.
9. Once you’ve paid your downpayment, your application will be sent to the host university for them to process and review and they’ll send us your final official host university acceptance letter which we will send to you.
10. The full program fee (as shown on the website) minus the downpayment and application fee already paid, will be due at the absolute latest by 6th May 2019.
Programs are usually over-subscribed, so it is really important that you take care of things as quickly as possible. We’re here to help and will provide you with information and reminders about what you need to do at various stages.
For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions. Alternatively, you are welcome to submit an enquiry or register your interest. Registering your interest means you’ll receive updates (via email and phone) prior to the application deadline.